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  • Venetian blinds and domestic bliss
    Saturday, 15 April 1995

    Be that as it may, and according to a souvenir menu recently discovered among my mother's belongings, the five-course lunch at the Royal Bath Hotel, Bournemouth, in 1942 cost 5/6d a head - as long as you made do with Pt Maison, Potage Parmentier, Tur...

  • The last days of a schoolboy's war
    Saturday, 15 April 1995

    I was 15 and still at school. That much is certain. What I was doing in the last Easter weekend of the Second World War is a matter of memory; and memory, I learnt as a biographer, is very unreliable. It must have been that Easter that I took my firs...

  • Charm comes too late to pacify the class of '95
    Saturday, 15 April 1995

    Yet what do teachers really think? On the day Mrs Shephard won the personal approval of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, that most moderate of unions voted for a ballot on industrial action over rising class sizes. This weekend some delegat...

  • Letter: Luvvies ruin
    Saturday, 15 April 1995

    Sir: The Workers Revolutionary Party, as Mark Lawson points out ("Farewell to the greasepaint tendency", 13 April), pioneered "thespian politics" during the 1970s, but its fate in the 1980s bears out Tony Blair's caution over Luvvies for Labour. The ...

  • Letter:Return a nation's heritage of art
    Saturday, 15 April 1995

    Sir: We are a class of 28 children in an Hellenic school. Studying about the statues of the Parthenon, we learned that unfortunately some of the statues are in various museums in the world, such as the British Museum. They are there not temporarily b...

  • Letter: True war aims in Vietnam
    Saturday, 15 April 1995

    Sir: Brian Appleyard ("Defeated in war, victorious in therapy", 12 April) speaks of the intellectual errors of the Vietnam War rationale and how Robert McNamara falls short in his explanations. But he still accepts the fundamental assumption that the...

  • Letter: Keeping secrets on the Internet
    Saturday, 15 April 1995

    Sir: Again, there are myths and misconceptions about the Internet within a news report ("California biker lets Satan ride out on the Internet", 5 April). The whole underlying concept of the Internet is freedom of access to all manner of information, ...

  • Has Murdoch queered rugby's pitch?
    Saturday, 15 April 1995

    Conspiracy theorists will speculate that Murdoch's moves are intended to bring him control of rugby union as well. True or false, his creation of Super League, designed by the power of money to eradicate the old rugby league structures in Britain and...

  • Letter:Too genteel a view of animal rights protests
    Saturday, 15 April 1995

    Or were you so shocked to see their activities damned as "mob rule" that you failed to read the rest of the judgement? Anyone in the front line will tell you that the reality is considerably less idealistic than you describe it, and the judges acquir...

  • Letter: Drop our genocidal 'friends '
    Saturday, 15 April 1995

    Sir: Radio reports today of the latest Russian massacre of Chechens, in Semashki, were followed immediately by notice of the 50th anniversary of the liberation by British troops of the Nazi concentration camp Bergen- Belsen. Speaking on 20 January, F...

  • Leading Article: Better to lose than buy off the unions
    Saturday, 15 April 1995

    The latest twist in the tale has revealed the amount of unfinished constitutional business Labour will still have before it once the old Clause IV has been ditched. For the old Labour methods are having to be used to deliver new Labour to the elector...

  • Letter: Notes on the ecu
    Saturday, 15 April 1995

    Sir: Full marks to James Fenton ("Marks or merks, it's all sterling currency", 10 April) for a sensible assessment about adopting a European single currency. However, whatever nomenclature is decided upon, we should not concern ourselves too seriousl...

  • Letter: Danger: Lottery is bad for you
    Saturday, 15 April 1995

    Sir: Your coverage ("The loser, the winner, the addiction", 12 April) of the joys and perils of national lottery gamblers was a timely health warning to the growing number of unrealistic punters who may need considerable help to control their compuls...

    Saturday, 15 April 1995

    Nothing pleases the readers of tabloid newspapers more than learning that those in authority behave just as badly as they do - Lord Deedes I don't know how more effective a government of total celibates would be than a government of train-spotters. E...

  • Letter: Denied access to the countryside
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Take one example, from a county not known for bad paths. Oxfordshire County Council's recent path survey shows that two-thirds of footpaths across fields in the county were not reinstated as required by law. Hardly a "positive approach" and "construc...

  • Letter: Judge councillors on their own performance
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    The Liberal Democrats, with a share of the vote a whisker below that of the Conservatives, nevertheless won 50 per cent more seats. The Scottish Nationalists, with a vote share on 25 per cent, won well under 20 per cent of the seats; while Labour, wi...

  • Leading Article: Turning fishnets into stockings
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    There has been fault on both sides. European - and in particular, Spanish - vessels have been guilty of overfishing and breaking the rules. The Canadians, by acting outside their own territorial waters to seize a ship, have played fast and loose with...

  • Learning from inspection
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Raising standards in our schools is an aim that all those concerned with education surely share. Certainly it is one issue on which there is political consensus. The regular inspection of all schools in England is an essential part of that improvemen...

  • Letter: Judge councillors on their own performance
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Those standing as Conservatives, or for Labour or the Liberal Democrats, have become accustomed to being judged on the performance of their national leaders. Even those who have given a lifetime of service to the community see this counting for nough...

  • Letter: Teaching children about racism
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    We have sold 650 copies of our teaching pack, Isatou, Chloe and You, to primary schools throughout the UK. This compares the lives of Isatou, an 11-year-old in the Gambia, with Chloe, a nine-year-old in Marlborough. It comes with a sound tape, video ...

  • Letter: Luvvies, sillies and Labour
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    One recalls that Cambridge caste dubbed "sillies" - described by Leonard Woolf as "an intellectual aristocracy of the middle class, the nearest equivalent in other countries being the French 18th century noblesse de robe". His wife, Virginia, was a "...

  • Letter: Clear as mud
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    It is incredible how often the phrase "I want to make it perfectly clear" precedes a diatribe that has precisely the opposite effect. Politicians appear to muddle "talking at" people with "communicating" with them. Perhaps if we could understand what...

  • Letter: Who's moralising?
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Is it that he feels irritation with me more strongly than distress at the Bosnian situation? Or is there some reason directed by "intelligence, not passion"? If he really has something to propose, I beg him to propose it; if not, I beg him to desist ...

  • You can quote me on that
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    The only reason I know this is that yesterday I was quoting my old French teacher's injunction always to verify my references, and I wondered afterwards who had first said this, and I looked it up last night, and now I know. Or to put it another way,...

  • Let the viewers in on the game
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Now, of course, the broadcast made clear this was a dramatic reconstruction, and thus the party was not claiming that former Labour councillor Leo McKinstry actually does live in a vermin-infested street, works only at night, and has yet to invest in...

  • A task for the Cherie at the top
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Cherie Booth is one of only eight women among a total of 71 new QCs appointed this year. Her achievement was neon-lit not just because of her youth (40 is young for a QC) or her spouse but also because it coincided with two other events which appeare...

  • Letter: Elected monarchs
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Yours faithfully, P. A. BRYAN New Barnet, Hertfordshire

  • Letter: Recovery delivers few permanent jobs
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    The CBI response makes the common mistake of mixing-up part-time and temporary employment growth. Many of the part-time jobs are permanent, while many of the temporary jobs (and self-employment) are full time. For that reason the TUC report had nothi...

  • Letter: Denied access to the countryside
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Unfortunately, this could scarcely be further from the truth. The CLA employs a legal adviser, one of whose principle roles is to help landowners with the diversion or closure of footpaths. Some of its most prominent members have been lobbying to red...

  • Leading Article: Please Sir, stop whining
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Not any more. This week has seen Gillian Shephard's charm offensive. If you haven't got enough money, if you're suffering, tell me about it - I am on your side, she reassured them. They applauded. David Blunkett, however, went to Harrogate not in pea...

  • Letter: Luvvies, sillies and Labour
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Sir: Though jokily, Tony Banks pinpoints a sad truth about the parading of "celebs" as tinsel on political platforms: it doesn't win elections and could be said to patronise the public ("Dear Ken Follett", 12 April). This rather mindless involvement ...

  • Letter: Recovery delivers few permanent jobs
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Sir: No doubt the false managerial assumptions expressed by Howard Davies reflect life on the Conservative side of the fence. This fence has grown mightily since 1979 as revenge has been exacted for the mild socialism that prevailed in earlier decade...

  • Letter: Judge councillors on their own performance
    Friday, 14 April 1995

    Sir: It is ludicrous and self-deluding of the Prime Minister and some of his ministers to blame the Scottish Conservative Party "wipe-out" on the present disunity in their party. Ordinary voters are not all that concerned about what most of us would ...

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