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  • Diary
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    Those of us who take a keen interest in Northern Irish matters are well aware how easy it is to underestimate the vital importance of emblems as a form of emotional shorthand. They can demonstrate pride, solidarity and even act as a safety valve: bet...

  • Invasions from outer space
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    Complex chemistry in the inky void of interstellar space is not new - since the discovery of ammonia in space in 1968, more than 100 moderately complex molecules have been detected. At the beginning of this year, it appeared that the warm gas near th...

  • Leading Article: Misdial for the voice of reason
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    The challenge posed by the need to add the number one to many of the country's best-loved area codes is no small matter. For those in Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Nottingham and Sheffield, proud cities all, there is also the added insult of having to c...

  • Letter: One report should not alarm patients
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    Since the full data have not yet been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, British doctors will not have had the opportunity to evaluate this study or judge its scientific worth. Very few British doctors would have attended the meeting in th...

  • Letter: Satan on the Internet
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    I would like to point out that many people run Linux (which is a version of Unix available on the Internet at no charge) at home, so the danger may be greater than you fear. Regards, MARTIN TOMES Durrington, West Sussex

  • Letter: Labour's true democracy
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    First, it is significant that you are already referring to the present formulation as the "old Clause IV". Why "old"? It can only become thus if, and only if, the present clause is abandoned at the forthcoming Labour Party Special Conference. Could i...

  • Letter: Having a ball at Covent Garden
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    As for the word "litist", I wonder if it has become a substitute for "minority"? Am I litist or just a member of a minority if I enjoy reading 17th century English metaphysical poetry, which costs nothing in monetary terms? If price is what is involv...

  • Letter: A new church in Newcastle
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    However, the extensive coverage you gave it might give your readers the false impression that the Church of England is in crisis in this part of the world. In fact, the reverse is the case. The diocese of Newcastle is thriving under good, orthodox, C...

  • Leading Article: Teachers strike an uncaring pose
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    Yesterday's motion, passed in the face of opposition from Doug McAvoy, the NUT general secretary, does not set the union irrevocably on course for a one-day national strike in the summer. But if the union votes tomorrow for a ballot on that policy an...

  • An alternative Easter day out
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    Guided tour of Barings Open to the public for the first time. Once one of the vital links in the mighty British banking world, Barings was, until recently, a humming fortress of finance but now stands a gaunt and shattered ruin, open to the winds, wi...

  • Ancient art, but what does it mean?
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    One supposes that the Parthenon, which was designed as a whole, would make sense as a whole, in its sculptural programme. In classical times, the main attraction was the colossal statue of Athena by Phidias, which is described in detail by Pausanias ...

  • Letter: Trauma part of a police constable's job
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    In all of this time, and among all of this mainly avoidable carnage, neither myself nor any of my many colleagues have ever considered the possibility of compensation for the gruesome sights we have to contend with. These things are merely part of ou...

  • Letter: Teachers need sound policies, not Mr Blunkett's soundbites
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    Until 1915, I was at a primary school (then called "public elementary") that lay just on the boundary line between a middle-class residential area and an extremely slummy one. The school population was thus a social mix throughout, by chance, not des...

  • In two minds, comme toujours
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    But, despite this progressive panoply, France remains a deeply conservative country. Most of the moves to the left have been followed by a lurch to the right - from the Revolution, which ended in Napoleon's Empire, to the 1968 riots, which led to one...

  • No 12: Oneism
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    Hence oneism n practice of putting number one before everything else. A self-obsessional philosophy that became mainstream under Thatcherism but continued to develop in the Nineties as society broke down into single entities. Each became, as the Scot...

  • Letter: Teachers need sound policies, not Mr Blunkett's soundbites
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    Last week, Mr Blunkett said one thing in the press release issued before he spoke at our conference, but something quite other in his speech itself. In his press release he said that as a last resort, a failing school would be shut down completely, a...

  • Letter: Trauma part of a police constable's job
    Monday, 17 April 1995

    I have known hundreds of Vietnam war veterans and the percentage of those having any trauma is very, very low. I am a veteran of that war myself. I also flew as aircrew in combat in the Second World War and know that most combat veterans experienced ...

    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    When I was at school we had "speci-al-ities".

    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    We who live in Kennington are proud of the place, and pleased to be in an area that is mixed (in terms of class and colour) and convenient. To say that Kennington is insalubrious is typical north London snobbery. D W Brokensha

  • Quotes of the week
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    A friend remembers Blair's household when Cherie was pregnant with her youngest child It was a clich, but nothing else would have worked. David Malone, director of `World in Action' on the use of a Chipperfield's camel in the programme's expos of Jon...

  • LETTER: Hard to break teenage habit is hard to break
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    We agree with Peter McCabe of Quit when he says dire warnings about bad breath, smelly hair, infertility and so on will be far more effective with teenagers than the "I told you so" approach. That is why the HEA has never taken this approach since la...

  • LETTER: A flawed disabled Bill is better than nothing
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    Ian Parker quotes me as saying that the Government's Disability Discrimination Bill had some merit but not why I hold this view. Let me explain. Given the choice, the Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (Radar) would prefer to see Har...

  • LETTER: Flying pigs
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    The non-religious "trend" references are not trends at all; they merely cite what is happening now, without any past comparison. Why is the ability to "extinguish the possibility of a life" viewed as something new, for the next century? We have exerc...

  • Letter: Fun forests
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    The research "Growing in Confidence", carried out as part of the community forest initiative for the Countryside Commission, clearly highlighted how much those taking part in the survey enjoyed their walk in woodland. Indeed, with well over 50 millio...

  • LETTER: Conservative!
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    What is so inherently virtuous about employing hundreds and thousands of people in the name of "public service" whose costs consumers (or taxpayers) have to bear to cover functions that have become obsolete? What, for example, was the point of keepin...

  • Three-in-a-bed stories
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    Virginia Crawford, 22, announced to her husband - who later repeated the claims in the divorce court - that she and Dilke had had a long sexual liaison, meeting at his home in Chelsea and in various houses of assignation. "He taught me every French v...

  • LETTER: Future fears
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    First, the statistics concerning crime, featured under the heading "Trends", give a misleading impression of change for the worse. Ninety-five per cent of Britons may think that it is unsafe to walk the streets at night, with 85 per cent believing it...

  • LETTER: French efforts in Rwanda
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    The immediate priority after the killings began should have been to prevent further mass deaths. The world community's response in what is supposed to be the civilised era indicates that it is still politics first, common humanity second. Regardless ...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT / That rude man, Jonathan ... hamster hell ... lashed at sea
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    This is unacceptable, wounding and very rude. It is also in clear contravention of NUJ Rule 19, subsection L, which states that, and I quote, "A member shall treat other journalists with consideration". The Captain, a loyal NUJ man, has therefore, in...

  • Our contract with the state may be an invention but it should be honoured
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    "Contract" was a smart way of thinking about society 300 years ago. Since then, it has become a dogma, especially in republics. Only the British, who avoided the French Revolution and almost all its works, were reluctant to assume that one's relation...

  • LETTER: Horror story
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    To write this I read the whole article. It left me feeling sick. Who would want to read this as casual Sunday reading? Finally, I express my support for Amnesty International and others who work in support of human rights. Amanda Thompson Cardiff

  • Why we cling to the Cross
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    Yet crucifixion is a topic on which historical detail is scanty. The principle is clear enough: the offender was fastened by nails or ropes by the wrists and feet to a wooden cross and left to die from previously inflicted wounds (victims were usuall...

  • Private vendettas that are of public concern
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    This age has now disappeared. It is as remote as that of Addison and Steele. It is hard to say when the shift occurred. I should fix on the early 1960s: specifically, on the Vassall case in 1962, when the Conservative newspapers accused one of Harold...

  • LETTER: A flawed sidabled Bill is better than nothing
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    Parker says that the disability movement is "a movement whose history is written differently depending on what position you take in the current debate". On the evidence of this article, I would say it depends more on whom you talk to. If you talk onl...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: A massacre to mark VE DAY
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    This particular piece of barbarism, according to informed observers in Russia, happened as part of a strategy to terrorise the Chechens and end the war before 9 May, when President Boris Yeltsin will welcome Western leaders - Clinton, Major and Kohl ...

  • Words / WICKED
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    THE word wicked has two faces, like the masks above the proscenium arch of theatres, one with a mouth turned down, the other up. Though the comic mask has been around a long time, it is much commoner than it used to be. "You wicked man" is a complime...

  • Profile / The spy in the nation's bedroom - Piers Morgan
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    Today there is only one Piers Morgan. The amiable pop writer got his own column on the Sun, and became the apple of the shrewd eye of Kelvin MacKenzie, who was then the paper's editor. In January 1994, Rupert Murdoch acted on MacKenzie's advice and m...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Tories may rule in defeat
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    Consider water privatisation. This was once at the top of Labour's list for a return to some form of public ownership. Now, Labour suggests that some greater measure of accountability would be sufficient. Consider rail privatisation. Labour was still...

  • Nothing wrong with a spot of arms dealing, I say!
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    These sincere statements are dreadfully difficult to get right. My deepest sympathies went out to Jonathan as he faced up to the gutter press with such dignity at the start of the week. And how well he handled those dread "autocues"! To me, they seem...

  • The Kiwi way with blather
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    I rather liked the approach taken by an interviewer on a New Zealand current affairs programme recently when interviewing the leader of a teaching union and the minister in charge of education over a pay dispute. The teacher stated that the union wou...

  • A heaven fit for architects and planners, not children
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    So under threat of no Easter eggs, I frogmarched my seven- and eight- year-old stepchildren along the beach to the church, where we took our place at the appointed time, adults on pews and about 30 expectant-looking children sitting cross-legged on t...

  • Are nine out of ten women liars?
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    But why? The answer, in part at least, is related to our distorted view of the crime. Most recent publicity about rape has been concerned with two aspects: the demand for anonymity for men accused of the crime, and "date rape", where the man is well ...

  • LETTER: To be a bully
    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    The study reported in my paper attempted to assess the validity of this children's questionnaire for use with an adult sample. It provides some evidence that the same factors are applicable to adult attitudes but this was a small survey. No real conc...

    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    Lindsey Davis, London SE10

    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    l NEVER mind the Union Jack which flies so obviously, and perpetually, from the Thames side of the new MI6 building at Vaxuhall (Captain Moonlight, 9 April). Even more interesting to the casual stroller across Vauxhall Bridge are the large number of ...

    Sunday, 16 April 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Magnus of Orkney, 12th century Viking prince, adopted son of King Magnus Barefoot of Norway, but a disappointment to his bellicose fellows. While they went raping, looting and pillaging he stayed on board reading psalm...

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