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Sunday, 23 April 1995

  • ISMISM New concepts for the Nineties No.13: confusionism
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Though confusionist historians will point to Shakespeare as an early neophyte ("For mine own part, it was Greek to me", Julius Caesar) most accept that the beat novelist Jack Kerouac first explained (or rather didn't explain) the creed when he wrote:...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : France remains a divided nation
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    This ambivalence reflects deep uncertainty in a nation that likes to appear sure of itself in its dealings with the rest of the world. After the Socialist dream of the early Eighties had been punctured by tight monetary policies, high unemployment an...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Ancient law and modern science
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    But science does not stand still. IVF is, by the standards of the Nineties, an "old" technology. The forefront of today's research is manipulating human genes rather than embryos. Instead of transplanting organs, such as kidneys, doctors in Britain a...

  • Labour can learn from Victorian values
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    But if Labour wants to redefine its vision of the future, it must also discard the soft-focus mythology which so long has stood in place of a clear analysis of its past. In the 19th century, it was the Tories who were known as "the stupid party". But...

  • LETTER : Lights out at night
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: Bill Rich ("At home with a power-hungry phantom", 20 April) should not despair. About 30 years ago I read in Estates Gazette an account of a consumer in the South-west whose electricity bills rocketed. The electricity board changed the meter, ch...

  • LETTER : British success
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: Helen Wilkinson (21 April) rightly describes community service by offenders as one of Britain's more successful exports. From modest beginnings as an experiment in six probation areas in 1973 it is now widely used not only in this country but in...

  • LETTER : Armenian anniversary
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: Monday 24 April marks the 80th anniversary of the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turkey. It was the first genocide of the 20th century. Talaat Pasha, the Minister of Interior, declared that "those who are innocent toda...

  • LETTER : A crown for the currency
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: Further to the discussion about a name for the European currency unit may I put in my ha'pennyworth? How about calling it the "Crown"? All the member states either have, or once had, a royal family of some description. Even those countries that ...

  • Letter : Feeling for Oklahoma
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: The immediate and overwhelming response to the Oklahoma City bombing is one of horror and utter condemnation, but is it not also worth considering the hypocritical light which this appalling act of terrorism has cast on President Clinton? "Terro...

  • LETTER : The human `whole' begins at fertilisation
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: Dr John Habgood is mistaken in believing ("The meaning of life - and death", 20 April) that respect for human embryos - or for persistent vegetative state patients - is scientifically misplaced. A human being is a human "whole" or organism, not ...

  • LETTER : The human 'whole' begins at fertilization
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: I find it strange that in his discussion of what constitutes life Archbishop Habgood dwells so heavily on physical phenomena such as the condition of the brain stem. I have always thought that the spiritual life, of which the archbishop is suppo...

  • LETTER : Cracking up
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: As publishers bring out hardback books with the pages glued in, you now get a more durable product if you wait for the soft-cover edition: hard covers treat threadless spines less gently. The "crack" as the glue breaks and the pages come loose i...

  • PROPOSITIONS : Call the doctor to account
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Alfie had spent the night vomiting, was delirious and had a temperature of 106F. Dr Archer agreed to turn out reluctantly. When he arrived, he kicked a bowl of Alfie's vomit under the table. When the boy failed to respond to his instructions, Dr Arch...

  • LETTER : Investors pay for personal pensions
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: Your leader (19 April) on pensions fails to criticise the Government for its part in the mis-selling of personal pensions. Sir Norman Fowler's introduction of personal pensions in 1988 (incidentally they were not new - we already had them under ...

  • Rare collection that inspires passion
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    This feeling can transfer from one library to another, or from one kind of library to another, but for the real intense passion there is probably only one library at any one time in the life of any individual. For many writers, it would be the London...

  • Over-taxed and under siege
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    There are two answers to this question. The first is that the bombing is merely the latest episode in the rising tension between the US government and its gun-loving white religious right, for whom America's fast-growing network of state militias pro...

  • LETTER : Investors poay for personal pensions
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: Pensions are only of value if there are people available to provide the goods and services needed by pensioners. This means that as the working/retired ration falls, effectively the value of a pension will fall and this leads to the inevitable c...

  • A little time off from the limelight
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    For a while it seemed as if you could not open a paper or switch on a television or radio without bumping into names such as Silvio Berlusconi or Ian Botham - then suddenly one day the names vanished. But the people themselves did not vanish, so wher...

  • LETTER : Feeling for Oklahoma
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: Shannon Turner ends her letter (22 April) almost as if she is telling America it deserved the Oklahoma bombing for what she sees as past injustices - stating that "perhaps it [America] now knows what it feels like". As we (Americans and others) ...

  • Diary
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Something in the water may also be the answer to the oddity of my graveyard companions. At least, it's the only answer I'm likely to get: none of you managed to offer any explanation whatever in response to my query last week as to why a duck and a d...

  • LETTER : The human 'whole' begins at fertilization
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Dr Pita Enriquez Harris Sir: It is nave to think that Catholic teaching on such matters as embryo experimentation is wrong, because it is based on ignorance of biology. Those who consider and formulate the teaching are themselves informed by many phy...

  • LETTER : Investors pay for personal pensions
    Monday, 24 April 1995

    Sir: Your report (19 April) gives details of the large amount of money which might be paid to those wrongly advised to arrange personal pensions. You omitted to mention where the money might come from. The financial services industry is large and com...

  • LETTER: To Fort William with love
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Polly Chapman Havant, Hampshire

  • LETTER: True or false?
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    In a profile of me, "The spy in the nation's bedroom", later in the same issue, Mr Cohen states that I have a daughter and that Kelvin MacKenzie never bollocked me when I was working for him at the Sun. Since both these latter assertions are complete...

  • LETTER: A pebble or two from Goliath
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    The gist of the item was that Pearson is setting up "Europe on Line" as the UK agent of "America on Line", in order "to connect its UK customers to the Internet", and that we have callously disregarded the worries of a London entrepreneur with a smal...

  • LETTER: Tories aren't conservatives
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    P C Metcalfe Stevenage, Herts

  • LETTER: Broadsheet litism adds up to an own-goal
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    In fact, his central point, that football is enjoyed by only half the male population (Kohn fails to mention the millions of women who watch, play, and read about football - a disappointing omission, given his anti- Lad tone), makes a case for more f...

  • LETTER: Genetic engineering is too risky to pursue
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    The trend towards the increasingly rapid application of gene therapies and genetic engineering methods without proper consideration of their impact poses serious risks. The long-term and cumulative effects in any species lead to irreversible and high...

  • LETTER: Social works
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Many members of sociology departments have little or nothing to do with the BSA or its conferences. More importantly, sociology has had an influence way beyond departments. There are many sociologists working more or less as such, not only in such in...

  • LETTER: Liberty for all
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Chris Lamb Bath

  • LETTER: State execution's vile details deserve airing
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Edward Turnbull Gosforth, Northumberland

  • LETTER: Selling point
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Nicholas Royle London N15

  • LETTER: A case of mistaken consent When consent is mistaken
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Wyn Davies Burry Port, Dyfed

  • LETTER: State execution's vile details deserve airing
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    I recall waiting, when I was young, for the executions of Timothy Evans, Ruth Ellis, James Hanratty and others. I will never forget the pain of hearing the early morning time signal on the BBC on more than three occasions and realising, with fresh ho...

  • LETTER: Tories aren't conservatives
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Non-Conservatives can be conservative on many points, thoughtfully so and not "unthinkingly", as he would have it. They wish to conserve what is valuable for the many - the health service and social security, an education system open to all and free ...

  • In defence of our noble and diligent Upper House
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    But this is no excuse for the onslaught it led upon their Noble Lordships under the snide heading "Full House puts Lords £6m in pocket", with a sub-heading in only slightly smaller letters declaring "With expenses of up to £134.50 a day, more and mor...

  • A curious silence from the Party of the Pure
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Perhaps wisely, Mr Tony Blair shows no inclination to make a political virtue of this difference between the parties. It may be that, if he pointed to the lack of scandal in the People's Party, the resistance to temptation shown by its members, he mi...

  • What will recharge the batteries of a tired popular movement? popular movement run so low?
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Mr Gummer's department has provided no money to finance or promote the year - the 25th anniversary of a predecessor, which did much to launch the environmental movement despite being quickly and justifiably dubbed European Conversation Year. No natio...

  • Tourist's Charter ... Italian trifles ... hamster survey
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    n THE Captain was not at all surprised to see that Michelin now ranks Italian cuisine below ours. The Italians are, predictably, outraged. Some chef in Rome called Derflingher has gone so far as to call it "impossible" and to accuse the British of co...

  • Man of ch-ch-ch-ch changes
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Asked about his old friend the painter Derain, Balthus talks of an "extraordinary man ... because he changed his opinions every day like a cloud". You can sense Bowie's antennae quivering. "And did he have a throughline?" he asks. "A sense of continu...

  • Is Scargill the one to save the British apple? apple farmers
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    This is sad, but I can't help feeling a sense of irony that this group of true blue Tories should see their livelihoods destroyed and their communities shattered by the same government that they supported so vigorously a decade ago when it strove to ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Keeping calm after the bomb
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    Now, all that has changed. Symbolism was still there but it was entirely different. Far from being the result of some alien infection, the bombing of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building represents a disease that sprang from America's own heartland. Th...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Here endeth the lesson - they hope
    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    No sooner has the furore over the gay proclivities of the Anglican episcopacy subsided than we are slap bang in the middle of an alarming tale of Essex girl jokes and sexual innuendo among the vergers of St Paul's. Marilyn Ivory, the complaining verg...

    Sunday, 23 April 1995

    23 April, 1616: William Shakespeare, widely regarded as the greatest playwright of all time, died on his 52nd birthday. Born in Stratford-upon- Avon, the son of a glover, he wrote at least 36 plays, 154 sonnets and four long poems. He married Anne Ha...

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