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  • LETTER: BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    Robert Tanitch, London W2

  • LETTER: BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    William P Roberts, London N1

  • LETTER: BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    Susanna Bishop, Oxford

  • LETTER: BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    Martin Smith, Oxford

  • LETTER: Ritalin helps raise children's self-esteem
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    Ritalin is one of the most tested drugs given to children. It has been researched for more than 25 years and the research is continuing. Up-to- date results show that side-effects were previously overstated, are usually minimal and often easily overc...

  • LETTER: Happy at the hole in the wall
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    Moreover, contrary to the claim in the article, complaints about cash machines are actually falling. A bank or building society may challenge a customer who disputes a transaction because experience has shown that many customers genuinely forget a tr...

  • LETTER: Forget the book, let's see what he looks like
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    Probably for some unrelated reason, of course. I no longer burst into tears at socially awkward moments, but I do still wear the bag over my head whenever I can't avoid going out. Stephen Gallagher Blackburn, Lancashire

  • LETTER : Spike it
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    Incidentally, if Mr Enfield equates being a pheasant with "romping around the countryside making klaxon noises", one can easily understand why he considers this particular change of role to be so appropriate for him. His attack on Spike Milligan, a m...

  • LETTER: Paying for public transport
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    There is abundant evidence that any economically viable investment in transport infrastructure leads to a dramatic increase in land values in the areas served. Compare house prices in Islington, served by three tube lines, with similar properties in ...

  • LETTER: Not all Spaniards go fishing
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    Flamenco is only one of the many regional musical manifestations in Spain and evokes only indifference in me - and innumerable other non-Andalucians. Bullfighting arouses sentiments of revulsion and shame reminiscent of those experienced by Britons a...

  • LETTER: Not slavery
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    More than a third of the £33m we gave overseas last year was spent on refugees and other emergency relief. No bank is going to lend money to hungry and homeless families. The bulk of our aid is for "development", whether digging wells or legal help w...

  • LETTER: Blinkered A-level outlook
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    By taking the European Baccalaurat, for which one studies about 10 subjects, I was able to make a life-changing decision at the age of 18. Moreover, I was then able to apply to study on almost any degree course in the country. Ah, but the shallowness...

  • LETTER: Education spending is up
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    The "alarming reality" turned out to be the Government's critics' recalculation of inflation-weighted spending on education according to a Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (Cipfa) formula which Cipfa itself no longer uses. Cipfa'...

  • LETTER: Women, beware of marriage
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    Briony Galpin Colchester, Essex

  • LETTER: Can a bully be brave?
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    What astonishing reasoning! It is perfectly possible to be a bully and yet not to exemplify the fault of cowardice, just as it is possible for a bully not to be a thief, adulterer or liar. There is no inconsistency in loathing bullies while withholdi...

  • LETTER: BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    S Knight, London NW3

  • LETTER: Ritalin helps raise children's self-esteem
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    It became clear by the age of about six or seven that my daughter's inability to concentrate was affecting her performance at school. After hearing about Ritalin, I began giving it to her during the week. She has now been taking the medicine for abou...

  • LETTER: BRIEFLY
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    S G Bennett, Oldham

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Waldetrudis a 7th-century widow who came from a family of quite astonishing holiness. Her father was Saint Walbert and her mother Saint Bertilia. Her sister was Saint Aldegundis of Maubeuge, while her husband was Saint...

  • Panorama: the case for showing it
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    We believed we were right to plan our interview with John Major, even though the Scottish local election campaign was under way. But I freely confess the decision was one of the more difficult programming ones of recent years. We considered carefully...

  • The tale of the postman, the gas man and two political philosophies
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    The party cheated of Mr Barr's vote by death was, as it happens, the SNP. But the passing of Ian Barr bereaves not just his family and his chosen party, and not just Scotland. Britain as a whole ought to mourn him, because he was exactly the sort of ...

  • Lunch and a little light bulimia with friends splendid extravagance of true bulimia The private joys of high living and bulimia The great thing about bulimia Little things who miss so much A better way to throw a dinner party
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    To the point, Wallace, to the point! One or two newspapers have, indeed, caught my eye o'er the past fortnight; sad to say, they seem engaged in the discussion of one issue and one issue alone. I refer of course to bulimia. For my older readers, this...

  • The danger of another Rwanda New Rwanda accuses the world Genocide and the search for justice Seeking justice after gencocideBargaining after the genocide
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    It may be best to begin in Kigali prison. It is itself a community with a personality of its own. The prison left by the former colonial power is little more than a solid stone wall round an open compound. Sensibly, the dozen guards stay outside the ...

  • A country that slipped away
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    The Queen arrived the next morning in her own train and was preceded down the red carpet by the media, who were quietly booed by the guests - chiefs of staff, lord lieutenants, high sheriffs, mayors - seated in the stands. The Queen and the Bishop of...

  • Scotland, land of the speechless ... I spy ... plug the gap
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    n OH, YES, the photograph. It is, of course, a Hamster Dragster. This is an ideal purchase for the bright, lively hamster with a yearning for horizons beyond going round on one of those little wheels all day. The hamster featured is the Captain's lit...

  • Today's past master
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    Behind Schama are buildings by Inigo Jones and Christoper Wren, across from him the futuristic toytown of Docklands. The conservationist in him hates what Canary Wharf does to the view from the Royal Observatory. But another bit of him, the bit that ...

  • WORDS: ABUSE
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    When Michael Howard was accused by the Law Lords last week of flouting the wishes of Parliament, he was told that this was an "abuse of power". So it was, but what he was doing was not what alcoholics do to their drinks or what some adults do to chil...

  • Tax cuts cannot keep the grim reaper at bay
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    General elections do not take place in December or January. There were February elections in 1950 and 1974, neither with specially happy results for the party calling them. In 1966 Lord Wilson went to the country on the last day in March. Lady Thatch...

  • Why is the Telegraph obsessed with sex?
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    The Telegraph loves rape trials, and ran pages on the Bank of England deputy's affair. On the day that story broke they even led with a sex story on the foreign pages. Perhaps Max Hastings has become a pervert and a woman-hater, or perhaps it is all ...

  • Take him to the polls!
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    Before we pass sentence, however, it is only right to consider the case made on your behalf. The court has heard from character witnesses, including, to some people's surprise, David Hare, the left-wing playwright. He has described you as "fundamenta...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 9 April 1995

    Kenneth Clarke to John Humphrys, who had given him a calculator to count interruptions on `Today' You are doing the wrong thing in the wrong way at the wrong time and in the wrong place. Sir John Gorst, Tory MP, to Virginia Bottomley in the Commons I...

  • LETTER: No goodbyes for victims
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    From Ms Virginia Frank Sir: As an American who has been in this country only a few months, I am distressed and appalled at the coverage of the case of Nick Ingram. After reading an article designed expressly to arouse sympathy for a convicted crimina...

  • LETTER: POSSIBLE BENEFITS OF VIRGINIA BOTTOMLEY'S HEALTH SHAKE- UP
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    Sir: As Chairman of West Surrey Health Commission, I write to stress how vital it is that changes to London's health services go ahead if our own local hospital and community services are to thrive. Demand among West Surrey residents for treatment in...

  • LETTER: The long-term generation game
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    Sir: Hamish McRae ("And shall our children inherit the deficit?" 6 April) expresses the widely held view that a government deficit has to be "paid for" by future generations. This is surely a misconception. A government deficit will require a transfe...

  • What is life in the womb without mother?
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    The unborn child was 19 weeks old when its mother was terribly injured in a car crash and went into a coma. Persistent vegetative state has been diagnosed for her, but the child has continued to develop. It is now 25 weeks old and doctors intend to s...

  • LETTER: POSSIBLE BENEFITS OF VIRGINIA BOTTOMLEY'S HEALTH SHAKE- UP
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    Sir: It is announced from Downing Street that Health Secretary Virginia Bottomley has the full backing of the Prime Minister. I give her until the end of the month. Yours sincerely, PAUL RICHARDS London, W6 7 April

  • When memory fails, try Wittgenstein
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    They blanch, frankly, just as my socially ambitious mother used to blanch when I discovered, at the age of three, that I could cause the world to make no sense to her by saying "pardon?" in front of the Duchess of Gloucester's sister, Lady Burghley. ...

  • LETTER: A HISTORIAN OF THE PEOPLE
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    Sir: Gareth Stedman Jones's heavy-handed revaluation of AJP Taylor, while free of the personal bile of AL Rowse's recent attack, should not mislead your readers. Long ago Erich Maria Remarque presciently identified the seeds in mainstream Teutonic cu...

  • LETTER: POSSIBLE BENEFITS OF VIRGINIA BOTTOMLEY'S HEALTH REFORMS
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    Sir: In today's Independent the Secretary of State for Health is quoted ("Bottomley gets mauling over hospital cuts", 6 April) as saying that "to allow the services to fossilise is not going to address the real needs". Quite so. Why then the continue...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Fear and Lothian in Westminster
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    We have been here before, of course. After the Tory defeat in the Kincardine and Deeside by-election of 1991, some journalists got excited about the prospect of a complete Tory whitewash at the next national poll. When the Scottish Conservatives did ...

  • Flying by the seat of his pants
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    The background to the story is that Virgin sued British Airways for breach of copyright linked to a number of episodes in which BA staff illicitly read information on Virgin flights and passengers stored on a computerised reservation system. Only the...

  • LETTER: Action not words
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    From Mr Geoffrey Best Sir: I wonder how many besides myself are getting a bit tired of being told by Michael Dummett that we are moral slackers? Or, to use the expression in his letter of 5 April about BBC2's recent Yugoslavia feature, "dead of soul"...

  • LETTER: Dizzy's ear trumpet
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    From Mr Fritz Spiegl Sir: The Health and Safety Executive should insist on making compulsory Dizzy Gillespie's upward-pointing trumpet ("Dizzy trumpet bent by a falling dancer goes on sale", 6 April). There would be fewer orchestral players with ear ...

  • LETTER: NO GOODBYES FOR VICTIMS
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    Sir: Am I the only person to be sickened by the media treatment of the case of Nick Ingram? I see it as perfectly acceptable that the facts of the case and all the legal moves to stay execution should be reported. However, I can see no justification ...

  • Across those far blue hills a bell is tolling
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    MPs don't regard local elections as being quite real, either - Westminster has been too contemptuous of local government for too long to worry about what happens there in itself. But any elections, even these ones, hit home. The party of government i...

  • LETTER: A historian of the people
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    From Dr Brian Hill Sir: Gareth Stedman Jones (Disputation, 4 April) rightly defends the late AJP Taylor against an "intemperate and petty" attack, but he still refuses him the accolade of a great historian. It depends on what criteria are used. Mr St...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    I cannot believe that it is God's will that this young man's life should be ended by state execution - the Archbishop of Canterbury, asking Georgia to reprieve Nicholas Ingram At the last Canadian general election, the number of Conservatives in the ...

  • LETTER: POSSIBLE BENEFITS OF VIRGINIA BOTTOMLEY'S HEALTH SHAKE- UP
    Saturday, 8 April 1995

    Sir: Your leading article "Time to lead, Mrs Bottomley" (6 April) rightly points out that health services rationalisation in the capital has been talked about for a long time. For the sake of the millions who live, work and visit the city it is essen...

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