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Saturday, 13 May 1995

  • LETTER : CRITICISM OF GERARD DEPARDIEU
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    To Grard Depardieu? Barry Cole London EC1

  • LETTER : SOLUTION TO AIR POLLUTION NEEDED
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Simon Bullock, Friends of the Earth, London N1

  • LETTER : Why try to be like a bank?
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    If a building society wants to be a bank, presumably it has been inspired by the banks' example. These include treating your customers with contempt (learning fast), looking for ways to pay directors inflated salaries (becoming a plc), selling "finan...

  • LETTER : Breast cancer: we all know the bad news
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    One does not need statistics to prove that "early detection remains the best hope" rather than chemotherapy, nor that mammography has an important part to play. However, for those pre-menopausal women for whom Dr Smith concedes that chemotherapy is m...

  • LETTER : RHYME
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    John Updike's couplet about Gerard Brodkin's English needs expansion: The rhyme is there, but where's the scansion? Andy Maslen Richmond, Surrey

  • LETTER : Badgers, dairy cows and TB
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Hence a significant specialist cheese industry has grown up supplying discerning customers with cheese which is made from raw milk. Abandonment of the TB eradication programme would not only destroy this growing industry, it would also necessitate th...

  • LETTER : China flies the Union flag
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Colin Hines East Twickenham, Middlesex

  • LETTER : China flies the Union flag
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    And where will all these bags finish up? In UK landfill sites. It is a great pity that the companies concerned in this failed to take into account, not only the environmental cost, but also the cost to the local economy in Telford. If they had done s...

  • LETTER : Lloyd Wright was an architect for everyone Architect who captured public's imagination
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    It may be reasonable to characterise Wright's early clients as successful businessmen. However, during the decades that followed, his genius inspired many individuals of more modest means to pursue his services in domestic architecture. Indeed, a num...

  • LETTER : WHY PEOPLE DON'T WHISTLE
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Richard Peters, Liverpool

  • LETTER : Webern note
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Leonard H Hancock London, N1

  • LETTER : The origin of Darwin
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Chris Curtis Twickenham, Middlesex

  • LETTER : Homeric reflections of war
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    In Christopher Logue's translation of Book 19 of the Iliad at line 399 we read: "Though it is noon, the helmet screams against the light; /Scratches the eye; so violent it can be seen /Across three thousand years." Or perhaps this is a Churchillian e...

  • LETTER : ASSESSMENT FORMS ARE UNNECCESSARY
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    William Roberts, London N1

  • LETTER : The cost of cleaner Cornwall
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Laurie Ronaldson Okehampton, Devon

  • LETTER : Drying out the less well off
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    At Broadreach, we may not be able to offer the manor house idyll of Farm Place, but we can certainly offer some of the best available treatment in the country for this problem to virtually anyone, regardless of their bank balance. In the majority of ...

  • LETTER : Paine's law
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    In fact, Paine did not advocate "education vouchers" but direct lump sum transfer payments for relief of poor families' "distress" in rearing children (to the age of 14) and looking after the aged. Parents would be "enjoined" to send children to scho...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Roseanna Cunningham, SNP candidate in the Perth and Kinross by-election The power and the glory of public service broadcasting in Britain is that it is not an optional extra. Alan Yentob, controller of BBC1 I am not one to lecture my colleagues on a ...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT : Proud to be British ... some names for Nolan
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    You will have your own outstanding image of the present paying homage to the past: a grandchild with a grandfather, the Royal ladies at Buckingham Palace, Cliff Richard giving his irrepressible all. The Captain's, though, came at the marvellous VE ni...

  • A bold course, Captain Nolan, but still in sight of land
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    There is the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee, which is surely the most ineffectual agency in the whole of our polity. There is the judge who is supposed to oversee the interception of communications and who has never, to the best of my knowledge...

  • A little local difficulty
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    In Harrogate on Tuesday morning, the congress of the Royal College of Nursing will vote to amend its constitution to allow nurses to take industrial action against NHS hospital trusts. Next month, the proposition will be put to a postal ballot. It is...

  • I thought I was me till you thought I was someone else
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    I get asked this quite a lot and despite being tempted to be sarcastic and say "No, I'm not me. I'm that man standing over there drinking cider" or "That's an interesting question, is anything what it seems?" I'm too grown-up and polite. I say "Yes, ...

  • The art of vanishing and why the English needn't fear identity cards
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Australians sometimes talk of people who have "gone through" (vanished), although whether that means driving through town and disappearing into the infinite beyond again or falling through the skin of things into the darkness beneath, I am not sure. ...

  • The poison in the welfare state
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    There are families now that have totally abandoned the idea that paid work has any relevance for them at all, such is the impossibility of finding a job. There are schoolchildren who, because no member of the family is in work, have not the slightest...

  • words : Nuclear
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    In fact the word has existed since the 1840s, well before the atomic age gave it its present meaning. Nucleus in Latin was the kernel of a nux, or nut, and had come into English in the early 18th century as a technical term for the heart of a comet, ...

  • Let age approve of youth
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    And what of the subject of those "decisions"? When Carling flies to South Africa on Wednesday for the Rugby World Cup, he will be travelling as something more than the England captain. After last weekend's furore, he is assured of his place in the so...

  • How I help Virginia and Stephen face the press
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Of course, the two of them were in grave need of the support of ordinary, decent Britons. Mrs Bottomley has been doing valiant work tidying up our hospitals, which, before her bold changes took effect, had become hotbeds of the sick and infirm and - ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : A short, sharp shock for MPs
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    Such a comment now would be greeted with ribald laughter. Good sense, like duty or compassion, is an unfashionable virtue. It cannot be entered in a company balance sheet, cannot be subject to a performance indicator, cannot be enshrined in contract....

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 14 May 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Matthias, patron saint of alcoholics. Following the suicide of Judas Iscariot, Matthias was chosen (by lot) to become the twelfth apostle. His patronage of drunks is traditional but of uncertain origin but his life as ...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    I never shout at my musicians because if they are very bad, I pack my case. That's my shout - Sir Georg Solti What's this? Pensioners' Woodstock? - American tourist watching elderly people pour into Hyde Park for VE celebrations Money can't buy happi...

  • Enough aplomb to embrace the B-list
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    "I'm up for that," I said. "Tell them all to be in MacMillans in the Fulham Road, in half an hour." That's how it is these days. Once, as I'd been explaining to Michelle, I was socially quite active - having the last dance at Claridge's with the Lord...

  • LETTER:Socratic memo
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    These words were inscribed on Apollo's Temple at Delphi. They are not an invitation to introspection but a solemn reminder that we are mere mortals, not gods, and must remember our limitations. The other Delphic precept was, of course, "nothing in ex...

  • LETTER:MPs' misconduct: from kangaroo courts to the rule of law
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    Over 85 per cent of Cable & Wireless's profits (at that time over 90 per cent) are generated overseas and my suspicion is that I would have had to wait less, rather than more. Yours faithfully, YOUNG Executive Chairman Cable & Wireless London...

  • LETTER:Inflation and the 'feel-good factor'
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    There are no votes in pursuing the objective of sustained economic growth with low inflation. This is sensible to those with a knowledge of economics, but the results of economic policy cannot be esoteric. We shall now witness the steady relaxation o...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Judges and bankers to the rescue
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    This week, the judiciary rescued politicians from sleaze. Lord Nolan, a senior Law Lord, offered MPs and ministers a new code of conduct, imbued with all the esteem in which judges are still held. His contribution will soon be followed by that of ano...

  • LETTER:Hidden benefits of being in the EU
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    It is time to acknowledge that the long peace enjoyed by member states of the European Union, invoked with such pride by John Major during the VE Day celebrations, might well not have existed had membership of the (original) EEC not provided its memb...

  • Taming of the Bogside hawk
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    For nearly a quarter of a century McGuinness has been regarded as personifying the leadership of the IRA: an implacable, relentless, ruthless, ingenious opponent of the British presence in Ireland; he is a man who will never, ever accept that that pr...

  • LETTER:One Nation: a true blue view
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    We have as urgent a responsibility as we ever did during the Eighties to reassert our values and reaffirm our heritage as the true Conservative one. Certainly we have all learnt the lessons of the Eighties, both strategic and political. We have only ...

  • LETTER:Killer bugs whose time has come
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    The parallel with the first recorded outbreak of Ebola virus is startling. Ebola emerged from its mysterious hiding place somewhere in the tropical jungles of Africa in 1976, when a schoolteacher attached to the Yambuku Mission Hospital, an ''upcount...

  • LETTER:Post-war investment rose, not fell
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    He says that British investment was "savagely cut" in 1949, yet he only has to consult Feinstein's standard work National Income, Expenditure and Output of the UK, Table 5 to see that investment rose continuously under the Attlee government, in total...

  • LETTER:Lazy omission
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    You write: "It will continue to require blood, sweat and tears" if we are to make the world a better place. Winston Churchill knew better than that. His actual words, on 13 May 1940, were "blood, toil, tears and sweat". Yours sincerely, DAVID A. ROTH...

  • My money's on the lonely shepherd entry from Cyprus
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    The King masterplan starts with submitting to tonight's contest the most interesting UK entry for years, which he hopes will win. As the winning nation, the UK would then host next year's contest, allowing King to set about his modernising project. I...

  • LETTER:Hidden benefits of being in the EU
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    By chance, I heard of a civic project in Staffordshire made possible by EU support. How many others have there been? Are even local residents made aware of how such things have taken place? Knowledge of such developments, among other benefits, would ...

  • LETTER:MPs' misconduct: from kangaroo courts to the rule of law
    Saturday, 13 May 1995

    Furthermore, there is a great need to bring Members of Parliament fully under the rule of law, so that a government with a small majority could not prevent legal action in the courts against any of its MPs for acts of corruption or seriously unethica...

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