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Sunday, 28 May 1995

  • LETTER: Breast is best for the mother, too
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    Sir: You subject a vulnerable minority group, breastfeeding mothers, to the opinion of people whose knowledge of the subject was unstated. Some of the views expressed were clearly misinformed (eg, giving a bottle is not an option - the baby's sucklin...

  • LETTER: Reading between the railway lines
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    Sir: I feel I must reply to your attack on my hero Thomas the Tank Engine. As one who has read and re-read the stories many times, I hope I will be able to put you straight on a few points. You suggest that the morality which Thomas and friends offer...

  • Great medium, shame about the message But I haven't got anything to say
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    John Henry, the ballad-hero who cut America's railway tunnels by hammering steel through rock, knew the same feeling when his foreman announced that he was "gonna get me a steam-drill roun', gonna get that steam-drill out on the job, gonna whop that ...

  • LETTER: Reading between the railway lines
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    Sir: Strange that the only ethic Thomas Sutcliffe can find in Thomas the Tank Engine is obedience ("Dear Thomas the Tank Engine", 24 May). Had he read a little slower, he would have found respect - for others and for oneself, loyalty, duty, the value...

  • New concepts for the Nineties; No. 17: tenism
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    Tenism is now beginning to assert itself among modern historians. The recent evaluation of Lord Wilson's years in No 10 heavily emphasised his tenacity n, the determination of respected tenants to refuse to call in the removal van. His resignation in...

  • LETTER: Breast is best for the mother, too
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    Sir: Your interviews with people about breast-feeding in public ("Is breast best, even in public?" 26 May) were unfortunately presented in a context of "taste", and failed to take account of the only really important factors in this issue. It is gene...

  • Will it be Russia v America next?
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    Can the UN ever act again as a peace-keeper in Bosnia? Its own senior civil servants doubt it. Can it fight a proper war? Every general sent to Bosnia denies the possibility. Can it get out in one piece? Maybe, but even if the troops emerge intact, t...

  • LETTER: Back to the bench
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    Sir: All those who know Stephen Tumim at the bar or otherwise will be saddened that his appointment as HM Inspector of Prisons is to be terminated after such a distinguished term of office (report, 27 May). Henceforth, however, others will benefit, w...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Still no way out of Bosnia
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    The families of the 32 soldiers taken hostage after their positions outside Gorazde were overrun yesterday afternoon probably want action, not more careful thought. They are probably not very fussed about what sort of action it is as long as it frees...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: New lines in the sex war
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    Much of this resentment is self-serving. Many political men feel resentful at the idea of losing their place in the sun to a woman. They are seething. And if you look around, there are other unmistakable signs of a backlash against some of the assump...

  • LETTER: Now is the time to lift the Bosnian embargo
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    Sir: Britain and France have opposed lifting the arms embargo on Bosnia- Herzegovina in order to avoid just such Bosnian Serb reprisals as we witness now (" 'Stop the bombing or we'll die' ", 27 May). So, the UN Security Council should give the Bosni...

  • LETTER: Business life is not that simple
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    Sir: Bryan Appleyard makes some valuable connections ("Simple lies mask complex truths", 24 May) while explaining why the BBC's forthcoming documentary series The Living Dead - Three Films about the Power of the Past contains "among the best, most or...

  • In the Commons and on the make
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    During that time, I met a member of the Callaghan cabinet on a train and we had coffee. I cannot remember what the most recent prompting had been, but at one point I said: "Don't you think that if there has to be a scandal, it would be better to get ...

  • LETTER: Follow your nose
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    Sir: Try going to your local greengrocer rather than a supermarket for garlic (letter, 25 May). Not only would you get better garlic, but you would be supporting local small shops. Yours, HELENA STOPES-ROE Birmingham

  • BOOK REVIEW: The wimp who outsold the world
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    So it is odd to find no hint of any such inquiring spirit in Michael Crick's acute and painstaking account of Jeffrey Archer's extraordinary career. He has researched his subject with avid and open-minded curiosity, but refrains - perhaps for legal r...

  • Short of cutting off their heads ...
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    You may also have noticed that although it is called the World Cup, most nations of the world are not represented, because most nations in the world do not play the game. You may even have noticed that the game itself is a peculiarly formulated one, ...

  • LETTER: Sex scandals have a sordid tradition
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    Sir: Our attitudes towards sex and marriage may well have changed over time, as Professor Carol Smart suggests ("Has adultery become a spurious issue?" 22 May), but the current stance taken by the popular media in its reporting of adultery is no rece...

  • LETTER: Cast-iron benefits
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    Sir: I am surprised that Dr Susan Fairweather-Tait ("Doctor sniffs out remedy for anaemia in an Indian pot" , 26 May), as "head of a team at a government-backed food-research institute" did not know about the benefits of cooking in iron. To take only...

  • LETTER: Now is the time to lift the Bosnian embargo
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    Sir: When Malcolm Rifkind, the Defence Minister, informed Parliament, three years ago, that we were dispatching forces to Bosnia, he promised the nation that they would be withdrawn if their lives were in danger. It is arguable that the 15 British se...

  • Diary
    Monday, 29 May 1995

    However, I suddenly encountered something entitled Brique, an 10 by Marcel Broodthaers, which was a brick inscribed "AN 10" and, said the explanatory text, "indistinctly signed with the initials, dated 67 and dedicated to Ginette". It was expected to...

  • LETTER: WHO PAYS FOR THE ARMS TRADE?
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    Many people would say that ethical interests in the long term would give the best return anyway, but this is not true in the short term. Fund managers have to look at the financial position as it is at present. The law needs to be changed so that cli...

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    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    Charlie Trousdell, Brighton

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    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    Daniel Chatterton, London N1

  • LETTER: STATE CONTROL WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE IRISH FAMINE, TOO
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    Ireland in the 1840s was like many Third World countries to-day where people scrape a bare existence from the soil. Our response to poverty and disease in the poor southern half of the world is similar to that of the British government to the Irish f...

  • NO-HEADLINE
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    Chris Moorhouse, Sheffield

  • LETTER: Pei-ching by any other name The name to remember
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    The name "Peking" is simply a western conventional spelling, accepted internationally for a very long time. Under the Wade-Giles romanisation system, the name was rendered Pei-ching, which means "northern capital". In 1928 the nationalist government ...

  • Salvation lies in becoming a Scottish Gaullist party Why Ian Lang will exhort the Tartan Tories not to panic
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    The horrid thought must have struck some of the surviving Tories in Perth and Kinross this week that even Sir Alec might not have held the seat for them on Thursday. So low have the Tories sunk in this most natural of Tory seats. Instead, one of the ...

  • Days of Scarborough sun and Jamaican cigars
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    It was at the 1960 conference that I first met him, standing outside the entrance to the Royal, the headquarters hotel owned by the family of Charles Laughton. The bottom of his tie was tucked into the top of his trousers, as it always was in those d...

  • The strange allure of the Middle Ages
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    Of course, the Middle Ages never really went away. In every century since the Renaissance they've been dug up, raked over, remade. One hundred years ago the Middle Ages - all blessed damozels and frizz-haired Guineveres - were in the keeping of the p...

  • Should wrong opinions be banned?
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    In March 1994 the Federal Court of Justice overturned the conviction on the ground that just denying the Holocaust does not automatically constitute incitement, and it ordered a new trial to determine whether the defendant "sympathised with Nazi beli...

  • LETTER: Mink menace
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    I wonder if many people realise that there is a far more menacing nest robber at large causing widespread havoc among the colonies of seabirds on offshore islands: mink. Mink are not indigenous and are here purely as a result of escapees from mink fa...

  • LETTER: Redwood and rural Wales Unsustainable Welsh course
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    1 The Government decided, without consultation, to dismember the Nature Conservancy Council and set up integrated agencies in Wales and Scotland. The Government was informed of the increased costs this would entail. It pledged to meet these. 2 The 90...

  • Just another way of speaking the same language
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    "What did you think of Mr Heselteen's attack on Lady Thatcher?" "Oh, Michael Heseltine?" "Yes, Mr Heselteen." "Well, I suppose Major can't attack Thatcher outright, so he has to get one of his henchmen to do it for him, and Mr Heseltine is the most a...

  • Beware perfect comfort and security, the Morlocks will have their hour
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    It is not a "great novel", but it is far more than entertainment. Its category is that of Nineteen Eighty-Four, a much more ambitious but less polished work. Both are fables that define the present by projecting its curve monstrously across the futur...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: A defeat for good intentions
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    We in the West like rational solutions to clearly identified problems. That was the basis for the years of peace and prosperity that followed the defeat of Nazi Germany. Extreme poverty, famine, ethnic hatred, aggressive war-mongering - these, we tho...

  • The man who meant something
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    Wherever he is now, he must be enjoying a wry chuckle. Who would have thought it? Perhaps the point about the People's Harold is that in his good and bad features - his inventiveness, his ideals, his Pooterish aspirations, his optimism, his vanity an...

  • My fond memories of Harold and the dread decade
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    Over the course of last week I have been approached, as you may imagine, by a number of newspapers and broadcasting organisations to share my thoughts on Harold Wilson, that great and unjustly underrated Prime Minister. As the leading political comme...

  • We got things wrong wrong
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    Ian White, Oxfordshire's director of social services, found that Islington children's department was "paralysed by equal opportunity and race issues"; managers believed they would not be supported if they investigated gay or black social workers. So ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: PC: the right is guilty too
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    The report, ordered by the Department of Health, pins much of the blame on the Labour council's "equal opportunities" policies. So anxious was the council to give gays and blacks a fair deal that managers were often reluctant to discipline employees ...

  • State control was responsible for the Irish famine, too Peculiarly Irish lessons from a famine 150 years ago
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    Between Ireland and Britain there was indeed free trade, the whole of Ireland being at the time a part of the UK. However, this operated inside a protectionist wall which was the antithesis of free trade. Britain sucked in imports from Ireland becaus...

  • LETTER: Why shouldn't a woman play Richard II?
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    Ms Shaw is one of the most exciting and innovative actresses of our age. The convention of male actors playing women has been long accepted and has occasionally transcended the piping parody of popular imagination. Why, then, should an undeniably gre...

  • LETTER: Standing by Roger Cook
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    First, the report gave the impression that our two programmes on cot death may have been wrong. In fact the correlation between levels of antimony in cot mattresses and the tissues of victims which The Cook Report's scientists found prompted the Gove...

  • LETTER: STATE CONTROL WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE IRISH FAMINE, TOO
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    In the hardship years now being remembered, one major public work was expected to bring trade and profits through a modern waterway, linking the Loughs of Mask in the north (Mayo) with Corrib in the south (Galway) - an isthmus of six miles across. Un...

  • Hardening the consumer case
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    Even stricter provisions are required to force manufacturers to recognise their duty to compensate those injured by their products rather than relying on the reluctance of the consumer to enter litigation. I would not advocate a system of punitive da...

  • LETTER: Happy to be an adopted child
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    I was adopted in the early 1950s, and am fully aware of the circumstances surrounding my adoption. Were my natural mother to appear on my doorstep I would feel nothing but horror. This is not because I am angry or resentful towards her or the actions...

  • Poetic puffs ... perverse pleasures ... publishers' notes
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    n ANNE RICE. Remember her? Yes you do, creepy American writer, penned Interview with the Vampire, violently objected to Tom Cruise being cast as Lestat, then abjectly apologised on seeing the film. Yes, that one. Well, Anne Rice has a husband, Stan R...

  • LETTER: Travels of Bormann's skull
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    There is no doubt that it was Bormann's skull that was found in Berlin in 1972. My argument is that he did not die in Berlin, and not in 1945. Dental records show clearly that dental treatment on the skull had been carried out long after that date. P...

  • LETTER: Who pays for the arms trade?
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    However, it should be noted that our research, on which your report is based, also reveals that the health service invests liberally in this lethal trade. We identified over 120 hospitals, health authorities, NHS trusts etc, putting money into one or...

  • words: Media
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    YOU probably thought media was a noun, and so did I till I read the press accounts of Stephen Dorrell's Green Paper on cross-media ownership. Among some 50 mentions of the word,in all but half-a-dozen it was a rather graceless little adjective. An in...

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Bernard of Montjoux , an 11th-century monk who founded two hospices in the Alps on the passes which served the many pilgrims travelling from France and Germany to Rome. These passes were named after him as the Great an...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    Tony Benn on Harold Wilson What is my husband's is also mine - what we have is shared. Jeanette Jefferies defending the decision of her husband, David Jefferies, the chairman of National Grid, to avoid tax by transferring 59,000 electricity shares in...

  • NO-HEADLINE
    Sunday, 28 May 1995

    W P Coughlan, Chelmsford

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