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Wednesday, 3 May 1995

  • Letter: Involvement of women, men and sailors in the Second World War
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: Barbara Hoddinott (Letters, 3 May) speaks of the Merchant Navy and its 29,180 men who lost their lives in the Second World War as a "forgotten group". It is intended to remember the great contribution that the Merchant Service made by planting a...

  • Letter: Risks and benefits of contraceptive pill
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: With regard to the dangers and inadequate warnings on Pill leaflets, the warnings about thrombosis et al in my Pill's instructions are decorated with a border of pink flowers. On the front of the leaflet, there is a picture of a "flower fairy" a...

  • We've swallowed the bottle
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Bottling water ought to be as inherently silly as canning air and there was a time when everybody in Britain would have shared this view. At the end of the Seventies the market for bottled mineral waters was a paltry £9m. Then came the Eighties, upwa...

  • Letter: Golfers' defence of a worthy game
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: I'm sure Genevieve Fox's article on World No Golf Day will draw plenty of replies from Outraged of Tunbridge Wells, but as a relative newcomer to the sport, I probably have a more balanced outlook ("How about bunking off for the day?", 28 April)...

  • Letter: Scene of triumph
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: Greta Garbo and Charles Spencer were too dismissive of Cecil Beaton on stage (Vicky Ward's Diary, 2 May). I saw that 1946 production of Lady Windermere's Fan, for which Beaton also did the stage designs and costumes. The audience was so delighte...

  • The City and the global village
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    But this latest foreign invasion of the City should be a matter of concern for us all. It speaks loudly and clearly about the weaknesses, and strengths, of the British economy in the mid- Nineties. And it carries a particular message for Labour as Go...

  • Letter: No bones about it
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: If a team of American scientists genuinely believe they have found the world's oldest bone tools, some 90,000 years old, in Zaire ("Stone Age folk in the Rift Valley 'lived in nuclear families' ", 28 April), they should read the Independent, if ...

  • Letter: Involvement of women, men and sailors in the Second World War
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: Rosalind Miles appears, in her essay on masculinity as defined by war ("Frogmarched into manhood", 1 May), to lay the responsibility for warmongering exclusively at the feet of men - but what about women's involvement? Without the support of wom...

  • Letter: May Day: pagan and revolutionary
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: Michael Foot's valiant vindication of the May Day holiday unfortunately includes a high ratio of fantasy to fact ("Long live our beloved May Day; Another View, 2 May). There is no connection between the pagan festival of May Day and the Christia...

  • Leading article: Lib Dems add electoral spice
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Such conclusions would, however, be mistaken. First, today's poll will almost certainly not be the Prime Minister's Waterloo. As the Tory losses are totted up, probably in their thousands, the doom merchants will ply their trade. Plots will be hatche...

  • Gemini Calling! Gemini Calling!
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    After the war Lord Haw Haw was dismissed as a traitor - indeed, he was executed as a traitor - but during the war he had given a great deal of entertainment to the British, and I sometimes feel that just because he was on the wrong side, we undervalu...

  • Letter: Risks and benefits of contraceptive pill
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: If women are to work, study, engage in social or political life - all the things we regard as our right - we must be able to prevent unwanted pregnancy ("A hard pill to swallow", 1 May). The contraceptive pill is one of the most effective, conve...

  • A heritage trail littered with mistakes
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    The name ought to have been warning enough. People who make a government department for "National Heritage" are clearly the spaced-out mind-slaves of corporate euphemism. It is a McName, a crunchy, bite-sized little chunk of nothingness that makes th...

  • Letter: Mythical cause of Balkan wars
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: The Independent's coverage of Croatia's liberation of Sector West was a disappointment after its past treatment of the conflict in former Yugoslavia. Michael Sheridan and Christopher Bellamy's News Analysis ("Hunkering down for a long, long war"...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Leeson's best hope for trial
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Leeson's bail application was doomed even though there can be little doubt that a native German would have been granted bail, albeit with strict conditions attached. In that respect Leeson shares his plight with British tourists accused of mayhem in ...

  • Leading article: When warlords stoop to folly
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Once again, the conflicts of the former Yugoslavia have been waged without care for the consequences. Once again, the victims, this time Serbs, have nowhere to turn but to the international aid agencies. Once again, they will depend on the soldiers o...

  • Letter: Involvement of women, men and sailors in the Second World War
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: I possess a copy of General Eisenhower's message that ended the war. It has been among my souvenirs these 50 years. It orders all "active operations" to cease at 23:01 hours Central European time, 8 May 1945. Even if the difference between Centr...

  • Letter: Golfers' defence of a worthy game
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: Genevieve Fox has obviously never played the "Royal and Ancient" version of golf. While I agree with much of her sentiment about the harmful, ludicrously expensive and unnatural golfing developments, such as the £40m London Golf Club at Sevenoak...

  • Letter: Involvement of women, men and sailors in the Second World War
    Thursday, 4 May 1995

    Sir: Those who were involved in the Second World War are certainly taking a drubbing half a century after the conflict. We were, it is sometimes alleged, at least indifferent to and often given to gloating over the killing of German civilians, especi...

  • LETTER : Ahead in the lottery game
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: In view of the controversy surrounding the Churchill papers, as highlighted in your survey today ("Public dismay at Churchill papers sale", 2 May), might I suggest a method of solving it that would enter fully into the spirit of the National Lot...

  • LETTER : VE Day deserves to be celebrated with style
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: Over the past few days the media, understandably concerned to anticipate the coming VE Day celebrations, have attacked schoolchildren's lack of awareness and criticised schools for not allowing their pupils to have the day off to celebrate. May ...

  • LETTER : Ahead in the lottery game
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: Once the dust settles over the largely misinformed debate concerning the sale of the Churchill papers, which is regrettably causing "public display" (report, 2 May), it would surely be highly desirable for Stephen Dorrell, the National Heritage ...

  • Whisper it not in the Crucible ... you're snookered
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Yes. The snooker is over. Snooker? The circus has moved on. The cleaning ladies have moved into the Crucible at Sheffield and are even now taking away the sponsors' stands and the old crisp packets and are trying to get the chalk marks out of the car...

  • Who pays for a child to grow tall?
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    The family was first told he needed the drug in January, but he still hasn't received it. It would cost about £5,000 for the first year, rising to £10,000 a year, probably about £60,000 in total over his growing years. Every month that goes by his he...

  • LETTER : No Aids letter
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: Your article "Admission of false Aids case suppressed by NHS" (6 April), relating to research into the death in May 1959 of a man presumed to be the earliest known Aids case, suggests that I had a letter retracting my laboratory's own findings s...

  • LETTER : Morality of the selfish gene
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: According to Bryan Appleyard, Richard Dawkins "cannot explain how the selfish gene allowed goodness into the world". In fact, however, the explanation is well under way: the rapidly expanding discipline of evolutionary psychology is set to expla...

  • LETTER : Cambodia's debt to Vietnam
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: In his article on the Vietnam war ("Vietnam: two men, two wars", 28 April), Tim McGirk makes a passing reference to Vietnam's "abortive... dabble in expansionism" in Cambodia. Vietnam invaded Cambodia in 1979, stating that it intended to end agg...

  • LETTER : VE Day deserves to be celebrated with style
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: Another forgotten group of non-combatants must be added to Philip Hoare's list (Another View: "They also served", 28 April): the Merchant Navy, of whom 29,180 men lost their lives in the Second World War. We in Britain at that time simply could ...

  • LETTER : Ahead in the lottery game
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: The debate on the purchase of Churchill's papers seems to concentrate mainly on details such as the price and whether this is a proper use of Lottery money. One assertion has been left unchallenged: that it would be a Bad Thing if the archive we...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : The death of the quiet Moroccan
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    And then, on Monday, horror. As marchers attending the annual Joan of Arc rally of Jean-Marie Le Pen's National Front crossed a bridge near the Louvre, 10 skinheads broke away. In plain view of hundreds of people, three of them grabbed Brahim and thr...

  • Turning back the bulldozers
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    We fought back at Twyford Down - lying in front of massive machines, chaining ourselves by the neck to bulldozers, networking frantically to alert others to the horror of what we were witnessing. We were continuing the battle that respectable middle-...

  • LETTER : Reason enough
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: As the senior detective officer leading the investigation into the abduction and murder of Daniel Handley, I was appalled to read the comments made by Ruth Picardie ("Pervert-crazy police go astray - again", 28 April) regarding suspected paedoph...

  • Nightmare cures for unhappiness
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Clearly this one bad thing invalidates all the good things. No matter how great the car or the marriage, they are not working as intended. They are not getting through to the inner man because, in the midst of this privilege and plenty, he remains un...

  • POLEMIC ; Nuclear reaction to a merger
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Scottish Nuclear is the state-owned company set up to run the reactors north of the border. Over the past five years, under the chairmanship of James Hann (an Englishman), it has carved out a distinctive identity for itself. It has made its two power...

  • LETTER : No blessings at all
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: Your City Comment (27 April) suggests that the ITC may give its unofficial blessing to clever ways around the ownership regulations that apply to the Channel 5 licence. There is no truth in your suggestion. The ITC will apply the ownership provi...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Selling out to Mr Budge
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    The haste to privatise was understandable in the early years when "denationalisation" was unpopular and would certainly have faltered had it not been for the extraordinary energy and determination of Margaret Thatcher. But there were costs: look at B...

  • LETTER : Ahead in the lottery game
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: Why this sudden rash of criticism about how the National Lottery funds are allocated? It has been known for a long time how the spoils would be divided. The fact that heritage and arts projects are receiving grants ahead of the rest says more ab...

  • LETTER : VE Day deserves to be celebrated with style
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: Celebrate? Commemorate? Remember? Do we really need to be told how to behave ourselves on VE Day? Most of us who remember VE Day have one thing in common. We were young. Young enough to have ideals and to believe in the future. Why are we not al...

  • LETTER : Morality of the selfish gene
    Wednesday, 3 May 1995

    Sir: Bryan Appleyard asserts that "[Richard] Dawkins cannot explain how the selfish gene allowed goodness into the world" (Magazine: "Darwin's Disciple", 29 April). Let me try. Although the gene is the unit of replication on which the process of natu...

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