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  • Hip replacement: let the pain decide
    Saturday, 6 May 1995

    Sir: I am sure that Mr Bulstrode (letter, 28 April) is correct in warning your readers not to rush off to have a hip replacement. However, I am not at all sure that his quoted statistics, or those that the patient is likely to receive from the orthop...

  • Exploitation-free carpet buying
    Saturday, 6 May 1995

    Sir: You reported (3 May) that major European importers had scrapped orders for hand-knotted carpets from Pakistan. The tragic death of Iqbal Masih has created unprecedented media coverage for the issue of child slavery and has rightly mobilised publ...

  • How therapy explores reality
    Saturday, 6 May 1995

    Sir: Bryan Appleyard is misguided to lump psychotherapy in with aromatherapy or colonic irrigation. The latter procedures result in a sense of physical well-being and doubtless calm the mind. Psychotherapy is made of sterner stuff. It is an elaborati...

  • In defence of the Jesus Army
    Saturday, 6 May 1995

    Sir: The article in the Magazine (29 April) on the Jesus Army was sensational and unbalanced. You describe the Jesus Army as "one of Britain's fastest-growing cults", and refer to exploitation and brainwashing in a way that can only be described as s...

  • Bad name, bad record, good idea
    Saturday, 6 May 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr's piece on the Department of National Heritage - brilliantly written though, as usual, it was - did less than justice to the idea behind the creation of the department ("A heritage trail littered with mistakes", 4 May). He was right ...

  • Theatrical cooking skills
    Saturday, 6 May 1995

    Sir: If Maggie Brown aspires to be a restaurant critic as well as a theatre reviewer, she must polish her skills of observation (Diary, 3 May). Closer attention to the meal cooked by Lia Williams in David Hare's play Skylight would have revealed that...

  • How therapy explores reality
    Saturday, 6 May 1995

    Sir: It was unfortunate that Bryan Appleyard should have said at the end of an otherwise balanced article (3 May) that "therapy, like the cults, is religion gone wrong", thereby sweeping us all into the same pigeon- hole and contradicting his earlier...

  • How therapy explores reality
    Saturday, 6 May 1995

    Sir: I was disappointed at how uninformed Brian Appleyard is about psychotherapy ("Nightmare cures for unhappiness", 3 May). What his piece failed to recognise is that good psychoanalytic psychotherapy aims to hold both the inner world reality and th...

  • You cannot degrade democracy and expect thanks
    Saturday, 6 May 1995

    So John Major promises not to "run away" and, rather touchingly, gives the impression that he thinks this news will reassure people. "No excuses" - but no lessons either. Cabinet ministers tell us that the votes of millions of irate Britons have been...

  • There'll be bluebirds over Hyde Park
    Saturday, 6 May 1995

    Meeting Dame Vera is about as difficult as meeting the Queen, and an infinitely more intimidating experience. Fiercely protected by her husband of 54 years, Harry Lewis, it requires endless phone calls, negotiations and three cancellations (once beca...

  • Only brave men go to Brixton
    Saturday, 6 May 1995

    Blacker then explained that he was merely a minor link in a complicated delivery chain. The stuff wasn't for him, or for the person who had asked him to get it, or indeed for that person but for an American novelist whose publisher was due in London ...

  • LETTERS: Remember the Merchant Navy on VE Day
    Saturday, 6 May 1995

    Sir: It was good to be alive on VE Day (Letters, 3 May). So it was. Just, with thousands of other POWs on the River Kwai and elsewhere in the Far East. It was just an ordinary day. No different to any other in the previous three years. Burying a few ...

  • Playing snooker at the Labour club
    Saturday, 6 May 1995

    And that, metaphorically, is what hundreds of thousands of his former fellow Conservative voters will now be doing. For, this weekend, all over suburban and rural England, startled new Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors will be looking at their ...

  • LETTERS: Remember the Merchant Navy on VE Day
    Saturday, 6 May 1995

    Sir: I very much appreciate and must congratulate Barbara Hoddinott for her letter (29 April) referring to the forgotten group in the last war - the Merchant Navy. Fifty-three years ago I was with a unit of an infantry regiment at Crewe changing trai...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 6 May 1995

    For a man linked with satire he was without malice to anyone, although he did admit to pursuing an irrational vendetta against the late, great Gracie Fields - Richard Ingrams, former editor of 'Private Eye', on Peter Cook I do hope you won't go on ab...

  • LETTERS: Remember the Merchant Navy on VE Day
    Saturday, 6 May 1995

    Sir: Barbara Hoddinott (Letters, 3 May) refers to the efforts of the Merchant Navy during the Second World War. I am pleased to advise you that, far from being forgotten, there is a service of commemoration and thanksgiving for the Merchant Navy at 1...

  • Peace: they're getting there
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    As early as page 28, however, comes the chapter with the unoriginal title of "From reform to revolution", and from then on the IRA and Sinn Fein take centre stage. Mr Adams's subsequent career was anything but dogmatic and unoriginal as he proved him...

  • Advice well past its heed-by date
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    Why do they all look so troubled in mind? Well, organising things is horrible at the best of times, but it can't be much fun trying to find out exactly how bouncy castles were powered in 1945 and then finding out that they didn't even have the blaste...

  • Let's face it, we've backed a real loser
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    The Government was clearly taken aback by the public outcry, but this may just be the beginning, for the lottery is coming to symbolise a whole range of government weaknesses. Take the spectre of quango sleaze. The Churchill dbcle created the impress...

  • Another View: Fair play for rugby amateurs
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    I can only assume the programme was made some time ago as it certainly does not reflect the current situation, but that does not excuse collective abuse if reports are correct. At a meeting last Friday, the new executive, recommended by the Bishop Co...

  • Letter: Deciding who prescribes
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    Drugs have not been "banned" from GP prescription and GPs do not have to "seek permission" before prescribing. The guidelines drawn up in Bromley after extensive local consultation, which included GPs and other health professionals, simply give advic...

  • Letter: EU accession talks for Malta
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    In fact on 10 April 1995 the Council of Ministers also decided that accession negotiations with Malta "will start six months after the conclusion of the 1996 intergovernmental conference". Yours sincerely, SALV J. STELLINI High Commissioner Malta Hig...

  • Leading Article: Whitehall talks hot air on fumes
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    Showing all the quick-fire reactions of a sloth, the Government is beginning to realise that a lot of air pollution is due to rising numbers of cars. The Government won't admit it, but there may well turn out to be a link between traffic fumes and th...

  • Letter: Socialist principles in a changing world
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    But you will not find it surprising that we should stand by the principles to which we committed ourselves when we joined the Labour Party, and to which we were all asked to declare our allegiance when we were nominated as candidates for our party in...

  • Letter: Good and bad ways of spending the National Lottery proceeds
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    Remember the advertisements which appeared last year showing examples of charitable work likely to benefit from the National Lottery? The clear message from Camelot was (and still is) "buy a lottery ticket and you will be supporting charity". Your re...

  • Leading Article: Ken and Eddie's big day
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    But the pair of them should not be put off. The Governor, Eddie George, can indeed make a reasonable economic case for a rise, designed to save Britain from rolling towards the downward curve of the country's typical boom-bust cycle. Mr George can ju...

  • Letter: 'Olympic Chickens' an affront to art
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    If human corpses were shaved of hair, decapitated and manipulated in grotesque, statuesque parodies for "artistic" presentation, would this not constitute a violation of human dignity? The protests over live animal transport are equally about dignity...

  • Letter: Belgrade left out in the cold on VE Day
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    Belgrade was promptly blitzed by the Luftwaffe while Zagreb hailed its German liberators. Serbia was truncated and subjected to German military rule for the duration of the war. Zagreb, in contrast, became the capital of a Ustasha-run Greater Croatia...

  • Letter: Fair Trade's work against poverty
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    Contrary to the impression given, Oxfam can guarantee that our trade with partners in the Third World is ethical and humane. What we can't guarantee is that producers and consumers will have the same perception of what constitutes a fair price. Worke...

  • Letter: Good and bad ways of spending the National Lottery proceeds
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    I have, however, become very disturbed in the past few days by the controversy over the "Churchill papers" and the financing of the purchase of them for "the country" out of lottery money. I now hear that the Thatcher papers are to be presented free ...

  • Letter: Good and bad ways of spending the National Lottery proceeds
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    A small endowment would place the Dulwich Picture Gallery on a much-deserved even keel for the future. This is the oldest public picture gallery in Britain (opened in 1817, before the National Gallery), and has been struggling valiantly for many year...

  • Letter: Good and bad ways of spending the National Lottery proceeds
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    Our original masterplan, on which the lottery application is based, included a detailed acoustical survey. What became apparent was that further studies would be necessary and that, given we were already operating in an acoustically difficult buildin...

  • Letter: Socialist principles in a changing world
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    We have, however, the right to campaign for policies aimed at restoring full employment, redistributing wealth and bringing health education and social services back into full public control. Despite the ballots, common ownership does win popular sup...

  • Peace: they're getting there
    Friday, 5 May 1995

    Such images demonstrate that the gulf between the two sides is narrowing. Yet Wednesday's fracas in Londonderry - and John Major's subsequent threat to cancel next week's first meeting between the republicans and Michael Ancram, the Northern Ireland ...

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