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Thursday, 1 June 1995

  • LETTER:13 million mines in French fields
    Friday, 2 June 1995

    Sir: You refer ("Scandal of PoWs sent to deaths on minefields", "Minefield plague was legacy of war for France", 23 May) to the French estimate that "2,500 Germans and 500 French died during the mine clearances" [in post- war France], while "archives...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:At last, some sense from Washington
    Friday, 2 June 1995

    Yet both the wording of his statement and the immediate congressional reaction to it suggest this will not be an easy option. Mr Clinton said he would send troops if necessary and only after consulting the Congress. He defined their possible task as ...

  • LETTER:Snakes with a suitable diet
    Friday, 2 June 1995

    Sir: Chris Moncrieff (Letters, 31 May) could do a lot worse than choose a snake as a first pet, but I would suggest a corn snake would be ideal, rather than a boa constrictor. Three years ago, we bought a hatchling corn snake (nominally for the child...

  • LETTER:Well-trained
    Friday, 2 June 1995

    Sir: Surely Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends (Letters, 29 May) teach us not altruism but "altrailism"? His readers grow up with a recognition of the importance of railways, not begrudging the spending of their taxes on a sensible transport poli...

  • LETTER:In utero music a case of headbanging
    Friday, 2 June 1995

    Sir: Janet Mason's account of playing tapes to her baby reminds me of the similar claims that were made for abdominal decompression treatment in pregnancy, which was supposed to create brighter progeny. Mothers who went through the treatment insisted...

  • LETTER:Bosnia: failure to deliver medical aid, and a promise not kept
    Friday, 2 June 1995

    Sir: In his eloquent and obviously deeply felt columns on Bosnia, there is one issue that Andrew Marr has not addressed. If, by military intervention, we bring about some settlement of the conflict, how are we going to ensure that this will outlast o...

  • LETTER:School speech day
    Friday, 2 June 1995

    Sir: School speech days can be turgid affairs, not least because of the predictable nature of those presenting the prizes. So how refreshing it was to hear recently of Hurstpierpoint College inviting the German defence minister, Volker Ruhe, to be th...

  • LETTER:Barbie's elusive black friend
    Friday, 2 June 1995

    Sir: The children of Anthony Femelly are lucky to have been bought the Duplo "World People" set last Christmas (Letters, 26 May). I searched high and low for the set for my own two avid Duplo collectors and finally discovered that it had been withdra...

  • LETTER:Sharing theatrical production costs
    Friday, 2 June 1995

    Sir: Co-production between theatres ("Co-productions alone cannot keep curtains rising", 31 May) can also include partnerships with commercial producers as one way to relieve the financial crisis of regional theatres in England. Such companies are ab...

  • A tax on men? It's dafter than it sounds
    Friday, 2 June 1995

    Now the state has come up with something new, in the form of June Stephenson, a feminist psychologist. In her new book, Men Are Not Cost Effective: Male Crime In America, she argues that a special tax should be imposed on men because they are the mai...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; The rate for regulating gas
    Friday, 2 June 1995

    The truth is, I am having discussions - which have been going on for several months - with the Department of Trade and Industry about my pay and conditions. Before I explain why, let's look at the job I do. The decisions of regulators affect the live...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Phone call from a heavy breather
    Friday, 2 June 1995

    It is tempting to snigger. Mr Baker himself is the health and fitness editor of a new men's magazine, Maxim. The cover of the June edition advertises a story entitled "What can a lesbian teach you about sex? (If you reckon the answer is 'nothing', yo...

  • Fantasy, lovingly rebuilt
    Friday, 2 June 1995

    The great attraction lies in the nature of the building's restoration: it has, with great expense (pounds 20m), time (six years), and energy (the skilled labour of more than a thousand craftworkers) been restored to more or less the exact state it wa...

  • LETTER:Serious research into breast cancer
    Friday, 2 June 1995

    Sir: "Where's the serious research?" asks Esther Oxford in her article about "loony advice controlling breast cancer" ("Eat more soya and burn your bra", 30 May). The answer is that the serious research is there, in laboratories, in clinics. We under...

  • Making a knight of it
    Friday, 2 June 1995

    Roger was a civil servant. He worked in the Ministry of Sundries. The Ministry of Sundries looks after all the business of government that nobody else admits responsibility for. If the Home Office don't want to know, and the Foreign Office is not inv...

  • LETTER:Bosnia: failure to deliver medical aid, and a promise not kept
    Friday, 2 June 1995

    Sir: Yesterday, I returned from Bosnia after unsuccessfully attempting to enter Sarajevo with medical and surgical supplies for the State Hospital. It soon became clear that the choices, as described to me by my "minders" from the charity with which ...

  • LETTER:In utero music a case of headbanging
    Friday, 2 June 1995

    Sir: Janet Mason's description ("How my baby joined the beat generation", 30 May) of playing sounds to her daughter in utero, through loudspeakers worn on a belt, mentions her worry about the sound being too loud. The intended recipient was, of cours...

  • Flights of fancy and bitter truths
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    The people I remember best were Frank Muir and Patrick Campbell, who were just as glamorous in their own way. One programme, I remember, featured the Scottish actor Bill Simpson, who was then famous for portraying Dr Finlay, but who never seemed to r...

  • LETTER:Paras' war crimes
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: Just as we are about to try out our new War Crimes Act on an 84- year-old foreigner, a British ex-serviceman, speaking about the Falklands war (Magazine; "Para-noia", 20 May) can freely admit: "We found some conscripts cowering in a hole, but we...

  • LETTER:Bosnia: when to withdraw
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: Your newspaper today (News Analysis, 31 May) lists me, among others, as supporting the withdrawal of British troops from Bosnia. This is not entirely accurate. I would ideally continue to support the presence of British troops as part of the UN ...

  • LETTER:Humane lobster
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: Leonard Black (letter, 24 May) is absolutely right; there is no justification for torturing a lobster (or any other animal) to death. He will be glad to hear, though, that not only I agree with him but also the fishmonger in our local market. Bo...

  • LETTER:Plans for the ecu
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: I was somewhat disappointed by the negative reaction of the press yesterday to the unveiling of plans for the single currency by Commissioner de Silguy. The hype over loss of sovereignty is, in my opinion, greatly exaggerated and based on outdat...

  • LETTER:Standing in the shadows of art
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: Andrew Graham-Dixon accuses Sir Ernst Gombrich's "Shadows" exhibition of being a "series of rather flat observations about the representation of reality in painting". Mr Graham-Dixon misunderstands what Gombrich sets out to do. Gombrich's style ...

  • No withdrawal, no war, and no neutrality
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    There had been a suspicion that the decision to send thousands more troops was cover for withdrawal. Some unforeseen disaster may cause that to happen, but the Prime Minister could not have made his hostility to the idea starker. Having summoned Parl...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:The positive side of fundholding
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    On the upside, fundholding has proved the biggest single agent for change in the NHS since 1991. Fundholding GPs have been able to get their patients quicker access to hospital. They have proved good at cutting waiting times for out-patient appointme...

  • LETTER: Who is truly representative?
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    If, in order to represent, representers must belong to the same categories as the represented, then MPs require right proportions of oyster-lovers, self-lovers, credit card debtors, alcoholics, fiddlers, those economical with the truth, lovers of bit...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Student reality and realism
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Those arguing for progressive reform sought to commit the NUS to a combination of funding sources in which the beneficiaries of education - society, business and graduates - would contribute to its costs through general taxation, an employer levy and...

  • LETTER:The prisons policy, the judge and his verdicts
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: In 1849 the first of the new Victorian prisons was opened - at Pentonville, in north London. It was known at the time as the New Model Prison, and inmates had individual cells as well as their own toilet within each cell. It has taken us the bes...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Failure to grasp politics of greed
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Outrage, in the shape of the Shadow Chancellor, took to the air. The public would be angry, he said, that nurses were getting 3 per cent and regulators were asking for 21 times that. All day union leaders and politicians queued up to heap obloquy on ...

  • Exit centre stage (yet again)
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Despite his two-year tenure as Foreign Secretary in the last Labour government (somewhere, it now feels, between the pre-Cambrian and Cretaceous periods), back in 1992 Lord Owen seemed an odd, even maladroit choice to head Europe's diplomacy in Bosni...

  • LETTER: Who is truly representative?
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Rather than enriching the skills base at Westminster, they will add to the already depressingly large majority of MPs with no tangible business experience. Perhaps all parties should consider quotas to ensure that our legislature and executive have a...

  • LETTER:Standing in the shadows of art
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: In an old cartoon, a man at a private view stands in front of a painting and says out loud to himself: "I know a lot about art, but I don't know what I like." Last week, Alan Bennett's original and open-minded lecture on My National Gallery ("I ...

  • LETTER:Bosnia: when to withdraw
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: The fact that the British Army is soon to be the biggest single contributor to Unprofor in Bosnia-Herzegovina says more about American weakness than British determination. Throughout the Bosnian conflict, the US attitude has been one of a back- ...

  • LETTER:The prisons policy, the judge and his verdicts
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: How sad I feel on hearing the news that Judge Tumim is to stand down as Inspector of Prisons, as a result of the decision by the Home Secretary, Michael Howard, not to renew his contract. This decision is apparently due to the challenging and cr...

  • LETTER:Bosnia: when to withdraw
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: Robin Cook is right to insist that we must have a clear long-term plan for Bosnia, but his suggestion that Serbs be forced into a pluralist Bosnian statelet lacks the logic of either possibility or justice. If the Slovenes, Croats and Muslims ca...

  • LETTER:The prisons policy, the judge and his verdicts
    Thursday, 1 June 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee clearly demonstrates the fallacy of the Home Secretary's argument that "Prison works" ("Listen, minister, prison doesn't work", 31 May). There is, however, mounting evidence that certain forms of supervision in the community do wor...

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