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Saturday, 10 June 1995

  • letter:Going for a tenor
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    Michael Varcoe-Cocks London W6

  • letter:Fragile sort of nest-egg
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    Ted Stroud London W12

  • letter:Sign of New Man: knot
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    In the age of Tony Blair all genuine new men are, of course, to be found wearing red ties. Charles Murray London N17

  • LETTER:A serious contender
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    Several years ago I invited Prince Albrecht to open an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum of paintings and drawings connected with Ludwig II of Bavaria. I was told by the then director of the museum, Sir Roy Strong, that Buckingham Palace...

  • Briefly
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    Mervyn Jones London SW1

  • LETTER:While scientists look for proof, people are being poisoned
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    Or, as in the case of the 600 deaths as a result of the Thorp radioactive discharges, we will be told these are theoretical not real deaths. (The calculation was never challenged, just the interpretation.) Crying "more research" creates the expectati...

  • LETTER:Bosnia: we cannot stand by
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    "A strong Serbia is the best guarantor of lasting peace in the Balkans", is it? Haven't we heard that somewhere before? Wasn't "a strong Germany the best guarantor of lasting peace in Europe" in the 1930s? And wasn't "a strong Iraq the best guarantor...

  • letter:A serious contender
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    However, although the 18th-century earls of Traquair may have supported Charles Edward Stuart, the 17th-century earl was "not at home" when the Royalist General Montrose, who fought so bravely for Charles I, requested shelter after his defeat by Parl...

  • letter:Pass the jam
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    The same could not be said of the supporting photographs, in particular the one bottom right on page 13 captioned "Traffic jam at Winnats Pass". On closer inspection I note that the jam is made up of parked cars leading to a dead-end. In fact, the ap...

  • Going for a tenor
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    The cognoscenti of Covent Garden (whose loud Bertie Wooster bleatings mar one's entertainment) simply cannot bear the idea that the lower orders should have the opportunity to hear and appreciate a great operatic tenor. Wheatcroft's allusion to "aren...

  • letter:Modern rot
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    Until its termination, I would be prepared to wager that few readers knew what the Modern Review was and even fewer cared. Yet when we are being told of the increasing cost of newsprint and the resultant pressure on space, the qualities seem prepared...

  • LETTER:New thinking on crime
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    Three key points are relevant. First, the rise in psychosocial disorders was marked during the "golden era" between 1950 and 1970 when there was low unemployment, improved living standards and a reduction in the gap between the rich and poor. Crime r...

  • Briefly
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    Trevor Coultart Stevenage, Hertfordshire

  • LEADING ARTICLE:An inquiry, or a requiem?
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    This is the common thread that links the scandals of the past three years and it applies particularly to reactions to the Scott inquiry. On Monday night, a leak to the BBC revealed that William Waldegrave had been criticised by the inquiry for writin...

  • When to arm and when to call for peace has always divided Labour
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    Most of the UN hostages have been released, and more has emerged about how President Slobodan Milosevic was induced to squeeze those releases out of the Bosnian Serbs. And it has become a little easier to explain what British troops are supposed to b...

  • Behind the screens
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    But for the most powerful man in commercial television - he controls what 20 million people watch when they press the ITV button in London and the Midlands - Green remains remarkably successful in evading public scrutiny. He rarely gives interviews a...

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Barnabus, first century apostle, born in Cyprus. Though not one of the original 12, he was an early convert to the teachings of Jesus and enlisted Saul of Tarsus (newly converted on the road to Damascus) to the task of...

  • Emma is hardly a dignified Lord Carrington
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    I am pleased to count Lord Carrington amongst my most devoted friends and admirers, and I have long felt that a film (never that dread word "movie", if you please!) concentrating on all Peter's most notable achievements from those early, devil-may-ca...

  • What's the point of religion if you can't be bigoted?
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    I ALSO hated school assembly. Different teachers took assembly each day. There was one woman who was Plymouth Brethren, and would jabber on about meeting a chap who was selfish and unkind, so she'd dunked him in the sea and he'd come out lovely and k...

  • An unhealthy intimacy with violence
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    It has already happened - in the video trade, release dates are not to be taken literally. At your local video shop, the posters are in the window, the cardboard cut-out is just inside the door (man holding machine- gun), and the tape is on its way t...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT:Trappin', beatin', poisonin'... letters bray ... hot dinner
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    n YOU have seen the picture below. And the question you want answering will be: is this really the end of the Captain? Sadly, no; but I have hopes. My eye was taken, you see, by the photograph and the accompanying legend in an advert for a book entit...

  • An attempt to discredit the man who kept us all awake
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    Previously the attack on Sir Richard Scott's inquiry had been led by the Foreign Office. The department's chief warrior was Lord Howe, who has no great love for the present administration but was once Foreign Secretary until he was rudely interrupted...

  • words:Liberal
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    Liberal began nobly enough, meaning no more, in its happy dawn, than "to do with freedom". Free men pursued the liberal arts while others not so free slaved at the sciences, or "useful arts", which kept the free men alive. Then 19th-century liberals ...

  • Uncle Sam turns his back
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    The image helps give some meaning to the Babel of uncertainty that has characterised Washington's response to the latest crisis in Bosnia. A report in Wednesday's Washington Post, quoting "sources who asked not to be identified", portrayed a bewilder...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 11 June 1995

    John Major on the constitution For the Tories to become believers in intervention for industry, skills, training and education will make them look like tourists in a foreign country with a phrase-book they don't understand. Gordon Brown, Shadow Chanc...

  • The grey suits deserve better treatment
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Health service managers, meeting at their annual conference in Harrogate, are under siege from all sides. The Welsh Secretary, John Redwood, has criticised the number of "men in grey suits" in the NHS and has placed a moratorium on appointments in Wa...

  • LETTER : Our mistake
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: I am writing in response to Gilbert Adair's review of Jeanette Winterson's Art Objects (3 June). The answer to Mr Adair's question "doesn't she know what 'nemesis' means?" is - yes, Jeanette Winterson is fully aware of the meaning of the word "n...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Lawrence of Arabia would not be welcome in today's armed forces - Lord Justice Brown, as four gays lost the fight to resume their military careers. If I had been sitting in a Mini it wouldn't have happened - company director Alan Jacoby, 39, attacked...

  • LETTER : When is a sin not a sin in the varying religions of the 20th century?
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: The table of religions accompanying your article about sin indicates that cruelty to animals is not a sin in Islam. This is not correct. Cruelty to animals is a sin punished by God in the afterlife. Conversely, kindness to animals is rewarded by...

  • LETTER : Pop ain't what it used to be
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: The debate about the death of the Modern Review grows ever more spiteful. I declare no interest whatsoever in the demise of the magazine or what it stood for. However, the defence of the popular arts needs little further ammunition. The case has...

  • LETTER : When is a sin not a sin in the varying religions of the 20th century?
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: With regard to your table on sin, it is not the case that pre-marital sex, homosexual practices and masturbation are considered "not harmful" in Buddhism. Rather, (lay) Buddhists undertake a precept to "abstain from sexual misconduct", which is ...

  • LETTER ; An effective service
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: We write, as chairmen of probation committees responsible for probation services in the South West of England, to express concern about Government proposals which we fear will erode the professionalism of the Probation Service. We are the employ...

  • LONDON CALLING
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    By coincidence, Terry Christian, the trans-Pennine presenter of The Word, the Channel 4 youth programme, has been reflecting this week on a related issue. According to Christian, the criticism of his programme - for featuring such items as an explodi...

  • LETTER : Celebrate Wilde's sexuality, not wit
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: The Weasel (Magazine, 3 June) is being disingenuous in supposing that a statue to Oscar Wilde, the man - over and above the already existing Westminster Abbey panel to the writer - would not be intended to celebrate him as a homosexual martyr. A...

  • The obsolete British art of keeping a secret
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    And bill stickers have subversive allies in other walks of life. On Wednesday, Keith Rose unlocked another awkward secret. A convicted murderer, he telephoned the BBC from jail to tell millions of listeners how to escape from Parkhurst prison. Meanwh...

  • LETTER : Northern secret
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: Not every northerner endorses Robert Cockroft's sour salvo ("Dear Harvey Nichols", 7 June) to Harvey Nichols. Leeds is about to gain a branch of mass-market home furnishers, Ikea, so Harvey Nicks will represent an opulent balance. Even those of ...

  • PROFILE : A model of an absent father
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Today, our national paterfamilias, the Duke of Edinburgh, is 74. Among the 850 organisations of which he is an energetic patron, he does not, alas, include Families need Fathers. But maybe they should write to him to suggest it. For in the image of t...

  • Who can fill the RSC's empty stage?
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    The RSC was going through one of its periodic financial crises and, unless some extra cash was found, bankruptcy - let alone withdrawal from London - was distinctly on the cards. It looked as though the writing was on the wall. It did not take the co...

  • LETTER : Lottery prophesy
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir; As well as prophesising the miseries of negative equity (letter, 6 June), George Orwell also predicted another "achievement" of the Major government. In Nineteen Eighty Four (published in 1949) he wrote: The Lottery, with its weekly pay-out of e...

  • LETTER : Gay veterans
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: Thank you for your enlightened leading article today about the ban on homosexuals in the armed services ("From Lionheart to Stonewall", 8 June). We need an international homosexual veterans' association to recruit from all ranks who served in al...

  • When 12,000 mayors wave adieu
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    To many of France's small-time mayoral candidates in tomorrow's local elections, the unfortunate fate of Mr Hallet would have seemed not just an isolated family tragedy, but a symbol of their plight. Local mayors in rural areas, the pillars of their ...

  • LETTER : When is a sin not a sin in the varying religions of the 20th century?
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: Your game attempt to simplify the notion of sin in your chart guide to morality in different religions is at odds with what Alan Storkey says in the text that "the picture is complex". There are also one or two details which are wrong. Divorce i...

  • LETTER : When is a sin not a sin in the varying religions of the 20th century?
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: In the table accompanying the article "Where to find sin in the modern world", cruelty to animals is listed as "permitted" in Judaism. This is entirely wrong. Avoidance of cruelty to animals (tza'ar ba'alei chayim) is one of the most cherished p...

  • LETTER : When is a sin not a sin in the varying religions of the 20th century?
    Saturday, 10 June 1995

    Sir: Alan Storkey ("Where to find sin in the modern world", 8 June) writes persuasively about marriage as a "given", an institution ordained by God which must be respected if we are to flourish. His analysis, however, leaves out much that should be a...

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