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Tuesday, 13 June 1995

  • Money makes the world go away
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    Mr Mohidin himself has now changed his name and is, in effect, living in hiding from his friends and relations somewhere on the south coast. His life, I am sure, has not become empty, but it does seem to have become a tad tricky. And, meanwhile, the ...

  • LETTER:A lucky POW?
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    Sir: During the last few weeks, I have read several letters in your paper about the ill-treatment of prisoners-of-war. May I write on behalf of the angels? I was a POW in Austria for four years; for three-and-a-half of those years I was in weather-pr...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:The blind eye of government
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    Now, after hearing Michael Heseltine's statement, we know that these assurances counted for nothing. The real policy seems to have been to export as much weaponry as possible, with scant concern about the niceties of undertakings given to Parliament....

  • Chess
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    1. Garry Kasparov 2796 2. Vishy Anand 2772 3. Vassily Ivanchuk 2769 4. Anatoly Karpov 2758 5. Gata Kamsky 2756 6. Vladimir Kramnik 2723 7. Veselin Topalov 2706 8= Jaan Ehlvest 2664 8= Alexei Shirov 2664 10. Nigel Short 2662 11. Valery Salov 2661 12. ...

  • LETTER:Scouting foratheists
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    Sir: How much I agree with your article and editorial comment on the scout's promise. It seems that God, any God, is acceptable to the Scout Association, but that no God is not, irrespective of the values ("integrity, loyalty, trustworthiness") that ...

  • Ivory Towers
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    In their paper "Hedonic Responses, Variety-seeking Tendency and Expressed Variety in Sandwich Choices" (Appetite, April 1995, 139-152) Liisa Lahteenmaki and Hans van Trijp discuss the relationships between individuals' expressed preferences in sandwi...

  • Call the next witness - a bird
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    How can I tell the difference between a tortoise that's hibernating and a tortoise that's dead? A lawyer writes: To the naturalist's eye there is no difference between a dead tortoise and a sleeping one, but in the law's eyes there is a great deal of...

  • Pollyanna vs the pessimists
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    This survey explored the thick pall of pessimism in the air. "What, if anything, do you think will make the world that today's children inherit worse...?" The answers are easy to guess: crime first, then unemployment, pollution, drugs and the breakdo...

  • LETTER:When to join a single currency
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    Sir: David Marsh's article ("Britain must join the game", 9 June) was timely but too sanguine. There is only one problem in moving to a single currency in the European Union and that is the fixing of the redemption rates. All the other "problems" (wh...

  • Richard North
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    It was hardly surprising that Will "The State We're In" Hutton took up the theme, researched and articulated by Demos, the think-tank, that urban parks are in crisis. It may be true, but it certainly fits a standard liberal idea: the Tories hate loca...

  • street talk / procrastination
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    Tittle tattle aside, as far as I can tell, and certainly as near as makes no difference, this government did not condone the sale of thingamebobs to old wotsisname in Iraq, nor license the export of any dohickey or widget that may have been of use in...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Time to shut up, Maggie
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    I supported Michael Heseltine against her in the Conservative leadership election contest of 1990 because I thought he would be a good prime minister and undo some of the damage she was causing. I never thought that five years later she would be push...

  • Marching into a state of normality; WITNESS
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    It now seems likely that German troops will be sent to Bosnia, to provide cover for the withdrawal of United Nations troops - if or when things get that far. The involvement may come to seem a turning point. After Bosnia, there will be no going back....

  • LETTER:Turning up the gas
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    Sir: I can cap Bamber Gascoigne's gaseous experience (letter, 9 June). I pay for my gas by direct monthly debit. I received an account which showed that my payments had exactly covered my year's charges - together with notification of a 20 per cent r...

  • LETTER:Dressed by Armani
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    Sir: I would not want your readers to assume from my wife's letter (13 June) that my solitary Armani suit is in any way connected with my feelings for the BBC's Director-General, John Birt. I personally may well be an "Eighties leftover" but my suit ...

  • LETTER:Scouting foratheists
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    Sir: It is not the question of promises, God and Clause IV that should be broached by (hopefully) intelligent leader and article writers ("Scouting for recruits with new swear words"; "The Scouts tied in knots", 12 June) but how we can get our childr...

  • LETTER:Theological library finds a welcome home at Lambeth Palace
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    Sir: Marianne Macdonald's report on Sion College ("Library break-up provokes ungodly row", 9 June) reflects concerns which we at Lambeth Palace Library fully share. Sion College Library houses historic collections of the first importance. They must b...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:On the edge of sanity
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    With the possible exception of Germany, no single European nation is in a position to compete unaided in the international marketplace. That is why the Common Market was established in the first place and why Mrs Thatcher championed the single Europe...

  • LETTER:In praise of Prince Philip
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    Sir: You chose to mark the 74th birthday of Prince Philip with a critical article by Polly Toynbee which went beyond what is fair and reasonable. Delving into his family history, Polly Toynbee describes his mother, Princess Alice, as having gone "mad...

  • LETTER:In praise of Prince Philip
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    Sir: Having read Polly Toynbee's article "A model of an absent father" (10 June) regarding the Duke of Edinburgh, I felt moved to write and try and redress just a few points. I have known and been associated with Prince Philip since childhood. His mo...

  • LETTER:Theological library finds a welcome home at Lambeth Palace
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    Sir: Please allow me to challenge Major-General John Hardy's description of Sion College's finances and implied denigration of its library cataloguing ("Library break-up provokes ungodly row", 9 June). An institution with pounds 600,000 in investment...

  • LETTER:Theological library finds a welcome home at Lambeth Palace
    Wednesday, 14 June 1995

    Sir: It should not be inferred from your report on Sion College Library (9 June) that readers who at present have to struggle with the inadequacies of the library necessarily agree with the views of the librarian and oppose the policy being pursued b...

  • The New Tories: busy striking a pose
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    Something, at any rate, is crawling from the rubble of the Major administration; something angry and yearning for a fight; something which looks across the water to America and envies the raw simplicity of the Republican backlash; something already i...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Life in the Crescents
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    So why then does the big digit keep on singling out drunks, serial divorcees and people whose families would like them dead? Mark Gardner, winner of pounds 11m, is 33 and has already left three wives. He gets through one every five years and the rate...

  • LETTER:It's confession time
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    Sir: I refer to the open letter by Ray Harris ("Dear Cliff Richard", 31 May) in which, with great perspicacity, he puts his finger on what started "youth culture" in Britain, namely the film Summer Holiday. A brilliant analysis and exposure, appearin...

  • LETTER:Not a sinful situation
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    Sir: I was sorry to see that I was quoted somewhat out of context in Mary Braid's report "Church concedes death of celibacy before marriage" (7 June). The reason for choosing celibacy before marriage was that, when standing together in church on our ...

  • LETTER:British film-makers should not join Hollywood
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    Sir: Hamish McRae seems to think films are no more culturally significant than cars. Perhaps he only reads airport novels as well. There are artists and poets in British cinema, from Michael Powell to Ken Loach, whose films enhance and deepen our und...

  • Site Unseen
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    Walk towards the tower and it seems to fill the skyline. If you pop into a local shop and enquire about this monster, people simply murmur, "Oh, that's Jumbo". Ask for further details and they usually go blank. Here, it seems, is a building with a na...

  • Backgammon
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    The doubling cube adds dramatically to the last of these elements and is what gives modern backgammon much of its excitement. The fact that it is a dice game means that luck is a factor in the short-term and adds to the excitement. In the long run, h...

  • LETTER:British film-makers should not join Hollywood
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    Sir: Hamish McRae ("Several funerals and an opportunity", 9 June) proposes that we become subcontractors for Hollywood film-making. We already are, to some extent, tailoring films - Shopping, Rob Roy, Four Weddings and a Funeral - to what we perceive...

  • LETTER:Booked out on big discounts
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    Sir: I hope I am wrong, but Bryan Appleyard could well be the prophet of his own doom. Excellent and intelligent writer though he is, the books he writes do not command whole racks at Heathrow Airport and are likely to be among the first casualties i...

  • LETTER:NHS managers need commitment
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    Sir: Although Chris Ham ("The grey suits deserve better treatment", 10 June) is right to draw attention to the need for high quality administration in the NHS, his suggestion that "the suits" currently directing our health service deserve praise rath...

  • LETTER:Mental health propaganda
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    Sir: We are concerned about a fund-raising circular sent out by the mental health charity Mind to its supporters, including people suffering from mental illness and members of their families, which we believe could cause great distress and may encour...

  • The Lady could have returned
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    But once our heroine arrives in Parliament there is plenty of material for historians. And unlike volume one, it is not served up in homogenised form. Even so, and tantalisingly, there is too little insight on the author's mind, her private calculus ...

  • LETTER:Protective garb
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    Sir: I am writing to you in disbelief at the comments made by Ruth Dudley Edwards, regarding Muslim women's clothing (Diary, 5 June). To compare hejabs, which can cost up to pounds 250 each, to "black bin-liners" is both insulting and ridiculous. The...

  • A short word on abbreviations
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    What makes me say this is that young children at the moment can be heard saying that things are really "mega", which has become shorthand for "great', in the way that "ace" and "brill" and "lush" have been in the recent past. This never happened to "...

  • True Gripes: Cash Points
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    It's the pensioner's turn; he stares at the machine for minute-long seconds. Electronic dyslexia makes it seem like a flight-deck. His glasses, suspended around his neck on fancy fawn elastic, are put on as he runs through his instrument check: "Butt...

  • LETTER:Armani is my hero
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    Sir: So that new concept for the Nineties, John Birt ("Armanism", 12 June), has several Armani suits. My husband, Humphrey, 64, a former Birt colleague, has only one piece of Armani clobber - and non tax-deductible at that. Obviously it is an Eightie...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Peace, if not reconciliation
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    The celebrations in London on 19 August mark not only VJ Day but also the end of the Second World War. The ceremonies are for all veterans of the war, not only those who fought in the Far East. It will express our thanks to the wartime generation for...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:The price of an Oxbridge degree
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    The more interesting point which arises from this latest Oxbridge debate is not whether the colleges should ask students to pay more, but whether Oxbridge colleges still have a valid claim to the pounds 2,000 per student top- up in tuition fees they ...

  • LETTER:Money problems drive families apart
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    Sir: Sir Fred Catherwood of the Evangelical Alliance (Letters, 9 June) writes: Everywhere we've been, there are teenage boys homeless because their mother had to choose between a stroppy teenager and her new man. A teacher in Swindon told us of a boy...

  • Chess
    Tuesday, 13 June 1995

    This one asks: White to play and mate in how many? The obvious reply is three: 1.Rxb8 hxg2 (or 1...Kxb8 2.Kb6 followed by 3.h8=Q) 2.Rb7+ Kc8 (or d8) 3.h8=Q mate. However, with Loyd the obvious is usually wrong. It's time for a little detective work: ...

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