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Wednesday, 14 June 1995

  • LETTER: Brunel's tunnel threatened again
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    Sir: Marc Brunel's historic Thames Tunnel is again under immediate threat of irreparable damage from London Underground. LU's earlier proposals to shotcrete the inside of the tunnel and obliterate its original brick lining were prevented by a last mi...

  • Distortions of the mind
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    Sir: Sane's accusations (letter, 13 June) concerning Mind's fund-raising letter are a complete distortion. Mind did not "aim to frighten vulnerable people". Our letter was a general mailing to existing Mind supporters. Mind's position on psychiatric ...

  • From the ranks
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    Sir: The ranking of universities according to the employability of their graduates (report, 12 June) is an exercise greatly to be regretted: a view corroborated by the well-known excellence of those institutions (such as Leeds, Reading and Southampto...

  • LETTER: The Lottery: happiness, public involvement and His opinion
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    Sir: Your feature writers are wondering why so many lottery winners seem to have life problems from broken relationships to drunkenness and criminal records. This is in fact hardly surprising as the Lottery is designed to appeal to precisely those wh...

  • Chess
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    It is Black to play and he has a crucial decision to make. He can win a pawn with 1...Rh5, but after 2.Kb4 Rxh2 3.c5, the c-pawn becomes dangerous. That line needs to be analysed further before even a fuzzy assessment is reached, but first of all the...

  • Expert jury /How can Britain get back on its bike?
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    Charlie Lloyd Campaigns Director, London Cycling Campaign At the moment, the government spends a tiny fraction of one per cent of the transport budget on cycling, even though it accounts for 2.5 per cent of all journeys, and possibly even 4 per cent ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Justice and Joy Gardner
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    Claptrap. Imagine for a moment that your mother, sister or daughter was arrested for a minor crime. Unfortunately, says the officer giving you the news, your relative died during the arrest. She kicked and bit, broke salt cellars and banged her head ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Dereliction of duty at Dounreay
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    At every stage, the controllers of atomic power have let us down. The necessary secretiveness of an industry born in global war extended far too long into the peace. The UK electricity industry rigged the case for expensive power stations and misled ...

  • Learning a serious business
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    Both issues touch sensitive political nerves. In this country, we tend to discuss education in ideological terms - how far the state should have control over the curriculum, how parental choice should best be met - rather than in industrial terms. An...

  • Sexual harassment and the 'hejab'
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    Sir: Mrs K. L. Boukeras (letter, 13 June), an Islamic convert who advocates the hejab as a defence against sexual harassment, might care to reflect that a glimpse of stocking was once considered shocking. Now, of course, "anything goes", and I can wa...

  • The President has such a way with words
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    The President of the Board of Trade had certainly, even his own people agreed, given the Chief Secretary to the Treasury a horrid time. By assiduously digging out all the dirt about what the Government suspected about arms sales to Iran, he has reviv...

  • Crying wolf puts more kids at risk
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    I hardly thought of the incident again until yesterday when the NSPCC claimed that one in six adults had been victims of "sexual interference" at some time in their childhood. Was this sexual abuse? Am I one of them? I have never thought so. But if s...

  • LETTER: Would you pay 2p more for the NHS?
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    Sir: It is a matter for regret that you fail to report the exact question asked in the Harris poll which provides your front-page headline "Voters would pay 2p on tax for NHS" (2 June). I suspect the question posed was something along the lines of "S...

  • Little ways to sink the subs
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    I haven't thought of one yet. Most new words are firmly attached to the old family tree. The other day I was browsing in the undergrowth of the English language, down where they prune and cut things back and form abbreviations that then take on new l...

  • Shakespeare's town
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    Sir: Don't worry, Londoners. Despite the Royal Shakespeare Company's spurning you to "take the show on the road" ("Get thee to the provinces", 9 June), you will still have a year-round base for Shakespeare at the Globe on Bankside. Yours sincerely, M...

  • A girl's place at Rugby
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    I sympathise with the protesters who feel that I have not been in the school long enough to be head of school. After all, I have been here only since September, while some of the boys in my year have been here for four years. But the headmaster decid...

  • LETTER: Ronald McMeanie
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    Sir: It is true that McDonald's targets children. Our four-year-old daughter was taken on a nursery trip to the newly-opened branch here. All the children could choose what they liked to eat, free of charge, and were given a "goodie bag" of crayons, ...

  • LETTER: The Lottery: happiness, public involvement and His opinion
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    Sir: Regarding the Lottery, privatised utilities, financial distressed charities, etc: "If you would know what God thinks of money," once wrote Maurice Baring, "you only have to look at those to whom He gives it." Perhaps He is just making His views ...

  • True gripes / Rock journalists
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    I saw it happen two weeks ago, at the Terrorvision gig at Brixton Academy. Even before the support band bounded on stage, the downstairs balconies were heaving. And this is where we find our preening princes. One of them was sitting up on the balcony...

  • Numbers / The anaesthetist
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    Let's count. There are 49 balls in the draw. So there are 49 ways to pick the first ball, leaving 48 for the second, 47 for the third and so on. Which gives us 49x48x47x46x45x44 possible lottery draws (ignoring the bonus number). But this takes into ...

  • LETTER: The Lottery: happiness, public involvement and His opinion
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    Sir: Aside from the fact that lottery popularity is an ironic case of the Government hypocritically benefiting from the irrationality of market forces, those who queue to buy lottery tickets amid reports of the misery of winners ("pounds 22m winner i...

  • LETTER: The Lottery: happiness, public involvement and His opinion
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    and Mr James McCormick Sir: The public and media frenzy surrounding the National Lottery proceeds unabated. Winners of the largest lottery prizes have found themselves subjected to intense media scrutiny. Politicians on all sides have conceded that s...

  • LETTER: Ronald McMeanie
    Thursday, 15 June 1995

    Sir: I can tell you one child who does not love Ronald Mc"Blackheart" Donald ("The Saturday story", 10 June). For the past three years, he has refused to let her have her birthday party at his restaurant. This year will probably be no exception. Why?...

  • 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...

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