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Sunday, 18 June 1995

  • How to turn a whatsit into a thingummybob
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    I'm sorry. We've just noticed that her letter is in fact headed "Midgets", not "Widgets". So no prize there, I'm afraid. "Only an absolute idget, could find any use for a widget," says Luela Palmer. "A widget," says Paul Clark, "can be combined with ...

  • LETTER:Radio reflects church thinking
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    Sir: I must respond to the call from the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) for Premier Radio to lose its licence because of its "inflammatory editorial policy" (report, 13 June). We have been accused of acting arbitrarily and of attempting to...

  • LETTER:Information needed on drug use in psychiatry
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    and Dr P. Bracken Sir: We should be grateful to Mind, Marjorie Wallace and others for highlighting the issues surrounding the use and abuse of drugs used in psychiatry (Letters, 12 and 13 June). Such drugs have been prescribed widely for nearly four ...

  • LETTER:Victims ofCommunism
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    Sir: Steve Crawshaw's excellent and chilling report on the post-war Buchenwald "Gulag" (12 June) seems to have been marred by a misleading picture caption. Although the text makes clear that the official fiction about the camp holding "Nazi bigshots ...

  • When the minister has to face the fax
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    But this is what the public relationers adviser, Patrick Robertson, appears to have achieved. He sent a fax, as he thought, to Jonathan Aitken's private secretary. This was received by a certain David Scholefield. The next day Mr Scholefield received...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:England's sweet chariot crashes
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    For the neutral, and for the rugby purists, yesterday's victory by the New Zealanders over the English was a joy. They slung the ball about and ran with it; we - until a last, magnificent and futile rally - preferred to continue our trust in boot and...

  • The race for respect and recognition
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    Linford Christie, one of the greatest sportsmen Britain has produced, announced his retirement, claiming that neither the British media nor the author of his unauthorised biography had treated him or his achievements with the respect they deserved. W...

  • LETTER:Fear of themacho female
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    Sir: I'm really looking forward to seeing the Tank Girl film ("She's raw, she's rough, she's our new icon", 16 June). Maybe it will bring back memories of the bad girls I hung around with as a teenager, 30 years ago, before we all "settled down" to m...

  • ISMISM; No.20:Nononoism
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    (past tense) A nostalgia for past events or situations the unpleasantness of which you have forgotten. As in "Wasn't it wonderful to see old Maggie on Frost the other day. At least she was a real leader", or "Of course we were poor - my mum drank, my...

  • How to win elections: do less
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    The major issue at the next general election will not just be who runs Britain for the next few years but whether there is a Britain left to run at the end of it. Labour and Liberal Democrat plans would pass so many powers to Brussels and to devolved...

  • LETTER:Nuclear testsin the Pacific
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    Sir: The recently announced decision by France that it will conduct further nuclear tests in the Pacific is contemptible. As my own small protest I have decided that I shall no longer buy any French wines, but shall rather, as a gesture of solidarity...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Smoke clears over the NHS
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    Yet, already, through the smoke, a peace settlement is beginning to take shape. All the main political parties have agreed on a long contested but fundamental principle - that those, such as hospitals, who provide healthcare should be separate from t...

  • LETTER:No over-reaction on child sexual abuse
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    Sir: I would like to address a number of points, of both accuracy and substance, which are raised in Rosie Waterhouse's article "Crying wolf puts more kids at risk" (15 June). 1. By using the term "sexual interference" the NSPCC is drawing attention ...

  • LETTER:Herbal remedyfor headlice
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    Sir: Helen Kon's plaint about the pervasive headlouse ("Face the fact: life is lousy", 14 June) moves me to write. There is an effective alternative to pesticidal headlice preparations: quassia, a bitter bark, sometimes drunk infused as a tonic and o...

  • What every man fears
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    The appointment last week of Louise Woolcock and Pauline Clare as, respectively, the school captain of Rugby and the Chief Constable of Lancashire are just the latest examples of the trend. By this I do not of course mean that there is a trend for wo...

  • LETTER:Landmines ofthe Nineties
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    Sir: I wonder if I am alone in being shocked at the inclusion of the Valmara 69 "Bounding" landmine in the article "The most stylish products of the Nineties?" (12 June). Perhaps Tibor Kalman's selection and description of the land mine's destructive...

  • Chess
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    Such a viewpoint would be missing the point. For a well-constructed problem can equal the beauty, and far exceed the purity, of anything one may find in a game. You just need to make the effort not only to solve it but to understand what the composer...

  • Bridge
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    The options were One, Two or Four Hearts. One might allow the opponents into the act (South's singleton spade suggested that they might compete); while Two would exaggerate the quality of the hand. He chose Four, resigning himself to missing a possib...

  • Diary
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    With the assembled company I discussed a recent conversation with the playwright Brian Behan, when he said it behoves us all to encourage persons of the paramilitary persuasion to write books. "Once they start writing books they are on their way out....

  • This is the week that was
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    1846: The first official baseball game is played between the New Yorks and the Knickerbockers at Hoboken NJ. 1885: The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York from Paris. 1910: Father's day is instituted by Mrs John Bruce Dodd of Spokane, Washington. 1...

  • LETTER:Nuclear testsin the Pacific
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    Sir: The French Ambassador says (Another View, 16 June) "the suspension of the nuclear tests in 1992 was a little too early, in that it did not allow France to obtain all the data needed for the move to laboratory simulation already made by other nuc...

  • LETTER:Nuclear testsin the Pacific
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    Sir: The French Ambassador, Jean Gueguinou, (Another View; "Nuclear tests are safe", 16 June) makes a poor case on behalf of a country with a reputation for logical thought. How does the independence and defence of France depend on the safety and rel...

  • LETTER:Information needed on drug use in psychiatry
    Monday, 19 June 1995

    Sir: I have had a diagnosis of schizophrenia since 1985. I have been taking neuroleptic (anti-psychotic) drugs for the past 10 years - both orally and intravenously. I believe I have a right to make an informed choice, not to be told that because of ...

  • Letter: We all subsidise the supermarket milk war
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    There is a significant burden associated with disposing of the supermarket carton (refuse collection, landfill sites etc). However, the cost of this is not borne by the supermarket but by the taxpayer. This means that we are subsidising the supermark...

  • Letter: `Reservoir Dogs' may be violent but it has a moral code
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    He is right that it is different: the morality of loyalty and betrayal is dealt with far less superficially than in lesser action pictures (which have no trouble going straight to video). Perhaps more importantly, the effects of violence are shown. B...

  • LETTER: Not so new disadvantage A not so `new' South Africa
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Concealed by the whites and the ANC alike is the huge falsification of SA's history of racial settlement, entrenched in law in the 1950s, to pretend that blacks had no historical or property rights in 86 per cent of South Africa when in fact they fir...

  • Letter: Arabs are bottom of the pile
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Rob Kent Birmingham

  • LETTER: Taunts leave a sour taste
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    The Samoans played with courage if not total conviction but there were a couple of strangely out-of-character high tackles against the South African scrum-half, Joost van der Westhuizen. The next day I read in your paper that it is alleged that he ha...

  • LETTER: GPs cut off by tide of demand
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    The problem is that a small but growing proportion of people believe that the out-of-hours emergency service should be available not only for the seriously and suddenly ill but also for the routinely ill. It is not clear that this trend can be revers...

  • Letter: Good spirit
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Geoffrey Elkan London NW11

  • LETTER: Pills packed with information
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    It should be made clear that generic medicines are only dispensed by pharmacists when a doctor prescribes them or in an emergency. There is no question of a pharmacist dispensing a generic medicine where a doctor has requested a particular brand for ...

  • Letter: Irish beauty
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Not everyone is taken by the Irish style of dance, but to dismiss it in such snide and pejorative tones is to fail to recognise the dis-cipline, art and beauty involved. D A O'Dwyer Bedford

  • Letter: The man who could be king?
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Jennifer Miller London SW15

  • Letter: Worthless
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    The concept of the sale of council houses to sitting tenants could only succeed as a piece of social engineering if the majority of sitting tenants on any given estate bought their properties. This did not happen. As a result, an ex-council house is ...

  • Letter: Anger goes with the territory
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Peter L Appleton University of Wales Bangor

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Carol Godsmark Chichester, W Sussex

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Jessica Fox Hove, E Sussex

  • Letter: The man who could be king?
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Unfortunately it is likely to be a vain hope. Although 68 per cent of Bavarians said in an opinion poll they would like their monarchy to be restored, the German constitution forbids them from campaigning for this. Donald Foreman The Monarchist Leagu...

  • Letter: The man who could be king?
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Unfortunately it is likely to be a vain hope. Although 68 per cent of Bavarians said in an opinion poll they would like their monarchy to be restored, the German constitution forbids them from campaigning for this. Donald Foreman The Monarchist Leagu...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Lawrence Moore, London SW6

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    Daniel Chatterton, London N1

  • You won't catch this scout with his shorts down
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    As a devout Anglican (godfather, indeed, to Mr Jonathan Aitken) and a keen Scout (I always wear my shorts and Backwoodsman badge to the Cenotaph) I feel I have earned my right to speak out. Who will rid me of these meddling dolts? Deep breath, Wallac...

  • I won't mourn the demise of the grinning flogger
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    I opened the obituaries page in the Telegraph a few months ago and saw my old headmaster, the Grinning Beater, was top of the list. But when I read it I felt rather sorry for him, as he'd clearly been shoved out by his family at a very early age (per...

  • Tories seek exorcist to see off their malevolent ghost
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    She certainly presented a most alarming spectacle when she made an appearance before Sir David Frost, who took the precaution of falling sound asleep. Her smile bore no relation to what she or Sir David was saying. Her teeth seemed to have been speci...

  • Rugby: enjoy it while it lasts
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    There is a growing feeling that whoever picks up the Webb Ellis trophy and runs off with it next Saturday will be heading in the direction of the bank, ushering in a wind of change that will blow away the oldest of farts. Rugby union, the most defian...

  • Profile: Whistler against the wind: Gerald James
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    All these things have occurred, he is convinced, because of his knowledge that in the late 1980s the Government acquiesced in the sale of British weaponry to Iran and Iraq, nodding through such embargo-busting deals as the sale of naval guns to Iran ...

  • Leading Article: They lose even when they win
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    But Shell deserves very little sympathy, and the Government not the slightest for being on what is clearly the losing end of the public debate. A boycott in Germany, which is now spreading to Britain, has cut the company's sales by a fifth. In Halifa...

  • If Communism was just a missile from Moscow why are people voting for it?
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    There are still British people who assume that the experience of Communism in eastern and central Europe was of unmitigated tyranny, that all were victims except for the Party bureaucrats and the secret policemen. Today, in 1995, when democracy has r...

  • Why more people should go on strike Strikes are a measure of our freedom
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    This is not a fashionable view of the world, certainly not nowadays, and probably only rarely in the past. Because it is also true that strikes can be divisive, humiliating and, in material terms, extremely damaging to those who take part in them. Bu...

  • Captain Moonlight: Knight club ... erotic efforts ... Mr Aitken takes a trip
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    n IF, AS I pass along my way, I can give a little hand-up here and there, I do. And today I want to help Peter Stothard, editor of the Times, a cheap newspaper. Some time ago I noted that Peter was having something of an identity crisis, in that peop...

  • Words
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    "CHEAT is mowed down by wife" said the Sun headline, and we all knew what sort of cheat it meant. In popular newspaper language a cheat is usually a love rat. "Lottery love rat Mark Gardiner cheated on his pregnant mistress by having a torrid affair ...

  • Quotes of the week
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    John Major, talking to German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl, when his voice was picked up by a rogue microphone at the G7 summit in Canada She can't expect to have our respect when she's not in the 1st XV. Joseph Martin, pupil at Rugby School, about the ap...

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 18 June 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Ephraem, fourth-century scholar from Mesopotamia. He was largely responsible for the introduction of singing into church services. Ephraem was said to be small, beardless and bald with a shrivelled skin. He wept a lot ...

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