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Tuesday, 20 June 1995

  • Leading Article: Shell's loss is democracy's gain
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    For those who are concerned about environmental degradation, the Shell case will provide a great fillip. It is now clear that neither governments nor big business are strong enough to withstand a new phenomenon: an alliance of direct action with publ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Our unbiased millennial plans
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    The leaking of a confidential letter from the chairman, Stephen Dorrell, to his Cabinet colleagues has raised the suspicion that we are being strongarmed by the Government. This has fuelled doubt about my position, following a suggestion that I discu...

  • We lost, but Son of SDP will win
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    Like thousands of others, I left the Labour Party and joined the SDP the day it was founded in 1981. With Thatcher in the trough of depression and Foot at the height of irresponsible unelectability, most of the country felt disenfranchised by this Sc...

  • Letter: Dog-bonding
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    Yours faithfully, NESHIKA SAMARASEKERA SHANIKA SAMARASEKERA Nottingham 15 June

  • Letter: The future of the NHS: political consensus and the divisions that remain
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    There is now increasing evidence that a market-based system carries high transaction costs. It is no doubt for this reason that Mrs Bottomley emphasises the need to build on the purchaser/provider arrangement and to develop longer-term contracts. She...

  • ivory towers
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    The courtship routine is predictable: male arrives at female's web, courts, copulates, then tries to jump away. Slow or unlucky males, however, are eaten. If not, they try again. Previous research had not revealed whether males tried to escape after ...

  • yesterday was...
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    citric frugivores, with the discovery by the University of Florida, that grapefruit juice can increase the potency of expensive anti-rejection drugs for transplant patients by as much as 40 per cent. A bad day for... the Jiangxi Hualong Chemical Indu...

  • The player vs the transfer trap
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    In league football, most players sign with a club for contracts of two years or more. During that period, if both clubs agree, the player may transfer, on payment of a fee by the buying club. All clubs are in the habit of keeping each other advised o...

  • Letter: Medical condition
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    These charities, and others, are suffering considerably from the introduction of the lottery and it would be appropriate, in any case, that medical science should benefit insofar as many of the big prize winners currently have - or soon will have - m...

  • Letter: Car vandals
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    There may be over 20 million car owners, but will someone please tell the RAC that, as car owners, we are also pedestrians, cyclists and bus and train passengers. The car is a wonderful liberator for awkward journeys that can never be properly catere...

  • Leading Article: A video that goes too far
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    There is a great deal to be said for Mr Ferman's instincts in general. Allowing adults to decide things for themselves is a mark of a mature and free society. There is an ultra-libertarian case for saying that no censorship of any kind should exist, ...

  • Letter: The risks and advantages of hejab
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    All those I spoke to believed this to be the result of vitamin D deficiency, which they attributed to the covering of girls from early adolescence. The degree of covering might vary between countries, and between rural and urban situations, but it wa...

  • Letter: First-rate taxis
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    We in London are very lucky to have such a first-rate taxi service, which I am sure you will find is endorsed by nearly everyone who has experience of taxi cabs from all over the world. The training drivers have to undergo, and the strict controls pl...

  • Letter: Childcare clubs for the community
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    The Government's own out-of-school childcare initiative is an example of a good idea spoiled by lack of a halfpenny-worth of tar. Here on the Isle of Wight we have generated more places than ever anticipated, and demonstrated not only the latent dema...

  • Two madmen on two wheels
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    There I was in the middle of National Cycling Week, head down on my way to the office, when I became victim of a new form of urban condition about which the biking lobby keeps wisely silent: cycle psychosis.This is the pedal equivalent of road rage, ...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    "Well," I sympathised, "it would have been pleasant to play the games on the lawn, as last year, but the upper floor of the foundry was an admirable alternative venue." "It's not that," said John, shaking his head ruefully. "It's Aquarius Six." "What...

  • Richard D North
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    I was terrified throughout. I found myself saying, with some acerbity, to a blind boy who was trying to comfort me: "Look, you silly little bugger: you can't see how dangerously high we are, and that's your good fortune". The boys were brave. They we...

  • The player vs the transfer trap
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    Mr Justice Wilberforce was describing not agricultural labourers in the 18th century, but professional football in 1963. Thirty-two years ago, footballer George Eastham successfully claimed against his former club Newcastle United that the player ret...

  • street talk playing the game
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    As for the Americans, well at least they had the decency to invent their own silly games. I was at a board meeting last week and this chappie said it was time to play hardball. When I asked him what on earth he meant he said was I ready to step up to...

  • Letter: The future of the NHS: political consensus and the divisions that remain
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    At the Trust I work in, a similar patient would wait about eight weeks from the initial consultation, at a cost to the NHS of only pounds 415. The ability to choose the time and date of your operation is only possible if there is plenty of space on o...

  • Letter: The future of the NHS: political consensus and the divisions that remain
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    I could scarcely believe such policies could be insidiously introduced. No doubt, it will soon spread to other counties. Yours sincerely, IRIS MINTRIM Shoebury, Essex 15 June

  • Letter: The risks and advantages of hejab
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    The idea that women can walk down any street in Britain wearing less clothing without attracting much attention is mistaken. Wolf whistles from workmen are just a small sign. Less-dressed women are more obvious in Islamic countries because the Wester...

  • Letter: The future of the NHS: political consensus and the divisions that remain
    Wednesday, 21 June 1995

    GP fund-holding has helped to rejuvenate the National Health Service. Indeed, it represents the most significant transfer of power in favour of clinical professionals and their patients since 1948. Yet, having complained about excessive bureaucracy i...

  • How to treat the mentally ill :LETTER
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Sir: Dr Phil Thomas's letter ("Medication and madness", 16 June) is a sad case of question-begging prejudgement of tragically important matters. He asserts that the issue concerning the relative merit of drugs and of "understanding" is a matter of "v...

  • Europe says yes to open-access TV :LETTER
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Sir: Andrew Neil warns that "the folk who run Britain's media" ("Any more takers for digital TV?", 16 June) are in danger of letting the future pass them by. His warnings are timely but, in the meantime, he has allowed an important event to pass him ...

  • Degree of flexibility :LETTER
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Sir: I do not know what you mean by "Many courses are narrowly conceived: for example, the mix of disciplines in Oxford's famous Philosophy, Politics and Economics course looks inflexible by today's standards" ("The price of an Oxbridge degree", 13 J...

  • You can't show that, it's political
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Paul Vallely finds a grey area somewhere between tribal peoples and tobacco companies Listen ... can you hear it ... it's the sound of the hillsides of Rwanda where in their thousands the dead lie silent ... Listen ... it's the only message there wil...

  • changing places Canaletto's Greenwich Hospital
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    His enchanting views of Georgian England depict a world of order and elegance where the sun apparently always shined. The seamy side of life - the squalid "Gin Lane" of his contemporary William Hogarth - is conspicuously absent from his work. He was ...

  • Red gums
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Cost of taxing Tax collectors in Beijing have been banned from attending banquets at public expense. New anti-corruption measures prevent officers from using public funds for dining, dancing or night-clubbing.

  • Stolen in error
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Surface mail A man in Abu Dhabi has stuck more than 4,000 postage stamps on his white gown to turn himself into a walking stamp album. Ahmed Rashid Abdullah al-Sawalih, 42, wants to travel around the world with his stamp collection to promote philate...

  • How I would rescue Aitken
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Mr Hatton was, if anything, in an even worse position than Mr Aitken: hated by the political parties, attacked by all sections of the media and presented as somewhere between Adolf Hitler and Attila the Hun. I had first to create a media platform for...

  • Positive immigration policy
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Sir: Your leading article "A dangerous complacency about race" (17 June) makes out that the only Asians with skills are those who have come via East Africa. This is not so. South Asians of every kind are represented across the spectrum of professiona...

  • Positive immigration policy:LETTER
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Sir: I think Bhikhu Parekh ("The race for respect and recognition", 19 June) is wrong to argue that "respect and recognition" represent an advance for black people. "Recognising" or celebrating ethnicity tends to obscure why it should be an issue in ...

  • Dismantle and recycle that oil platform :LETTER
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Sir: If Shell can dump 14,500 tons of metal in the Atlantic, what is the point of homes recycling tin cans? Is our action a mere drop in the ocean? Yours faithfully, ROGER BEESON London, SW18 18 June

  • Radioactive particles at Dounreay :LETTER
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Sir: I feel I must take issue with the recent spate of articles by your Science Editor and your Scotland Correspondent, reporting the recommendations of the Department of Health's Committee on the Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (Coma...

  • Tunnel vision :LETTER
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Buchanan Sir: It is depressing to find London Underground so unwilling to consider the need to rethink its attitude towards Marc Brunel's Thames Tunnel (Lord Howie's letter, 15 June.) The spot-listing of the tunnel should have stimulated some recogni...

  • Lottery forewarning :LETTER
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Sir: Even before George Orwell's prediction of the National Lottery in 1984 (letter, 10 June), St Paul, in his letter to Timothy, wrote: People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge...

  • Judgement day :LETTER
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Sir: I have no doubt that, in the abstract, both the Lord Chief Justice and Michael Beckman QC are right. "Quality should be the only" criterion for appointment to the bench (letter, 17 June). Sadly, the political and legal systems do not operate in ...

  • Take heed of Frank's maverick plan
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    It would seem that they are walking with their eyes wide open towards a great disillusion. Donald Dewar, the social security spokesman, is among the very best Labour frontbenchers. He is armed with the fruits of the Borrie Commission on social justic...

  • Dismantle and recycle that oil platform: LETTER
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Sir: In your leading article "Greenpeace, right or wrong" (16 June), you say that the energy used to dispose of the platform on land would be greater than dumping at sea. You forget to take into account the fact that, if disposed of on land, the thou...

  • Who wants to live to 130?
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Researchers of our proposed longevity are basing their studies on a peculiarly tough variety of earthworm, and there is justice in that, too. We haven't been very nice to worms over the centuries: small boys impale them on hooks to lure fish, and no ...

  • true gripes good mornings
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Shortly afterwards I began to encounter the dentist's receptionist on my way to school. At first I looked forward to seeing her as she was quite attractive. She always smiled and said "Good morning", and I continued my journey with a spring in my ste...

  • Black holes expected
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Town cleaned up The mayor of Agua Preta, Brazil, has hired 17 former prostitutes as street cleaners after closing down the town's red-light district. "We're now free to walk the streets," said Maria de Barros, 43, a former prostitute. "Even married w...

  • Dismantle and recycle that oil platform :LETTER
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    Sir: It is a sad indictment of our society that, in the same week as Brian Appleyard writes an excellent article concerning the spiritual bankruptcy of our money-worshipping culture ("Money makes the world go away", 14 June), and on the same day that...

  • chess
    Tuesday, 20 June 1995

    The world's best player, Garry Kasparov of the PCA, and the most enduring chess politician, Florencio Campomanes, the President of Fide, ended their long feud with a plan to unite the two world titles. Kasparov, once Campomanes's most virulent critic...

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