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Wednesday, 21 June 1995

  • true gripes noisy theatre-goers
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    At awkward social gatherings there's always someone who clears phlegm from their larynx during any conversational lulls. It is this type who, at the theatre, acquaints us with the frog in their throat each time the tension mounts and the dialogue pau...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Executing the truth
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    The Independent suggests that you won't see this sort of footage on the BBC. This is exactly why we made the film. The BBC won't play "My Ding A Ling" on radio and wouldn't broadcast its own film about theIrish nationalist Michael Collins for 25 year...

  • Letter: Pungent cure for head lice
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Yours faithfully, VALERIE BENNETT London, NW3

  • Labour's big, bad idea
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Diversity and Excellence is built around two myths. The first is the possibility of offering "parental choice" to anything more than a handful of fortunate families. In truth, the processes which are dignified by that description allow the articulate...

  • The true cost of corruption
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Councillors looked after their pals; they looked after themselves. Those living in council flats got their repairs done quickest; the Coatbridgers (Catholic) got the lion's share of the caretaking jobs, leaving the Airdrionians (Protestant) out in th...

  • Diary
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Fans of the actor, who died 10 months ago, will know that in his autobiography he expressed a wish to be buried at St Alphege's Church, Seasalter, beside his late wife, Helen. But comb the graveyard though you may, you won't find him. As the Times re...

  • Letter: Asian attitudes towards British racism
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    The huge increase in the population has given rise to very large numbers of non-English speaking children who have to be taught in large classes. An ever-increasing number of children are leaving school at a time when the fight for jobs is difficult ...

  • Letter: When, and when not, to smoke
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    There are 97 million smokers in the EU (15 million in the UK). UK smokers pay over pounds 10bn in cigarette taxes each year, respect the laws and rules on when and where they can smoke, and are regularly bombarded with information on risks associated...

  • Letter: Greenpeace and Brent Spar: a propaganda victory that raises more questions
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    The added costs, likely to run into scores of millions of pounds, will be borne by all of us, not just by Shell, at a time when financial resources are very tight. Greenpeace's triumph will indirectly cause the cancellation of many worthwhile project...

  • Rules you can safely break
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Living in the West, I've developed a powerful spirit of contradiction: the moment I see a forbidding sign, or a placard calling for this or that, I feel an irresistible urge to disobey. An innocuous "No Smoking" plate causes a strong craving for a ci...

  • Who will save us from this next dip?
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Now no one can be so sure. We will not have any reliable figures for the first half of this year for several months, but it does look as though the rate of growth has dropped off quite sharply in all the big economies. In the three months from April ...

  • Letter: Asian attitudes towards British racism
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    A number of factors contributed to this retrogressive development. The "invasion" of the Golden Temple in Amritsar and the explosion of the Salman Rushdie affair in Britain alienated Asians not only from the indigenous population, but also from each ...

  • expert jury what price censorship?
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Jim White Independent TV reviewer "This film should shock because the truth hurts" runs the coverline of the video Executions. Which is true. Not many truths shock more than the one on show here, as the producers seek to disguise their cynical attemp...

  • Leading Article: From Monklands to San Francisco
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    This exchange is revealing. Messrs Lang and Robertson might have employed their time better had they shared with us what they conceived to be the lessons of Monklands. But, as ever, the phantom armies of local government are invoked as surrogate foot...

  • Letter: Children at the supermarkets
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Yours faithfully, COLIN BUMBIERIS Egham, Surrey 14 June

  • Masonic rites and municipalwrongs
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    It is this last that sets the local government scandal apart. Membership of the shadowy organisation all too often seems to be a prerequisite for anyone handing out council grants, awarding planning permission, issuing service contracts, offering job...

  • Letter: Head pupils pass the beauty test
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    If you are short, fat, big-nosed, notoriously poor at sport, or just plain ugly, you will have almost no chance at all of being selected as head pupil anywhere, regardless of your potential leadership qualities. Yours sincerely, STEPHEN R. GOULD Lond...

  • Children at the supermarkets
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    I speak as someone who remembers Safeway's experiment with horror, and I can only hope that Sainsbury's trolleys suffer the same fate ["they got nicked"]. Yours with bruised and lacerated ankles! NORMA TREGONING Bideford, Devon 16 June

  • Leading Article: The middle path on child abuse
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Yesterday, the Department of Health took stock. In a paper that has the tone of an experienced grandparent, it recognises the impossibility of raising children perfectly. Too much time, the paper cautions, is spent investigating suspected child abuse...

  • Letter: Greenpeace and Brent Spar: a propaganda victory that raises more questions
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Yours faithfully, JOHN WRIGHT West Wittering, West Sussex 21 June

  • Letter: Greenpeace and Brent Spar: a propaganda victory that raises more questions
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Yours faithfully, ANNA LOVE Seaton, Devon 21 June

  • Letter: Greenpeace and Brent Spar: a propaganda victory that raises more questions
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    We argued that Labour would need to pay serious attention to environmental issues if it were to be elected. Mr Smith, however, was insistent that people's only concern was the pound in their pocket. The Brent Spar affair has shown just how wrong he w...

  • Letter: Greenpeace and Brent Spar: a propaganda victory that raises more questions
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    It is particularly important for environmental campaigners to recognise that this is the decision which they have helped European governments and now Shell to take - and to accept the implications of this decision. These include the real possibility ...

  • chess
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    The next symptom of real talent is where they put their pieces. High- level chess demands an instinctive feel of where pieces belong and how they co-operate with one another. Over-trained pseudo-prodigies win games either through intimidatory over-ag...

  • numbers
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Twenty-two is a remarkable number. It is the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet, the cards in a small tarot pack and the number of Joseph Heller's Catch (though he changed the name of his book from Catch 18 just before publication). Twenty-two ...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Old Wives, one of whose tales has been offered some vindication by a paper in Archives of Ophthalmology that links certain cases of blurred vision with intense sexual activity. "Maybe this gives us a physical explanation as to why there were some old...

  • Letter: Greenpeace and Brent Spar: a propaganda victory that raises more questions
    Thursday, 22 June 1995

    Yours faithfully, MONTY PRIEDE Aberdeen 21 June

  • 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...

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