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Sunday, 25 June 1995

  • After the euphoria, the Norma option
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    For a really infectious euphoria, there's nothing like a dramatic gesture, a simple act of daring, a demarche, to excite the sympathy. Philip Larkin wrote a poem about the psychology of these gestures, which begins: Sometimes you hear, fifth-hand, As...

  • Scrabbling for an interesting position
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    However, Lisa Lind of Chiseldon, Wilts, says: "Games of the Scrabble type can be thought of as combinatorial play in which 26 elements (letters) are arranged into sets (words). In other words, bloody boring! To liven it up I'd take it into the bathro...

  • Leading Article: Tinker, tailor, soldier ... police?
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    Since that time it seems that MI5 has been trying to consolidate a role in tackling organised crime and in particular the drugs trade. This is the natural terrain of the Special Branch and Customs and Excise. Mrs Rimington insists that MI5 has skills...

  • Letter: Less secrecy in EU deals
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    When acting in its legislative mode the Council should meet in public and its proceedings - including the amendments discussed and voting records - should be published. Not only would this add clarity to the often Byzantine methods by which EU laws c...

  • Letter: The man who lived for 167 years
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    In an old scrapbook I have a newspaper clipping reporting the death in 1975 of "the world's oldest man" in Altamira, north Brazil, one Doroteu de Souza who had been born on 4 April 1808. Yours faithfully, Peter Daniel Worthing, West Sussex 23 June

  • Letter:L The spirit of the SDP lives on
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    She may not see former SDP members being active in the Liberal Democrats, but they are. At all levels, in Parliament, in county halls and town halls and at constituency level, former SDP members are playing a full part in the party which they helped ...

  • Letter: Was the Aitken fax a CIA plot?
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    The date of Mr Robertson's misdirected fax is written in the American style: month first followed by day; then, on the second page of the fax, under point two, there occurs the phrase: ". . . to stop all enquiries into you, period". "Period" is the A...

  • Leading Article: John doesn't need another Douglas
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    That short-term calculation is precisely the wrong way to choose who should become Foreign Secretary in the run-up to the Inter-Governmental Conference on European integration, which will make critical decisions on the extension of the community east...

  • Letter: Tackle racism by losing racial tags
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    Only by getting rid of racial tags such as "white", "Asian", "black" et al can we begin to get rid of racism. This is what Nelson Mandela and the government in South Africa are trying to do, hence his "Rainbow People" quip at the opening ceremony of ...

  • Letter: Leading qualities
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    Yours faithfully, Maggie Butcher Academic Administrator Gresham College London, EC1 22 June

  • Les ennuis de Monsieur Major
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    "La cle, s'il vous plait," I said to the pretty hotel receptionist on my return to our hotel, at the end of last week. "Chambre numero onze," I added, to show that my French was almost limitless. "Ah, Monsieur Kington - you must return home at once,"...

  • Letter: Esteemed equerry
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    Yours faithfully, Richard Rutter London, SW3

  • Letter: Local government demands the highest standards of probity
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    There is no evidence whatsoever that standards of probity in local government are lower than in central government, quangos or the private sector. There is some evidence to suggest they are higher and there is certainly the likelihood of greater scru...

  • ISMISMNew concepts for the Nineties
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    Departing from the public arenas of politics or business has become an enterprise demanding subtlety and finesse. It is no longer sufficient to clear one's desk and mutter insincerities about spending quality time with one's offspring. The concept of...

  • Even Lomu can't beat Mandela
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    The match, sure, was a nail-biter. Tens of thousands of words have already been written dissecting the South African game plan, extolling the physical commitment of the forwards and the ferocity of the backs' defence. The real reason South Africa won...

  • Letter: Superstores keep shoppers happy
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    The large grocery retailers have invested heavily: in the latest technologies (bar coding, computerised stock control); in creating pleasant surroundings for their customers; and in developing innovative product lines (notably, convenience meals). Th...

  • Letter: Media survey an exercise in futility
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    Year after year, however, the Independent Television Commission solemnly avers that some supposedly precise percentage of the viewing public believes that television is biased towards the Conservatives ("Viewers say BBC bias favours Tories", 22 June)...

  • Euro-sceptics: surfing the tide of history
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    Worn out by sniping from his backbench critics, from a hostile media and from Margaret Thatcher, Major is asking the party to declare whether it wants him to continue to lead it or not. But much deeper questions are at stake. The election is not just...

  • Bridge
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    South opened One Diamond and West overcalled with Two Diamonds (showing the major suits and weak or strong but not intermediate). The rot started when North bid Two Hearts. He intended this, in the modern style, as merely showing a sound raise in dia...

  • This is the week that was
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    1862: Joseph Wells, the father of HG Wells, becomes the first bowler to take four wickets in four balls in a first-class match. 1901: Professional chauffeurs protest at a move to stop them wearing moustaches. 1939: Public executions are abolished in ...

  • Chess
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    Peeved at the inflationary offers from other potential sponsors, they sought to restore some sense and dignity to the spirit of the game by proposing that the match be played in their Snug Bar (which their own players always found most congenial). Th...

  • Letter: Local government demands the highest standards of probity
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    Camden came into existence only in 1965 and Labour has not held control "for generations"; the Conservatives have controlled the council during that period, and between 1976 and 1980 Labour enjoyed only a very slim majority. Labour is, however, very ...

  • Letter: Local government demands the highest standards of probity
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    Labour-controlled Southwark is one of the toughest local authorities in the country on cracking down on housing and benefit frauds. Staff who misuse their positions are sacked and Labour councillors who tried to use their influence to swing a grant o...

  • Diary
    Monday, 26 June 1995

    Today Northern Ireland will see the launch of a light blue ribbon to be worn by campaigners for the Families of the Disappeared - people whose loved ones were abducted and murdered by the IRA and who want their remains back so they can bury them dece...

  • Uncle Sam would not disarm for all the tea in Boston
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    With the British, a sniper is treated as a privileged craftsman. He has all his special gear - the little green veil to hide his face, and sometimes camouflage mittens to keep his fingers warm as they fondle his rifle with its optical sight. He may h...

  • Surgeon of the psyche profile; Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    As Jhabvala picked over his correspondence and worked through his biographies the latter question snagged her attention. Not in a prurient way - her writer's manners had been well-known since her elegant colonial India novel Heat and Dust won the Boo...

  • At home with a most delightful 'Bastard'
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    To keep my finger on the pulse of public opinion I have been staying in Mrs Teresa Gorman's house - or "lovely home", as she prefers to call it - around the corner in Lord North Street. Teresa is a simply marvellous hostess and has made me feel most ...

  • I've got a bigger superhighway than you, so there
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    Boys are strange creatures. THE 79-year-old mother of a friend of mine recently fell ill and her daughter, who lives in Spain, got her to go out there so she could take care of her for a couple of months. When she returned, the Department of Social S...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: A threadbare challenge from a Nobody
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    All politicians twist and turn; what makes Mr Major exceptional is that, in a position of supreme power, he stands transfixed in the headlights of momentous decisions. Is he for closer European Union or against it? His Euro-sceptic opponents are both...

  • Why is it in for lesbians to be out? be out?
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    The cover, and the accompanying profile of lang, were classic examples of lesbian chic, a phenomenon now running riot through all branches of the media. Lynda La Plante's television drama serial She's Out featured a lesbian love triangle while Channe...

  • words:GENTLEMAN
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    This is only half right. "You're a gentleman" is still a common, and I suggest perfectly serious, way of expressing thanks. The people who readily shy away from the word are the remains of the old leisured classes who dislike being thought snobbish. ...

  • Labour leads the new school consensus
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    All this sounds very Tory and will be taken by some as evidence that Mr Blair is not really on the left at all. But the truth is that the Tories' latest ideas on schools owe as much to the left as Labour owes to the right. The Tories deserve credit f...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT:Trend spotting ... the Great Contender ... grey matter
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    n BRRNNGG! It is the Captain's political correspondent, Miss Una Tributable, on the telephone. "Captain," shouts Miss Tributable. "Did you know that if you dial Conservative Central Office on a touchtone telephone the numbers play 'The Red Flag'?" I ...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    Peter Preston, editor in chief of the 'Observer' and 'Guardian', writing in the 'Spectator' I just want to get my head around the fact that turtles on the beach have taken precedence over fare-paying humans. One of 200 passengers delayed for nine hou...

  • THE LIST
    Sunday, 25 June 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Febronia, 4th-century virgin and martyr. A purely fictitious person, say the hagiographers, she is supposed to have lived in a convent in Mesopotamia at the time of the persecution under Diocletian. She was stunningly ...

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