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Tuesday, 27 June 1995

  • Thank you for partying with us
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    We met at a party. I was standing in a group of friends when suddenly a man arrived among us who broke off everyone's conversation by the simple means of raising his hand for silence. "Hello there," he said, breaking in. "My name is Jan, and I would ...

  • Leading Article: John Redwood's hasty credo
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Mr Redwood's initial revelations were, however, less than tantalising. Some played to the crowd: he backed tax cuts and capital punishment while opposing the closure of popular local hospitals. Others established his Euro-sceptic credentials: he rule...

  • Letter: Court of Appeal in Hong Kong
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: Your report from Hong Kong on 23 June ("Patten shrugs off motion of no confidence") repeats the mistake perpetuated in your previous article of 10 June ("London 'kowtows' on Hong Kong court") on the recently concluded Court of Final Appeal (CFA)...

  • Leading Article: Stop rigging the housing market
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    The Tory right believes the road to popularity is paved with bribes for homeowners. They think a little house price inflation would win back the middle class, and if that means damaging the economy and abandoning their free market principles, so be i...

  • Letter IQ tests measure potential, not accomplishment
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: Should Dr James Tooley ever have the misfortune to be under the surgeon's knife, I hope that he will be able to take comfort in the fact that the surgeon's IQ was high at the age of 10 - rather than worrying about his or her skills as a surgeon,...

  • Letter: Who worshipped at Stonehenge?
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: Jonathan Glancey is right about Stonehenge. Whatever it may once have been, Stonehenge now has an important religious significance. As our cathedral Chapters are learning, in the balance between tourism and religion, long-term vitality is only g...

  • Why Redwood is not the answer
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    A sensible Euro-scepticism does not mean withdrawal from Europe. Only a fool or fogey would want to destroy the institutions which ensure that Europe's leaders meet and talk so often that war between member states is unthinkable. We should all celebr...

  • Letter IQ tests measure potential, not accomplishment
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: If Dr James Tooley, the "educationalist" (" 'IQ tests should replace exams' ", 26 June), knew more about the long-term predictions of IQ scores, he would not recommend them as indicators of life success. They are only reliably predictive of scho...

  • Letter: Redwood wins,either way
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: Professional political commentators should put up or shut up. Are they all missing the obvious conclusion that John Redwood has absolutely nothing to lose in throwing his hat into the leadership ring, save for a few weeks' salary at ministerial ...

  • Letter: Spot the leak
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: There is a simple remedy for Sir Richard Scott that would enable him to trace the source of any future leaks of his draft report: ensure that each circulated copy of the same original passage has small differences in wording. Yours sincerely, Ti...

  • word of mouth soundbites
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    American presidents have also discovered that a soundbite can bite back. One can only wonder whether the dying Lincoln had time to reconsider his dictum that "the ballot is stronger than the bullet" or whether Nixon was being ironic when he declared ...

  • Letter: No romance in teenage suicides
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: I was rather concerned with the flippant attitude taken in Vicky Ward's column ("What a week it was for Martin Hinchcliffe", 23 June) to an attempted teenage suicide. Last year, (at the time when his GCSE mocks were imminent), my 14-year-old son...

  • Letter: Sunny side down
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: Not buttered toast again ("Scientist puts fresh spin on buttered toast riddle", 26 June). It was resolved empirically - in the original Yiddish - but the dispute between the optimist and the pessimist. "Life is optimistic," says the optimist. "I...

  • Letter: Redwood wins,either way
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: At last, an election that Screaming Lord Sutch could win! Yours sincerely, Peter Stockill Berwick Hills, Cleveland

  • How does your psyche measure up?
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Day after day we were crammed for the 11-plus. Bored rigid, we would send each other notes with surreal explanations for why banana might not be the odd one out. Intelligent? No. I, my two best friends and my sister failed, late developers all. Bad a...

  • Men - they just can't help it
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    If they were out in the open but somewhere quite private - a park, perhaps, then I think the police should just let them be. But it is wrong to upset people with your behaviour in public, and I would have thought a star like Hugh Grant would have ple...

  • Letter IQ tests measure potential, not accomplishment
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: Even if we were to disregard years of well-supported research documenting the environmental influences upon IQ levels, and accept the postulation that IQ levels are decided by genetics, surely all IQ test scores would reflect is such "unborn pot...

  • Why Redwood is not the answer
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    It is because the party is divided that Redwood opens his manifesto with a stirring call for lower taxation. Conservatives of all persuasions can agree on that at least. But the hard part is to turn the principle of lower taxation into reality, given...

  • Letter: Who worshipped at Stonehenge?
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: Could Jonathan Glancey ("Mystery of the stones decays and dies", 24 June) please enlighten us as to who exactly were the "ancient peoples of these islands", who, he tells us, worshipped the sun until the 11th century? And whose pantheon did the ...

  • meanwhile...
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Not Minnie speaking Customers ringing AT&T Corp in Philadelphia were surprised to be answered by a sultry voice saying: "Are you ready to get naked? ... If you want hard-core, uncensored, explicit sex now ... then come and, ummm, take it!" The co...

  • Chess
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    To stalemate himself, Black will need to clog up all his pieces. The mechanism is not difficult to spot: With Rg4, Rhh3, Kh2, h5 and h4, all is clogged. The white rook on a2 will pin the knight on g2, but another white piece will have to prevent Kg1....

  • Richard D North
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Michael had suggested that I should doss at Susie Deardon's place just up the road from the site. In this, probably the poshest B&B in the world, various middle-aged good eggs wondered vaguely if they might join the unwaged in ferreting into the ...

  • Letter: Redwood wins,either way
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: One point is not clearly brought out in Andrew Gamble's essay on the Tory Party (26 June). If the Tories become an anti-European English nationalist party, they are scarcely going to appeal to the Scots, Welsh or Northern Irish. It would inevita...

  • Letter: Redwood wins,either way
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: Your leading article "The Tory Party in search of a new vision" (24 June) states: The other way of reading this leadership contest is that the Tories are in trouble because they have dared to put their finger on an issue that deeply troubles the...

  • Letter: Redwood wins,either way
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: In an election between Tony Blair and Michael Heseltine, which candidate would be on the left - and which would Polly Toynbee take for Son of SDP? Yours friendly, Russell House of Lords London, SW1 27 June

  • Letter: Redwood wins,either way
    Wednesday, 28 June 1995

    Sir: Look what has happened since the resignation of John Major. We finally win a Test Match against the West Indies at Lords, and the weather has improved significantly. Should this affect the voting of Conservative MPs? Yours faithfully, Chris Adam...

  • Learning English as she is spoke
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    Which election? The one in which John Major wants to be leader of the Tory Party (which he already is), so he is resigning the post he already has in order to stand for election to the post he already has. Oh, yes, that one. What do you find puzzling...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: A duty to choose unselfishly
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    As a long-time supporter of the Down's Syndrome Association dedicated to caring for families affected by Down's, I applaud his first two sentiments. His is a positive attitude which will ensure that his daughter gets the best possible care and life o...

  • Leading Article: Some other happy ending
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    Why was our response to this pair of likeable, pragmatic, but basically ordinary young journalists so over-heated? Partly, no doubt, because the media ensured that it would be so. But there is also, surely, another reason. Compared with the normal st...

  • Letter: Superstores have passed their sell-by date
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    The people of Ulster will not consume more just because a new shop arrives. Many smaller retail operators will close or reduce their staffing levels, distribution warehouses and cash and carry wholesalers will be similarly affected; and, if normal su...

  • Which way should I vote next week?
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    I have taken the view since John Major's election that, as a straight and honourable man in the middle of the Euro-debate, he was the person most likely to provide a peace plan that might create unity. A peace plan promoted by Mr Major would not be r...

  • Letter: No 'dreadful duty' on the disabled
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    I cannot see that compassion and respect for full civil rights, however vociferous some people may be in proclaiming those rights, are at odds with each other. Indeed, I wonder if you can have one without the other. If Mr North visited the Leonard Ch...

  • Letter: SDP gave a choice to the electorate
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    First, Ms Toynbee fails to recognise the fact that a big majority of former members and supporters of the SDP and the Alliance neither had, nor had ever had, any particular interest in the Labour Party or what happened to it. They joined the SDP beca...

  • Letter: Flight of fancy
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    Yours faithfully, Pamela Harewood Leeds 26 June

  • Leading Article: From reptile to Newt
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    Not that you can believe everything he says. It is hard to accept that Mr Redwood's primary quarrel with John Major is, as he claims, crossness over the calling of the leadership battle. If Mr Major "turned a soap opera into a crisis", Mr Redwood is ...

  • Letter: Superstores have passed their sell-by date
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    Mr Robinson sees superstores as a response to "the basic needs of a car- borne society". But it is now widely agreed that a fundamental aim of transport policy should be to enable people to satisfy basic needs such as grocery shopping without having ...

  • Letter: Labour's new education policy
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    1. If foundation and community schools are to enjoy virtually identical status and funding, what is the purpose of creating two sectors within the secondary system? 2. If selection in general is to be discouraged or prohibited, why does the new polic...

  • True gripes; electric toasters
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    Our first toaster, a chromium-plated Morphy Richards job which did two bits of toast without fuss or frills, lasted four years. Since then, toaster technology seems to have gone into decline, if not reverse. Over a period of about 30 years, we have h...

  • Site unseen: Peterborough Cathedral
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    Which explains why, much as I admire and respect St Paul's Cathedral, it is Wren's smaller and more intimate City churches which I love. St Benet's, St Mary Abchurch, St James Garlickhythe... these are the gems which even confirmed agnostics like mys...

  • Backgammon
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    One player, known as "the box", plays against the remainder, known as "the team", one of whom is designated "the captain". The team may consult about their moves but the captain has the final decision. The players rotate in strict order. Let's say th...

  • Doom is Major's best weapon
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    Redwood is bad news for Major for some paradoxical reasons. He is not a single-issue obsessive but a shrewd right-wing policy man with an eye on Middle England. He is not a classic gold-plated shit; when he says that he hasn't gone round being disloy...

  • Letter: Just pour me a glass of coconut
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    Green, unripe coconuts do contain a watery fluid, often called milk, which is one of the most refreshing drinks I know - fresh from the tree, the husk ripped off and holes punched in the eyes to let the drink out. However, this fluid certainly does n...

  • Which way should I vote next week?
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    Since I want to see my party win the next general election and I believe that most people want to see Britain and its laws remain the province of a British parliament and British Courts, I consider that I have little choice in the matter. John Major ...

  • Chess
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    After two tense draws in the Kasparov-Kramnik match the issue had to be resolved by a five-minute shoot-out. Kramnik, playing White, needed to win to go through to the final but missed several chances before the game was finally drawn after 66 moves....

  • Yesterday was...
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    Turtles, with the Maldive islands banning the catching, sale, importation and exportation of turtle products for the next 10 years. Eating turtle meat is already banned in the Maldives under Islamic law. A bad day for: Sloppy journalists. A Chinese c...

  • Letter: Superstores have passed their sell-by date
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    Children in French supermarkets seem to enjoy the experience of imitating parents and helping with their delegated bit of the buying-in. It is a common experience to see them swelling with pride at the feedback they get on being so helpful and respon...

  • Letter: Labour's new education policy
    Tuesday, 27 June 1995

    But in two key respects, the world has changed since the Seventies. First, whether we like it or not, there are now more than a thousand grant maintained schools. Secondly, with the introduction of local management, 85 per cent of the schools' aggreg...

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