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Thursday, 29 June 1995

  • Letter: Dutch shipwreck could be saved with ingenuity
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    Were it otherwise, English Heritage would no doubt have a statutory duty to act, but isn't its miserably negative attitude really symptomatic of a lack of willpower? One imagines with what relief English Heritage executives received the news from the...

  • A white-knuckle ride I cannot join
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    To many Conservative MPs, it is a sad perversion to see our party fast beginning to resemble a Greek tragedy without the jokes. There is something quite distasteful in watching angry young men with all the vigour and enthusiasm of a Faustian time-sha...

  • Letter: Labour should think again
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    This is a crucial question that the Labour Party failed to address in its policy document. It is our view that the funding system encapsulated in the Local Management of Schools scheme, and whose extension is advocated in the document, contains inher...

  • Letter: Three volumes of Thatcher
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    Yours faithfully, Josephine Craig Easingwold, North Yorkshire 26 June

  • Letter: Wimbledon faults
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    Why has no player ever before been penalised by more than a point or a fine for persistent verbal abuse of officials, racket-smashing, illegal massage between games and so on, whereas a first offender who clearly did not intend to hurt anyone suffers...

  • Leading Article: When next door is for sale
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    Neither Mr or Mrs Chambers, nor any of their children, have criminal records. They are a large, rumbustious family from the wrong side of the tracks, with auto parts in the garden and Mr Blobby painted on their outside wall. The move to the new house...

  • Letter: Compensation for Thalidomide victims
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    The Government has given its formal backing to structured settlements, which are a tax-efficient way of paying and receiving damages. The long- term financial and medical problems of the Thalidomide victims would be resolved once and for all should G...

  • Letter: Modern rites at Stonehenge
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    We would park opposite the stones and usually there would be no one but us and no sound but the larks overhead, the far-off baaing of sheep and the wind over the grass. We would explore the stones, overawed by their enormous size when close-up. "But ...

  • Letter: Compensation for Thalidomide victims
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    I would like to deal with three, in particular, of the misreportings in Ms Oxford's article, as I would not like them to affect the campaign to persuade Guinness to recognise fully its responsibility to the victims of Thalidomide. First, I did not at...

  • This prescription might do some good
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    Knee-jerk opposition to the Government's policies has been replaced by a thoughtfully discriminating response in which Labour has sought to retain most of the best aspects of recent changes, while reversing those elements which it opposes. At the hea...

  • Batting phrases instead of balls
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    It's very hot out there. They'll need this break. Of course, grass is not his natural surface. During this changeover, he'll have to work out a change of plan. The sun is really baking down. They're coming back on now. The umpire is asking for quiet ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Hands off our ruddy ducks
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    The answer is that they are foreign - not British or even European. There is nothing wrong with them as ducks. Indeed some of them are quite decent, well groomed and good-looking. But they do not always behave well: they try to get off with our own n...

  • Letter: Sandwich courses
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    The experience and knowledge of work gained by such students, not only in the sciences and engineering but also in many other areas, is of great benefit to them in job-finding afterwards. The salary helps, too - most students are paid on placement. T...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Take care: words at work
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    An American professor of linguistics, Tannen is also the author of the provocative bestseller "You Just Don't Understand". In that book she focused on the problems of communication between men and women generally. She has now shifted specifically to ...

  • Leading Article: Labour tackles unhealthy record
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    Not that there is any contrition at the beginning of Renewing the NHS. Indeed the final chapter repeats the traditional mantra that "the NHS reforms have failed". Yet even a cursory reading demonstrates the opposite. The party now accepts and pledges...

  • Letter: Modern rites at Stonehenge
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    Various ancient cultures incorporated or modified Stonehenge for their own obscure purposes: there is no reason why this should not continue. If this means ringing the stones with kiosks and car parks, so be it - this will be our culture's form of ap...

  • Letter: Dutch shipwreck could be saved with ingenuity
    Friday, 30 June 1995

    If the Amsterdam was not a Protected Wreck, then the situation would be simple. The Secretary of State for National Heritage has the power to schedule wreck sites in "territorial waters off the coast of England" as ancient monuments. Once scheduled a...

  • How to win for the environment
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Sir: In the aftermath of Brent Spar, pundits have lined up to state that only spectacular publicity exercises, with multimillion-dollar budgets for helicopters and sea craft, can win battles for the environment. They allege that the parliamentary pro...

  • Electoral reform could cure Tories' dilemma
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Sir: Today's lunchtime news showed John Redwood, now deprived of his ministerial car, being driven to a press conference by one of his parliamentary supporters, Sir David Evans. And what does this nationalistic MP use to chauffeur his Euro-sceptic wo...

  • Electoral reform could cure Tories' dilemma
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    28 June From Mr David A. Hough Sir: In all this speculation about potential Conservative Party leaders, one name appears to be missing and that is David Hunt. Surely he would present exactly the image that the Conservatives need: trustworthy, honest,...

  • Dounreay's radioactive particles
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Sir: As the chairman of the Committee on the Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (Comare) and the then chairman of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee (RWMAC), we must respond to the letter ( 20 June) from Dr Derek Pooley,...

  • What a graduate degree is worth
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Sir: After reading your article "Graduates 'are forced to take low-paid jobs' " (22 June), I was amazed by the arrogance and short-sighted opinion of the employer who said such jobs are "very suitable for a 2.2 from a new university who's only ever w...

  • Tax on classics
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Sir: The Department of Transport is proposing to introduce continuous licensing of motor vehicles. Many in the old car movement see the proposal for licensing cars, even when off the road for restoration and repair, as just an excuse to get more mone...

  • Electoral reform could cure Tories' dilemma
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Sir: The election for Conservative Party leader brings to the British people a fascinating period of political observation, even if "participation" is what we would prefer, in an election to decide our next Prime Minister. It is worth reflecting that...

  • Electoral reform could cure Tories' dilemma
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Sir: The Gibraltar Apes are potentially quarrelsome and vicious animals that can inflict a nasty bite. Fortunately, they are usually kept in order by the leader of the pack who ruthlessly metes out instant retribution to any ape who steps out of line...

  • Electoral reform could cure Tories' dilemma
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Sir: This Marlow resident trusts and fully expects his constituency MP (Ray Whitney, Member for Wycombe) and the other local Buckinghamshire MPs wholeheartedly to support the Prime Minister. At the time of the last leadership election he declared him...

  • They dream dangerously of escape
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    They don't know what to do, think or say. So they sit and speculate, which is the least fruitful pastime of all. Split a second and you find the mood's changed. Solid parliamentarians who say they know what's going to happen as they take their first ...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    cartoonists, with the report from Brazzaville that the constitution of Congo has been produced in comic-strip form to make it accessible to a wider public. World Bank figures indicate a 43.4 per cent adult illiteracy rate. A bad day for: flying baker...

  • The hidden virtues of Mr Major
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    This week's Cannes summit was a poor guide to the Prime Minister's European batting average. The other EU leaders bowled him daisy hops and knocked over their own wickets in the dotty belief that this would help him at home. It would have been more h...

  • Murdoch, a problem of our own making
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    But all these new deals put together are as nothing compared with the fast-approaching spectre of what is now known in media circles as "Murdoch's Black Box". Of course, there are already several million Murdoch black boxes sitting on top of televisi...

  • Tories without a voice
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    This week the Conservative Party is embarking on a leadership contest that does not involve all party members, in spite of the quaintly named "consultation" process with the constituencies. Supposedly authoritative statements are made about the level...

  • expert jury living with rejection
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Virginia Ironside Agony Aunt You should try not to let everyone know what a lowly worm you feel - but you have to be very thick-skinned not to take a snub personally. Reacting with dignity is the ideal reponse, though not always possible, of course. ...

  • true gripes tap manglers
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    What amazes me is where they get all their strength from. We've had visits by young women with slender white arms who have twisted the taps way beyond what I thought was physically possible. And when I confront them with it, they deny they have done ...

  • Young (and old) pretenders
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    John Gummer. Mr Gummer believes that anyone called John is in with a very good chance of winning the title, and as he is called John, this would seem a good time for him to stand for the post. Of course, anyone called Michael is also in with a very g...

  • McDonald's vs common sense
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Not many people, outside the company itself, want McDonald's to succeed. There is a long and lively tradition in this country of robust comment by individuals and pressure groups about the powerful and wealthy; so the use of the libel laws to prevent...

  • numbers The anaesthetist
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Twenty-nine is the number of days in February in a leap year and the number of letters in "flocci-naucinihilipilification" - which was the longest word in the Oxford Dictionary until someone - evidently a Mary Poppins fan - added supercalifragilistic...

  • chess
    Thursday, 29 June 1995

    Play continued 1...Kxe6 2.Kf3 Kd6 (Black decides he cannot risk 2...Bc1 when 3.Ke2! Bxb2 4.Kd2 buries the bishop). Now 3.Be3? Bxe3 4.Kxe3 f6 would lead to a totally drawn position. But if White cannot offer the exchange of bishops, what is his winnin...

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