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Monday, 10 July 1995

  • LETTER: Why train drivers have to strike
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    Sir: With regards to your leading article concerning the proposed industrial action by Aslef ("Strike and everyone loses", 5 July), I would like to clarify one or two points for the benefit of your readers. This action has been taken because drivers'...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:What the Pope thinks about women
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    But hang on. Is John Paul II not the staunchest defender of the Roman Catholic doctrine which outlaws contraception and which is perhaps the single greatest burden to the world's poorest women, who constitute a majority of his flock? And did he not r...

  • LETTER:View from the Newbury bypass
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    Sir: Your article "Road protesters prepare for the battle of Newbury" (7 July) reminded me of the walk I took through the water meadows of St Cross and from there to the top of St Catherine's Hill the evening after all traffic started to be routed th...

  • LETTER:View from the Newbury bypass
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    Sir: Andrew Pharoah (Letters, 8 July) of the British Road Federation writes about the local situation in the Newbury bypass controversy from London EC1. A campaign of signature gathering was set up here in Newbury in December instigated by the local ...

  • backgammon
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    Because there is always the possibility of an outrageous sequence of events, backgammon generates more hard-luck stories than any other game I know. If I had pounds 10 for every time someone has come up to me and said "You won't believe this, but..."...

  • site unseen David and Goliath in Saffron Walden
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    Take the county of Essex, which stretches from the River Thames up towards Cambridge. Within its borders can be found such varied delights as the "on-the-sea" resorts of Clacton, Frinton and Southend, the Anglo-Saxon wooden church at Greensted and th...

  • true gripes apostrophes
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    OK - enough imaginative bullshit. On paper, it's an apostrophe. The squiggly thing that either denotes posses- sion or the absence of one or more letters. The grammatical curl that allows "cannot" to rhyme with "aunt", "I am"to sound like "slime", an...

  • Green power in the world's saloon bar
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    Military power is the ultimate expression of the nation state. It comes even before the minting of currency. Nations were carved out or destroyed on the basis of their talent and will for violent self-assertion. In this century, global violence helpe...

  • Rollerblading into the future
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    On his bike, the Cartesian Centaur sped smoothly past the bobbing, bouncing imbecile on his mere legs. With this simple, mechanical addition of chains, wheels and tubes, he became a new species, a technological rebuke to the drably organic amalgam of...

  • LETTER:Priests who cannot keep to celibacy
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    Sir: As a former Anglican priest received into the Roman Catholic Church last year, I have reason to be very grateful for the warm and generous welcome which I have received from members of the church, none of whom seem to have been troubled by the k...

  • LETTER: Australian gift
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    Sir: Like many other splendid London buildings, Australia House is a gift from far-sighted ancestors to our generation, which might not be inclined to be so extravagant in taste and spending (Comedy; James Rampton, 7 July). But Australia House, the o...

  • Shallow ideas from deepest Albania
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    Albanian proverbs are different from ordinary proverbs. Ordinary proverbs sound at first sight as if they are full of wisdom and insight, but generally turn out to be humdrum and banal, whereas Albanian proverbs, which sound a bit scatterbrained at f...

  • LETTER:Countries that use another's currency
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    Sir: Teresa Gorman and other Euro-sceptics want to know the name of "an independent nation without its own currency". Hasn't anyone noticed Luxembourg (in a currency union with Belgium) which, incidentally, ranks second in the world for GDP per head ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Slow clean-up in Westminster
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    Thus, when MPs made their first detailed proposals on how to implement the Nolan report, there was not much sign of contrition or commitment to swift reform. The committee did the minimum to prevent a public outcry. It accepted the need for a new cod...

  • Another view:Labour's nursery ideas
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    The vouchers proposal is not an innovative idea, it has been knocking around for a long time. The reason the Labour Party rejected the idea is because we want to get on with ensuring enough places of high quality, in a variety of settings, to meet th...

  • LETTER:Justified anger seen in black Briton's play
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    Sir: I see from your columns that in Shango Baku's Zumbi the following claim is made: Let me make a comparison with the Jews. Six million killed in concentration camps. One hundred and thirty million of my people slaughtered in the slave trade. This ...

  • chess
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    Take our first example, from the recent County Championship final. AR Jones, playing on board six for Cambridge against M Carlson of Middlesex, found himself with a difficult decision at move eight after the opening moves 1.d4 f5 2.Bg5 c6 3.Nc3 d5 4....

  • LETTER:Countries that use another's currency
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    Sir: Both Teresa Gorman of the witless group and Brian Mawhinney were unable to name an independent nation that did not have its own currency. Andorra is one very successful small nation that has no currency of its own. It uses both Spanish pesetas a...

  • LETTER:Justified anger seen in black Briton's play
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    Sir: I am pleased that the reaction to Black Theatre Co-operative's production of Zumbi, currently on our stage, is explosive enough to make your news pages ("Play `intimidates white audiences' ", 7 July). By the end of this highly charged show, half...

  • LETTER:Priests who cannot keep to celibacy
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    Sir: Regarding the letters written in reply to Bishop Hugh Lindsay's Another View about clerical celibacy: Margaret Owen (letter, 8 July) refers to the "dangerous social consequences" of enforced celibacy. As someone who has just written a book about...

  • LETTER:Justified anger seen in black Briton's play
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    Sir: The black British writer Shango Baku has written the play Zumbi, which includes an attack on the slave trade. It is as well to remember that Africans were implicated in the slave trade, too. The slave ship captains did not sail from Liverpool an...

  • yesterday was
    Tuesday, 11 July 1995

    Pithecophaga jefferyi, the Philippine eagle, which has replaced the maya, a type of sparrow, as the national bird of the Philippines. Supporters of the change argued that the maya is a pest that eats rice crops. Others questioned the wisdom of replac...

  • LETTER:Pupil and parentpartnership
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: For too long we have focused on the rights of parents and pupils and the responsibilities of schools. At last (report, 6 July), questions are being raised about the reciprocal responsibilities of parents. High- quality education is best provided...

  • LETTER:Unwarranted claims of 'delay'
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: In her letter ("Intolerable Westminster delay", 27 June) Dame Shirley Porter says it is nearly six months since the last of the accountancy evidence on her behalf was submitted to John Magill, the Westminster auditor. This is not the case. Two m...

  • ISMISMNew concepts for the Nineties; No. 23: grovelism
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    But that is only the start of the chain. The political correspondents who confidently predicted that the man was finished had to explain to their editors why they got it wrong. Those leader writers who called for Mr Major's head had to explain to the...

  • LETTER:Sir Paul Condon's damaging race statistics
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: Sir Paul Condon's vituperative figures about the criminal travails of "young black males" around London ("Howard backs Yard chief in race row", 8 July) are ill-informed, and dangerously provocative. Far from helping to stem the tide of crime, su...

  • chess
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    But did Judit prove that women can play chess as well as men? Trained to play chess from the age of two-and-a-half, and specialising in it since she was six, Judit was the subject of a remarkable educational experiment. Her parents, Laszlo and Klara,...

  • bridge
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Playing a Strong Club system, North-South were not given an easy ride. South opened One Club, West overcalled with One Diamond, and North bid One Heart. So far, so good, but when East raised to Three Diamonds and South showed his spades, West raised ...

  • LETTER:Pupil and parentpartnership
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: The Advisory Centre for Education welcomes the Education Select Committee's acknowledgement of the key part that parental involvement plays in successful schools ("Pupils' poor performance blamed on parents", 6 July). We are, however, concerned ...

  • LETTER:Sir Paul Condon's damaging race statistics
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Beckford Sir: How regrettable it is that the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Condon, has sought to alienate the black and white communities by expressing the problem of mugging in terms of the number of muggers who are black (report, 8 Jul...

  • LETTER:Sir Paul Condon's damaging race statistics
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: Statistics can be revealing. It would be interesting to see figures relating robbers to educational attainment, unemployment levels and the value of the houses where they live. The least interesting thing is the colour of their skin. These are n...

  • Diary
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Richard Crossman once compared the speed and lack of sentimentality with which Whitehall dealt with a change of regime to "the hospital drill for removing a corpse from the ward and replacing it with a new patient". The drill for simply changing mini...

  • In Coventry, in Hong Kong
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    For not a single Chinese official will even speak to Chris Patten. The leaders of the business community shun him like a bad smell and even members of his civil service are discreetly erecting barriers between themselves and their boss. Now even the ...

  • Why Clarke took a handbagging for the NHS
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Clarke and his colleagues had been called in for a Spanish inquisition. For in the previous weeks, Mrs Thatcher had dispatched around the NHS three of her most trusted advisers: Sir David Wolfson, the businessman from Great Universal Stores who had h...

  • LETTER:For the love of Myanmar
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: John Boorman's letter on the Union of Myanmar (6 July) must be corrected. We have made great movement ahead in Myanmar culture and morals and our biggest task is to build a united Myanmar nation. We, in the Union of Myanmar, are currently involv...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Creating a case for reasonable doubt
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Every cub reporter knows it is impossible to second-guess a jury - especially in California - but it is none the less true that few Americans expect Mr Simpson to be convicted, despite what appears to be a stack of incriminating circumstantial eviden...

  • LETTER:Un-Americans
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: Appropriately enough, on (American) Independence Day, 4 July, your reporter, Tim Glover, referred to Pete Sampras as "the American with the un-American name". There are no "un-American names". As Franklin Roosevelt said over 50 years ago, "we [A...

  • creativity Wiltshire: a henge too far
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    It would save a good deal of time if the correspondents to this column took the trouble to compare notes before sending in their contributions. Chris Bell, for example, gives an excellent list of Wiltshire's potential for a novelist: as birthplace of...

  • LETTER:Think positive discuss politics
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: Andrew Belsey thinks wrong when he regards Andrew Marr's use of adjective as adverb (Letters, 7 July) as a case of political discourse emulating sporting discourse. In fact this is a traditional feature of political language. Mr Belsey, I assume...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:The probity of the people's voice
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    But would most people think it right that some of those asking the hard questions of British Telecom, ICI, Nuclear Electric, government departments or Marks and Spencer are the same people who undertake well-paid freelance work for these same institu...

  • When 300 men go to the polls
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    "But the most interesting question I have heard raised is quite different. It is the question of whether or not the result is actually sustainable. "Legally, the result of the Tory party leadership election is on shaky ground. What is worse, it is st...

  • LETTER:One missing science minister
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: Am I the only professional scientist in this country who was amazed to discover that the post of Minister of Science, previously held on a part-time basis by David Hunt, has temporarily vanished in the Government reshuffle? No one seems to have ...

  • You must add a pinch of Maldon salt
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Olive oil has come a long way since the Fifties, hasn't it? It used to be a colourless fluid in a small bottle in the medicine cabinet marked "Olive Oil BP". It was used for putting in one's ear. Then it turned yellow, then green, then almost bottle ...

  • LETTER:Sinn Fein and democracy
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    Sir: The violence and destruction perpetrated in the name of justice in the wake of the release of Lee Clegg serves to underline the true nature of the process in which Sinn Fein is engaged. We have now been treated to the spectacle of those Sinn Fei...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 10 July 1995

    1921: Mongolia becomes an independent state. 1947: The Government announces that Princess Elizabeth will receive extra ration coupons to buy her wedding dress. 1958: Britain's first parking meters appear in Mayfair. 11 July: 1804: Aaron Burr, US vice...

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