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Wednesday, 12 July 1995

  • Leading Artilce: Child sex - no summer holiday
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    Yet all this time hundreds of British men - and it is mostly men - have been seeking pastures new. Child-sex tourism is booming in southern Asia, parts of Africa and eastern Europe. Even though paedophiles are breaking the law in those countries they...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Who'd want to be a train driver?
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    This is despite a 7.2 per cent increase in drivers' productivity over the past year. We have seen 1,200 jobs disappear but we still run the same number of trains; passenger receipts have risen by 1.7 per cent and the cost of train crew operations has...

  • expert jury time to put our ageing rockers out to grass?
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    Matt Snow Editor, Mojo Of course there should be no age limit on rock stars. Originally rock acts modelled themselves on middle-aged blues stars such as Chuck Berry and Howling Wolf, which shows how irrelevant age is. The fact that these rock stars a...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Hallelujah for the sceptic
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    But they do it none the less.House churches (freelance prayer groups that usually begin in members' living rooms) have seen a steady if unspectacular growth since the late Seventies, spawning a whole series of New Church groups, many of them rooted i...

  • Letter: Rollerblading in the Royal Parks
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    Yours faithfully, Barbara Abensur Chairperson Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens London, W1

  • numbers the anaesthetist
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    Thirteen is a number widely considered unlucky. According to one estimate, triskaidekaphobia - fear of the number 13 - costs America more than $1bn each year in absenteeism and cancellations. In Christian tradition, the bad luck of 13 is linked to th...

  • Letter: Muggings by blacks in London, attacks on blacks in Bristol
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    The truth is that Sir Paul Condon has had the wisdom and the courage to bring into the open an issue that causes enormous public anxiety, damages race relations, and plays into the hands of the real racists. You do not solve a problem by pretending i...

  • How to clean up in an Instant
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    So today I have hired cleaning expert Mavis Lapointe to deal with some of the knottier of the cleaning problems that land on my desk. Take it away, Mavis! I have recently been trying to make a fortune by scratching those cards that fall out of newspa...

  • Letter: What Tony Blair told the TGWU conference
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    But there is still a long way to go. The leaders of the TGWU must recognise that Labour still needs a huge internal overhaul if it is to become a truly modern election-winning machine and, more crucially, if it is to sustain a Labour government beyon...

  • Do we want a Europe ruled by blood?
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    That man, Gojko Djoko, also spoke of a "final solution" involving partition between Serbia and Croatia. UN negotiators may jet about and babble, hoping, as the Commons was incredulously told yesterday, that the Serbs can be persuaded to hand back Sre...

  • Pay and the Pavarotti factor
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    For many people, though, this will probably not be enough - as indeed the shadow chancellor, Gordon Brown, suggested yesterday. For some others, it may be too much: if a company wants to pay a top executive very well (but perhaps less than a top lawy...

  • Letter: The joys of graduation
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    Along with my daughter, who at 40 had gained her degree under nearly insuperable difficulties, were her husband and her daughter and me. About 300 graduates of all ages and several nationalities were there - all happily collecting their gowns and mor...

  • Letter: Muggings by blacks in London, attacks on blacks in Bristol
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    When I lived in Bristol years ago, Asian friends of mine suffered regular harassment from a pair of white-skinned villains who used to come round collecting "for the hospital". At first conned, afterwards terrified, my friends usually paid up. I begg...

  • true gripes unsolicited postcards
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    Mine duly lands on the mat a few days later and I pick it up with irritation, wondering who is pestering me with postcards today. The handwriting is relaxed, the message jolly, the sunshine almost bounces off the card. "Can't be anyone I know,'' I de...

  • Letter: Benefit frauds and reductions
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    People who receive Incapacity Benefit in the future will have to wait an extra 24 weeks to receive the longer-term rate, no SERPs addition will be payable, and there will be no age addition for anyone over 45. Claimants of Incapacity Benefit and Seve...

  • Letter: Intruded on by pavement cafes
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    There are the interests of other people who frequent the central London area and use what is the public highway. I represent the ward of Bloomsbury (which includes part of Covent Garden and also Fitzrovia (Charlotte Street). The unique character of t...

  • Letter: Salaries of BBC interviewers
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    BBC presenters are public servants, their salaries part-financed by the nation's taxpayers. Should we not also ask these presenters to justify a salary almost five times that of an MEP or backbench MP? BBC (and ITN) broadcasters are all too ready to ...

  • Leading Article: The fall of Srebrenica
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    The West's possible courses of action are narrowing into three choices as a result of Srebrenica's collapse and the approach of the Bosnian autumn and winter. The first option, outlined by President Jacques Chirac of France, is to use force in an att...

  • chess William Hartston
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    Anyone looking for a long-odds, long-term investment could do much worse than bet on the world championship match in 2008 being between England's Luke McShane and France's Etienne Bacrot. Luke, still only 11, has been beating international masters an...

  • Letter: What Tony Blair told the TGWU conference
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    There was much to commend Blair's speech to our membership: a commitment to sign the Social Chapter, to establish a minimum wage, to re-nationalise the NHS, to release capital receipts for council house building, and to restore trade union rights at ...

  • Letter: Benefit frauds and reductions
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    Lone parents do not want to be dependent on the state or to see their children stuck in long-term poverty. The Government's own research shows 90 per cent want to return to work but are prevented from doing so by a lack of affordable childcare, suita...

  • Letter: Salaries of BBC interviewers
    Thursday, 13 July 1995

    Yours in despair, J. L. Bradley Hinton St George, Somerset

  • Letter: Young, black and stereotyped
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    Sir: Sir Paul Condon said (report, 8 July) that evidence shows that 80 per cent of muggings in London are carried out by young black males. He suggests that a forum between the police and the community should take place to discuss the problem before ...

  • Letter: Labour, child care and education
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    Sir: You criticise Labour's description of the Government nursery voucher scheme as a "con" and you say Labour has no new ideas on education (leading article, 8 July.) You are mistaken on both counts. The nursery voucher scheme was advertised as a wa...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Orange is not offensive
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    That is why there was a sense of grievance and also of determination yesterday, a feeling of resentment that a normal, harmless long-standing tradition was somehow unacceptable and offensive. It was particularly upsetting when we finally met on Tuesd...

  • Letter: Hypocrisy of print journalists
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    Sir: A pity that your reporter who quoted (10 July) my views relating to BBC presenters' extra-contract earnings conveniently omitted half of the "story". I, and others in the House of Commons, are I think justifiably critical of the hypocrisy that a...

  • Richard D North
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    This last took rather a pounding last week from the Times and the Telegraph. Both papers scanned the NHS league tables and pronounced Hereford to be amongst the "worst" 10 (the Times) and amongst the trusts which had most deteriorated (the Telegraph)...

  • Letter: Digging for Jesse James
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    Sir: The team planning to exhume Jesse James's body in Montana (International; "DNA test on Jesse James to settle row", 8 July) had better be damn good diggers. The funny noise you can hear in the background is all those people who know that Jesse is...

  • Leading Article: A guilty silence on Mururoa atoll
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    One voice is conspicuously missing. British government sources yesterday, describing their own stance as "low profile", said it was entirely a matter for the French. Officially, Britain merely welcomes the French commitment to the comprehensive test ...

  • Mr Mears lays down the law
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    He dismisses the comparison: Perot, he says, was an empty demagogue. Instead he seizes excitedly on a parallel with Margaret Thatcher in 1975: "She came from outside the circle, and challenged the existing culture of the grandees of the Tory party, w...

  • Letter: Cuba's right to worship
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    Sir: Fidel Castro has never "encouraged Bible burning" as your correspondent Phil Davison states (report, 5 July). Cuba is not now, nor has it ever been, an atheist state. Rather than imposing atheism, the revolution has allowed religions to flourish...

  • meanwhile . . .Some neglected news stories of the past week:
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    Delegates at the "First World Conference of People in Contact with Extraterrestrials", at Miranmar, Costa Rica, were disappointed that no aliens dropped in. They chanted "Aum" for 10 minutes and linked hands to form five concentric circles around thr...

  • word of mouth little words
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    But the problem with English is it leans heavily on a handful of little words and, as my friend Juanita will tell you, it's the little words that break your heart. Last week, for example, a store detective made out she was making off with some make-u...

  • Letter: Four formulae for public sector performance
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    Sir: I much enjoyed Hamish McRae's perceptive and pointed article on the need to remodel the public services (7 July). I particularly agree with him on the need to find ways of continuing to improve performance where services are being directly provi...

  • Letter: When the wind blows
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    Sir: Dr Geoffrey Kaye (Letters, 11 July) says local people have found a new tranquillity from the M3 cutting at Twyford Down. Tranquillity? We who heard virtually nothing of the motorway traffic before the cutting now frequently cannot hear each othe...

  • Leading Article: Where are you now, Bob Geldof?
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    This week marks the 10th anniversary of Live Aid and the cynics have been suggesting that it was, given the state of Africa now, pretty much a waste of time. It was not, of course. Hundreds of thousands of lives were saved. But more than that, Geldof...

  • A doctored life of Johnson
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    On the one hand, it has been offered to me very cheaply, and it certainly is a lively and intimate portrait of the greatest talking Englishman, with his crusty disposition and wonderfully varied prejudices. On the other hand - well, I suppose the onl...

  • How would Russia cope without Yeltsin?
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    In August 1991, when Mr Yeltsin defeated the hardline Communist coup attempt, he was a leader of undisputed moral authority in Russia, the man around whom a reform programme had to be constructed. Had he disappeared from the political stage at that m...

  • Letter: A history of priestly celibacy
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    Sir: With regard to the question of priestly celibacy that is exercising your correspondents (Letters, 8 July), Roman Catholic priests take vows of celibacy and of chastity. They are not the same thing. To be celibate is to remain unmarried; to be ch...

  • Letter: Four formulae for public sector performance
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    Sir: Regarding Hamish McRae's article, "Get radical: remodel public services" (7 July), there are four formulae used for public sector performance. One is that nothing can be improved, eg. "It will always take X man-minutes to issue a passport." This...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 12 July 1995

    Wherever they play, Anand is the first Indian to compete at such an exalted level since the mysterious Sultan Khan in the 1930s. Sultan - a first name not a title - was a Punjabi peasant who came to England in 1929 as part of the retinue of an Indian...

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