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Thursday, 13 July 1995

  • Black ties and the boys in blue
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    What we were never sure of was whether the DJ had a good or bad effect on police. We often drove home from jobs late at night in our classless garb, and if we ever attracted the attention of the police, would it help or hinder the proceedings if we w...

  • LETTER:Our battlefields are our heritage
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: In response to David Rendel's article concerning the Newbury bypass (Another View, 7 July), I am keen to address his remarks about the insignificant nature of the destruction to the battlefield of the First Battle of Newbury (1843) from the new ...

  • LETTER:Where's the Britishness in Orange marches?
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: One of the most arresting images from the last few days concerned the pictures of un-arrested Orange protesters in Portadown holding up placards demanding "parity of esteem" for Orange marches. As the various Orange and Loyalist bodies hold up t...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; A bad month for blacks
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    The real culprits are much higher up the ladder in the Metropolitan Police. Theirgrotesquely named Aliens Deportation Squad, based in the same building they work in, was using sticking plaster, belts and body belts for use on unsuspecting, mainly bla...

  • LETTER:How to change French policy
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: As a regular visitor to the South Pacific, I have followed your reports on Greenpeace's campaign in French Polynesia with considerable interest. While I agree with Andrew Marr's point ("Green power in the world's saloon bar", 11 July) that boyco...

  • LETTER:Wednesday delight
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: Wednesday 5 July. 14st, calories ?, alcohol units nil, newspapers 3, instants 1 (Independent). The one day brightened by the brilliant Bridget Jones's diary. Bravo! Yours faithfully, John Conway Glasgow

  • LETTER:All in a picture
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: Today's picture from Bosnia of a French UN armoured vehicle could be considered an accurate illustration of UN policy; the vehicle's gun points towards Serbian positions while the soldier standing in the turret faces the other way. Yours faithfu...

  • Dignity, nation and De Gaulle
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Today, as Mr Chirac presides over his first Bastille Day festivities, with another six years and 10 months of his presidency still to run, the consequences of his election and the national clamour for change that produced it are already making themse...

  • LETTER:Tackling famine post-Geldof
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: Bob Geldof and his friends did a great job orchestrating our response to one of Africa's cases ("Where are you now, Bob Geldof?", 12 July). We are still moved by the compelling sight of a starving child. Sadly, our Band Aid response often turns ...

  • LETTER:Where's the Britishness in Orange marches?
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Today, in 1995, my thoughts turn to Sarajevo, where the Serbs are wiping out the "world-dominating" Muslims. It does not strain the imagination to picture other ethnic/nationalist trouble spots around the globe. My apologies for labouring the point, ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:The trial of Nick Leeson
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    This newspaper has published material which suggests that Mr Leeson, while running the Barings' derivatives trading operation in Singapore, shredded documents about his trading activities, lied to auditors, falsified reports to the Singapore exchange...

  • LETTER:End of the sales
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: After two weeks of sunshine I decided to buy some sandals, but, silly me, it's now the end of the season sales and there are only a few pairs left. Now when I go shopping I find that the shops have "back to school" promotions. However, my childr...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Passing cloud over the economy
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Time to push the panic button? Not necessarily so. There are two scenarios of what lies ahead. One is that the recovery is in danger. The other is that we are witnessing a pause in growth. Of the two, the second seems both more likely and arguably so...

  • LETTER:Problem with men
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: When the majority of muggings, rapes, murders, frauds, burglaries, domestic violence and abuse cases are committed by men, why isn't Paul Condon contacting all "community leaders" and urging them to address this urgent problem? How has this stat...

  • LETTER:Lib Dem campaign strategy on course
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: I was nothing less than astonished by your article "Ashdown under fire from his own MPs" (12 July), which claimed that members of the parliamentary party believed the party was being squeezed. After our quite extraordinary successes in local ele...

  • Anyone interested in a riot or two?
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    The response to the riots of the Nineties has been quite different. After a couple of evenings on the television news they're forgotten, accepted as just another feature of modern British life. Whether in Leeds or Banbury, Luton or Bradford, riots ha...

  • LETTER:Where's the Britishness in Orange marches?
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: David Trimble says (Another View: "Orange is not offensive", 13 July) that the Orange marches through Northern Ireland are "a harmless long-standing tradition". He also refers to the "traditions of Ulster British people". As a normal, non-religi...

  • LETTER:How to change French policy
    Friday, 14 July 1995

    Sir: Many people hearing the broadcasts of French commandoes boarding the Rainbow Warrior will doubtless share my feeling of alarm that the French government should compound the folly of its threat to resume testing in the Pacific by establishing an ...

  • 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

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