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Sunday, 16 July 1995

  • Hugo and the rubber stamp
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    Hugo Whitgift worked at one of the many branches of the Doubleday Wine Company. It was not a hard job. It was one of those wine shops where the price label on the wine bottle does not have the price on it at all, but the shop's code for that wine, so...

  • Creating a social superhighway
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    The crucial question for government is how best to shape this revolution for the benefit of all, and that is the issue that Labour has sought to address in our policy statement launched today. Tony Blair said it was one of the most exciting ever poli...

  • No. 24: unternationalism
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    The term probably derives from the so-called Unlearned Parliament of 1407, when Henry IV excluded all lawyers, believing they would merely waste the sovereign's time. But with the birth of theUnited Nations in 1945, the positive aspects of wasting ti...

  • LETTER: Price of Turner Prize dinner
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    Sir: In his article on the Turner Prize (14 July) your arts correspondent, David Lister, asserts that Channel 4 "puts up the pounds 20,000 prize money and can thus broadcast the Prize dinner". I wish enlightenment came that cheaply! In fact, Channel ...

  • LETTER: Labour needs Liz Davies
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    Sir: I was outraged to read that Tony Blair may be trying to overturn Liz Davies's selection as candidate for Leeds North-East ("Blair moves to block hard-left candidate", 15 July). Ms Davies is an ideal candidate - straight-talking, genuine and a go...

  • chess
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    The Croydon Centraal International, one of a very busy series organised by the Four National Chess League, just ended in victory by a huge margin for Keith Arkell, the only grandmaster competing. More importantly, however, it resulted in a good crop ...

  • bridge
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    North 4 K Q 2 ! A K Q J 6 3 # none 2 J 9 7 3 West East 4A J 10 9 8 6 4none !9 ! 8 7 5 2 #K Q J 4 3 # 10 9 8 7 6 2 22 2 A Q 4 South 4 7 5 4 3 ! 10 4 # A 5 2 K 10 8 6 5 If there were a competition for the most revolting (but successful) slam of the yea...

  • Can anything stop the rise of Rupert?
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    He wields a different kind of power from politicians, for his is the power of communications technology and the marketplace, a combination wholly characteristic of the Nineties. The reason lies in the very nature of Mr Murdoch's business. Information...

  • LETTER: Halving the value of playgroups
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    Sir: Wendy Berliner writes that costs are low in pre-schools ("Playgroups threaten to quit nursery voucher plan", 14 July). Yes, they are, and artificially so, for two reasons. First, community groups were created by parents who felt that their child...

  • LETTER: A film without sex and violence
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    Sir: On Wednesday, you covered the Broadcasting Standards Council's annual press conference ("TV warned against the temptation to be tacky", 12 July). The BSC's chairman, Lady Howe, made a reference to pornographic channels (nothing to do with Sky) a...

  • LETTER: Powerless against electric companies
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    Sir: My wife and I run a small business near Worcester, where our power supply was interrupted for about 36 hours this week. We have now experienced four long interruptions in 18 months, each caused by storms not abnormal for the region and time of y...

  • LETTER: French ignore radiation warnings
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    Sir: The French government, along with the French nuclear establishment, have long argued that there is no risk from underground nuclear testing in the South Pacific, but this position can only be maintained if one believes that there is a threshold ...

  • Diary
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    However, the television coverage did contain one hilarious image. When Orange honour had been satisfied, the Ulster Unionist MP David Trimble - a cultivated and intelligent academic lawyer, whom I later learnt was suffering from impaired judgement fo...

  • LETTER: Bosnian refugees: sickening indifference of Western politicians
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    Sir: As our attention is draw to the terrible plight of the refugees from Srebrenica now sheltering in Tuzla, the costs of racism and sectarianism are plain to see. Alarmed by the UN secretary-general's suggestions that Sarajevo may soon fall, we are...

  • creativity a platform for original ideas
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    "The only environmentally safe way to get rid of it," advises Des Waller, "is to eat it. All Shell employees should be given a piece to consume, with no dispensation for those who say they don't like seafood." Dorothy Cairns Smith recommends Brent Sp...

  • Are we ever going to cry 'enough'?
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    By Saturday, the Ministry of Defence was saying anonymously: "We have written off Zepa, and Gorazde is likely to fall as well." In the space of a few hours, a stunning amount of wisdom has gone out of the window, as the consciousness of the West, cau...

  • When parents kill children; WITNESS
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    So what are the motives for child-killing as a prelude to suicide? Contrary to what one might think, callousness or lack of love for children is not a factor. The opposite often applies. A consuming and devoted love for them often characterises the s...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Whitewater 2: the empty case
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    Last year's instalment produced such momentous revelations as the secret diaries of a doey eyed young Treasury aide called Josh Steiner, a few minor inconsistencies in testimony, but absolutely no proof of White House tampering with a federal investi...

  • LEADING ARTICLE :Tony Blair's Newt Labour
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    The speech early this morning by Mr Blair (regrettably to the assembled officer corps of Rupert Murdoch's mercenary army in their island paradise) suggests that he plans a very different outcome. It was a supremely confident effort, containing passag...

  • LETTER: Hospitals for the homeless
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    Sir: So more than 120 historic hospital buildings are to be sold off and the owners are worried about the sluggishness of the property market ("For sale: 120 historic hospitals, hundreds of rooms, large gardens", 15 July). At the same time, we are fa...

  • Bosnian refugees: sickening indifference of Western politicians
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    Sir: The misery of the refugees driven from the "safe areas" designated by the United Nations is the direct consequence of the failure of nerve by Western political leaders. They have shown themselves to be incapable of decisive action in the face of...

  • LETTER: Bosnian refugees: sickening indifference of Western politicians
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    Sir: The events of the past few days in Srebrenica have shown that the United Nations is not only unwilling and unable to defend its own resolutions with action, but is fast becoming an ally of the Serbs. If this sounds far-fetched, consider the foll...

  • LETTER: Bosnian refugees: sickening indifference of Western politicians
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    Sir: The photo on Saturday's front page must be one of the most heart- rending illustrations of events in Western Europe of the last 50 years, with the possible exception of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. In 1956 we no doubt all came to the conclu...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 17 July 1995

    1408: A sow is hanged in the French town of Pont de Larche "for the crime of having murdered and killed a little child". 1790: Thomas Saint of London patents the first sewing machine. 1917: The House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha changes its name to the House...

  • No danger from dinosaurs, but is Blair afraid of spiders?
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Unlike some people, I do not think Mr Blair is betraying the Movement by making this trip. My advice to him is not to expect anything from Mr Murdoch in return, and certainly not to promise anything in advance in exchange for his newspapers' support ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : New student slash and learn policy
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    But, as a crime, it does at least have the merit of consistency with life in late 20th-century Britain as encouraged by an administration dedicated to the elevation of individual interest above that of us all. The advent of ease in mechanical copying...

  • LETTER : Wales: a challenge for misfits for malcontents A Welsh cornerstone
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    It's true that the office of Welsh Secretary has become one occupied by political malcontents that the Prime Minister of the day can't decide what do with, or by fraudulent practitioners of "consensus" in a country that has rejected their party overw...

  • LETTER : No-stop train One-way line
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    J Caffrey London N4

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    George J Harney, London NW2

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Fergus Keogh, Paris

  • LETTER : Housing policy falling down
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Of course all public sector housing could be revitalised overnight if the Government lifted its arbitrary ban and allowed local authorities and, when relevant, housing companies to use capital receipts from the sale of assets, not least from housing ...

  • LETTER : The return of the Poor Law Ill-effects of regional benefits
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    If Lilley is serious about devolving benefit policy and administration rather than finding convenient cuts, German decentralisation - where implementation is the responsibility of "regional" Lander within a federal financial equalisation framework be...

  • LETTER : Brussels is no picnic Real life among the MEPs
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    There are researchers here from 15 member states. This has led to a range of employment practices. However, we are represented by a single association that can negotiate on our behalf. Instead of interviewing assistants from different member states, ...

  • LETTER : The return of the poor Law
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Alexander Chablo Manchester

  • LETTER : Blackmailed into Europe A German threat to rebuff
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    That threat is entirely redundant: the pretence that it is not was the lie on which the EEC was based and promoted. Among many other reasons, nuclear weapons made it redundant. He is wrong to say that the whole of Europe is praying loudly that the Co...

  • LETTER : Housing policy falling down
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    The last English House Condition Survey in 1991 showed 13 per cent of homes either failing to meet the Government's own modest fitness standards or in need of substantial repair. The majority of these homes (the homes of almost 6 million people) were...

  • LETTER : Clearing Eric
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Scientists on a US-Swiss-Danish project who bored through two kilometres of the Greenland ice-cap in 1979-81 to examine the climate of past centuries proved that the island was much warmer in AD986 - when Eric settled there after being exiled from Ic...

  • Green peace keeper Survivor who just protects He who protects survives Sick man for a healthy world ness Survivor until the end World in his hands Man about the The man woudfnsdkj
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    The French never saw the dinghy go. It was launched from a 39ft timber ketch, the Vega, which stayed outside their territorial waters while attention was focused on the organisation's trespassing flagship, the Rainbow Warrior II. Two hours later 150 ...

  • Only halfway in is neither in nor out
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Edward Heath, because he had a more robust consistency on the issue, emerged from the swamps in ruddier health than these two, but suffered from other political infirmities. Margaret Thatcher tried to keep the disease-bearing insects at bay with her ...

  • When the jackets come off ... G'day Tony ... royal warning
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    n I CAME across my arresting photograph (below) in a new magazine called Learner Driver. It was used to illustrate an article on the danger to wildlife from inconsiderate driving, and pretty vivid it is, I think you will agree. I was hoping against h...

  • When great minds met on the banks of the Cam
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Our first meeting was indeed auspicious. It was some time in the 1950s. I was an undergraduate at Cambridge, hungry for knowledge, earnest in my pursuit of that all-encompassing moral viewpoint upon which I was later to build my reputation as a man o...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Peter Harries Hay-on-Wye, Powys

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Playing silly games
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Last week's initiative - more team games, more sports scholarships, a pounds 100m British Academy of Sport - was described by the Times "as the biggest revolution in school sport for 50 years". What exactly happened in 1945 was not specified but it c...

  • Who exactly is it that the French are planning to nuke? Forget Hiroshima, Paris is all that really matters
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Even worse, the defeated far-right candidate ran an effective campaign of harassment, threatening to urge his supporters to vote socialist in the crucial second round. You need to make your mark on the world stage as fast as possible. Do you: (a) pul...

  • Saint George Orwell would be better
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    The dear old C of E's latest wheeze is an enlargement of the Anglican calendar, its quasi-equivalent of sainthood. A list of 70 names has been proposed to the General Synod. Strictly speaking (but then when has the C of E spoken strictly?) they won't...

  • words : Ethnic
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    So far so good. Ethnos is the Greek for "nation", and ethnic costume is national costume. But already ethnic has acquired its own overtones. In the United States (and increasingly in Britain) it can mean quaint, bizarre or "other" - in brief, foreign...

  • The shocking truth about inflation: it could do us a power of good
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    How strange it is that the British should have let themselves be conquered by Whiggish zealots who believe that inflation is the deadliest sin! The British - that conspiracy of cheerful, slovenly peoples whose main tribe, the English, live under the ...

  • LETTER : Fifty years on and still in denial about the bomb
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    My late husband was on the Burma/Siam "Railway of Death" where people died every day like flies. Fortunately he survived but it ruined his health, and I have now been without him for a long time. Sir Rudolph should be apprised that the relatives of t...

  • LETTER : Fifty years on and still in denial about the bomb
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    But, as I document in Hotspots: the Legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, to be published next month, this was not the view of the American scientific and military command responsible for the bombings. To them, these two bombs were "air bursts" which wou...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    Peter Forster, London N4

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    May it not be concluded that even "sexist" brokers are prepared to treat female co-workers as equals, given the proviso that they demonstrably are equals, at least in terms of the criteria by which male workers' value is judged? Howard Peel, Hull

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 16 July 1995

    General Ratko Mladic, Bosnian Serb commander, to the Srebrenica refugees My wife long ago forgave me. I hope others will follow her example. Jonathan Aitken, MP I am not a nutter and I am not a psychopath. It was a cry for help. Robert Gipters, the t...

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