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Monday, 17 July 1995

  • Pockets, naturally
    Tuesday, 18 July 1995

    Sir: My husband and I can answer your question "Where on earth do naturists keep their small change?" ("How to be a naturist", 13 July). It has a simple answer: in a pocket. The pocket, in our case, is on the inside of our beach kilts, which I made v...

  • Playing for the game, not the medals
    Tuesday, 18 July 1995

    Sir: I am in the course of writing a biography of my uncle, Brig-Gen R. J. Kentish, who, apart from other things, founded the National Playing Fields Association in 1924, under the auspices of the Duke of York (later King George VI). The aim of the a...

  • Less crime in the Thirties
    Tuesday, 18 July 1995

    Sir: I write in reply to the question as to why was there not more crime when the working class was deeply deprived in the Thirties (letter, 13 July)? In the distant past, I grew up in a "village" within a city. Times were hard, jobs were scarce, une...

  • 'Transport debate' was always a sham
    Tuesday, 18 July 1995

    Sir: Christian Wolmar's article "Has Mawhinney sold the greens down the river?" (8 July) shows that the former Transport Minister's "Great Transport Debate" was a sham. This is proven by his reinstatement of the Newbury Bypass and his cynical curtail...

  • Serbs' obsession with ethnic cleansing
    Tuesday, 18 July 1995

    Sir: The fall of Srebrenica could have been averted had the West's strategic thinkers taken a few lessons in psychology. The Serb obsession with "ethnic cleansing" has its origin in what can best be described as a purification compulsion. Hitler was ...

  • Try it my way ...
    Tuesday, 18 July 1995

    Sir: For the past few days I have been confined to barracks with a sprained ankle, and my copy of The River Cafe Cook Book has been a constant source of pleasure. It is quite beautifully produced and is full of inspiration. It seems sad that so many ...

  • Good health news
    Tuesday, 18 July 1995

    Sir: The press has developed a habit of rubbishing the NHS and the medical profession. Perhaps good news does not make good copy, but I have received a notice from the Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health that, I think, merits a report i...

  • Why executive salaries have risen since 1980
    Tuesday, 18 July 1995

    Sir: Hamish McRae is too polite to our industries' bosses when trying to explain in "Pay and the Pavarotti factor" (13 July) how they have come to pay themselves so much. There is no evidence that the forces of international competition are compellin...

  • Serbs' obsession with ethnic cleansing
    Tuesday, 18 July 1995

    Sir: Mr Portillo says: "We're not in Bosnia to fight a war. We're there to save lives." Is it not now clear that in order to save lives, we have to fight to protect the safe havens and to ensure that the convoys get through? Yours faithfully, Stephen...

  • Why executive salaries have risen since 1980
    Tuesday, 18 July 1995

    Sir: Top people's pay has risen disproportionately since 1980. Hamish McRae (13 July) finds an explanation for this in the operation of demand factors and warns us not to swing too hard against this phenomenon. The story he tells is incomplete. Deman...

  • Why Blair must give power to the people
    Tuesday, 18 July 1995

    Blair, like Margaret Thatcher, is not really a party person. He has eschewed the warm embrace of ''being Labour''. He has no deep tribal tradition to fall back on. Despite a numerous and growing group of individual admirers, the party as a whole look...

  • Bath, boules and Bastille Day
    Tuesday, 18 July 1995

    One was the Youth Olympics - which, I am afraid to say, it never occurred to me to attend - held up on the university grounds at the top of the hill. The other one was the Bath Boules Contest, which takes place every year as near to Bastille Day as p...

  • Has Greenbury tamed the fat cats?
    Tuesday, 18 July 1995

    For the problem cannot be regulated. It is moral, conceptual and cultural. Massive pay rises in privatised utilities will fail in their avowed aims. Their executives are not dauntless risk-takers who chose challenging lifestyles, but men who dozed of...

  • Sobriety at the saloon
    Tuesday, 18 July 1995

    Minister and civil servants could not discern a way of legislating against media infringements of privacy without badly compromising the freedom of the press. This recognition has led the Government to fall back on strengthened self-regulation. This ...

  • The wages of transparency
    Tuesday, 18 July 1995

    Instead, Greenbury's stress is on information and accountability to shareholders, and on finding ways to align directors' and shareholders' interests in improving performance. He also recommends a small, sensible change, which the Chancellor immediat...

  • Ticket to a tragedy
    Tuesday, 18 July 1995

    For the second time in four days, Britain's railways are likely to be at a virtual standstill today. That means infuriating disruption for millions. For the industry, I believe it is tragic. Particularly, that is, because the railways can only expect...

  • Has Greenbury tamed the fat cats?
    Tuesday, 18 July 1995

    Successful companies are the economy. They pay taxes. They create jobs and pay wages out of which taxes are paid, families provided for and the prosperity of communities secured. They generate the wealth which government uses to provide education, he...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: 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 ...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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