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Wednesday, 19 July 1995

  • The madness of Bosnia matters here
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    It looks as if they will remain determined to act forcefully, while excluding force. If they issue any ultimatums, they will have no idea about what to do when these are ignored. They will send troops; but too few, and with the wrong orders. Nine-ten...

  • numbers the anaesthetist
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    Twenty was the number used as the base for counting in the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations. It has been suggested that 20 was the natural base to use in hot climates where the toes were kept uncovered and easily accessible to help the fingers g...

  • Letter: On trial by the church
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    Sir: Along with many Christians I am interested in the court case involving the Dean of Lincoln and Miss Verity Freestone and keen to know what the verdict will be, hoping and praying that there will be a fair trial. But are they figures of such nati...

  • Letter: Greenbury hits wrong target
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    Sir: There is a widely held view that some highly paid executives, particularly in the privatised utilities, have been overpaid. This view attaches particularly strongly to the share options some of these executives have received. The Government, in ...

  • Letter: NHS offer is nothing new
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    Sir: Your articles on general practice in the Independent Magazine (8 July) were largely accurate, except for one important fact. The "new money", pounds 45m, for out-of-hours GP work is from hospital based services, not new to the NHS. This is one o...

  • A McJob for every 14-year-old?
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    Then the normal practice for teenagers was to go and live with another family. In towns this would typically mean living above a shop; in the country they would be on the farm or smallholding. Boys would learn the craft while girls helped in the hous...

  • The Queen's Own Lottery Lancers
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    I have no idea if that is his real name. I have never met him. He works in a government department in Whitehall, and sees himself as a source of top secret stories. When he is particularly incensed about something, he rings me up with the story. It a...

  • Leading Article: This cap doesn't fit any more
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    The spending cap means that councils cannot increase expenditure above a centrally dictated level, even by putting up the council tax. The policy was designed to rein in profligate Labour local authorities, but it now haunts the Conservatives. This y...

  • Leading Article: The Last Chronicle of Lincoln
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    From the start this was a case of the Trollopes meet Tom Sharpe. The characters and mores of the small English world of the cathedral close exert a particular fascination. Deans and archdeacons, canons and vergers, their personalities and jealousies,...

  • Big Cat with no attitude
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    Casts of paws, videos of sightings, forensic examination of supposed victims: all are evidence that the rough moorland human mind is susceptible and has been gulled. Are these not the same depressive country types who commit suicide in droves, so bor...

  • Letter: The grid should go underground
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    Sir: George Barker (Letters, 17 July) complains of interruptions to power supplies caused by normal bad weather. The main culprit is usually the grid, which insists on distributing high-voltage electricity along overhead power lines, supported by col...

  • Letter: Golfing women can save courses
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    Sir: In the last few days a number of newspapers, including the Independent, have featured the fact that many new golf clubs are in serious financial difficulty. The reason given for this is the saturation of the golfing market because of the number ...

  • Letter: Mortal danger in the heart of Europe
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    Sir: I am glad to note, from your correspondence columns, that I am not alone in feeling shame and outrage at what is happening in Bosnia; I have wept at seeing on television that forlorn procession of exhausted women and children, torn from their ho...

  • British banker, British trial
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    I should not, perhaps, expect it to worry you too much that he may soon be incarcerated in Changi jail for 14 years or more, or that I may only rarely be able to visit him. That will be my problem and I will have to learn to live with it - although I...

  • Letter: Tour de France without a helmet
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    Sir: Following the tragic accident yesterday of Italian cyclist, Fabio Casartelli, on the Tour de France, I was surprised to hear general comment from sports commentators and even Chris Boardman, on Radio 4's Today programme, reflecting that there wa...

  • expert jury confronting Britain's drink problem
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    Mary Anne McKibben Assistant Director, Alcohol Concern We were heavily involved in producing the report released this week by the all-party group of MPs - Alcohol and Crime: Breaking the Link. We agree with its recommendations about curbing alcohol a...

  • true gripes builders
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    They purchase a property cheap, perform necessary works and sell it again at a profit. It is generally believed that they are motivated by simple business interests, but this is wrong. The reason they do it is so that they can smash up the sinks. As ...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    Rich, fashionable slimmers, with the launch in Japan of diet earrings. Yasuo Tomoyuki, 47, has designed a pair of earrings that sit on the hunger- suppressing acupuncture pressure points at the front and back of the ear. He also claims that their pea...

  • Letter: On trial by the church
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    Sir: So the trial of the Dean of Lincoln is going to cost upwards of pounds 200,000. I suspect I am not alone in wondering on what such a staggering sum is to be spent. Can someone enlighten me, in some detail, please? Yours faithfully, Richard Welch...

  • Letter: Mortal danger in the heart of Europe
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    Sir: Having just returned from an aid effort in Bosnia, I can safely say that our reputation among the citizens and humanitarian workers has reached new depths of contempt. John Major, Douglas Hurd and Malcolm Rifkind are seen as the main internation...

  • Letter: Mortal danger in the heart of Europe
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    Sir: While our political leaders wring their hands and do little about the civil war in Yugoslavia, am I alone in recalling the response of ordinary people in the Thirties, when Spain was involved in an equally vicious civil conflict and democratic p...

  • chess
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    The biggest surprise so far has been the performance of the Hungarian super-prodigy Peter Leko who has begun with a win against Eric Lobron and draws against Karpov, Short and Piket. At 15, Leko seems already to have learned how to survive against th...

  • Letter: Greenbury hits wrong target
    Thursday, 20 July 1995

    Sir: The effect of the Chancellor's announcement on the taxation of share options is not just to increase the tax bill of middle manager ("Middle ranks hit hardest", 18 July) but to tax them on gains they may never see. Option holders will now pay in...

  • Road rage meets country cool
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    "It's when two motorists gets so annoyed at each other's driving that one of them gets out and thumps the other one or maybe attacks his car," said the man called Ted. "Where do they do this?" said the farmer. "They must be driving bloody slowly to h...

  • LETTER:Options at M&S
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    Sir: Your article "M&S chiefs get pounds 5.4m in options" (13 July) misses two salient points. First, all share-option schemes operated by the company have been approved by shareholders. Second, while it is right to point out that directors are u...

  • LETTER: Sound advice
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    Sir: Your TV correspondent is so right about the Tour de France (12 July). We watch it, for the glimpses of beautiful France; poplar-lined highways, snow-capped Savoy Alps, little villages and cafes, tables with checked tablecloths, and of course old...

  • LETTER: Decade of change
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    Sir: Was I alone in noting the irony of the BBC's mid-evening viewing on Saturday 15 July. On BBC1 the National Lottery Live. On BBC2 the Live Aid Concert commemorating the tenth anniversary of the concert. The contrast is a poignant and sad reminder...

  • word of mouth shame
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    The greater the shame, the more likely it is to call on its cousin in public relations, euphemism. "Ethnic cleansing", now there's a euphemism. We keep using the term because we lack the word that the euphemism "ethnic cleansing" is covering for. Tha...

  • LETTER:When hope tips scales of life and death
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    Sir: With reference to Angela Lambert's article "Dear Tim & Bronwen Stewart" (17 July ), I would not presume to comment on the Stewarts' agonising situation, but perhaps more than most I can understand something of their anguish. Our 18-year-old ...

  • Teach British? What's that?
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    After seven years of upheaval following the introduction of the national curriculum, teachers have been promised a five-year moratorium on further curriculum changes. Dr Nicholas Tate, the chief executive of the School Curriculum and Assessment Autho...

  • Roundheads who would steal our dreams
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    There are good reasons why thoughtful people of benign intent should abominate the lottery. It takes huge sums of money, much of it from the poorest who can ill afford it, and offers them odds that would make a bookie blush. This week the lottery sta...

  • POLEMIC; No way to ensure godly behaviour
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    This is not to say that the church should be soft on matters of personal morality, or serious breaches of church law. One of the drawbacks of the present system is precisely that it has become largely unworkable, except as a threat to induce resignat...

  • LETTER:Music of the mills
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    Sir: Jonathan Foster mentions the demise of Brown Bayley's steelworks and its replacement by the Don Valley Stadium (article on the Rolling Stones concert, 10 July). Your readers may be interested to know that steel is still made by the Don: a record...

  • LETTER:Does the West really want the Muslims driven out of Europe?
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    Sir: It should be recognised that Srebrenica, Zepa and Gorazde have for a long time been safe areas for Muslim terrorists behind the Serbian front lines. The Bosnian Serb authorities were therefore acting in conformity with the needs of international...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Four stark choices in Bosnia
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    The truth that must be faced is that indecision, lack of a clear political aim and a failure of political will has resulted in the UN's troops in the front-line areas being at best an irrelevance and at worst a target for both sides. There are now on...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Three strikes and you're out
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    The Board of Banking Supervision report places most of the blame on Nick Leeson, the rogue trader, Barings' managers and auditors. This is fair, so far as it goes, but it risks diverting attention from the problems of banking regulation, which are no...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Howard plays on prejudice
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    But where were Home Secretary's facts? It turns out that the pounds 100m figure is mere speculation. It was arrived at by multiplying the number of illegal immigrants detected last year (about 13,000) by the maximum amount a single person could gain ...

  • LETTER:Tony Blair: New Age Tory
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    Sir: I feel, as a life-long Labour Party supporter living in a Tory heartland, profoundly depressed. Mr Blair's admiration of Margaret Thatcher, his stance on education, and to a lesser extent, health, not to mention nationalisation, smacks not of po...

  • LETTER:When hope tips scales of life and death
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    Sir: Angela Lambert, in supporting the killing of a two-year-old, fails to grasp the basic moral issues of euthanasia. She justifies her view by claiming that the boy would have "no possibility, ever, of a normal life". This may well be true, but thi...

  • LETTER:Ministers and court agreed
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    Sir: Your report of the Court of Appeal's hearing in the Ordtech case ("Appeal court quashes 'gagging orders' ", 18 July) indicates that the public interest immunity certificates signed by me, Douglas Hurd and Mr Howley (for the Metropolitan Police) ...

  • Richard D North
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    All these types are in place as a group in Hereford prepares to take on the National Rivers Authority, "The Guardians of the Water Environment". The group wants to reopen the River Wye to big boats. It believes the river is dying, as abstraction by s...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    With the white knight covering c4 and c6, and the rook on d7 guarding d5 and d6, all White needs is a check from his other rook and Black is mated. Rb6, Rhd6, Re6, Rf6 and Rg6 threaten, respectively, Rxb5, Rd5, Re5, Rf5 and Rxg5 mate; we need to find...

  • meanwhile ...
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    Claws out at Santa congress. A dispute has interfered with the smooth running of the 32nd World Santa Claus Conference which opened this week in Copenhagen. Finns, claiming to represent the sole true Father Christmas, have boycotted the event. All 13...

  • LETTER:Does the West really want the Muslims driven out of Europe?
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    Sir: Surely, if the UN withdraws from Bosnia, and if the Muslims are armed, the Islamic countries will be free to provide the men needed to use the weapons against the Serbs? It could be that an armed Bosnian horde of justifiably angry people would "...

  • LETTER:Does the West really want the Muslims driven out of Europe?
    Wednesday, 19 July 1995

    Sir: In his analysis of the recent events in Bosnia (17 July), James Fenton asks: "Are we ever going to cry 'enough'?" The answer is, obviously - no. British and other Western societies are not ashamed to admit their selfishness by saying that this i...

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