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Thursday, 20 July 1995

  • Letters: Britain should back French call to reinforce safe havens
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Sir: The failure of the safe haven policy in Bosnia raises difficult and urgent questions. If the international community and the EU states in particular are unable to guarantee the safety of parts of the Bosnian population on their own territory, ho...

  • A few of my favourite lists
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    The ERM. The Tour de France. Jazz. The attraction of motor car racing. Endowment policies. Rugby Union infringements. The difference between Sunnis and Shias. Reincarnation. Derivatives. The Government's transport policy. Ten terms that mean somethin...

  • Letters: Savings from Shephard plan
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Sir: Reports that the Education Secretary, Gillian Shephard, is considering the introduction of a form of apprenticeship scheme for schoolchildren aged 14 years and over raises some interesting questions. In an area such as Teesside, which has the hi...

  • Drawing a line in Bosnia
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    The fall of Srebrenica and Zepa has destroyed an international approach based on humanitarian aid, the use of token UN forces to monitor "safe" areas and the application of diplomatic pressure on the warring parties to reach a political settlement. N...

  • Letters: Humpty Dumpty's NHS league tables
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Sir: "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty told Alice, "it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less." According to the NHS hospital league tables, 93 per cent of patients in casualty departments have been assessed within five minutes ...

  • Letters: Respect to LPs
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Sir: David Lister (14 July) reports that the Beach Boys' album Pet Sounds has been voted as the best of all time. It is a pity that the record companies show little respect to such classics when they re-issue them on CD. The best albums published as ...

  • Give them arms and dignity
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    The fall of Srebrenica is a defining moment. The prolonged and brazen defiance of the international community by an armed mob of Bosnian Serbs can no longer be tolerated. The suffering of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, and the murder of...

  • The cross I chose to bear
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Jesus said you should take up your cross - and crosses are not just for hanging round pretty girls' necks. Crosses are for crucifixion, and crucifixion is a very, very painful ordeal. Burdens must be endured, but you chose to shoulder your cross. Jes...

  • Letters: Lottery effect on income of charities
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Sir: The Rowntree Report ("Rich communities gaining most from lottery grants", 17 July) accused the National Lottery of transferring money from poorer communities to benefit the rich. However, the Arts Council of England is already using lottery fund...

  • Letters: Fiction: Leavis's 'dumb judgement'
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Sir: Nigel Williams, reviewing Ian MacKillop's F.R. Leavis: A Life in Criticism (Weekend, 15 July), writes of Leavis's often extraordinarily dumb judgements about fiction, such as the absurd idea that [D.H. Lawrence's] Lady Chatterley is better than ...

  • New parties, old politics
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    At Littleborough and Saddleworth next Thursday both New Labour and Newish Liberal Democrats face the voters in a by-election that both regard as vital. If Labour wins a seat where it was third at the last general election, it really is on the march. ...

  • Pretence of peace that prolongs the war
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    For a start, the bickering between allies over what is to be done immediately to staunch the bleeding on the military front will have to be replaced by a consensus - of which so far there has been little sign. Beyond that, scales will have to fall fr...

  • Letters: Lottery effect on income of charities
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee in her article ("Roundheads who would steal our dreams", 19 July) about the National Library suggests that the National Council for Voluntary Organisations has an "instinctive distaste" for the lottery. This is a major misunderstan...

  • Letters: Britain should back French call to reinforce safe havens
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Sir: Once again in Bosnia we see innocent communities being destroyed and atrocities committed. We are appalled at the recent developments in the region and we urge the British Government and the international community to take urgent and immediate a...

  • Letters: Britain should back French call to reinforce safe havens
    Friday, 21 July 1995

    Sir: We are writing to urge the British Government to support the French proposals to reinforce the safe havens in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The fall of eastern enclaves will represent a tragic and humiliating failure for the UN and for Europe. It will mak...

  • 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...

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