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Sunday, 23 July 1995

  • creativity : phew what a brainwave!
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    Caesar Major non populare est. Woof. Facit novum principium. Scripsit multas graffitias: "bread et circuses". Woof. Caesar populare encore. The frequent woofs, he says are a sign of dog Latin. The "bread et circuses" is a reference to lotteries and c...

  • LETTER : Looking for better options to encourage employees
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    Sir: Employee X is granted options over shares worth pounds 15,000 under a savings-related share option scheme. Any gain will continue to be dealt with under the capital gains tax regime, with a consequential annual exemption of pounds 6,000. Employe...

  • Old, faded - but no, vicar, not throwaway
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    When Sir Joshua Reynolds died All Nature was degraded; The King drop'd a tear into the Queen's Ear And all his Pictures Faded. Faded, but were not thrown away. The green pigment in all of van Huysum's flower paintings has faded to blue, as has the gr...

  • LETTER : Bishop's duty
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    Sir: The Very Rev Brandon Jackson ("The cross I chose to bear", 21July) claims that The crisis arose because my bishop chose to believe the story of a girl he described to me as "pretty hopeless". That is a surprising assertion. The issue of the Bish...

  • LETTER : California example
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    Sir: I wonder whether Michael Howard has been holidaying in California recently and chatting to its Governor, Pete Wilson. After all, it was Mr Wilson's support for Proposition 187, essentially the same scheme as that proposed by Mr Howard, and passe...

  • Elementary, my dear Sir Arthur
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    (It is Gibbon's Decline and Fall he is talking about, and he goes on to say, rather splendidly: "With our more elastic methods we may consider his manner pompous, but he lived in an age when Dr Johnson's turgid periods had corrupted our literature.")...

  • LETTER : How to spend lottery money
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    Sir: I am sickened by the chorus of bitterness and complaint against the Royal Opera House's award from the National Lottery. Britain leads the world in few things but the arts is one, and the artistic standards at the Royal Opera House are generally...

  • Mururoa shadows the mark
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    France's renewed emphasis on national sovereignty promises far-reaching repercussions for French links with Germany and the future of the EU. In his blustering debut on the European stage, Chirac has underestimated - or chosen to ignore - the effect ...

  • Is the US ready to go colour-blind?
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    To make matters even more fraught, the United States Supreme Court, in a remarkable set of rulings at the end of June, declared for the first time in American history that the constitution is virtually colour-blind and that racial preferences are pre...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Prison is not a numbers game
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    As we report today, statisticians at Warwick University have worked out a magic equation that is supposed to sort the incorrigible from the redeemable. It's a fiendishly complicated sum. Those who try to use the equation will certainly find it more d...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Lessons they haven't learnt
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    Instead they tried to keep it secret, and now the news has leaked out. You would have thought they might have learnt a couple of lessons from the row last year which followed the disclosure that the British government had been in contact with Sinn Fe...

  • LETTER : London conference on Bosnia: undefined aims in an old game
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    Sir: The articles by Zbigniew Brzezinski and David Howell (21 July) calling on the West to support the Bosnian Muslims ignore one important fact. The Bosnian Muslims, not the Serbs, have initiated nearly all the recent fighting in Bosnia - including ...

  • ISMISM New concepts for the Nineties No. 25 beastism
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    Bodmin beastism n a rarefied form of morbid condition prevalent in the South-west regions of the British Isles. Sufferers imagine that their neighbourhood is being stalked, literally, by giant panthers. Liberal doses of sceptism laced with ridicule a...

  • bridge
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    Jill Casey and Kay Preddy, playing for the British women in the recent Generali European Championships in Portugal, appeared to have had a lucky escape with the North-South cards on this deal. Firstly, they ended in a contract of Six No-trumps - a de...

  • chess
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    While Karpov has been patiently cultivating small advantages and grinding out slow wins, Kramnik has been playing some brilliantly aggressive chess. In round five, he gave Nigel Short no chance at all. White's order of moves in the opening, with 5.Qc...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    1824: The first public opinion poll is held in Delaware and shows Andrew Jackson leading John Quincy Adams in the contest for the US presidency. A tradition of incorrect predictions was thus established. 1851: End of the Window Tax, which had run sin...

  • LETTER : How to spend lottery money
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    Sir: The Rowntree Foundation report on the National Lottery is not trying to spoil the fun (Polly Toynbee's 'Roundheads would steal our dream', 19 July). But now is the time to consider whether the National Lottery - which has changed the nation's ha...

  • LETTER : Looking for better options to encourage employees
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    Sir: Executive share options are ineffective as an incentive, because their value depends much more on the stock market than on the company's performance. Nor do they encourage employee share ownership because, as a matter of fact, most holders sell ...

  • LETTER : Looking for better options to encourage employees
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    Sir: In view of the Greenbury report's stated objective of encouraging wider share ownership, I am surprised by your description of its recommendation that the exercise of share options be taxed as income rather than as capital gains as "a small, but...

  • LETTER : London conference on Bosnia: undefined aims in an old game
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    Sir: Your leader "Drawing a line in Bosnia" (21 July) and the London meeting are still within the old game. Now is the time to change the game. I propose an economic conference to plan the reconstruction of former Yugoslavia. This will cost about $8b...

  • LETTER : London conference on Bosnia: undefined aims in an old game
    Monday, 24 July 1995

    Sir: The weekend's decision by the London Conference about military action against Bosnian Serbs still leaves important unanswered questions about British Government policy over Bosnia. How far are we prepared to press military action - until the res...

  • LETTER : Clare should belong to us all
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    I suspect he would have found it dishearteningly familiar, for he had more than enough experience of what he called the "fence of ownership". One would have thought that posterity would treat the legacy of his work more generously: Clare, of all poet...

  • LETTER : A costly miss
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Sanders has never to my knowledge made reference to the enforced stoppage or complained about it. I firmly believe, however, that without it he would have sunk the putt and won. John Harwood New Malden, Surrey

  • LETTER : Love and bonding at the zoo
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    I know from my hand-rearing experience that there is no feeling to compare, after rearing your animal day and night, with forever being accepted by that animal as a friend. If it is John Aspinall and Nick Marx's wish to continue the bond, they should...

  • LETTER : Down but definitely not out
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    All our professional lives we have tried to tell youngsters that stealing is wrong, but we know that if we had only pounds 36 for a week and were painfully hungry, we would steal to exist. We would be surly and unwashed. We would drown our misery in ...

  • LETTER : Real Anne
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Her father, John, Duke of Cleves, was not a Protestant prince. He was a Catholic all his life. Her brother William (not her brother-in-law) suggested that Holbein should paint her portrait. There are various portraits of her, all showing similar feat...

  • LETTER : Condon and the voodoo poll
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    In fact, it was a swizz. To test the system, I rang nine times in the two minutes given to register a "yes" vote (although I would not normally participate in such a "voodoo" poll). Each time the line was engaged. A Daily Telegraph correspondent sugg...

  • LETTER : Netball has a lot to answer for
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Netball is a prime example of a game forced upon schoolgirls which the vast majority are only too glad to shun for the rest of their lives. If, between the ages of 12 and 16, you had the temperament to conform to its rigid rules and managed to cope w...

  • LETTER : A rat race which is breeding first-degree rats
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Gary Slapper Staffordshire University Stoke-on-Trent

  • LETTER : Inflation is inflammable
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Germany's experience of inflation in the early 1920s inhibits it still but the subsequent consequence of sound monetary policies adhered to by the Bundesbank has served the nation well since the last war. It being now understood that the destabilisat...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Michael Selson Rotherham, South Yorkshire

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    K Long, Chipstead, Kent

  • LETTER : A rat race which is breeding first-degree rats
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    One likely explanation is indicated in your editorial ("New student slash and learn policy") which suggests that book slashing is "about getting the edge" over your fellow students. My experience as a librarian at the University of Brighton has shown...

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Jane Dunkeld University of Edinburgh

  • LETTER
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Keith Flett, London N17

  • Royal bulletin: BBC has shocking grovelling attack
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Yes, we're talking about the Queen Mother's cataract operation. Royal cronies were wheeled out, Sir Cliff Richard and Dame Vera Lynn among them, to field taxing questions such as - I swear this is verbatim - "I put it to Sir Cliff that she really is ...

  • Mr Blair can have the cabinet he wants, if he's clever
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    "Well, I believe in patronage," she replied. "I've no time for the PLP. I don't think having leaders elected is a sensible idea at all." This view was not perhaps surprising, as the leader who had just been elected by the parliamentary party, James C...

  • Is there anybody there?
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    The fascination of Donald Trump's letter to her last week was that it apparently threw light on all three mysteries. She had interviewed him for a Grampian television documentary last month. He complained that she had asked him off-camera if he knew ...

  • Millennia dilemma ... sticking a neck out ... Greer soundbite
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    That's settled then. But I have a far more important millennial problem to solve. It has been keeping me awake at night, and I want to keep Virginia Bottomley, the new National Heritage Secretary, awake at night until she solves it. I want to know wh...

  • The itch of guilt won't go away while Rushdie remains condemned
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    This property of irritation is interesting. Very few people indeed, out of all the thousands who have involved themselves in the matter of Salman Rushdie, have come out of it looking or feeling better. One of the few, I have to say, is Lady Thatcher,...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Mineral water diplomacy
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    For these reasons, the only sensible way in which the West can help the Bosnian Muslims is by arming them. This may lead, in Douglas Hurd's phrase, to a level killing-field; but it is hard to see why this would be worse than an unlevel killing-field ...

  • A blind eye to violence The losers get violent
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Why, then, does the Home Office persist in denying it? Perhaps because the likely suspect for this wholly avoidable slide into American-style violence is the Government's economic policy since 1979. The Home Office uses two arguments to support its c...

  • Thank you for a feast of opera, Mrs Bottomley
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    I am an unabashed opera aficionado. For me, there is no greater pleasure on earth than to sit in a box in The Royal Opera House with fellow opera buffs such as Lord St John of Fawsley, Lord Wyatt of Weevil, HRH Princess Margaret and the becapped Mr B...

  • words : Elitism
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    Elite comes from eligere (past participle electus), to choose, which seems to identify it with the democratic process; logically, elitism should be an affirmation of that process. But etymology is a poor guide to current meanings. Elizabethans who sp...

  • How New Labour lost its nerve
    Sunday, 23 July 1995

    "We know in our hearts that the monarchy is an historic absurdity," he said. "But, because we lack the courage to abolish it, as we lack the courage for any radical undertaking, we express our anger at our own bad faith by torturing the individuals c...

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