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Monday, 24 July 1995

  • true gripes standard deviations
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    But why do car manufacturers fail to standardise on other equally important controls? You're driving an unfamiliar car. It starts to rain heavily just as you begin overtaking a juggernaut with half a dozen trailers. You click what should be the wiper...

  • An inventory of post-war pessimism
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    The guiltiest party was the country's elite; a "liberal establishment" committed to the New Jerusalem (that is, the welfare state), softened by a century of public school education and almost wholly divorced from industry and business. They were an a...

  • Letter: Solution to the Bosnian war to be found in balance of power
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    Sir: The Bosnian crisis has taken up enough column inches and produced so much hot air, yet still there is no solution in sight. The true cause of this conflict was the creation of the utopian state of Yugoslavia (1918 and 1945) by Britain, France an...

  • Letter: Caravaners are nicer people
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    Sir: The one and only fact in John Lyttle's article "Dear Caravaners" (24 July) is that West Country police have found a high level of faults in caravans. This is clearly a real problem, and most responsible caravaners would welcome a safety certific...

  • Out of the house of illusions
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    That it won't, can't, happen, is one reason why Walden announced at the weekend that he is standing down as a Conservative MP. But this has been a long time coming. He is adamant he has nothing but admiration for his overworked, underpaid and brutall...

  • Letter: Definition of the public interest
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    Sir: In its response to the Nolan committee, the Government has proposed ("Protest over new conduct code for ministers", 19 July) to amend "Questions of Procedure for Ministers" to allow ministers to withhold information from the public and Parliamen...

  • Letter: Solution to the Bosnian war to be found in balance of power
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr writes (20 July) that the Bosnian Serb strategy has been to destroy "multicultural" life and create a "Greater Serbia". This is an unfair allegation. Bosnian Serbs wanted to stay in a multi-ethnic Yugoslavia. Considering their tragic...

  • Letter: 'Lady Chatterley' in the courtroom
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    Sir: In support of Michael Lipton's letter (21 July) criticising Nigel Williams' review of Ian MacKillop's recent biography of F. R. Leavis, I write as Penguin Books' solicitor preparing for the trial of Lady Chatterley. One afternoon, I sat with Lea...

  • Leading Article: Hillary in her own write
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    Hi voters! When my deputy press aide, Denton Snubbler III, first suggested that I write a weekly column to let y'all know the real inside story of the White House, I must admit I was doubtful. I mean, folks are so sensitive, don't you find? But Snubb...

  • Letter: Two sides of Freemasonry
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    Sir: So, Commander Higham, grand secretary of the Grand Lodge of England, assures us that "being a Mason is an excuse to have a good dinner, a few drinks, be among friends and raise some money for charity"? ("Public face of the Masons defends rights ...

  • Letter: Caravaners are nicer people
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    Sir: If John Lyttle ("Dear Caravaners", 24 July) would like to rid our roads of the touring caravan in order to remove the cause of these so- called "horrendous traffic jams", could I also suggest that he directs his ire and frustration equally to fa...

  • site unseen The Egyptian Temple, Leeds
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    Mr John Marshall was the founder of the city's prosperous flax-spinning industry and, with typical Victorian exuberance, he decided to build a massive new headquarters. Rejecting the new-fangled enthusiasm for Gothic, Marshall wanted a building which...

  • Ferries we can rely upon
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    The Herald of Free Enterprise and the Estonia both sank extremely rapidly. The fundamental problem is that the vast open car decks become unstable as soon as water gets in. In heavy seas the water sloshes around and can very quickly cause a capsize. ...

  • Leading Article: A better way to close loopholes
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    The original idea, welcomed as over-hastily by the Independent as by the Treasury, was to prevent highly paid corporate executives from exploiting a tax loophole which treats gains on capital more generously than income. But then battle commenced. An...

  • Long nights and short grass
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    The Blackberry Stain Summer "And don't forget a drop of sherry from the pepper bottle!" said Briony Hewlett. "It would hardly be a Bloody Mary without a bit of sherry steeped in chilli pepper!" "OK, mother," muttered Heliotrope, shaking her beautiful...

  • yesterday was
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    Dutch drug dealers, who are now to be permitted to sign on for unemployment benefit. According to a social affairs ministry spokesman: "Dealers who keep to the rules under which sales of soft drugs... are tolerated should be able to sign on like anyo...

  • backgammon
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    The first world championship was held in Las Vegas in 1967 and was won, as were the next two, by Tim Holland, one of America's leading players. Las Vegas remained the host until 1975 when the Championship moved to the Bahamas for four years. The winn...

  • chess
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    Anatoly Karpov will not be too dissatisfied with his second place, half a point behind Kramnik. He too was undefeated, and his tally of 61/2 points will even have gained him a few rating points. The biggest surprise of the tournament, however, was Pe...

  • Letter: 'Lady Chatterley' in the courtroom
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    Sir: A positive side of F. R. Leavis's judgement was in his encouragement to his students not to make a career in English studies, but to use the studies as a base from which to leap in interesting directions - by taking the Part II of their degree i...

  • Letter: Two sides of Freemasonry
    Tuesday, 25 July 1995

    Sir: Wilkes's Diary (30 June) referred to Clement Attlee as a Freemason. In October 1989, the late Earl Attlee (son of Clement Attlee) wrote to your paper refuting the allegation that his father was a Freemason. There is no evidence to show that he w...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 : 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...

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