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Tuesday, 25 July 1995

  • Small acts that rescue communities
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    Anne Power is one personification of it. And there she is today, still filled with the same missionary zeal, somewhat dented and battered but essentially still a believer. No, not in ley lines or UFOs, but in the ability of individuals to make a diff...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:A tale of two Britains
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    The rewards of success would be great, but the price of failure would be high. The philosophy of Thatcherite individualism would bound on in great leaps. But we could expect the development of a growing underclass comprising people who had fallen off...

  • Living dangerously in our dreams
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    What these people were after was compensation. They wanted it to look as if they had been on the bus when the crash happened. They knew that no matter how gentle and harmless the impact, they could claim all kinds of exotic injuries, maybe even behav...

  • LETTER:Lottery awards unite the arts
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    Sir: In expressing some of the delight and gratitude that we at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra feel after our recent lottery award, I should like to attempt to put this much-needed support in context. Our pounds 3.7m enables us to refurbis...

  • LETTER:Glass warfare at Sherborne
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    Sir: As an exercise in spleen-venting, James Fenton's piece on Sherborne Abbey's west window is superb (24 July). If you will give me five columns too, I will gladly - and courteously - answer him point by ill-informed point. That way I would also av...

  • Meanwhile...
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    Crime prevention technique An armed man fled from a shop in Groningen, the Netherlands, after he had passed the shopkeeper a note demanding money. The shopkeeper had handed him a note in return saying: "Sod off." A man was later arrested in possessio...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Fair share options for all
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    Work patterns have changed significantly in the past 10 years. Many people do not work in the traditional large companies but in smaller and medium- sized companies - perhaps four or more over their lifetimes. The pace of change in business is very c...

  • LETTER:Watching out for nuclear terrorism
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    Sir: In his article "Brent Spar: a hollow victory" (23 June), the director- general of the British Nuclear Industry Forum writes about the need for better communication between the nuclear industry and the public. Having retired from many years' prof...

  • LETTER:Unequal terms in Bosnia
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    Sir: George Tintor's statement (Letters, 24 July) that "the Bosnian Muslims, not the Serbs, have initiated all the recent fighting" is ludicrous. By systematically blocking aid convoys of food and medicine to besieged "safe areas", it was the tactic ...

  • LETTER:Glass warfare at Sherborne
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    Sir: James Fenton is right to castigate the Church of England for its flawed attitude to our national heritage. Part of the problem is in clergy training. Although almost all clergy will, at some point in their ministry, have historic buildings and w...

  • LETTER:Who regulates the regulators?
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    Sir: The Government may well be right to think that various regulators need to be more closely under parliamentary supervision ("Ministers consider regulator forum", 24 July). But it is surely wrong to consider putting them all under one single selec...

  • LETTER:Snobbish suicide
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    Sir: In his diagnosis of publishing's ills ("Penguin: what happened?" 22 July), Jeremy Lewis says "the great trick of literary publishing has always been to finance with the profits of bestsellers more difficult or worthwhile work". He assumes that w...

  • Word of mouth
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    Soon cruising Main Street in your wheels will be as uncool as wearing mink, and laying rubber on the Strip or the Deuce (42nd Street) will send your street cred crashing down the boulevard of broken dreams. Soon no one will watch road movies or liste...

  • Is Britain the right place to be centre of kinder veal production?
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    What is worse is that the English production of veal is a tenth of what it was 10 years ago. This is sad because ours is the only country where veal is required by law to be produced quite, or even very, humanely. We have a situation in which, on the...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:The bird-woman dilemma
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    They should have been - it will cost a lot to keep her banged up, and on release she will almost certainly re-offend. What then - life imprisonment? True, Mrs Knowlson's guano-bespattered neighbours also have a right to society's protection. But we n...

  • LETTER:Child labour laws
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    Sir: Gillian Shephard's proposal for 14-year-olds to mix work experience and the national curriculum must be welcomed if it ensures that children enjoy a greater breadth of experience in both the academic and vocational spheres. However, in conjuncti...

  • LETTER:Underground volts
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    Sir: David Ross (Letters, 20 July) needs to do his homework. Only a tiny proportion of failures of electricity supply arise from problems with the pylon-supported 132,000-volt system he wants to place underground, at enormous expense. The vast majori...

  • Curse of the no-name gizmo
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    One obvious example of this was the milk carton with the top you couldn't open, the one that has "Open This End" and "Pull Wings Forward and Pour" written on it, but doesn't have the more truthful instruction "Try to Pull Forward and Get Milk All Ove...

  • Chess
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    Karpov had a typically Karpovian win against Joel Lautier, with the position looking close to equality for much of the game, before he turned up the pressure as they neared the time control. When his attack crashed through, all attention shifted to t...

  • LETTER:Glass warfare at Sherborne
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    Sir: In attacking the "vandals" of Sherborne, James Fenton ("Old, faded - but no, vicar, not throwaway", 24 July) is guilty of breathtaking metropolitan arrogance. In seeking to turn this wonderful early English perpendicular church into a museum for...

  • LETTER:Lottery awards unite the arts
    Wednesday, 26 July 1995

    Sir: I hope no one sitting in the proposed plush new surroundings of the Royal Opera House needs urgent medical treatment. With so many central London accident and emergency departments closing down or suffering crippling cutbacks, they may well wish...

  • 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...

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