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Wednesday, 26 July 1995

  • true gripes bottled water
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    I suppose people are entitled to spend their money on anything they like, and if they want to buy this stuff it is up to them. It just strikes me as ridiculous to fork out for bottled water when they've already paid twice for tap water: once to settl...

  • Fretfulness over the pain of change
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Then a 20-minute discussion, a quick 22-3 vote, and the unions, which gave birth to the party and until two years ago commanded 90 per cent of its conference votes, henceforth are to have just half. And all this the day after the party leader has alm...

  • Don't spoil my train of thought BR, the bike and the bass
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sometimes it's Bosnia. Sometimes it's the voice of Mr Ian Paisley, God's own pit bull terrier. Sometimes it's the voice of Malcolm Rifkind, that strange half-vanilla, half-Irn-Bru voice, from which the native Scots twang has been inefficiently eradic...

  • Letter: Concern about safety of ro-ro ferries
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sir: Many British holidaymakers will be alarmed by reports concerning the safety of roll-on, roll-off ferries. The leaked findings from the transport select committee report to be published on Friday suggest that safety on these ferries is currently ...

  • Letter: No constraints on research
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    As to the initiative dubbed "Equal", we can all join in the jokes about acronyms but the new Minister for Science and Technology Ian Taylor's aims of helping people to stay active as long as possible must be a central one for a civilised society with...

  • Letter: Mistress of Quarr
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sir: It is to be hoped that next time Michael Bouchier goes on retreat ("Escape from virtual reality", 22 July), he will spend a little more time reading about the history of the place. If Quarr Abbey was founded by the Earl of Devon in 1132, his cou...

  • Letter: Larwood's legacy
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sir: When I was at school in 1933, I was told that Australia was about to leave the Empire and become a republic. I was told that this was all the fault of Harold Larwood and that it would be a tragedy. Now that Harold Larwood has died, if Australia ...

  • Letter: Reconviction: scientific methodology vs empirical experience
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sir: The only valid test for the usefulness of Professor Copas's formula is this: take, say, 100 case histories not included in the original survey sample and apply his method to predict the likelihood of re-offending. Give the same case histories to...

  • A model selection process
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Before the Leeds selection process started, the local party volunteered to choose its candidate from an all-women shortlist. Seven women were invited to branch nominating meetings. We came from a wide variety of backgrounds and offered party members ...

  • Letter: House owners' hope for stability
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sir: Gavyn Davies presents an eloquent argument as to why a significant recovery in real house prices would be a "very bad thing" ("A housing recovery would create new losers", 24 July). He is, however, addressing yesterday's problem. The slump that ...

  • Letter: David revealed
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sir: Concerning your report ("Jerusalem shuns the naked David", 22 July) of Jerusalem's refusal of the gift of a replica of David by Michelangelo, I feel constrained to point out an astonishing omission: nudity is indeed offensive to Judaism, though ...

  • Leading Article: Bob Dole's big gamble
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Should the Senate eventually override a Clinton veto, it is certain that Britain, France and other countries will order their UN contingents out of Bosnia. This in turn will trigger a US-led Nato operation to assist the withdrawal. No one expects it ...

  • Everyone loves to beat the system
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    The counter argument - why should employees of commercial companies get a tax-free bonus when civil servants, nurses and train-drivers cannot? - has hardly been heard. In fact, precisely the opposite argument was made this week to help justify the en...

  • Leading Article: Menzies tries to explain
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Britain's electoral system, of course, makes it much harder for third parties to turn their votes into seats, and thus exercise influence in proportion to their support. At the 1992 general election just under 6 million votes won the Liberal Democrat...

  • expert jury can miracles really happen?
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Paul Cunningham Spokesperson, Morris Cerullo's Mission to London I believe in miracles, unquestionably. I believe, as does the ministry of Morris Cerullo (right), that as Jesus was taken up to heaven, he gave his disciples power to do God's work. And...

  • Letter: Reconviction: scientific methodology vs empirical experience
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sir: Probation services work to reduce crime by the careful assessment of the risk of re-offending and the implementation of community-based programmes, designed to address the root causes of criminal behaviour. The Home Office "Offender Group Reconv...

  • Letter: Reconviction: scientific methodology vs empirical experience
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sir: Your article "Home Office's calculated crime doesn't add up" (24 July), and the comment on your leader page, add up to a cynical and unwarranted distortion of what the Offender Group Reconviction Scale does and why it is useful. The scale is a c...

  • Letter: Concern about safety of ro-ro ferries
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Sir: The sustained reluctance of the ferry companies and the Department of Transport to act with resolution to ensure vessel safety should be a matter of great concern to all who cross the Channel by sea ("Review of ferry safety urged", 24 July). The...

  • chess
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    "It is my fault," said his companion. "Had I not taken precious minutes to explain to you how I solved the curious case of the Martian omnibus, we might have arrived in time." "Yet now all we have is this position and a report that Moriarty missed an...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Dentistry, as a Chinese dentist built a tower 8ft tall from 28,000 diseased human teeth in the hope that it would raise awareness of dental hygiene. The construction had taken him two years. A bad day for: Namibian politicians who have been shouting ...

  • numbers
    Thursday, 27 July 1995

    Twenty-seven is the cube of three, and is equal to the sum of the digits of its own cube: 273 = 19683; 1+9+6+8+3=27 Twenty-seven is the smallest integer expressible as the sum of three squares in two dist- inct ways: 27 = 32+32+32 = 52+12+12 Another ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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