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Saturday, 29 July 1995

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT: Balancing acts ... hedgehogs not invited ... find Archer!
    Sunday, 30 July 1995

    n DIARY Dates With Captain Moonlight. And, first up, calling all hedgehog lovers: if you've got anything planned for Saturday, 9 March next year, cancel it now! That's the day the department of continuing education at Oxford will be holding a one-day...

  • Words: Carnage
    Sunday, 30 July 1995

    Caro, genitive carnis, is the Latin for flesh, and carnage reeks of mangled bodies. Poets have used it for horror-inducing purposes. Milton has a personified Death recognising the path from Hell to earth by the "scent of carnage"; Byron writes of "th...

  • Keep young and beautiful if you want to be read
    Sunday, 30 July 1995

    Whatever happened to the cult of the unphotogenic recluse? They were very popular in the Middle Ages. But in these enlightened times, even if you're a violinist, you've got to look good in a bathing-suit. I think I'll change my name to George and jus...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Still unequal before the law
    Sunday, 30 July 1995

    It was concluded that, if blacks were still failing, the system was flawed. Perhaps the tests were culturally biased; perhaps testing itself was biased; perhaps centuries of discrimination had left blacks with a sense of inferiority which made it imp...

  • You don't need a watch to tell you that your time's not your own In the age of hyperwork we should remember time as a friend
    Sunday, 30 July 1995

    We would all shout back at him with the time. It was no Enemy to us, but a friend. The minute-hand would finally reach the hour; the bells would explode in one classroom after another; the uproar of slamming desks and thundering shoes would announce ...

    Sunday, 30 July 1995

    TODAY is the feast day of Saint Abdon, 4th-century Persian barrel maker. Brought to Rome as a prisoner, he refused to acknowledge the Roman gods, spitting on their images and behaving rebelliously. He was thrown to the lions, who refused to eat him, ...

  • Hackney Downs: why it had to fail
    Sunday, 30 July 1995

    My fellow pupils included Harold Pinter (I can remember his father's pride at the leading roles he played in Macbeth and in Romeo and Juliet); Barry Supple, economic historian and later Master of St Catherine's College, Oxford; Abraham Guz, a head bo...

  • No way to run a country Just empty gestures Accustomed to
    Sunday, 30 July 1995

    The rule dates from the 1880s and was designed to deter Parnellites from filibustering over the Irish question. Today it deters MPs from leading normal lives, deters women from becoming MPs at all, and deters anyone from reforming parliamentary hours...

  • Quotes of the week
    Sunday, 30 July 1995

    Melvin Eddison, a millionaire who won pounds 2.5m in last week's National Lottery I see Labour as the party of small businesses and the self-employed. Gordon Brown, Shadow Chancellor, in an interview in the 'Times' I will be cleaning the wards, clean...

  • Not spin doctor, but counsellor
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    If the Littleborough and Saddleworth by-election has had one side effect above all others, it has been to propel Peter Benjamin Mandelson into the spotlight once again. So far did he dominate the Labour campaign, with his mixture of whimsy and menace...

  • Leading Article: Blinded by the light of Hiroshima
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Armageddon was always difficult to imagine, even with the holocaust of Hiroshima to prompt us. It took the unsentimental, contemporary accounts from Japan by the American writer, John Hersey, to provide a glimpse of what takes place when nearly 100,0...

  • Letter: Avian advice
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: With reference to your article on The Birds (24 July), about the inspiration for the Hitchcock film, you write "a flock of shearwater, or puffins". The Manx shearwater's Latin name is indeed Puffinus puffinus but it is not a puffin - the puffin ...

  • Letter: Alone, not lonely
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: The Royal Court's proposal to have a weekly singles night implies that going to the theatre on one's own is somehow strange and sad. I have loved the theatre all my life, and for the past 50 years have gone regularly, 95 per cent of the time on ...

  • Letter: The sun also rises on Turner
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: There is another interesting aspect of Turner's painting of The Fighting Temeraire, which should have alerted the early commentators to the "unreality" of the scene. Judging by the width of the river, and the facts brought to our attention by Ju...

    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Our politics seem to me to be increasingly about the management of illusions and I possess no talent for soothing and sweet-talking the public like infants - George Walden explains why he will stand down as a Tory MP A few years ago I could never hav...

  • Take off that jacket, sir, and chill out
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    We are at heart a dark-suited nation - fine in the winter under the heavy camouflage of wool suits and sober colours, but at a loss in hot weather. As soon as the mercury starts to rise, standards can be seen dropping on an almost weekly basis. And w...

  • Time to kick ass
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Not the kill-all-foreigners, Volk-and-Vaterland kind, but the trains- running-on-time variety. Compelled by my intellect to admit that X's argument contains some truth and that Y's thought has validity, I nevertheless long for the moment of pure acti...

  • Letter: Lottery awards divide the arts
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: Naturally, Simon Rattle (letter, 26 July) would like to pretend that there is a consensus in the arts world in favour of lottery money for all, including pounds 3.7m for his orchestra, as well as pounds 55m (with more to come) for the Royal Oper...

  • Letter: Terence Conran: I left by design
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: While, on the whole, I can cope with the monstrous slings and arrows that come winging my way at the moment, I would really like to correct that much-regurgitated inaccuracy that was repeated yet again in your columns ("Conran biographer hits ba...

  • Letter: Black and Jewish alarm
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: As a group of Black and Jewish people we are alarmed by recent developments. No sooner has the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police issued highly selective statistics on the allegedly disproportionate involvement of young black men in so-call...

  • Letter: The sun also rises on Turner
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: Why does everybody assume that the setting for J. M. W. Turner's fantastic painting The Fighting Temeraire (thoughtfully analysed by Andrew Graham-Dixon) is sunset? It has always seemed to me to be the dawn. This makes geographical sense, since ...

  • Letter: Fly and ointment
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: To avert a recent invasion by mosquitoes of our bedroom, I poured some liquid insect repellent (of a popular brand and meant for human use) on the window sill, only to find that the paint crinkled in front of my eyes, as if I had been applying p...

  • Letter: Bad timing at the Proms
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: Now that Sir John Drummond has expressed his irritation at the antics of the Last Night Promenaders (Giles Smith interview, 24 July) perhaps he could address the increasing problem of applause between movements. At last night's Prom, the (seated...

  • Letter: Up to date at St John's
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: St John Ambulance is very much on the up and up and is definitely not in decline, as suggested in your feature article on charities ("Charity begins with home truths", 20 July). As the Princess Royal (Commandant of our cadets) said recently to m...

  • Letter: Lessons from the Jonathan Newby killing
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: The tragic death of Jonathan Newby focuses thinking about issues of regulation and the enforcement of standards that have concerned local- authority inspection units since their inception under the terms of the NHS and Community Care Act in Apri...

  • What led to Lambeth's humiliation?
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    The report by Elizabeth Appleby QC published yesterday, will widely be seen to vindicate the name-calling and political attacks of the past 15 years. It would be difficult to exaggerate the nature of the criticisms made in the report: "an appalling f...

  • Letter: Lessons from the Jonathan Newby killing
    Saturday, 29 July 1995

    Sir: The Clunis Report cited the serious breakdown of communication between agencies as a key contributory factor in the killing of Jonathan Zito. Eighteen months on, agencies with no clearly defined roles are still engaged in a lethal game of buck-p...

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