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Sunday, 30 July 1995

  • A little symbolism for home owners
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    Most of the ideas for giving home ownership a tonic, such as tax breaks for people with negative equity or increased mortgage tax relief, would be inflationary or costly or both. After years of tax manipulation and distortion in the housing market, h...

  • LETTER : Damaging complacency of Government inaction on oestrogen
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    From Dr Michael Warhurst Sir: The Government's call for more research but no action in response to this week's report on the health implications of oestrogenic chemicals is complacent and short term. Some of these chemicals have been known to be oest...

  • Benefits of CAP reform
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    Sir: As one of the "panel of experts" brought in by William Waldegrave to consider the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, I am concerned that the panel's report should not be interpreted as an attempt by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries ...

  • Vietnam, hope of the Western world
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    Expansion of Asean to a 10-member grouping is causing some problems familiar in Europe. One or two of the core members are nervous that the organisation may be about to lose its cohesion and identity; with the addition of Vietnam's 72 million people,...

  • LETTER : Find a better way to win votes
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    Sir: "Issues can be discussed between parties, but in an election one is out to get votes." So said Peter Mandelson on TV. What a defence of the sleazy tactics used by him in the Littleborough and Saddleworth by-election! Had he been selling financia...

  • The spirit of Europe lives or dies in Sarajevo
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    has fought a passionate campaign in France for the Bosnian cause. He helped to forge the "Europe Begins at Sarajevo" movement, comprising some of the country's most prominent intellectuals, to fight the last European elections. In the run-up to the r...

  • LETTER : Britain's road of missed chances
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    Sir: Your reviewer Ross McKibbin (25 July) accuses me of failing in my book The Lost Victory: British Dreams. British Realities, 1945-1950 to mention the Land Rover, "a remarkable vehicle", introduced in 1948 . But in point of fact the Land Rover, re...

  • Find a better way to win votes
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    Sir: With the Tories polling nearly 10,000 votes in the Littleborough and Saddleworth parliamentary by-election, no opposition politician should take for granted their defeat at the next General Election. The Liberal Democrats and Labour dare not all...

  • LETTER : In defence of George Soros
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    Dr Ian D. Thatcher Sir: We were disappointed by Tom Stevenson's open letter to George Soros (27 July). Capitalism exists, why not exploit it? It is not the case that George "humiliated 'us' "; the market is impersonal. It is also easy to forget the g...

  • LETTER :The other side of touring cravans
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    Sir: John Lyttle's open letter "Dear Caravanners" (24 July) presented a one-sided picture of touring caravans. The National Caravan Council (NCC), the representative body of the caravan industry, is most disturbed that the heading to Mr Lyttle's arti...

  • The school wall won't fall down
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    An internal frontier runs through Britain. People cross it under cover, shamefacedly, by slipping cash to the guards. If they are caught, they protest that they were forced across. To say they had strayed over inadvertently would be risible. The fron...

  • Cheap, small, and perfectly formed cheap A short, sharp shock for writers
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    These slim volumes of roughly 60 pages each have obliterated the rest of the visible market. The only authors who can hold their own against them are Patricia D Cornwell with The Body Farm, Maeve Binchy with The Glass Lake and Stephen King with Insom...

  • A slight list to the north
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    (I realise I am running the risk of being called a racist in calling Scottish newspapers foreign, but as the Scots are rightly so insistent that their country is another country and not a region or province, then surely a newspaper from another count...

  • LETTER : Lyttle things mean a lot
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    Sir: As an important member of the gay community myself, I object most strongly to John Lyttle's morbid autopsy of his own sexual failings (28 July). Might I remind Mr "Lyttle", as I believe he spells his name, that we are ambassadors for our sorely ...

  • creativity decline of the Roman hiccup
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    Well-meaning though these suggestions are, we find them all prepositionally faulted. Perhaps we did not make it clear, but we sought ideas for things to do with hiccups, not for or to hiccups. Jill Phythian clearly got the correct message: "Attach yo...

  • bridge Alan Hiron
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    North opened One Heart and, lacking the values needed for a Two-level response, South bid One No-trump. North raised to Two and, reasoning that if the clubs rolled he might easily make nine tricks, but that if they did not even eight tricks might be ...

  • ISMISM New concepts for the Nineties
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    Sunday, 23 July, the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, now also marks the inception of National Ice Cream Week (the Feast of the Consumption) and serves as Disability Awareness Day. St Dominic's Day, 4 August, has become merely a curtain raiser to Nati...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    1910: Dr Crippen is arrested at sea, the first arrest by radio. 1965: Cigarette adverts are banned on British television. 1971: David Scott and Jim Irwin drive on despite a jammed front wheel on their Lunar Roving Vehicle (Moon Buggy). 1 August: 1793...

  • chess William Hartston
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    The British Championship itself, has, at the last count, a field of 48 players including four grandmasters. The favourites are Matthew Sadler, who has scored some fine results in recent European tournaments, and Mark Hebden, whose busy schedule of we...

  • Diary
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    "Better come with me," he said comfortably. "Barry's dead." "How can he be dead?" I asked indignantly. "He was only 50 and very fit." "Keeled over," he said. "Goes to show you're a fool to take anything for granted." On my return I reported my distre...

  • LETTER : Damaging complacency of Government inaction on oestrogen
    Monday, 31 July 1995

    Sir: Concerns about the reduction in the quality and quantity of human sperm are timely ("Watch out, oestrogen about", 26 July). Further research is clearly needed but some conclusions can already be drawn and some actions should be taken now. Since ...

  • 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 ...

  • DIARY: THE LIST
    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, ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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