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Tuesday, 1 August 1995

  • Only alternative
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    Sir: I am a keen supporter of correct English usage and so was very interested in Danny Penman's article on Oxford University Press's decision to sanction the use of the split infinitive (31 July). I noticed that Dr Lamb, chairman of the London branc...

  • Private treatment in NHS hospitals
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    Sir: Your article concerning the pressure being put by some trusts on insured casualty patients ("NHS hospitals get private work from casualty patients", 28 July) to agree to be admitted privately raises several important points which must be of conc...

  • Unfair trial for journalist
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    Ackerman Sir: On 1 August, Pen centres joined writers around the world to protest several aspects of the case against the American journalist Mumia Abu- Jamal who is due to be executed on 17 August for the murder of police officer Daniel Faulkner ("D...

  • Small books, great profits
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    Sir: James Fenton's article "Cheap, small, and perfectly formed" (31 July), though eminently sensible, may have given the impression that standard paperback sales are suffering as a result of the Penguin 60s phenomenon. Authors and rival publishers m...

  • meanwhile...
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    Roach riches Rebecca Lynn of Florida won the first prize of $1,000 and a year's supply of Combat products in a national competition in the US to find the house most infested with cockroaches. "We have to shake the shower curtains free from roaches to...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    1...h5 keeps the knight out of g4, but invites 2.g4!? or, more positionally, 2.Nf3 with Ng5 to come later. 1...Qf5 still leaves Black with problems after 2.Ng4 when 3.Qxf5 Nxf5 4.Nf6+ is threatened, winning the d-pawn. 1...Nf5 defends h6 and tempts 2...

  • word of mouth : slimming
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    No crash diet, no calorie counting, just pop a pill and out goes Humpty Dumpty and in slips Boney Maroney, bye bye jumbo, step right up, slim Jim. Only yesterday you were as big as a house, broad in the beam and, face it, practically a tub of lard. T...

  • Should we feed Thomas Creedon?
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    His parents, Con and Fiona Creedon, are brave people. After much deliberation, they have sought permission from the courts that he should be allowed to die. They do not want him to suffer any more. Hearing of these severe handicaps, many people would...

  • Dropping off before Malin Head
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    "Many listeners," Mr Green said yesterday, " testify to the soothing, not to say soporific effect the forecast has on them." Yet, from 2 October, insomniacs will have to wait an extra 12 minutes for their snooze fest. There will be an extra programme...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : No more trial by tabloid
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    We were in the middle of a circulation war between the tabloids. All we want is that the newspapers should print accurately what happens in court. Now they are in competition with each other to get out whatever they can first, no matter how unfair it...

  • Independence in its sights
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    Croatian army generals, fresh from a string of successes against Serb forces in central Croatia and western Bosnia, are confident that the end is nigh for the Republic of Serb Krajina, the rogue state established in 1991 by militants among Croatia's ...

  • It isn't music to my ears
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    What worries me about Sir John is that he is guilty of the same crime. For years he has been promoting new concert music and encouraging young composers to write the sort of music that young composers feel they have to write. And for years the public...

  • Small books, great profits
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    rom Mr Adam Horovitz Sir: The essential drift of James enton's article ("Cheap, small and perfectly formed", 31 July) seems to be suggesting that the Penguin 60s' format should only be used as a sampler for literature. Surely it would be more innovat...

  • Change of heart
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    Sir: I was intrigued to read Julie Burchill's attack on John Lyttle in today's newspaper (letter, 31 July), particularly the part where she described herself as "an important member of the gay community". Could this be the same Julie Burchill who, in...

  • Uganda's 'no-party' leader
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    Sir: David Orr's article about President Yoweri Museveni (" 'Such man of Africa' is very much on the mend", 31 July) fails to mention a number of important facts which cast a somewhat different light on the policies and achievements of the Ugandan le...

  • Judicial review is a mere Elastoplast
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    Decisions taken by ministers and even by Parliament are increasingly struck down by the judges. MPs jealous of parliamentary sovereignty complain that the judiciary is usurping their power. It was the judges who struck out the Foreign Secretary's dec...

  • Competitive spirit
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    Sir: Helen Browning (letter, 31 July) is against free trade in agriculture in case it allows competition from countries with lower environmental, social and animal welfare standards than our own. Could it just be that our farmers can't cope with comp...

  • Blacks' place in British history
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    Sir: Tom Sutcliffe's teasing mockery (Weekend, 22 July) of the board game Nubian Jak is misplaced because the young British blacks, for whom Nubian Jak was invented, do need positive role models, and need to know, too, that blacks have been players o...

  • Lasting legacy of Hiroshima bomb
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    Sir: Your editorial of 29 July "Blinded by the light of Hiroshima" repeats the official myth that there was no fallout in the two cities and that the bombings with crude uranium and plutonium weapons "amounted to just the firebombing of two more Japa...

  • Richard D North
    Wednesday, 2 August 1995

    The picture has always been a national icon. I rather take the catalogue's point that the scene is not merely or mostly about the obsolescence of sail now that steam is around. It is just as much about the redundancy of glory now that England is at p...

  • ivory towers William Hartston
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    There has been a great deal of research on pigeons' homing abilities and a splendid paper by D Porter and A Neuringer ("Music discrimination by pigeons"; Journal of Experimental Psychology, 1984) which showed that pigeons can learn to discriminate be...

  • site unseen Wilberforce House, Hull
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    I can't vouch for hell, but Hull and Halifax are certainly full of interest. Take Hull for instance. Although the city centre has been pedestrianised and is neat, if a little dull, head east towards Queen's gardens. Hull's maritime links are immediat...

  • Rules to kill English with
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    Naturally, this will engender a backlash from those who see their role in life as defenders of that notorious oxymoron "correct English". As if correct English were to the language what "full English" is to the breakfast: a comprehensive, wholesome, ...

  • LETTERS: Lay and clerical discord over Pugin window
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    Sir: I write with the exciting news that Sherborne Abbey's 1995 A. W. N. Pugin award for sheer effrontery has been awarded to Peter Cormack (letter, 26 July). At the recent consistory court, Mr Cormack represented the Council for the Care of Churches...

  • LETTERS: On line for blood service reform
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    Sir: It is difficult to understand how the National Blood Authority's national IT system could be called a "runaway disaster" ("Blood chief resigns over computer 'disaster' fear", 27 July). There is unanimous agreement that a national system is neede...

  • LETTERS: Report-writing for individuals
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    Sir: As a teacher who hates writing reports, I read with interest Hilary Wilce's article, "Teachers, you could try harder" (27 July). She was correct to assume that teachers spend hours and hours writing reports and dream about the "good old days" wh...

  • chess William Hartston
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    The event ended in a tie for first place necessitating, according to the rules, a four-game play-off between the two best players Phobia and Dementia. The first game reached the diagram position with Phobia, playing Black, to move. Had they been huma...

  • yesterday was...
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    Cautious sado-masochists, with the news that the new Dutch prostitutes' union, Prosex, intends to set higher regulatory standards for client safety, including a nearby key for all handcuffs and an insistence that all bondage equipment can be unfasten...

  • LETTERS: Realistic response to drug use
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    Sir: pounds 15 a quarter for cannabis (25 July)? Please tell me where it is in Britain that you can score that cheaply. In Liverpool, pounds 15 will get you an eighth of standard gear and about a third of an eighth of oil (even better than superskunk...

  • LETTERS: Applause pause
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    Sir: I have heard the audience applaud the third movement of Tchaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony (letter, 30 July), in concert hall or on radio, since the first one I heard at a Prom in 1931. This used to make Sir Henry Wood very cross: he stamped and ...

  • LETTERS: Short and sweet
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    Sir: On 26 July, you reported that our sperm counts are rapidly decreasing. On 27 July, you carried a brief piece saying that over the last 10 years, the number of childless women in their mid-thirties has doubled. Is there, I wonder, a connection he...

  • LETTERS: Mercury's fulfilled potential
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    Sir: I would love to know what your City columnist (26 July) believes is the potential which, he says today, Mercury has "failed to fulfil". Far from failing, Mercury continues to grow at around 15 per cent annually. Against a competitor heavily favo...

  • LETTERS: Revealing Jewish graven images
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    Sir: Martin Goldenberg, referring to your report "Jerusalem shuns the naked David" (22 July), points out that Michelangelo's David is uncircumcised. Surely, this must have been due to Michelangelo's thoughtlessness rather than to the 15th-century Flo...

  • LETTERS: For posterity
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    Sir: Most supermarkets still use the ungrammatical notice "5 items or less" - except Marks & Spencer, who have amended their notices to "5 items or fewer". Now Waitrose has added to Supermarket English with the injunction, "Please lay all bottles...

  • true gripes information superhighway
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    Ten years ago they were telling us how "user-friendly" their interests were. Like all jargon, the phrase "information superhighway" serves to gloss over the bits they don't unders- tand. Even more annoying is the way that they use it as though we cou...

  • Is society breeding child-killers?
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    The incidents are singularly revolting - profoundly depressing precisely to the extent that they provide images of a grotesque invasion of innocence and normality. What activities could more exactly evoke the idyllic summer routines of childhood than...

  • For whom the road tolls?
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    Can this be the answer? Well, that depends upon what is seen as the question in the first place. Who are supposed to be the beneficiaries of this plan? Is it supposed to be the industrialist or the shopper who will profit from transport costs, which ...

  • A dull job in need of some imagination
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    Any denunciation of a trade by someone quitting it is bound to cause splutters from those left behind. The estate agent who rises at the firm's annual dinner to announce that he can stick the filthy lies and tedium no longer would be heard with no mo...

  • Let the parrot lead the Proms
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    It seemed obvious to me that we couldn't really celebrate this new book unless we had read it, so I patiently sat down and read The Business of Music by Ernst Roth. When I got to the party I took a glass and circulated, saying to complete strangers, ...

  • A clean-up plan for social work
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    The Department of Health knows this. So do local councils. Both have responsibility for children's homes and should have learnt the lessons of past scandals. Yet, as we reveal today, they preside over a shambolic system of checking up on would-be emp...

  • LETTERS: Lay and clerical discord over Pugin window
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    Sir: "Glass Warfare at Sherborne" was an apt headline (Letters, 26 July) for the responses to James Fenton's concerns (24 July) about ecclesiastical exemption from planning controls, in general, and the removal of Pugin's stained glass window, in par...

  • LETTERS: Lay and clerical discord over Pugin window
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    Sir: I can understand James Fenton's stout defence of the Pugin west window at Sherborne Abbey in his article on 24 July ("Old, faded - but no, vicar, not thrown away"). However, I cannot see how he can turn the failure of his viewpoint to win approv...

  • LETTERS: Realistic response to drug use
    Tuesday, 1 August 1995

    Sir: The rise in young people's drug use ("A generation that sees drugs as no big deal", 25 July) rightly prompts urgent reconsideration of the relevance of the "criminal" tag to, in some areas, the majority of young people. It also demands a more re...

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