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Thursday, 10 August 1995

  • French lessons in a cold climate
    Friday, 11 August 1995

    The school I went to was in far-off Scotland, some 400 miles from home. If it had been a day school, I do not think I would have been able to get there and back each day, but luckily my father decided to send me to an old-fashioned boarding school, r...

  • Letter: Clarity on the Clapham omnibus
    Friday, 11 August 1995

    Sir: It is a bit rich for Will Self ("Rules to kill English with", 1 August) to claim that "the only way to discover if a piece of English is truly grammatical is to go and ask the people who use it if they understand it", and then come out with: wri...

  • Letter: Standards for social workers
    Friday, 11 August 1995

    Sir: Professor H. Prins (Letters, 5 August) confused training with statutory regulation. He rightly called for improved regulation of the social work profession. We support his call for a General Social Services Council. However, our core task is sti...

  • Letter: Not big enough for two Divas
    Friday, 11 August 1995

    Sir: I was horrified to learn that a new restaurant in Frith Street, Soho, is not only to be called "Diva", the registered name of my own restaurant, but is to employ transvestite waiters ("Transvestites hired to pass the dressing", 7 August). Althou...

  • Sporting chance for all
    Friday, 11 August 1995

    Far from receiving lottery cash, Eton did the giving. The college has donated 11 acres of prime land, pounds 200,000 and a six-lane all-weather running track, to be used for a regional athletics centre proposed by the royal Borough of Windsor and sup...

  • Letter: Death penalties and democracy
    Friday, 11 August 1995

    Sir: Professor Griffith (Letters, 8 August) is quite right. Written constitutions, bills of rights and all such legalistic paraphernalia are profoundly anti- democratic in nature. Their effect is to transfer power from elected representatives to an o...

  • Letter: Why companies rarely take the rap
    Friday, 11 August 1995

    Sir: Your suggestion ("Death on a building site", 3 August) that there is a lack of "political will" to use the full force of the law against criminally culpable employers is attested to by the results of national research I have conducted for the pa...

  • Leading Article: Why we hunt the Holy Grail
    Friday, 11 August 1995

    Oh, it is easy to mock. It may be that the skull of the beast of Bodmin turned out to be the innards of a leopard-skin rug. Or so the scientists would have us believe when they say that the cranium was infected with the eggs of a tropical cockroach -...

  • Leading Article: The ghost at the feast
    Friday, 11 August 1995

    Except that there is a ghost at this feast, one which has the long-term capacity to make us all choke on our meals. The problem is that the vast majority of new services that the public will be offered will not be "free- to-air". The digital revoluti...

  • Letter: Parental duty of cohabiting parents
    Friday, 11 August 1995

    Sir: Gavin Evans ("Mum won't let me see you again, Dad", 28 July) is right to highlight the need for greater awareness of the implications - financial and otherwise - of having children as a cohabiting couple, and for information on Parental Responsi...

  • Letter: Serbia's unjustified claim to Eastern Slavonia
    Friday, 11 August 1995

    Sir: In your otherwise commendable coverage of the events in Croatia in the past few days one finds occasional inaccuracy that needs correcting. One such example is Christopher Bellamy's attempt to justify Serbia's claims as regards Eastern Slavonia ...

  • Letter: Our generous act to lone children
    Friday, 11 August 1995

    Sir: Please permit me to correct an error in Andrew Marr's piece "Taking the sting out of Bosnia" (3 August). He writes: ministers agreed in 1938 that 5,000 [Jewish children from Germany] should be taken 'for training in agriculture and domestic serv...

  • Baby, I just can't afford you
    Friday, 11 August 1995

    A recent study by Jane Waldfogel of the London School of Economics found that the ratio of women's earnings relative to men's falls from 82 per cent for all woman aged 23 to 71 per cent for all women at the age of 33. Childless 33-year-old women keep...

  • Letter: Living vicariously
    Friday, 11 August 1995

    Sir: My sympathy lies with Jonathan Edwards, who is referred to in your front page article ("Double record for triple jumper", 8 August) as a "29-year-old vicar's son", despite having himself reached the top of his sport. As a 25-year-old vicar's son...

  • Five million Arabs who don't exist
    Friday, 11 August 1995

    Indeed, an Israeli official explained to the Independent last week that Palestinian Arabs were not included in the document's population figure of 5,328,000 inhabiting the area between Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. He took it for granted, however...

  • Letter: Being reverential
    Friday, 11 August 1995

    Sir: It is understandable, perhaps, but nevertheless regrettable, that Michael Williams (Letters; "Whose waistcoat?", 8 August) struggling with the problem for meaning caused by an unrelated participle should, momentarily, no doubt, have forgotten ab...

  • Letter: Serbia's unjustified claim to Eastern Slavonia
    Friday, 11 August 1995

    Sir: Your correspondent Countess Vivian Grisogono (Letters, 8 August) is being disingenuous when she says that it is ridiculous to identify it [the current Croatian flag] with a puppet state run by a small number of quislings and large numbers of occ...

  • true gripes children's tapes
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    And the reason is that memories of our last holiday in Brittany were ruined forever by one of those awful kiddy tapes. You know the kind I mean. Gullible parents buy them by the handful in the naive hope that a car resounding to "We All Live in a Yel...

  • LETTER : Chirac's right royal retinue
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    Sir: Further to Andrew Marr's article ("Vive la republique! Et vive le roi!", 8 August), I was amused by a piece in the local paper when I was holidaying in the Correze last month. The article described how the village near to President Chirac's chat...

  • Old titles and rank bad form
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    I was always known as Stinky at school, and occasionally when I meet old school chums I still have the doubtful pleasure of hearing this cheery nickname again. Is there anything I can do about it ? Dr Robinson writes: Yes. You can biff them on the no...

  • LETTER : Ended by the bomb
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    Sir: The surrender of Japan had more to do with Hiroshima than Peter Popham thinks ("Why the bomb did not end the war", 7 August). His view that Japan accepted US terms for fear of a Soviet invasion is far less plausible than the conventional explana...

  • LETTER : 'Capital' offence
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    Mr Edge claims that he was not informed of the "true subject" of the programme. In fact, the shift in focus was explained to him before he gave the interview. The short notice given to him of this is what gave rise to the commission's conclusion of "...

  • LETTER : Effects of television ban
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    Sir: Regarding Melvyn Bragg's article on TV and violence ('You can't blame it on the box,' 4 August), may I suggest that the issue is not that viewers become criminals through watching TV, but that they develop a hyped-up and anti-social condition wh...

  • expert jury what price rollerblading?
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    Divina Wier-Willets British In-line Skating Association Rollerblading is no more ridiculous than any other sport. If someone wants to jump off a mountain with a kite tied to their back then that's fine by me. Rollerblading is enormously good fun and ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Tracey and Hugo go sporty
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    However, the news that the National Lottery is to help finance the new sports centre will drive many punters and observers wild with frustration. It seems to confirm the existence of a death wish in the administration of lottery largesse. If there we...

  • LETTER : Why Walsall was suspended
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    Sir: Basic principles of natural justice have been confounded by the national party's decision to suspend Walsall Borough Labour Party ("Labour suspends 'loony' local party", 9 August). As chair of the borough party, I might reasonably have expected ...

  • LETTER : Effects of television ban
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    Sir: In the present controversy over Melvyn Bragg's article about television and violence there is a very easy way to test the moral integrity of the blame-it-all-on-television brigade. Would they ban television news broadcasts or nature programmes? ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Let smokers die in peace
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    For non-smokers, on the other hand, life has gradually become much better. Increasingly, it is possible to eat in restaurants with good non-smoking areas, travel on transport where smoke is restricted and sit in public areas where your lungs are not ...

  • LETTER : When partition may be the only solution
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    Sir: May I say a few words in support of Croatia? This maligned country needs a champion in England where the media seem determined to label Croatians as the "bad boys of the Balkans". Can you really accuse the Croats of "cleansing" (8 August) where ...

  • Our costly thirst for free water
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    I point this out not as a rant against the water industry, but rather to illustrate a shift in our attitudes to water, from when it was a public good, provided free at point of use by the state, to now, when it is a private product which we are incre...

  • The dangers of a spoon-fed diet
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    The figures speak for themselves. Thirty per cent of all households now have one or more members receiving one or more income-related benefits such as income support, housing benefit and family credit. And that is only a part of the pounds 87bn DSS b...

  • LETTER : Destroying the fabric of the Church
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    Sir: The Bishop of London, Dr David Hope, has just before his move to York decided that 24 of the churches in the City of London should be turned over to "alternative use" ("Historic churches win a reprieve", 8 August). He seeks, in short, to continu...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : Meanness after the heroism
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    In March, I launched Tribute and Promise, an alliance of more than 100 charities with the aim of raising awareness of the wartime generation and the help that is available to them. We must never forget the courage of those who fought, and the work an...

  • chess
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    Leading scores: Parker 61/2; Levitt, Arkell and Ward 6; Sadler and Williams 51/2. The race for the title seems to be among these six. Further down the field, 11-year-old Luke McShane, in his first British Championship, has 41/2 points, and 16-year-ol...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    Singaporeans who, nutritionists have predicted, will be stronger, taller and healthier in 30 years time, with women's average bust sizes up from 81cm (32.4 ins) to 91cm (36.4ins). A bad day for: Mr and Mrs Christian, the Florida couple who each dropp...

  • numbers the anaesthetist
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    Or to put it briefly, 10.8.95. 10 August was the birth date in 1865 of the composer Alexandr Glazunov and in 1874 Herbert Hoover. It was the day in 1675 when Charles II laid the foundations of Greenwich Observatory, and in 1965 when Queen Elizabeth I...

  • LETTER : When partition may be the only solution
    Thursday, 10 August 1995

    Sir: I was heartened today to read Tony Barber giving an airing to the possibility of the partition of the former Yugoslavia ("Peace with a terrible price", 8 August). He says that when our leaders talk in public about such a settlement, the catchphr...

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