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Friday, 11 August 1995

  • ... and why Labour is stumbling
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    During his acceptance speech, Tony spoke - in intentionally ambiguous terms - of the comrades and friends who supported him because he looked a winner. That was certainly one of my reasons for being a Blairite from the start. And I make no apology fo...

  • LETTER: A suicidal future for young people today
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: Your article (8 August) makes chilling reading for any parent of teenagers. We know instinctively that our ability and willingness to talk and listen to our children is crucial but are often at a loss to know how to do that. Communication skills...

  • Lessons in sex
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    You do not have to be Victoria Gillick to question this claim. What exactly, one wonders, is the causal relationship between more sex education and reduced sex? For most boys, sex cannot come too early or too often. Nor is this anything to do with so...

  • Sorry seems to be the hardest word
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    At last, Tomiichi Murayama, the Japanese prime minister, seems to have managed it. In the draft of a statement to be delivered on Tuesday, the anniversary of Japan's surrender, he expresses "acute remorse" for the great damage and pain inflicted on A...

  • High-risk culture for the Nineties
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    That a black market can be operating for the Berliner Ensemble playing at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, where the supertitles are not even visible in whole sections of the auditorium, says much about how the Edinburgh Festival has changed in the past few...

  • A Tory offensive ...
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    This week's success in Walsall - putting the boot into the local council and wrong-footing the Labour leadership - confirmed Dr Mawhinney's private reputation as "Mr Nasty". On the day of his visit, the town's local paper interviewed himunder the hea...

  • LETTER: Debate on media diversity
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: I hope the Departments of National Heritage and Trade and Industry have taken serious note of Oftel's consultative document (Report, 8 August), which is a welcome early move to stimulate debate on issues surrounding media convergence. The threat...

  • LETTER: A tale of two cities
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: Your correspondent Mrs S. E. Tomlinson (Letters, 10 August) writes of the tolerant atmosphere among Serbs, Croats and Moslems in Zagreb. This is largely my Zagreb experience, too. She also asks whether you can imagine this mixture being allowed ...

  • LETTER: Flaws in means-tested benefits
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: While the political parties vie with each other to excel in righteous indignation at benefit fraud to ingratiate themselves with taxpayers, there is nobody to campaign for an increase in the level of income support. There is evidence that some p...

  • LETTER: The life in a cherry tree
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: Implicit in the bald translation of the wondrous calligraphy on the cover of the Independent Magazine (5 August) is an exegesis worth reading. For centuries, the cherry blossom has been a metaphor for the human condition; the flower's five petal...

  • LETTER: Standing ovation
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: Apropos the correspondence about applause at concerts, I am reminded of something my mother told me. She said that in her youth, in the early part of the century, there were two pieces of classical music for which, traditionally, the audience wo...

  • LETTER: Campaign for `Coriolanus'
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: I read with interest and a wry smile Tom Sutcliffe's comments on the Royal Shakespeare Company's campaign for promoting Coriolanus at the Barbican (Arts and Books, 5 August). He missed the point, failing to pick up the irony at the heart of what...

  • LETTER: The inglorious 12th of August
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: On Saturday, 12 August 1995, the annual massacre of tens of thousands of grouse will begin, together with the ridiculous obsession of some to get the first pathetic, lead-peppered corpse on to a restaurant table. Throughout the year, other wildl...

  • LETTER: Films of violence
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: Dilys Powell, reviewing Straw Dogs in 1971, wrote that "hatred of violence isn't fashionable. Films are making violence itself fashionable." Would any of your published pundits dispute that movies did make violence fashionable? Yours faithfully,...

  • LETTER: Small rewards for architects
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: Your article "Taking on the professionals" (9 August) contained inaccuracies regarding the architectural profession. Unfortunately, fees are not "still very good for those who can win contracts". The architectural profession is far from a monopo...

  • LETTER: Flaws in means-tested benefits
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: The announcement by the Department of Social Security that one in three households is now in receipt of a means-tested benefit should focus attention on the driving forces that have caused this ("Tories preside over rising benefit culture", 9 Au...

  • LETTER: A suicidal future for young people today
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    Sir: After reading your article on teenage suicide ("As the pop song says, suicide is painless", 8 August), I felt I had to put pen to paper. As a 16-year-old girl awaiting her exam results, I feel I am well placed to comment. Depression, drugs and u...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 12 August 1995

    I travel free on public transport because I'm a clapped-out old fart - Lord Healey She says she'd rather be my wife than not be my wife. She wouldn't want to walk away from me because she wouldn't have anywhere to walk to - Tom Jones, singer There is...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 -...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

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