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Monday, 14 August 1995

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Blair's babes want reform
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    Not yet. Although he is personally sceptical about proportional representation (PR), Tony Blair affirmed his commitment to a referendum during his leadership election. To wrest the decision back now from the hands of the voters, just when Labour is r...

  • We apologise, but we don't feel sorry
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    What we are good at is not uttering sincere apologies but in muttering "Sorry" automatically. There was even once a television advertisement which was entirely based on the fact. Do you remember that excellent TV commercial for a kind of gin (Gilbey'...

  • Cheap seats, rich people's arts
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    So that's that, then - all we have to do is keep on filling in that lottery form and before long we'll be able to buy dirt-cheap tickets so we can go and see our favourite operas and plays twice as often. Before the wagon starts to run completely wil...

  • LETTER: Headington's stars
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    Sir: I was surprised to read, ("Oxford's whale of a battle", 7 August), that Headington was described as "an otherwise matter-of-fact English suburb". Not many English suburbs can lay claim to what Headington has or the characters that have spent tim...

  • A vacuum at the heart of Europe
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    But will there be any takers? Will either of them find an army waiting to be mobilised? I rather doubt it. For the striking thing about the Euro- debate is that both sides are losing the argument simultaneously. At the moment the most visible losers ...

  • LETTER: My husband and I
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    Sir: No, Mr Castle (Letters, 11August), it is not just the sons and daughters of vicars who suffer from being labelled as such. I clearly remember, some years ago, being introduced as "the wife of Dr HPW's new junior partner". Neither my husband nor ...

  • LETTER: Village sports need cash, too
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    Sir: Your leading article ("Tracey and Hugo go sporty", 10 August) posed the queston as to who will use the new Regional Athletics facility to be built at Eton. You could begin by asking, among others, the South of England Athletic Association, the N...

  • LETTER: Political causes of Balkan hatreds
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    Sir: Alasdair MacDonald (Letters, 10 August) argues that Tito camouflaged "deep-seated" hatreds in the former Yugoslavia. While there has been some hostility between ethnic groups for centuries, the region has been largely peaceful since 1878, with t...

  • LETTER: The making of Hong Kong
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    Sir: Jonathan Fenby's analysis ("Hong Kong hears the drumbeat quicken", 14 August) quotes an unnamed Hong Kong-born Chinese as saying: Whatever you think of the regime in Beijing the fact is that, as Chinese, we are going home in 1997. We may not lik...

  • LETTER: VJ Day for the Japanese: insults, apologies and the future
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    Sir: Press coverage of VJ Day has given well-merited attention to the sufferings of British ex-PoW under the Japanese. Many column inches have also rightly been devoted to the moral implications of the atom bomb. Regrettably, little or nothing has be...

  • LETTER: Stand up for Handel
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    Sir: I attended a performance of Messiah given by the Scottish Orchestra in the Paramount Picture House, Glasgow, in 1940. The audience all stood for the Hallelujah Chorus. My mother explained that it was always done - it was like "God save the King"...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Take the long view, Tony
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    In October, the Labour conference will probably debate the pledge to call a referendum on proportional representation (PR). Supporters of the current system intend to see this commitment ditched. And in the past few days it has become clear that Mr B...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: We prefer fairy godparents
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    Most folk will have assumed that Mr J was merely exercising that spleen for which he is renowned. But this weekend came news that the vigilant curate of St Peter's, in the Hampshire town of Farnborough, upon discovering the gayness of a prospective g...

  • site unseen : Netteswell House, Bishop's Stortford
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    But what if the vicar was a little short? Visit medieval St Michael's, which towers over the town of Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire, and you will find out. Inside the original pulpit of 1658, made locally for pounds 5, is a fold-down board which...

  • true gripes : onions
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    It is the Allium family: onions, chives, shallots, spring onions, leeks and garlic. There is hardly a recipe for a main course or starter which does not include one of them. Their conquest of British cuisine was swift and ruthless, and all the more s...

  • LETTER: VJ Day for the Japanese: insults, apologies and the future
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    Sir: I, as a Japanese person of the post-war generation, think it is meaningful to confront the 50th anniversary of VJ Day, even if I have never appreciated the name given to it. When, six years ago, I first came to this country, I was almost ignoran...

  • yesterday was...
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    Trekkies, with Dr Ian Crawford's claim, in the September issue of the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society, that space travellers may, after all, be able one day to travel faster than light, enabling them to boldly go wherever they want. A bad d...

  • juste a mot
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    Thanks to the resources of Chambers Dictionaries, we shall, on alternate Tuesdays in this space, be offering a glimpse of some new words entering the language, among the 400 or so identified each month by their team of word-surfing readers. Stored in...

  • chess
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    Sadler may reasonably claim that the blunder was the result of his fine strategy, designed to make the best of the black-squared bishop. 19.Nc3! was a particularly fine move, inviting 19...Qxe3+ 20.Bf2 Qe7 21.Rfe1 when either Qd6 or Qc7 is met by Nb5...

  • LETTER: VJ Day for the Japanese: insults, apologies and the future
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    Sir: I have just heard the Japanese Prime Minister make an apology for wartime cruelty. As an ordinary Japanese person living in London, I sympathise with the distress and suffering of British veterans. When you think about "Japanese" what sort of im...

  • LETTER: Village sports need cash, too
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    Sir: I listened with growing incredulity, a sense of frustration, and anger to the news that Eton had been awarded pounds 3m of National Lottery money to enhance its meagre facilities of two swimming pools, 30 cricket squares and 24 hockey, football ...

  • LETTER: Stand up for Handel
    Tuesday, 15 August 1995

    Sir: To give a partial reply to Mr Brend's enquiry (letter, 12 August), I can remember standing during the Hallelujah Chorus, with about three- quarters of the audience, during Handel's Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall and elsewhere during the Seve...

  • LETTER: Grateful for the dead
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    Sir: So Jerry's gone ("Dead heads mourn passing of rock legend", 10 August). Captain Trips has taken the big one. Living in America, the thing about the Grateful Dead was that you always knew they'd be back. It was incredibly reassuring - that there ...

  • War crimes and punishment
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    Yet, if the fundamental principles underpinning our societies are to retain their strength, then we absolutely must not allow Srebrenica to fade from the memory. More than that, there must be a relentless effort to track down and bring to justice the...

  • A legacy of disadvantage
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    At the same time a plea was entered for those couples in their twenties who "do things properly" and wait to have a child only to find their place on the council house queue jumped "by much younger women with illegitimate children". These days, Mr Re...

  • LETTER: Performance pay for MPs
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    Sir: Having just negotiated the pay for senior civil servants and, in effect, for MPs themselves, at a basic increase in the pay bill of 2.7 per cent, may I make one or two points to the "outraged" MPs mentioned in your report (" `Cheated' MPs' anger...

  • ISMISM New concepts for the Nineties
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    Up until this time the word grass (def. to inform upon, to denounce to the authorities, to sneak, to snitch) was always used pejoratively. In post-war popular literature informers were those who, at school, "told" on their fellows; or who in wartime ...

  • LETTER: Omission on Arab maps
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    Sir: Robert Fisk points out that Israeli government maps and statistics about Israel and its neighbours do not mention a Palestinian entity between Jerusalem and Jordan ("Five million Arabs who don't exist", 11 August). No doubt when the peace proces...

  • LETTER: Tony's friends
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    Sir: In attacking Tony Blair for having a bunch of buddies ("Tony's friends: the group that guides a leader", 11 August) Richard Burden, Labour MP for Birmingham Northfield, is showing an extraordinary ignorance of history and humanity. All leaders, ...

  • LETTER: Tito's legacy foretold
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    Sir: Those who equate the effects of Croat repossession of Krajina with Serb ethnic cleansing are entitled to their views. But Serb cleansing is a direct product of the Greater Serbia policy, which originated when Serbia was still under Turkish rule ...

  • Hiccup or belch?
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    Sir: William Hartston (Health, 9 August) describes the traumas he has endured with a week of almost uninterrupted hiccups, but the caption to the accompanying photograph describes him as "the eructating author". The Concise Oxford English Dictionary ...

  • Political platitudes that allow genocide
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    Thousands of people are missing. If they are alive, they are bound to be in urgent need of help. But reports indicate they are not alive. The Americans believe they know where they are buried, and so they have published their evidence. The question o...

  • A sorry way with apologies
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    Well, I have just received a rather puzzling letter from Japan and I can't make out what it means. Is it from the prime minister of Japan? Yes, it is. How on earth did you know that? Oh, he's been writing to lots of people recently. What has he said ...

  • Thorns in the side of peace
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    Yet the ancient art of coat-trailing seems as popular as ever. The weekend parades were only the latest in a series that has disturbed the peace as both loyalists and republicans display an insatiable appetite to stage demonstrations that can lead to...

  • LETTER: The Japanese apology: forgiveness and compensation
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    Sir: Chris Brunning (Letters, 8 August) wonders if there has been any research into the health of British personnel who served with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) in Japan. The governments concerned do not even have a clear record o...

  • LETTER: Born to be a vicar
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    Sir: How I empathise with Martin Castle (Letters, 11 August). Married to a newly ordained priest, I am now frequently introduced as the curate's husband: and as a 58-year-old man running my own full-time business, it seems very odd, so late in life, ...

  • A maze of original suggestions
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    "Practise conservation with the maze," suggests Nicholas E Gough. "Plant a new maze along all the routes of the old one so that an exact replica can grow before the old one wears out. Then have patience." Andy Berry wants to plant a differently-colou...

  • Bridge
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    As North, I opened One Diamond and South responded One Spade. With a little in reserve I raised to only Two Spades. As my raise might have been based on only three card support, South then tried Two No-trumps and I made the decision - as it turned ou...

  • Chess
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    There are some 22 surviving ex-British champions. Only one played in Swansea. There are around 25 British grandmasters, of whom three took part. It was fitting, however, that the destination of the title was decided by a final-round game between two ...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    1893: France becomes the first country to register motor vehicle licence plates. 1908: The first international beauty contest is held at the Pier Hippodrome in Folkestone, and is won by Nellie Jarman, 18, ahead of a field that included six English, t...

  • LETTER: Born to be a vicar
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    Sir: Martin Castle (Letters, 11 August) asks about the labelling attached to vicars' children. I can talk about the reciprocal. My father was in the Indian civil service in the days of the Raj. When I tell people that I was born in what is now Pakist...

  • LETTER: The Japanese apology: forgiveness and compensation
    Monday, 14 August 1995

    Sir: The demand for an apology by those who endured great suffering in the hands of the Japanese military during the Second World War deserves everyone's deepest sympathy ("Japanese apology `is not enough'", 12 August). There are, however, two import...

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