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Tuesday, 15 August 1995

  • LETTER: Engineering a piece of software
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    Sir: Hamish McRae asks ("Is this the start of something good?", 3 August) the meaning of capacity in a service company. As an example, he states that "it does not take long to write more software". This rather indicates a lack of knowledge about soft...

  • LETTER: Legislative change and lone parents
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    Sir: Your leading article on John Redwood's speech about young unmarried mothers ("A legacy of disadvantage", 14 August) suggests that his recommendations barely differ from the status quo. That poses the obvious question as to why it has generated s...

  • Word of mouth: Homosexuality
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    Homosexuality is the only sexual practice with eponymous placenames. Buggers began life as 11th-century heretics in Bulgaria, sodomites came from the Dead Sea town twinned with Gomorrah, and lesbians from Sappho's island of Lesbos, although it is arg...

  • A winning reform for Labour
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    Two years ago, the then leadership and the party conference accepted that a referendum was the right policy. John Smith took the view that the electoral system was not the property of a party or a government or of MPs - it was a matter for the people...

  • LETTER: Legislative change and lone parents
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    Sir: John Redwood's suggestion that adoption should be considered before state support is offered is a threat to children's welfare. In most cases, it is damaging for the child to be removed from its natural mother. Nevertheless, John Redwood's comme...

  • LETTER: Allies committed war crimes, too
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    Sir: I am sick of all the whingeing about how we suffered in the 1939- 45 war, and about all the war crimes that other nations involved committed. Of all the major participants, we probably suffered the least. The main loss we suffered was that of ou...

  • Railroaded into taking the blame
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    It has come from my mole within Railtrack. (Oh, yes, I, too, have a mole within Railtrack. All good journalists have moles everywhere. I, for instance, have moles within the Tate Gallery, several water boards, the Cabinet, Tottenham Hotspur Football ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: To the Tower, Virginia
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    So why then has the retirement age of the Yeomen Warders been reduced from 65 to 60? Because, apparently, now that they come under the Department of National Heritage, they are subject to the same pressure to retire at 60 as all DNH civil servants. A...

  • LETTER: Electoral reform: rhetoric or 'new' politics?
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    Sir: At a time when the media is full of talk of a new politics and a democratic agenda, mainly generated by Tony Blair, I find it difficult to understand the talk of dropping Labour's commitment to a referendum on giving the British people a say on ...

  • LETTER: Goodbye to garlic
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    Sir: I was most heartened to see from Eve Wittenberg's "True Gripe" (15 August) that I am not alone in my inability to eat onions and garlic. Throughout my life this problem has crippled my ability to eat away from home, and thus to travel, as well a...

  • LETTER: Appeasers of Bosnia genocide
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    Sir: James Fenton's eloquent indictment of our policy in Bosnia ("Political platitudes that allow genocide", 14 August) discriminates between the tragic exodus of Krajina Serbs and the still more appalling fate apparently suffered by the Muslim men o...

  • Fate of the Union Jack
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    People who camp are a tolerant bunch, so no one complained that it was an English lot who flew the foreigner's flag, and it looked very handsome. But it wouldn't quite do, either. One shouldn't make a joke of a national flag, and our flying this one ...

  • LETTER: Allies committed war crimes, too
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    Sir: Your leading article ("Sorry seems to be the hardest word", 12 August) does not mention what is surely the main reason why the Japanese government finds it so difficult to acknowledge and apologise for their war crimes - namely that such an acti...

  • In tune with the British way of pop
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    This means that pop, once it has acquired a certain level of sophistication, seldom really changes. The audience is forever new to the game, eternally surprised, moved and delighted to find its preoccupations validated in the world outside the home. ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Don't panic about rail
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    The first leaked memo details recent minor crashes and near-misses that threatened to take on the proportions of the 1988 Clapham disaster. Blame for these is laid at the door of lax safety procedure. Jack Rose, the Railtrack safety assessment manage...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: A drop of realism
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    Critics called it selling off the family silver - but it was more like off-loading its junk, to be turned into something our industry and its customers could be proud of. In six years we have come a long way, but surely common sense alone would preve...

  • LETTER: Allies committed war crimes, too
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    Sir: Why do the American and British governments still refuse to apologise even to the ordinary people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki for engulfing their cities in the holocaust of atomic warfare? After all, before the war both governments went on record ...

  • LETTER: Electoral reform: rhetoric or 'new' politics?
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    Sir: What is important about Labour's commitment to a referendum on voting reform for the Commons ("Labour unease over electoral 'U-turn'", 14 August) is not whether such reform is or is not a good idea. It is critical to any evaluation of just how "...

  • Meanwhile...
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    American way of life Robert Brecheen was rushed to hospital in an Oklahoma prison after taking an overdose of sedatives. After his stomach was pumped, he was taken back to prison and executed by lethal injection. The director of the state Corrections...

  • Chess
    Wednesday, 16 August 1995

    So you want to put your son on the boards? The chessboards, that is. As Noel Coward, "The Master" himself, might have put it, the profession is overcrowded. Although your baby may be keen on a chess career, here are some facts and one table that may ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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'...

  • 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: 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: 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

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