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Thursday, 17 August 1995

  • Inflation fears unfounded
    Friday, 18 August 1995

    The headline rate of inflation which had been expected to rise sharply remained unchanged in July at 3.5 per cent. Heavy discounting in the shops indicates that retailers are taking much of the inflationary pressure from manufacturers on the chin rat...

  • No golden age of A-levels
    Friday, 18 August 1995

    This is both difficult and dangerous territory. Of course standards matter. Anyone who has ever watched A-level examiners at work would know just how seriously, year on year, they take them. But the evidence that standards are falling is thin. And th...

  • Letters: Using lottery money to subsidise ticket prices
    Friday, 18 August 1995

    Sir: David Lister's article (14 August) on the possibility of Lottery funds being used to cut ticket prices raises some important issues for those who attend, or would like to attend, performances. The notion of public subsidy being used to keep tick...

  • Letters: Made in Norway, credited to the US
    Friday, 18 August 1995

    Sir: I read today (News Analysis, 16 August) about six inventions that changed the world. One them is the aerosol box, which has indeed changed the world, but maybe in a way that we might have been better off without. But the aerosol was not invented...

  • Letters: Japanese veterans' bad dreams
    Friday, 18 August 1995

    Sir: It is just as well that the new Japanese owners of the former County Hall (London) agreed to the staging of the 50th anniversary commemorations of VJ Day for the people involved in the Far Eastern campaigns. But I wonder if anyone knew of a fina...

  • Can A-levels really be better?
    Friday, 18 August 1995

    In the old days, when we had the higher school certificate, the Northern Matriculation Board kept its old examination scripts. Every five, 10 or 20 years they were sent out to the markers, so that there could be a general comparison. That way there w...

  • The root of Earth's problem
    Friday, 18 August 1995

    Is this the hottest summer since ...? Mr Weatherman writes: Yes. Since when? Mr Weatherman writes: Yes. This is the hottest summer since when. And the driest? Mr Weatherman writes: Oh, yes, it's certainly the driest. Since when. Since records began? ...

  • Letters: Conference hastened invasion of Krajina
    Friday, 18 August 1995

    Sir: Robert Wokler (Letters, 16 August) writes of "the harm done to Britain's moral standing throughout the world by its appeasement of terror". Britain is surely redeemed by the actions of its volunteer aid workers - who risk their lives in Bosnia e...

  • Letter: A royal awakening
    Friday, 18 August 1995

    Sir: Further to K. H. Brend's letter (12 August), there is another explanation regarding George II's rising to his feet during Handel's Messiah. This occurred at the start of the Hallelujah Chorus, which is a trifle forte. There is a school of though...

  • Letters: Powered by British Gas
    Friday, 18 August 1995

    Sir: I saw a diesel London black cab last week advertising itself as powered by Natural Gas. It occurred to me that if a hard-nosed London cab driver can be persuaded to convert his taxi, British Gas could do worse than to consider combining parts of...

  • Letters: Man without a mission
    Friday, 18 August 1995

    Sir: To take the letter from The Rev B. A. Hopkinson (14 August) one step further, when I told fellow guests at my son's wedding (in South Carolina) that I had worked in Central Africa for 27 years, the presumption by all the guests present was that ...

  • Poverty, but not as you know it, Roy
    Friday, 18 August 1995

    Last weekend on these pages, Hattersley advocated a return to prioritising the needs of the disadvantaged and the dispossessed. This, he said, should be done by an attack on poverty - specifically through improvements to the basic pension, and a mass...

  • The era of Japan Inc is over
    Friday, 18 August 1995

    It started on the morning of 17 January when in a few shuddering seconds the centre of Kobe was turned into a rubble-strewn wasteland. The human cost - 5,000 dead and 40,000 homeless right in the heart of one of the world's richest cities - was traum...

  • Letters: Conference hastened invasion of Krajina
    Friday, 18 August 1995

    Sir: Some 200,000 additional refugees - Serbs from Krajina, Croats and Muslims from Northern Bosnia - have been added in the past fortnight to the million or more ex-Yugoslavia refugees already sheltering somewhere. We wring our hands and blame Balka...

  • Letters: Conference hastened invasion of Krajina
    Friday, 18 August 1995

    Sir: The deaths of two British aid workers in Bosnia (report, 16 August) raises urgent questions about the UN Protection Force mandate for Sarajevo. The men were driving at night without lights for fear of attracting the attention of Serb gunmen who ...

  • Letters: Using lottery money to subsidise ticket prices
    Friday, 18 August 1995

    Sir: It is naive to imagine that increasing the revenue support to the performing arts would lead to any substantial and sustained reduction in prices - as the Arts Council appears to hope that it would ("Lottery funds 'to cut prices at theatre'", 14...

  • Letters: Japanese veterans' bad dreams
    Friday, 18 August 1995

    Sir: P. Marchese (Letters, 16 August) infers that those British service personnel who suffered in the Second World War have no right to complain, as we too behaved in a questionable manner towards the enemy. May I, on behalf of Far East veterans, "wh...

  • Letters: Japanese veterans' bad dreams
    Friday, 18 August 1995

    Sir: Of the tens of thousands of Japanese war veterans, now in their sixties and seventies, I wonder how many sleep peacefully? Many must have witnessed or participated in massacres of Chinese, torture of prisoners and the endless toll of cold brutal...

  • LETTER : War crimes and 'acts of war'
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    Sir: In answer to your correspondent Andy Clarkson's question (16 August) as to who decides what is a war crime, the answer is simple. A war crime can only be committed by the losers, and it is exactly what the winners define it to be. The winners, o...

  • Chess
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    While proper mega-blunders do indeed leave no hope of survival, the average crude oversight, while still objective enough to cause eventual defeat, still leaves room to regroup and at the very least make the opponent work for his victory. And there i...

  • Bonnie Prince John rides off to Utopia
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    Or perhaps I should say "King o'er the water". Or even "Young Pretender". For by an irony of timing, Mr Redwood has picked a rather unfortunate moment to reassert his claim to the Conservative throne. It is almost exactly 250 years since that other c...

  • LETTER : Being fair to British fare
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    Sir: Emily Green is a bit hard on the idea of Modern British Cooking (Magazine: "Sugar plum", 12 August) . This was never a marketing gimmick, rather it was a term coined to recognise a genuine change in the cooking. Even in 1986, much of what passed...

  • LETTER : Partisan use of Railtrack's safety record
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    Sir: The Department of Transport and the authorities in Railtrack have denied that safety is being compromised on the railways, despite warnings given by persons responsible for the operation and maintenance of the system. However, a recent advertise...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : The mirror of Mandelson
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    Only Roy Hattersley, now enjoying an esteem denied to him when mere deputy leader of the Labour Party, is really articulating a position with which Mr Blair should feel forced to engage in debate. Nevertheless, given the scope of the New Labour revol...

  • A world apart from A-levels
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    First, congratulations to those who have got the grades they need. Ignore the sneers that the general standard has been falling: the British A-level is the hardest set of mass exams sat by 18-year-olds anywhere in the world. They are narrow, of cours...

  • LETTER : Rousing chorus
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    Sir: Further to KH Brend's inquiry (letter, 12 August), I grew up in the eastern United States and we stood for the Hallelujah Chorus. Later, in 1951, in Paris, my companions and I and a number of other "Anglo-Saxons" dotted about the hall found ours...

  • LETTER : Penguin 60s: don't kill the messenger
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    Sir: It is saddening, though not surprising, to read in your article on the Penguin 60s ("Penguin turns a new page", 12 August) the intemperate and ill-informed criticisms of Bookwatch's bestseller lists by publishers who feel deprived of "their" bes...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : And it's run for the money
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    Christie ruled himself out of next week's meeting between Britain and the United States at Gateshead, after hamstring and knee injuries ruined his World Championship defence. Following a week of intensive treatment however, he feels well enough to ra...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : All credit to A-level achievers
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    There is no question that standards must be rigorously maintained, but there still seems to be an almost wilful disregard by the critics of the quality controls imposed on and exercised by the examining boards. Another example of the British attitude...

  • Expert jury: How important are A-levels?
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    Tony Higgins Chief Executive, UCAS A-levels can be a stepping stone to promising academic and business careers. Of course GNVQs and other vocational qualifications are no less valuable. Indeed, performance at A-level is a notoriously bad predictor of...

  • True gripes: Work experience
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    In today's difficult job market, more students, including myself, are doing work experience to impress future employers and avoid the dole queue. What is it, then, about these two words that gives employers the idea they have an office skivvy for two...

  • BOOK REVIEW : Wolf, wolf! in fun-size cries Neat and pithy, to tell the truth
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    It is a familiar theory. Newt Gingrich is selling a snake-oil version of it to middle America. So it is vexing to find Handy giving it another spin, in the urgent preachy tones that have become the convention. Author of several successful guides to b...

  • LETTER : War crimes and 'acts of war'
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    Sir: The Japanese Prime Minister's "apology" that - sorry to say - (maybe) never was, is not, of course, the first time that translation from a more or less exotic language has gone puzzlingly, bizarrely or, indeed, disastrously awry. The Japanese wo...

  • Rare books and the chambermaid gag
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    I think that's wonderful. In these days of information technology, the Internet and all the rest of it, we are constantly being given the impression that everything is online, available and just around the corner. This is so clearly a load of baloney...

  • LETTER : War crimes and 'acts of war'
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    Sir: During an eventful trip to Japan in 1980, I visited not only Hiroshima, but also Nagasaki. Previously, while staying with friends in Yokohama, I was asked if I would like to visit the nearby Commonwealth War Cemetery which, I was told, was a ver...

  • Numbers: The anaesthetist
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    Seventeen, according to Plutarch, was a number to strike fear into the hearts of the Pythagoreans, "For 17 lies midway between 16 and 18, these two being the only numbers representing rectangular areas for which the perimeter equals the area." Sevent...

  • LETTER : War crimes and 'acts of war'
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    Sir: Two letters today (16 August) accused the UK of "war crimes" during the Second World War. Ideally, there would be no wars as war is always terrible, usually involves considerable suffering, and is often avoidable; but there is a clear distinctio...

  • LETTER : War crimes and 'acts of war'
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    Sir: This is a small postscript to Vera Lynn's Another View (10 August) concerning help available to veterans of the Second World War. The War Pensions Agency basically does a splendid job for those entitled to Disability Pensions. It also has to ens...

  • LETTER : War crimes and 'acts of war'
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    Sir: Charles Hughes (Letters, 14 August) makes the wrong point: the August 1941 oil embargo against Japan was made at a time when it was already committing atrocities against its Asian neighbours. However, Mr Hughes might well have asked who forced J...

  • Yesterday was...
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    Big-heads: A Chinese husband and wife have knitted a hat 18ft in circumference and nearly 10ft high as a good luck charm for the World Conference on Women in Peking. It needed 43,500 feet of wool and 845,700 stitches. Luo Yuefeng and his wife Chen Xu...

  • LETTER : Partisan use of Railtrack's safety record
    Thursday, 17 August 1995

    Sir: Given the Labour party's well-chronicled opposition to privatising the railways, its current campaign attacking the safety record of Railtrack is no surprise. While it is not part of my role to make political judgements, I feel I must defend Rai...

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