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Friday, 18 August 1995

  • LETTER : Infinity is a long time in politics
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    Sir: My colleague Peter Cave's witty attack on Paul Davies' theological physics can, perhaps, be made even clearer by amendments to two of his examples ("An infinite possibility of uncovering metaphorical monkey business", 8 August). Presumably, ther...

  • LETTER : Today's A-levels fail to make the grade
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    Suffolk Sir: An examination has, in general, been thought of as an anonymous test against a specific standard. Those who reach the standard pass, those who don't fail. I fail to understand why, every year, the loudest reaction to improving public exa...

  • LETTER : Japanese crimes in a colonial context
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    Sir: As we mark the end of the war against Japan and honour the survivors of the prisoner of war camps, I deeply hope that the younger generation can grasp how much we owe to these men. As a young reporter on a local newspaper in the north of England...

  • The undoing of a savage family
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    In the past, Saddam has survived by giving the most powerful positions in intelligence and the army to family members. Hussein Kamel, the son- in-law now in Amman, ran the Iraqi arms industry and was credited with setting up the elite Republican Guar...

  • There'll always be an Empire - a small one
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    By and large the colonies were delighted, since every tiny outpost wanted its independence. Thus Bermuda's decision in a referendum this week to remain within our protection seems unlikely to a Britain that has long lost any interest in imperialism. ...

  • Why I'm sticking to my hosepipe
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    The summer water crisis is close to becoming an annual assault on the Middle English way of life. Pictures of parched reservoirs and shameless spokespeople for the water companies are as predictable a part of August television news bulletins as teena...

  • LETTER : Today's A-levels fail to make the gradeToday's A-levels fail to make the grade
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    Sir: I have four A levels (double maths, physics and chemistry) plus HNC Electronics, BSc Physics and an MSc in Engineering. I cannot get one job interview, in spite of the above qualifications and my considerable experience. I admit the learning pro...

  • LETTER : A godparent's duty is clear
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    Sir: I have great sympathy for the person who wished to be a godparent, and yet was refused the opportunity because he is gay. One of the reasons for this seeming lack of charity lies in popular misunderstandings of what being a godparent involves. A...

  • LETTER : Labour leaks
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    Sir: The leakage from water mains was well-known to the last Labour Government 20 years ago, when the Price Commission reported on the (nationalised) water industry. They did nothing, for reasons which still hold good today - it is only an estimate, ...

  • LETTER : One-handed clap
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    Sir: When reading Richard Lloyd Parry's diary from Tokyo (16 August), I was reminded of the time many years ago when my son, aged two, provided the answer to the Zen enigma. My husband had recently read about Zen Buddhism and confronted our baby son ...

  • Check your fax
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    The Evening Standard, of course, went one better this week and actually printed an article by the son of the Tory Home Secretary (the first line goes: "I was three and a half during the Winter of Discontent") under the authorship of Mr Bryan Gould, f...

  • LETTER : Forgotten peace monument
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    Sir: Your articles on "VJ Day remembered" by Richard Lloyd Parry and Will Bennett (14 August) were particularly interesting and informative. What I found saddening, however, is that a prominent national monument which commemorates peace continues to ...

  • Hinduism comes of age in Britain
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    Yesterday afternoon, 17 painted idols were marched through the streets of Central London, from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square. They came from the Neasden Mandir, an extraordinary Hindu temple which has been raised in an unprepossessing suburb in north...

  • LETTER : Japanese crimes in a colonial context
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    Sir: The debate about VJ Day, an apology and compensation has set me thinking. As the daughter of one of the first non-white administrators after colonialism, I would like to put a few points forward. The debate points out the barbarism of the Japane...

  • LETTER : Today's A-levels fail to make the grade
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    Sir: My son has achieved five grade 'A' passes in the recent A-level examinations. I would suggest that if our politicians put in the hours of work that he - and his friends - did in order to obtain these results, there would be a startling improveme...

  • LETTER : Making a stand
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    Sir: In common with C. J. Roulston (Letters, 15 August), I have never heard of, nor noticed, people standing up for the last movement of Beethoven's Ninth. They do not even do so when they should. Several years ago, I was attending a reception at the...

  • LETTER : Why cyclists deserve mileage
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    Sir: I was surprised and disappointed to read Jonathan Glancey ("Dear Citizen Dave", 10 August) describe Walsall Council's bicycle mileage rate of 10p a mile, as an "extreme" policy, typical of the "loony left". Organisations which are serious about ...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    They haven't gone away, you know - Gerry Adams, at a Belfast rally after a supporter called out, "Bring back the IRA." We didn't have counsellors rushing around every time somebody let off a gun, you know, asking, "Are you all right - are you sure yo...

  • LETTER : Today's A-levels fail to make the grade
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    Sir: There is a confusion at the heart of the current debate about A- level standards. The recent expansion of higher education has raised the proportion of school leavers going to university to almost one-third. Before the expansion took place, the ...

  • LETTER : Today's A-levels fail to make the grade
    Saturday, 19 August 1995

    Sir: We write as university teachers of history to deplore the annual chant coming from regressive anti-egalitarian media and politicians of the cry that A-level standards have slipped over time. This simplistic complaint, a variant of the reactionar...

  • 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...

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