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Saturday, 19 August 1995

  • Dry season for the ragwort hunters of the Dales
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    Hostilities broke out into the open three weeks ago when our local paper, the Craven Herald, which still has advertisements on the front page nearly 30 years after the Times caught up with the times, carried an article about the potentially lethal pl...

  • profile; Ariel Dorfman; Death and the writer
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    Across the city at the Traverse Theatre, queue jumping is the only way to get into Dorfman's new play. And Reader is no crowd pleaser, but a two-hour labyrinth of fictions within fictions, melting identities, and archly Post-Modern authorial interven...

  • Return of the Cambridge Pimpernels, heroes of a more innocent time
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    As soon as the invitation arrived, several months ago, the outlines of an epic thrash began to take shape. A huge yellow card appeared from Poland, with a drawing of the old Warsaw Main Station. Underneath was written: "THIS IS YOUR INVITATION to the...

  • But is this faxed copy really from Joan Smith? it anyway?
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    Evidently you can't judge by content. I should have thought the odds against young Mr Howard, the Home Secretary's son, producing paragraphs indistinguishable from those of the veteran left-winger Bryan Gould were - what shall we say? - about the sam...

  • Fatal attraction of a savage mountain
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    K2 is also a very cold mountain, being a long way further north than Everest and Kangchenjunga. It is hard to approach: heat and dust down in the almost desert-like lower valleys give way to the long and difficult glacier systems which lead up to the...

  • It could have been different
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    As any history student will tell you, every "how far" question conceals a bigger question beneath. In the above examples, the hidden questions are "What caused the Yugoslav wars?" and "What caused Poland to move peacefully from Communism to democracy...

  • LETTERS: Missing Labour voters
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    Ever since the right-wing takeover began under Kinnock, socialists in the Labour Party have faced ever starker choices. Now that the leadership has abandoned socialism altogether, these choices amount to: 1) giving up politics altogether, 2) joining ...

  • Letters Briefly
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    Jennifer Miller, London SW15

  • Letters: Most men are like Lucy
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    Most rapists and most murderers are men, that's true. But it's also true that most men, the overwhelming majority of them, are neither of these things; and further, that they've no secret desire to attack children, to rape women, nor to shoot them. W...

  • Letters: No jobs for single parents
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    The number of single mothers working full-time has decreased from 25 per cent in 1977 to 11 per cent in 1993, which coincides with the period in which individual and family welfare payments have been cut in real terms. The social security bill has ba...

  • Letters: England's key inventor
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    Melchior de Wolff Rotterdam

  • letters: Indonesian abuses ignored
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    Following her recent visit to Kenya, Baroness Chalker was commended in the UK for her stand on human rights and democratic reform. During the visit she stated concern about treatment of opposition parties, the press and some legal cases. "We know the...

  • Captain Moonlight: The Major Effect ... Mr Lamont goes into exile
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    n BIRTHDAY. Pension. Old Ted, 65. Brother poets, sister poets write poems for Old Ted. Old Oak Ted. Vet Ted. Senior Ted. Winter Hughes. Poems from Seamus H, Thom G, Wendy C. Forty poems for Craggy Old Ted. In special birthday book from Faber. And one...

  • Letters: Sorry, whose side were the Croats on?
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    After all, it is Britain which is leading a campaign against lifting an arms embargo against the Bosnian government and, very soon, Serbian dreams will come true when eastern Bosnia (including Gorazde, I may add) will be presented to Serbia on a silv...

  • Letters Briefly
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    John Ringham, London N10

  • Letters: Farming is not like 'The Archers'
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    What would you have the EU do with the surplus of peaches, apples and cauliflowers? Store them at great expense in refrigerators? You do not mention that the surpluses of grain, meat and dairy products have been greatly reduced as a result of recent ...

  • Puffing away on the grand old meaning of life
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    I contributed to my very first such tome way back in 1967. It was, of course, the legendary Simon Dee Book of Celebrity Mishaps, with hilarious pieces from a veritable galaxy of stars including Noel Harrison, John Stonehouse, Diana Dors, Nobby Styles...

  • words
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    I AM told that Japanese has two words for apology, one formal, the other more heartfelt, and that Mr Murayama, the Japanese premier, used both when he apologised for his country's war crimes. Neither was right for Lord Slim, president of the Burma St...

  • Men have to give a little
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    This is global talk. It need not worry us too much in Britain, where misery and abundance are relatively evenly distributed between the sexes. Britain was ranked a comfortable 13th in the report's "Gender-related Development Index" (below, naturally,...

  • Joy of movies
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    The only films he praises are either from the past or those by European "art house" directors. The only modern films mentioned are dismissed instantly and seem to be a very limited selection. If Batman Forever and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein were the...

  • Letters: Most men are like Lucy
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    Her simple truths read like scorching polemic in the current climate, and because it's been quite some time since a national newspaper published such a realistic assessment of our impulse to play down and to excuse the range of damage which so many m...

  • Letters: Sorry, whose side were the Croats on?
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    On the same page, Sarah Helm writes from Zagreb that the "Croat fighters despise the English and the French" ("Coach tour fails to hide the ugly truth"). She quotes a young soldier: "You are on the side of the Serbs. We know that from the Second Worl...

  • LETTERS: Missing Labour voters
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    Is it not enough that key people associated with the Labour establishment were more concerned with prosecuting than defending poor defaulters without the Labour Party now apparently dealing them a double blow by overlooking their cause and silently p...

  • Letters Briefly
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    David Langford ansible@cix.compulink.co.uk

  • Letters Briefly
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    Charles Murray, London N17

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 20 August 1995

    Jim Ballard, husband of missing mountaineer Alison Hargreaves, quoting one of her favourite sayings We didn't have counsellors rushing around every time somebody let off a gun, you know, asking, 'Are you all right - are you sure you don't have a ghas...

  • 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...

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