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Sunday, 20 August 1995

  • LETTER: Anti-ageist legislation needed
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    Sir: The adverse attitudes to age cited in your leading article about Virginia Bottomley and the Beefeaters (16 August) come as no surprise to members of the Association of Retired and Persons Over Fifty, or Britain's 18 million seniors. In today's c...

  • LETTER: Benefits of low-rent housing
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    Sir: Nicholas Timmins's article today ("One in four families on means- tested benefits", 19 August) fails to mention what is surely a major cause of the increase in reliance on means-tested benefits, namely the decrease in the availability of low ren...

  • ISMISM New concepts for the Nineties: No. 27: Standardism
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    The shock broke on Bryan Gould, the former deputy leader of the Labour Party, with the force of a thunderbolt last week. He is now considering whether to sue the Evening Standard for libel after it published a piece by a Tory minister's son with his ...

  • LETTER: Britain's role in her territories
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    Sir: I was most disappointed by Raymond Whitaker's article "Imperial relics cling to British rule" (14 August). Most of the territories mentioned are self-governing, with the UK only responsible for defence and foreign affairs. As a result, the "burd...

  • LETTER: Who pays when water demand exceeds supply?
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    Mr Stephen Andrews Sir: Three years ago, we built an environmentally friendly house. We wanted to make it not only energy efficient but also water-efficient. We therefore approached Thames Water for details of water-efficient appliances. In spite of ...

  • chess
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    It was an important day in the history of the world championship title. When the young Lasker defeated Steinitz in 1894, there was a view, loudly trumpeted by the great German champion, Dr Siegbert Tarrasch, that the correct title for Lasker was "wor...

  • LETTER: Who pays when water demand exceeds supply?
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    Sir: It must be a great business to have shares in if, when the supply is reduced or cut off, the income of the business remains constant. This product is collected free. It literally falls out of the sky. It is, of course, water. Domestic consumers,...

  • Let's not make a farce out of funding
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    At present, as anyone who watched Jeremy Paxman's studio discussion of this subject recently will know, the issue of lottery money is liable to provoke phenomenal bursts of rage. Individual grants (to the Churchills, to Covent Garden, to Eton College...

  • The Phantom of the Lottery
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    I certainly hope so, as I have been commissioned by the Royal Opera House to write a new opera set in the glittering world of the National Lottery, and I have just finished the first version. I bring you today an small extract from:- The Phantom of t...

  • Songs that won the war
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    Lord Albarn of Walthamstow seemed to enjoy the celebrations more than anyone. But then so he should; without him, there would have been no VOO (Victory over Oasis) Day to remember, no moment to remind ourselves of that sunny Sunday in 1995, when his ...

  • LEADER: Should mothers climb mountains?
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    This is not just chauvinism. The same thing could be said about the fathers who also died last week on K2. It seems impossible, at the same time, to be both relatively careless of your own fate and yet careful of the well-being of those you brought i...

  • LETTER: Shinto stadium
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    Sir: The soundtrack played in the Hiroshima ceremony (Richard Lloyd Parry's Tokyo Diary, 16 August) was deliberately composed not to have any taste, for any imported music cannot be played in fear of right-wingers, nor any Japanese traditional tunes,...

  • Europe must prepare for Easternisation
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    There is a need to be quite ruthless about this. What is it that gives energetic Asian cultures their amazing cohesion and drive? To answer that question intelligently we have to apply the same methodical zeal as that used by the Japanese in the Meij...

  • bridge
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    South opened One Spade and, following a modern trend, North bid Two No- trumps - showing a raise to game in spades with a balanced hand and four- card trump support. South's next bid was Three Hearts, showing an interest in going beyond game and eith...

  • LETTER: How to remove A-level stress
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    Sir: The pay of many company bosses seems to be rising excessively every year. Has there really been a genuine improvement in the standard of their work? I recommend a Government-financed inquiry to be carried out by A-level students. Yours sincerely...

  • LETTER: Pop's big band
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    Sir: Excellent as both Blur and Oasis are, Bryan Appleyard ("In tune with the British way of pop", 16 August) is wrong to describe them as the "biggest thing in British pop". That honour goes to Take That, who, to use Oscar Wilde's memorable phrase, ...

  • LETTER: One day too many as a tiger
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    Sir: I, like millions of other people in Britain and around the world, mourn the apparent death of Alison Hargreaves, the mountain climber, on K2. Alison must have been a very brave and talented person. I wonder, though, if her husband's Tibetan quot...

  • LETTER: Britain's role in her territories
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    Sir: British journalists, including your own, are propagating a myth about Hong Kong - that is, as Raymond Whitaker put it ("Imperial relics cling to British rule", 14 August), Britain's "attempts to entrench the rule of law and a measure of democrac...

  • LEADER: The importance of VJ Day
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    Despite this, the war in the East was never given the same recognition as that in Europe and North Africa. Some of this was due to shame; shame at the military mistakes that led to one of the greatest defeats in British military history - the fall of...

  • creativity tracking down the missing links
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    More bestially, Len Clarke sees golf courses as holiday resorts for rich mice, with lovely hills, sandy beaches, big lakes, 18 sunbathing areas and cricket fields (with a central hole for the mouse at cover point). Shrink them, advises Mollie Caird, ...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    1923: The City of Kalamazoo, Michigan, forbids dancers to stare into their partners' eyes. 1928: Joseph Schenk, the head of United Artists Corp, says that the talkies are just a fad and won't last. 1964: Three British women are convicted of indecency...

  • LETTER: How to remove A-level stress
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    Sir: As the pass rate for A-level examinations has been increasing steadily in recent years, it is understandable that an inquiry into standards should be called. It is the general consensus that A-levels are no longer demanding enough. However, I be...

  • Diary
    Monday, 21 August 1995

    Looking at the nearest pile of your letters, I find the following openers: "Dear Diarist"/"Diary"/"Ruth"/"Ruth Dudley B." or "Edwards"/"Madam"/"Miss, Mrs or Ms"/"Edwards" or "Dudley Edwards"/"Ms Edwards"/and "Ms Ruth". A departure from the norm was F...

  • 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...

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