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Monday, 21 August 1995

  • LETTER:A-levels: unequal grading or falling standards?
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    Sir: Sir Rhodes Boyson rightly questions (Another View: "Can A-levels really be better?", 18 August) the academic standards of present-day A- levels. As a mathematics lecturer, I am inclined to agree with Sir Rhodes and would like to add that A-level...

  • LETTER:Blair should emulate the Iron Duke
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    Sir: Your leading article argues (15 August) that Labour may find its commitment to a referendum on electoral reform politically damaging in the short term. Your readers may remember that Mori's State of the Nation survey for the Joseph Rowntree Refo...

  • LETTER:An icon born of K2 tragedy
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    Sir: At a time when we are remembering the end of a world war that involved fear, pain and death, not only to armed forces but to millions of civilians, can we not rejoice in Alison Hargreaves's life? Her family and friends enabled her as a woman to ...

  • it looks like...
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    Planet earth, with the news that the huge comet Hale Bopp, which was discovered on 23 July, is very unlikely indeed to hit the earth and destroy all life on it. And, anyway, it may not be as big as was first thought. A bad summer for: Italian paparaz...

  • Are boys good for schoolgirls?
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    Within the state sector the situation for girls is less rosy and Professor Smithers's assumptions are less apt. In many areas parents do not have the option of single-sex girls' schools unless they pay fees. Three decades ago there were 2,000 state g...

  • Lord Camelot wins the lottery
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    SCENE TWO The scene is the opulent headquarters of Camelot, whose gold-filigreed towers can be seen from many miles away, with the proud Camelot slogan flying on banners: "Buy a ticket, sucker!" In the great hall of Camelot Towers, Lord Camelot is st...

  • Labour's president without precedent
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    Over this first summer of criticism of Tony Blair's leadership, the only question about him which should interest voters is whether he will make himself the prisoner of his early success. He has, after all, had an astonishing run, changing policies, ...

  • Are boys good for schoolgirls?
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    Many former boys' schools are now taking girls, particularly into the sixth form. All of these schools appear in the league tables as "co-educational". It is easy for researchers to make a comparison with single-sex schools by using these schools rat...

  • LETTER:Blair should emulate the Iron Duke
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    Sir: Congratulations on your leading article ("Take the long view, Tony", 15 August) urging Tony Blair to honour Labour's commitment to a referendum on voting systems for the House of Commons. It is worth reflecting that the impressive reforms effect...

  • site unseen The Theatre, Shoreditch
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    It will be interesting to see if Rylance adopts another device from those times. Pickpockets were made to stand in a pillory on the edge of the stage with their names hung on boards around their necks. The original Globe Theatre had opened about 150 ...

  • true gripes seat-hoggers
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    On trains, seat-hoggers not only stake out their two-place territory with more paraphernalia than anyone should need on a journey, but spread their newspapers, lap-tops, mobile phones and Burger King bags on the table in front of them. If they are le...

  • LETTER:Twin prints
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    Sir: A question in "technoquest" (Science, 15 August) asks: "Do identical twins have identical fingerprints?" The first part of the answer reads : If the twins are monozygots (from the same egg), they will have identical fingerprints. This is incorre...

  • LETTER:An icon born of K2 tragedy
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    Sir: Jim Ballard must be insulted at the implication that his children will somehow be worse off than the children of the other climbers killed so tragically on K2 because their surviving parent is a man. Yours faithfully, Penelope Rose London, SW2 2...

  • LETTER:A-levels: unequal grading or falling standards?
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    Sir: Your Education Correspondent, Fran Abrams, in commenting on the continuing fall in the number of A-level physicists and mathematicians, writes that "there are many physicists who can't get jobs, or are stuck in research posts where they don't ge...

  • LETTER:There's nothing new under the sun
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    Sir: In 1591, an Elizabethan gentleman, John Kay of Woodsome in Yorkshire, wrote this in his commonplace book: This summer, anno domini 1591, was the driest sommer that hath been within memoryed man, for betwixt the XXXth day of March and Michaelmas ...

  • LETTER:In good health
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    Sir: I should like to point out that, far from being defunct, as the Health Education Authority was described in your profile of Brian Mawhinney ("A Tory offensive", 12 August), the organisation is going from strength to strength. Last December, we s...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Mr Ashdown's three-card trick
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    In outline, the strategy is well judged. Its three main areas - education, constitutional reform and an environmentally sustainable economic policy - together make up a coherent and worthwhile political platform for Mr Ashdown's party. Of course it i...

  • LETTER:Invisible wives
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    Sir: With reference to the labelling of families (letters, 11 August and 15 August), the ultimate is, of course, the armed forces. Years of being referred to as w/o (wife of) followed by your husband's current post, abbreviated to a series of initial...

  • LETTER: An icon born of K2 tragedy
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    Sir: So, Alison Hargreaves is dead. She seems to have been very lucky to have been able to do exactly what she liked, when she liked and how she liked, with little thought for either husband or family, who now face a future without her. She was not a...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Nothing will come of nothing, Cordelia
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    This is not what people want to hear. That's not just because they are fearful of a rash of publicity photos of Mr Gummer's unfortunate daughter, Cordelia, demonstrating the lo-flush in action. It is also because many sense they have been told that t...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Women-only lists in court
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    On the contrary, I am dismayed. What he has in effect announced is that, in two years' time, Labour will stop discriminating against men - why wait two years? It is wrong and it should be stopped now. The new Labour Party constitution commits the par...

  • LETTER: Hosepipe bans are heartless
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    Sir: Brian Duckworth, managing director of Severn Trent Water, in seeking to justify the decision to impose a hosepipe ban, says that "brown lawns and dirty cars are a price worth paying" ("A third of population now hit by water supply curbs", 19 Aug...

  • backgammon
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    Following on from the lesson of the last article, it is important to first decide which are the candidate plays. In this position Black can consider four plays: a) 13-8. This is safe but non-constructive, and does nothing to improve Black's position....

  • chess
    Tuesday, 22 August 1995

    At his worst, Tarrasch was perhaps the most dogmatic of all great writer- players. His book Dreihundert Schachpartien (300 chess games) is one of the most instructive games collections ever compiled, yet Tarrasch's annotations are a model of pedantry...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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, ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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,...

  • 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, ...

  • 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...

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