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Tuesday, 22 August 1995

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Red star over New Labour
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    What has incensed Meacher is the proposed Red Star management buy-out for just pounds 1. British Rail first tried to sell Red Star two years ago, but could not find a purchaser. Since its parcel delivery arm has been losing around pounds 9m a year, t...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Don't delay talking peace
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    Sinn Fein, the SDLP and the Irish government have expressed concern about the British government's negative attitude towards the peace process, its refusal to move to the essential next step - all-party peace talks - and the potential for this vacuum...

  • LETTER: Condemnation for Israeli war crimes
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    El-Shazly Sir: At the start of the bombing of Iraqi forces, in January 1991, and following the downing of allied aircraft and the parading of their crew on Iraqi television, an outcry ensued. There were calls summoning Baghdad to respect internationa...

  • POLEMIC; Priests who get high on power
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    It was a disaster waiting to happen. The charismatic, happy-clappy movement in the church encourages highly emotional responses among worshippers; and there is nothing more succulent to a minister who also happens to be a power junkie than the sight ...

  • Between Waterworld and Judge Dredd
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    Will it last? Sadly, the odds are that when rain and clouds return, the mellow mood will disappear. Britain has lost a good deal of its confidence in being an ordered, peaceful society. One reason is that we've become frightened of open spaces, of go...

  • LETTER:Price of Far East's success too high for West
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    Sir: We used to get them pretty regularly coming around the sixth form college in Singapore, where I taught for six years until the end of their last school year - the David Howells, who were thrilled to find such order and discipline and astounding ...

  • LETTER:Council cyclists
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    Sir: We in Wandsworth have an enlightened council which pays rates to employees using bicycles on council business (letter, 19 August). I'm not sure that Wandsworth Council would appreciate the "loony left" tag, though! Yours sincerely, Richard Goale...

  • LETTER:Exam standards: compare and contrast
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    Sir: Following the GCSE results last year, the A-level results this year and, perhaps, the GCSE results to be released on Thursday, the improved pass rate has been devalued by claims that exam papers are now easier. Could this be true? I searched thr...

  • LETTER:Lessons Labour should recall
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    Sir: Frank Field criticises our colleague Roy Hattersley for not being modern enough in the anti-poverty strategy he advocates for the next Labour government ("Poverty, but not as you know it, Roy", 18 August). He tells Roy to look forward to the new...

  • Sorry, je ne regrette rien
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    "Sorry?" said Big Bertha, standing next to him at the bar. I should explain to the more sensitive of my readers that Big Bertha is not actually very big. Nor is she called Bertha. We call her Big Bertha because her friend, Eileen, is enormous and we ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Barrymore and the chalk line
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    The case of Michael Barrymore is a classic of its kind. There is no public "need to know" whether Barrymore is gay, alcoholic, Buddhist or vegan. His act has always been based on a sympathy for people, and a gentle comedy. He does not make gay jokes,...

  • I rather like the idea of people being born to rule, or rather to serve by governing
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    So I recognise something John Biffen said the other day, half in jest. He said he was a "Tory of deference". When I rang him at home in Shropshire to unpick this idea a bit, he laughed and said he had been a very disobedient Tory, at least so far as ...

  • word of mouth brass tacks
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    Sure he's ring-rusty, and half a round with a gold-digging Boston Irish patsy who's more used to pumping iron than throwing punches doesn't prove he's still got lead in his pencil. But the time inside seems to have put the iron in his soul, and that ...

  • LETTER: Mac vs Micro
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    Sir: No wonder Microsoft is taking over the world. They managed to take over 20 pages in your independent publication without there being any mention of their main rival operating system, Macintosh System 7. System 7 has been available since 1991. On...

  • Bigger profits, fewer cures
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    It makes financial sense, say the City columns. It's necessary for survival, maintain the companies. Dragging a drug to market over the hurdles of research, development and testing by the authorities takes on average 10 years, costs on average $200m....

  • LETTER:Price of Far East's success too high for West
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    Sir: David Howell's essay, while rightly drawing attention to the prodigious economic growth being enjoyed by much of Asia, seems to me wrongheaded in its pessimistic tone. "Energy starvation will dish them, we are reassured," he writes, as if the do...

  • LETTER:Price of Far East's success too high for West
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    Sir: The depressing and superficial vision presented by David Howell becomes even more depressing when you remember that the author is an MP and chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Selection Committee. He still uses economic growth as the sole ya...

  • meanwhile...
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    Pigs down plane Flatulent pigs caused an emergency landing when a flight from London to South Africa was forced to turn back because its fire alarms went off. "The collective heat and methane that 72 pigs gave off caused our alarms in the hold to act...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    The position in the first diagram was reached with Black to play in the game Jackson-Buckley. The correct plan here is to keep the pawn on a3 and try to bring the king to the Q-side. For example 1...Ra2+ 2.Kg3 g6 3.Ra7+ Kg8 4.Ra7+ Kg8 5.Ra8+ Kf7 6.Ra...

  • LETTER:Exam standards: compare and contrast
    Wednesday, 23 August 1995

    Sir: When it comes to discussion of teachers' pay, we are told that teaching standards are falling and that teachers will have to work harder to justify any pay increase. Yet, when record A-level results are announced, we are told that the exams have...

  • 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...

  • 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: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...

  • 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....

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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...

  • 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: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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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