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Thursday, 24 August 1995

  • LETTER: Conflict over cyclists and pedestrians on the canal towpath
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: That Steven Norris, an Under-Secretary of State for Transport, has become a committed cyclist is excellent news. May we hope that he will soon take the next step, and identify also with walkers? You report that he could not "understand the probl...

  • LETTER: Conflict over cyclists and pedestrians on the canal towpath
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: Christian Wolmar's article about his adventures with Steven Norris, the transport minister, on a bike was nicely stimulating ("Minister gets on his bike to peddle the case for cyclists", 22 August). Originally, towpaths along canalsides were con...

  • LETTER: How Red Star deal hurts the taxpayer
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: I read your leading article on the sale of British Rail's Red Star parcels business with great amusement ("Red star over new Labour", 23 August). Alone among the entire press corps, your leader writer has discovered that giving an incompetent ma...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: The gospel truth in context
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Shock waves from the scandal surrounding the Nine O'Clock Service will be felt within the Church for some time. I join the Archbishop of Canterbury in praying for the victims of a tragedy that should never have been allowed to happen. But it would be...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: People in glass houses
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Lord Whitelaw's "short, sharp shock" centres of the early 1980s were abandoned as a failure. Home Office research showed that militaristic regimes for young offenders had no effect on recidivism rates, and did not reduce the overall level of youth cr...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Major misses the education point
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Coincidentally, John Major yesterday made us privy to his innermost thoughts on education in an interview with the Times. Here again, the standard of discussion was disappointing, focusing primarily on changes to the educational bureaucracy that the ...

  • LETTER: Conflict over cyclists and pedestrians on the canal towpath
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: I was delighted to read how much Steven Norris enjoyed his bicycle ride, at the invitation of the Independent, along the towpath of the Regent's Canal. I was also rather sorry to read that Mark Bensted, on behalf of British Waterways, felt that ...

  • LETTER: How Red Star deal hurts the taxpayer
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: Your editorial on Red Star (23 August) shows how misleading it can be to declare part of a business unprofitable when the results of cost- centre accounting are followed too blindly. If spare capacity was available on BR trains and if staff were...

  • LETTER: Why Charismatics are dangerous
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: The alarming allegations surrounding the Nine O'Clock Service in Sheffield serve to highlight the real danger now posed by the Charismatic Movement, not only to the Church of England but to most of the mainstream churches. In a time of declining...

  • LETTER: More welfare, fewer taxes
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: Jean Corston (letter, 23 August) has simply misunderstood the plan for reconstructing welfare I put forward ("Poverty, but not as you know it, Roy", 18 August), and she shares with Roy Hattersley what I regard as, yet again, a total misreading o...

  • LETTER: Who needs rivers?
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: Michael Price's article "How anguished anglers stop us hosing the roses" (Science, 22 August) was enlightening on the causes and effects of drought, but he seems to dismiss adequate river flows as important only to anglers and people in picture-...

  • LETTER: 'After you,' on top of the mountain
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: I wish you would not keep calling Sir Edmund Hillary "the first man to conquer Everest", when he did conquer it jointly with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay - and that is official. Obviously, the men did not step on the summit at precisely the same moment...

  • Good news for gays ... well, nearly
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Its latest victim is Michael Barrymore, popular entertainer and an unlikely icon of political conflict. After being hounded for four weeks, Barrymore threw in the towel and proclaimed himself to be officially gay on a late-night radio programme for g...

  • LETTER: Own-grown water
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Sir: For over 12 years we lived in a cottage without mains water. The original supply seeped into a hole cut in the rock (and turned red in the summer with daphnae). I constructed an underground tank and fed rainwater into it from the roofs, through ...

  • Military cure can't solve crime
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    If the Government believes - as many people do - that the civil legal system is too soft on certain types of offenders, and that the military has valuable lessons to offer in how to run tough prison regimes, then the Government should toughen-up the ...

  • My Windows '95 is double glazed
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Hey! Hey! Can you hear me in there? Yes. I can hear you. There's no need to knock so loud. So, what's all this Microsoft Windows '95 bloody nonsense about then? It's about the next generation of technology. It's like Gutenberg with knobs on. It's abo...

  • What do exam results mean?
    Friday, 25 August 1995

    Education in England and Wales (Scotland does it differently) used to be about producing an elite. Tests at age 11 and tough examinations at ages 16 and 18 picked out a select few for higher education and the top jobs. Even in 1980 only a quarter of ...

  • LETTER:Inspiration to achievement
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    Sir: If the achievement of extraordinary sporting feats means spending one's life on holiday, why have so few people chosen this path? Yours faithfully, Jill Allenby Cardiff 22 August

  • LETTER:Asian heroes unseen at VJ Day
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    Sir: When serving in Burma as an RAF intelligence officer, I had occasion to meet Aung San, commander of the Burmese guerrilla forces (and father of the admirable Dung San Sucho) and Thakin Than Tun, leader of the Burmese Communist Party. They told m...

  • LETTER:Inspiration to achievement
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    Sir: So, according to Mr S. James of Chaulden (Letters, 22 August), Alison Hargreaves was "lucky", "selfish" and died "on holiday" on K2 while neglecting her family responsibilities - behaviour to be expected of a Thatcher child. To denigrate a life ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; The wrong kind of outing
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    Apart from a few tut tuts, Barrymore's outing by the tabloids has provoked no widespread media inquisition or denunciation of the perpetrators. How strange. Just five months ago, the same newspapers that now have so gleefully outed Barrymore were sin...

  • LETTER: Clean streets make our cities sweet
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    Sir: Could I send out a plea to shopkeepers and authorities to wash the pavements during this protracted dry spell? The road sweepers do a wonderful job to clear the litter from our streets, but how much sweeter would our cities be with freshly washe...

  • LETTER: A theatre that walks on water
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    Sir: It seems most unlikely that the stratagem of the players to transport the large timbers of the dismantled theatre at Shoreditch to the Southwark side of the river for the new Globe in December 1598 went on carts via the difficult, if not impossi...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: A tragedy on the border
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    Zaire claims that it has had no choice but to take this action - and that criticism from the West is hypocritical and unhelpful. With no sign of a large-scale return to Rwanda by the refugees, the Zairean authorities were faced with the de facto crea...

  • LETTER: Disillusionment in the House
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    Sir: Your report that the retirement of Conservative MPs "paints [an] embarrassing picture of disillusionment for the Government" is wholly misleading ("40 Tory MPs who are voting with their feet", 21 August) . I can only speak for myself, but my dis...

  • LETTER: How Labour can follow Keynes
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    Sir: There is, says Andrew Marr ("Labour's president without precedent", 22 August) no serious possibility that Tony Blair's New Labour will engage in large-scale neo-Keynesian policies. The Delors employment package (delayed in the UK by Conservativ...

  • LETTER:Questionable proof
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    Sir: I'm afraid Pamma Baker Cassidy (Letters, 23 August) is in error when she claims to have "proved" that A-level and other examinations have not lowered their standards, on the ground that questions in the 1980s and 1990s are almost identical. The ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Learning to love taxonomy
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    No one, not even those most imbued with civic pride for their native city, would think to compare Cardiff with prelapsarian Eden, but the Welsh capital is this week the venue for an activity with profound roots in our culture: the naming of the plant...

  • LETTER: Trial and error: animals in custody
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    Sir: It is quite understandable that the cat owner whose beloved pet was savaged to death by a dog is in shock ("Bull terrier arrested for cat killing" 21 August). For over 50 years the law has recognised that severe shock can constitute an "injury"....

  • A short break from Britishness
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    It was wet and sticky. It was called rain. Police cars toured the area, asking us to keep calm and not have a go. Umbrella makers danced in the street, hardly daring to hope that bankruptcy might be avoided after all. People who had stayed up all nig...

  • LETTER:Inspiration to achievement
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    Sir: Has it never occurred to S. James (Letters, 22 August) that the human race succeeds and prospers through the individual pursuit of self- fulfilment? And that this ambition and the personal qualities that drive it serve to inspire others to great...

  • LETTER:Asian heroes unseen at VJ Day
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    Sir: I write to express both indignation and sorrow at the treatment accorded to the representatives of the Indian Army who marched in Saturday's VJ Day Parade and for many of whom an otherwise memorable day was sadly marred. The 14th Army, under the...

  • LETTER: Hong Kong's road to democracy
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    Sir: Neville Maxwell's letter (21 August) giving his account of recent political developments in Hong Kong is wide of the mark. First, it was not possible to introduce a more democratic system of government in Hong Kong before 1984, because the Chine...

  • Privacy, the press and happy hypocrites
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    Newspaper editors are only the executive agents of British voyeurism and hypocrisy, constantly dodging between what they know their readers really want and the demands from politicians. The ministers are speaking on behalf of those same readers (who ...

  • The world according to Gates
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    On the face of it, this is an odd state of affairs. Windows, in all its incarnations, is no more than a code that makes computers function. So far, it has been a rather unsatisfactory code. Apple, the company that first realised the importance of mak...

  • LETTER:Inspiration to achievement
    Thursday, 24 August 1995

    Sir: While one can admire the Tibetan sentiment, "It is better to have lived one day as a tiger than a thousand years as a sheep" (report, 18 August), there is perhaps also something to be said for Ecclesiastes 9: 4-6: But he who is joined with all t...

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