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Sunday, 27 August 1995

  • LETTER:Military prisons raise concerns
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    Sir: The Home Secretary's proposals to send young offenders to tough military prisons are ill-thought out and raise important legal and humanitarian concerns ("Army jail plan for young offenders", 24 August). Military style regimes are designed speci...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Rugby scores a late conversion
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    More unexpected was that the IRFB, which has for years been indecisive and stuffy in resisting commercial realities, went all the way and accepted outright professionalism. This is a revolution. Rugby Union is the last of the television box-office sp...

  • LETTER:Inspiration for the Sex Pistols
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    Sir: Dr I. Sandler, professor of Art History at the State University of New York, asks whether the Sex Pistols are our (English) authentic national culture (Letters, 26 August). Hopefully the professor is better at art history than he is music histor...

  • Diary
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    I faithfully record some nineteenth-century dialogue for you: "I believe I've exhausted my reserves of solicitude"; "That bright light in the sky behind you is my bridges burning"; "Where's that blarney-stone anyway? It's a long time since I kissed i...

  • LETTER:Bhutto condemns kidnappings
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    Sir: Your report "US pressure on Bhutto 'saved Kashmir hostages' " (23 August) is absolutely wrong to say that President Clinton or any other US official spoke to Prime Minister Bhutto in regard to the hostage crisis. Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto ha...

  • A wet rodent in wolf's clothing
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    SNH language on the subject is characteristically considered, mild even, but there are those on the fringes of Scottish conservation who have greeted the announcement with a carnivorous smack of the lips. Not that the beaver is much of a carnivore, b...

  • LETTER:Inspection of children's homes
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    Sir: Your news item "Unregistered homes put children at risk" (22 August) setting out the Social Services Inspectorate's grave concerns about the use of small unregistered residential children's units, and the lack of systematic monitoring of the sta...

  • ISMISM New concepts for the Nineties; No. 28: Brainism
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    Also brain-wave: a bright idea, such as attracting non-churchgoers to worship by using hypnotic music, eerie lighting, clouds of incense, a dead language, arcane vestments and ritualistic movements (see also under Roman Catholicism, pre Vatican II). ...

  • Good for women, not bad for China
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    In the Seventies, when population panic was taught in schools, draconian Chinese legislation was greeted with enthusiasm; everybody was relieved that the Chinese, too, wanted fewer Chinese and were prepared to trample roughshod over human rights to g...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Blairism kept in proportion
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    So this weekend's news was welcome: Mr Blair now plans to stick to his predecessor's pledge and let voters decide whether they want to elect MPs by PR. Should we rejoice at the conversion of a leader whose party has traditionally preferred to slug it...

  • LETTER:Words on windows
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    Sir: Your supplement on Microsoft's long-awaited Windows 95 (21 August) was balanced and informative. The key advice appears on page IX: wait a month or two to let other suckers discover the problems for you ... it would be a good idea to persuade a ...

  • LETTER: MPs' bicycle allowance
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    Sir: Those of your correspondents interested in bicycle allowances (Letter, 19 August) may like to know that I wrote to the Leader of the House, Tony Newton, two weeks ago proposing that MPs should be paid a bicycle allowance of 20p per mile. (I also...

  • words: sarcastic yak captures picturesque motor-car
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    What did they put beneath carpets before underfelt entered the language in 1895? With biopsy, caoline, mortician and motor-car all dating from that year, one could be excused for identifying it as a moment of great scientific and medical advance, but...

  • LETTER:The role of emotion within the Charismatic Movement
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    Sir: I feel sure that I cannot be alone in wondering how the mess of the Nine O'clock Service was allowed to happen. The dear old Church of England has a fine structure for accountability. Curious how the "cult" escaped the notice of the rural dean, ...

  • Who will atone for this turbulent priest?
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    The clergy were being open in their readiness to condemn the individual, and to say what he had been up to (masturbation, otherwise known as "releasing the Rev Brain for his ministry") and how he had left many women in need of long-term counselling. ...

  • Yes, I confess: I am an M person
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    I found myself in a state of shock when I opened Saturday's newspapers to find that Janet Street-Porter, of Live TV, had delivered a diatribe against senior figures in television management. They are, she said, M people - middle class, middle-brow, m...

  • chess
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    Both last year and this, the Intel tournaments have seen a remarkably close contest between four grandmasters. Every tournament has been won by either Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand or Ivanchuk, with none of them managing to edge significantly ahead of the...

  • LETTER:Words on windows
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    Sir: Rod Emberton (Letters, 23 August) may like to know that in certain circles Microsoft's latest offering is known as "Mac 89", after the year in which the much vaunted capabilities of the Microsoft software became available on the Macintosh. Yours...

  • LETTER:The role of emotion within the Charismatic Movement
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    Sir: Being a young member of the Charismatic Movement, I must make a defence. The Rev Bown (Letters, 25 August) tells mainstream churches to ward against such people as me, because I am in a situation where I can suffer profound psychological and spi...

  • LETTER:The role of emotion within the Charismatic Movement
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    Sir: The people reported (23 August) to need counselling and therapy after attending a radical Christian group had more need of such treatment before doing so. Yours faithfully, Nicolas Walter Rationalist Press Association London, N1 23 August

  • LETTER:The role of emotion within the Charismatic Movement
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    Sir: Esther Oxford's recollections of her attendance at the parish church of Crookes, Sheffield, in 1989 reveal many of the distorting effects of memory and temporal distance from the event recalled ("And then came the writhing, the touching of bodie...

  • LETTER:The role of emotion within the Charismatic Movement
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    Sir: I can only echo the Rev Bown's comments regarding the Charismatics (Letters, 25 August). I have recently read an account by an eminent physician that typifies this movement. The writer reports that the group locked themselves away for "prayer" w...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    1207: Liverpool is created a borough by King John. 1922: The first radio commercial is broadcast, advertising an apartment block in New York. 1988: The Yantlee Polyclinic in Bangkok claims that hunger may be suppressed by pressing lettuce seeds in yo...

  • bridge
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    North 4 10 6 5 2 ! A K Q 8 4 # K 10 3 2 5 West East 4 9 3 4 K 8 4 ! J 6 ! 10 9 7 # J 7 5 2 # A 9 8 4 2 A J 10 8 7 2 K Q 6 South 4 A Q J 7 ! 5 3 2 # Q 6 2 9 4 3 2 A "frozen" suit is one that no one can lead without conceding an extra trick. For exampl...

  • LETTER:The role of emotion within the Charismatic Movement
    Monday, 28 August 1995

    Sir: I am not a member of Sheffield's Nine O'Clock Service, but I have seen enough of NOS to recognise Esther Oxford's report as moonshine. I suggest that if she came out from a service "shaking, sweating, eyes dilated, stomach sick" she should have ...

  • LETTERS: When Labour was Socialist
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    For several months, these papers completely suppressed any reference to the Labour Party. Even in verbatim reports, the party's name was published as the "Socialist Party" and MPs names had "Socialist" appended. I was a branch delegate to the 1956 Ea...

  • Letters: Ernie pays off
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    It is important not to confuse the rates offered to savers with the banks' lending rates. It is the latter that have risen recently. They have no direct bearing on the Premium Bond prize rate: in fact, when bank base rates were reduced in late 1993 N...

  • Poor results of an elite system
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    We are less elitist than we were. Nearly one in three young people goes to university, against one in eight a decade ago. More than 40 per cent achieve five or more grades A to C at GCSE, against less than 25 per cent who used to get the equivalent f...

  • The authentic Irish tradition of impersonating Elvis
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Everybody in Dublin takes it so much for granted that a Dublin soccer crowd will cheer an English Premier League team against a Dublin team that nobody even remarks on the fact. But I wondered, watching it, how you could begin to explain this to a to...

  • Letters: Putting the apostrophe in its place
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Nigel Kendall, Nicholas Royle nigel@nkendall.demon.co.uk.

  • Letters: Briefly
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Margaret Rose East Molesey, Kent

  • Letters: Lords can do as they please
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    A further advantage is that the distinguished scientists and engineers who are appointed to the House of Lords can provide a useful technological insight on committees. Such people are very rare in the Commons. Charles Hughes Felixstowe, Suffolk

  • Letters: Left-wing and anti-abortion
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    I am a member of the Labour Party, and am undertaking an MA in gender and society. I also consider myself agnostic. I wrote a factual article about the link between breast cancer and abortion and there is nothing "right-wing" in that. Nor is it so to...

  • Letters: Putting the apostrophe in its place
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    However, since CFC is an abbreviation (which she acknowledges by writing it in upper case), it is not unreasonable to write "CFC's", since the apostrophe replaces the missing "arbon". Similarly, when abbreviating "telephone" to "phone", it would not ...

  • Letters: Croatian perspectives
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    L A Shields Chesterfield, Derbyshire

  • Bill and Boris: a fragile friendship built on fear of something worse
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    In Washington, where it is understood at every level of the White House and State and Defense Departments, that Boris Yeltsin is "our man", the lazy analysis offered by most observers is that here, as in so many things, the Clinton-Gore team maintain...

  • words: Charismatic
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    CHRIS BRAIN, the Anglican priest suspended for getting above himself and harassing members of his congregation, has been described by one of his followers as "charismatic and brilliant". The Daily Telegraph called him "a long-haired charismatic", whi...

  • Snug rambles with Kingers of a Tuesday night
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    I have oft enjoyed setting the world to rights over a foaming pint with Kingers in the snug bar of the Garrick come Tuesday night. Invariably, our talk turns to the world of letters; we delight in exchanging blunt and pithy (and sometimes quite outra...

  • Letters:Strong leaders or history?
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    All the countries he cites as having achieved democracy, pluralism and tolerance more readily lie in the northern part of Eastern Europe and were part of the European cultural and political area during the Enlightenment as Europe turned its back on t...

  • The train has already left
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    If there were no plans to sell off the railways, these tales of miscellaneous mishaps on the rail network would not have merited a paragraph on page 11 of the Westmoreland Gazette, let alone lead story on the Nine O'Clock News. Indeed, if it were not...

  • There is no point in Microsoft contacting me for free publicity Money for old MPs ... the Prince's new socks ... Microsoft
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    n CAPTAIN Moonlight's Social Register: a unique service that warns you which events you should avoid. And first up, be very careful if you are anywhere near Cardiff today, for, I have to tell you, The Power House there will be hosting the "Paranormal...

  • The selfish generation
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Take the past month's media coverage of events either meaningless or tedious to anyone under 45 or over 65. There have been huge features on the 25th anniversary of a pop festival on the Isle of Wight ("The bitter death-cry of the pure hippie dream",...

  • Profile: John Gummer: Not as daft as he acts
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    As the nation sweltered and moaned about hosepipe bans, Mr Gummer was at first quoted on his family's habit of saving water by washing their faces in a bowl. Then the minister attempted to clarify his comments, insisting that, like everyone else, he ...

  • Disorder can still give reason a good run for its money good fight against reason and disorder
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    The famous frescoes in the Villa dei Misteri at Pompeii show initiates in the cult of Dionysus taking part in various rites including flagellation and nude dancing. Feared throughout the ancient world, the cult was associated with wine, fertility and...

  • LETTERS; Tigers, sheep and wolves
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Noel Currer-Briggs Ely, Cambridgeshire

  • LETTERS: Worthy to take their place with Nelson
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Robert Weale London NW3

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Lord Wakeham, chairman of the Press Complaints Commission When John Major came to power, he promised to create a country at ease with itself. These figures show he now heads a country in fear of its future. Ian McCartney, shadow employment minister, ...

  • LETTERS: Worthy to take their place with Nelson
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Nearly a century and a half later, history repeated itself in the Battle of Britain. Would it not be appropriate to acknowledge the incalculable significance of that victory by mounting on the vacant plinth a statue of an RAF fighter pilot? The statu...

  • Letters: Briefly
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Frederick Barker, Newbold Heath, Leicestershire

  • Letters: Briefly
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Tom M Wheeler, London N4

  • Letters: Briefly
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    Ray Brooks, London SW12

  • Letters: Croatian perspectives
    Sunday, 27 August 1995

    a) the description of the 500-year-old checker-board shield on the state flag of Croatia as a "symbol of Ustasha Fascists" and b) the accusation of racism in the sentence: "For no visitor to Zagreb can fail to notice the most startling difference bet...

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