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Monday, 28 August 1995

  • LETTER: First to the peak
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    Sir: Dr A. Chatterjee (Letters, 25 August) says that Hillary and Tenzing chose never to reveal which of them arrived first at the summit of Everest. I remember reading, some 20 years ago, an interview with Tenzing Norgay in which he said (I paraphras...

  • LETTER: Efficiency by rail
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    Sir: The reason why Michael Meacher is right to condemn the giveaway of Red Star (contrary to your editorial of 22 August) is that, in the transport field, environmental efficiency is at least as important as business efficiency. If you want to get a...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:The Truth is not Out There
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    The X-Files - tag line: The Truth Is Out There - concerns FBI ggents Mulder and Scully and their close encounters with, in no particular order, aliens, vampires, shape-shifters, ghosts, missing links and the fearsome results of covert government drai...

  • true gripes traffic police
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    We all know why this happens. The policemen act friendly because it makes their job easier. They have a long day ahead of them and if they can win their "clients" over by making light of the whole thing, there will be a lot less hassle for all concer...

  • site unseen Blue Ball Yard mews, London
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    It would be wrong, however, to romanticise the good old days and claim that our cities in the past were anything other than smelly. No sanitation, no drains, elementary hygiene, bad breath, worse armpits... you get the message. In particular, the cit...

  • LETTER:Figures for army brigades in Burma
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    Sir: Your correspondent David Cooke (Letters, 24 August) says that he met U Aung San when serving in Burma and that Lord Mountbatten addressed a son of Aung San as "Your excellency". As the last British Assistant Resident, Putao, I myself met Aung Sa...

  • it looks like...
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    Swedish humour, as the state-run liquor distributor refused to handle a British cider called "Dynamite" on the grounds that the product's name was misleading, fallacious and inappropriate. There is, however, a Swedish vodka called "Black Death". A ba...

  • chess
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    White starts and the first player to promote a pawn, capture all his opponent's pawns, or run his opponent out of legal moves, wins the game. With one pawn each it's trivial, with two pawns each it's easy, and with three pawns each, the bright child ...

  • LETTER:Water meters: an equitable cure for shortages?
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    Sir: To suppose that demand for water (or any other physical thing) can go on increasing indefinitely is childish. Sooner or later, demand management for all finite resources is inevitable; and metering/pricing is the obvious method. It can be made e...

  • What Mother did with my whatsits
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    So valuable was Picasso's genius, for example, that he was able to pay quite hefty bills simply by scrawling his signature on the backs of used envelopes, and the rumour persists in cafes of the south of France that when smaller sums were involved he...

  • Who should own the voice of Scotland?
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    Let's start with the newspaper and work backwards to the country. If there is a Scottish establishment, then the Scotsman, founded in 1817, is undoubtedly part of it. Along with the General Assembly of the Kirk, the Bank of Scotland, the financial in...

  • LETTER: Successful girls
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    Sir: It is obvious that schools such as mine, which are able to select their pupils, will get better GCSE and A-level results than their neighbours which cannot. League tables in the past few years have shown this. However, the recent report from Man...

  • LETTER: Keep troops in Gorazde
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    Sir: We are appalled at the British government's decision to withdraw our troops from Gorazde (report, 26 August). It sends completely the wrong signal to the Bosnian Serbs and will encourage them to attack this so- called UN safe haven. There are 60...

  • LETTER: A worse scramble for college places
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    Sir: You refer to the debate ("New college entry system would end scramble for places", 23 August), which has been continuing warmly for some months now, about a possible replacement for the current system of university and college admissions, operat...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Brent Spar hangover
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    Both ITN and the BBC were invited on to the Brent Spar platform by Greenpeace in the early stages of the campaign, but both declined. Other broadcasters who did send reporters have not complained about their interaction with Greenpeace nor about any ...

  • LETTER:Water meters: an equitable cure for shortages?
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    Sir: So the Government has decided that the best way to cure present and future water shortages is to press for the greater use of water meters. At customers' expense, of course. The fear of higher bills will therefore solve the problem. We are a cou...

  • juste a mot
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    This week, our lexico-friendly survey of the current English wordscape provides a value-added entertainment moment - infotainment, if you like - without any funky-trainspotter factor in the sort of language any kidult can understand. So if you're not...

  • Un peu trop radical for Chirac
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    The sin the minister committed was his questioning, on a widely heard radio programme, of the perks and pension benefits enjoyed by the public sector. This unleashed a clamour of fury from the powerful state sector just when the prime minister needed...

  • LETTER: Spread the word: Belfast is friendly
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    Sir: I would like to comment on your article on Belfast and how to advertise it (Media, 22 August). I am an Australian tourist. In the past three months I have travelled through France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Ireland ...

  • LETTER: Vive la differential
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    Sir: Free collective bargaining failed the low paid and for this reason the trades unions now support a statutory minimum wage policy ("Unions to set low-pay target", 24 August). For most trades unions this is the opposite to what they said under the...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: New broom for Ulster Unionism
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    Mr Molyneaux believed he served his people best by working quietly behind the scenes. He was so invisible that even close followers were never quite sure how to pronounce his name. Seeing his role as defending a citadel rather than advancing a cause,...

  • LETTER:Figures for army brigades in Burma
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    Sir: While I agree that the Indian Army should be appropriately honoured at any commemoration of the war in Burma, I question Major G. R. Bide's statement (Letters, 24 August) that there were 750,000 Indian troops, who represented 75 per cent of the ...

  • LETTER:Water meters: an equitable cure for shortages?
    Tuesday, 29 August 1995

    Sir: The Department of Environment's proposals on water conservation encourage metering for people's homes ("Gummer backs spread of meters to cut water use", 21 August). Save the Children is very concerned about the impact such a policy could have on...

  • 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 ...

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