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Wednesday, 30 August 1995

  • LETTER:Recognition for India's heroes
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    Sir: I write to say that I wholly endorse Major Bide's letter (24 August) and fully share his indignation and distress at the effective exclusion of the Indian Army contingent from the service and silence in front of Buckingham Palace in the VJ Day p...

  • Voices of Ulster in search of peace
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    However, many Protestants remain understandably sceptical. There have been at least two paramilitary murders (one admitted, the other not), scores of arson attacks, more than 100 petrol bomb incidents, a number of riots and hundreds of paramilitary b...

  • LETTER: A degree of flexibility
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    Sir: Your editorial ("A dunces' debate", 30 August) is correct - the possession of A-levels need not prevent one from gaining a university degree. Possessing only seven O-levels, I applied to the respectable "old" university of Kent where I gained a ...

  • Voices of Ulster in search of peace
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    The ceasefire created new conditions. There was the sheer surprise that people experienced when they allowed themselves to believe that change for the better was possible. This minimal hope represented an immense psychic, if not political, shift and ...

  • LETTER:Sharing a view of loneliness
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    Sir: Richard Giordano (Letters, 26 August), commenting on Sheila Johnston's review ("Does Edward Hopper really epitomise American culture?", 22 August) of the Edward Hopper exhibition in New York, draws an interesting distinction between loneliness a...

  • LETTER:Schools of thought about gifted young
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    Sir: It is sad that David Aaronovitch is still propagating some tired old myths about gifted children (Magazine; "IQ", 26 August). The literature is absolutely not, as he claims, "full of case studies of gifted children who have been let down by the ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; No water? In Bradford?
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    A letter from Yorkshire Water to industrial users in its drought-hit areas, recommending a series of methods of reducing water consumption, has excited a great deal of comment - with good cause. The great city of Bradford has for many generations tra...

  • Expert jury; off the beach and back to the grindstone
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    Jonathan Sumberg Management consultant Very badly, actually. I went over to Tuscany for two weeks in August with my wife, and my suntan's almost gone already. Can you see it? And, of course, it was marginally hotter over here in England at the time. ...

  • Numbers; the anaesthetist
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    Thirty-one is an interesting number. As one less than 25, it is the answer to the question about five weights and some kitchen scales: if you have weights of 1, 2, 4, 8 and 16 units that may be put into one pan of the scales, you can weigh any amount...

  • Voices of Ulster in search of peace
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    I was glad to see John Major in his interview last Thursday return again to the principles for proceeding which were laid down in the Downing Street Declaration. His commitment to inclusive talks to find a comprehensive political settlement and to th...

  • True gripes; post offices
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    Post offices, like banks and churches, used to be shrines to the Seriousness of Life. The main post office in any town was always a solidly built structure, with a long sweep of counters, plenty of room for filling in forms, writing telegrams or stan...

  • LETTER:Isle be seeing you?
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    Sir: On holiday on the Isle of Skye (600 miles from home) my wife and I became friendly with a couple from Carlisle who were also on holiday. Thereafter, we exchanged a brief greeting each Christmas but knew nothing of each other's lives - until, on ...

  • LETTER:Signing off
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    Sir: It is most difficult to read the names of railway stations in Britain, when the train is in motion. May I suggest to the railway engineers and station designers that the names be placed at 45 degrees to the track, to facilitate the reading of th...

  • LETTER: A degree of flexibility
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    Sir: Sir Rhodes Boyson ("A-level failures' places defended", 29 August) is quoted as saying that "if students cannot get the exams, they are not fit for university". While we support his desire to ensure that standards are maintained, our experience ...

  • LETTER:Northern Ireland's changing electoral map
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    Sir: Whoever leads the Ulster Unionist Party, it will not be a fresh start (leading article, 29 August), it will do little to weaken the grip of the Orange-Green axis over political debate. It should be equally apparent that a political system determ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE:Bosnia beyond the bombing
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    Yesterday, however, before the raids began, we expressed caution about the timing of the assault, even though this newspaper has long called for international action against the Bosnian Serbs. When others argued for withdrawal, we urged that UN force...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: The camera and the limit
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    The Transport Secretary, Sir George Young (distinctly leporid in appearance, down to the ears), explained it all yesterday. He showed how the combination of heavy traffic and high speeds leads eventually to "bunching" and paradoxically longer journey...

  • Chess
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    Sharing his life between Paris, where he was a renowned composer of comic operas, and London, where he was hailed as one of the greatest phenomena of the age for his ability to play three games of chess at the same time while blindfolded, Philidor wa...

  • It looks like...
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    Bowlers in Leamington, since a green Amazonian parrot named Henry has been banned from the bowling green. The parrot, with its squawks of laughter and comments such as "You're a yard short, a yard short", had been irritating members and infuriating v...

  • LETTER:Schools of thought about gifted young
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    Sir: It is not true that the creative achievements of geniuses like Darwin and Einstein depended on inborn talents which their parents and teachers failed to recognise ("IQ", 26 August). Many of our greatest thinkers have been genuinely ordinary as c...

  • LETTER:Northern Ireland's changing electoral map
    Thursday, 31 August 1995

    Sir: Your editorial (29 August) contains serious inaccuracies, apart from the ridiculous claim that we were unsure of the pronunciation of Jim Molyneaux's name. It is not correct to say that Dublin has accepted the Union. Dublin seeks what it calls a...

  • LETTER : Laying the land to waste
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    Sir: While Nick Brown's concern for hill farmers (Letters, 26 August) is welcome, I fear he will find matters have moved on since the idea of paying farmers for environmental outputs was promoted a decade or more ago. The unpalatable truth is that fa...

  • LEADER : The terrible case for restraint
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    There are, indeed, strong political arguments, as well as moral reasons, why the West ought to hit back with force against the perpetrators. One is that Western leaders, meeting in London last month after the seizure of the Muslim enclave of Srebreni...

  • The more civilised we become, the more we are intrigued to show that we could manage with our bare hands and brains
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    It's not that I despise grand holidays in tropical paradises. It's more that I am struck by the way the essentials of a holiday draw on the same deep needs which fed our religious discussion of Paradise, feed our modern version of the love of wildern...

  • LETTER : The impact of Charismatics' radical approach
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    Sir: So the Rev Francis Bown feels orthodox Christians should be warned against the "Charismatic folly" of personal commitment, healing miracles, baptism in the Holy Spirit, individual salvation and the reality of a lost eternity for those outside of...

  • LEADER : A dunces' debate
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    It was all inevitable. For most of the post-war period two facts sat uncomfortably alongside each other. The first was that a British university education was to a higher standard than that of most other countries. The second was that the proportion ...

  • Eminently qualified - for some other job
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    Now, throw away his expertise and give him something entirely different. Let's make him Chief of Staff of the Army of the Rhine, or Deputy Chief of Defence Staff. We could send him to serve a spell in Oman, Malaya or Borneo and he could write a book ...

  • LETTER : Have we forgotten Srebenica already?
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    Sir: The recent coverage of the death of Jill Phipps reminds us how regrettable the trade of animals to the Continent has become, and how much the animals suffer. But where are the brave Jill Phippses to protest against the slaughter of thousands of ...

  • LETTER : The impact of Charismatics' radical approach
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    Sir: After the recent revelations of scandal in the Church of England in South Yorkshire, it is easy once again to blame the Charismatic Movement for allowing such things to happen. Yet, just as many a fond couple look back on their courting days as ...

  • LETTER : Xenophobia stalks Romania again
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    Sir: Adrian Bridge ("Romania set for new row with Hungary", 26 August) is right to draw attention to the provocative distribution by the Romanian government of Romanians Hunted Down in Their Own Country. The book repeats allegations, originally made ...

  • LETTER : A load of hot air about Met Office
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    Sir: Chris Blackhurst's article ("Met men 'made inaccurate claims'," 25 August) is an insult to our 1,500 members at the Met Office. Weather forecasters and other professionals have not fiddled the books to boost their pay packets. In fact, they have...

  • LETTER : 'M' is for me
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    Sir: I noted your report on the speech made by Janet Street-Porter (26 August). As a cable subscriber, I am able to view her station, Live TV. Having done so, and viewed the content of her programmes, may I be the first to offer my life subscription ...

  • Thank you for that subversive clan
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    The Royal Family especially was idealised by the press: lovely granny, hard-working mummy, handsome daddy with medals on his chest, kiddies with sleeked-down hair and velvet-collared coats. Such intrusions on their privacy as took place took the form...

  • LETTER : Western outrage
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    Sir: The release of the human rights campaigner Harry Wu is laudable, as was his work to expose China's appalling prison regime. But the West's outcry is slightly risible, especially when the UK is introducing "boot camps" and the US puts you away fo...

  • Simply shocking (they hope)
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    Now Klein has withdrawn a series of advertisements for his clothes, under pressure from organisations such as the Catholic League and the American Family Association. The ads showed very young teenagers in very provocative poses and were attacked as ...

  • meanwhile...
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    Core, what a contest American attempts to export apples to Japan ran into problems with the oriental way of eating. In Japan, apples are washed, peeled, cored and cut into slices before serving. Biting into them is simply not done. The Americans, acc...

  • ANOTHER VIEW : Don't worry, it's only women
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    With its known aversion to free speech - with thousands in its jails - and the infamous treatment of unwanted girl babies, China is hardly the obvious place for a conference on women. But then trade is fast becoming the main criterion for action and ...

  • word of mouth weather
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    The long, hot summer is over but this is the calm bef-ore the storm, and unless we get an Indian summer it will soon be raining cats and dogs, and memories of this hot spell will be lost in the mists of time. Still, there's something about this time ...

  • Television
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    The matter was so unusual that it restored a degree of innocence to an audience very practised in the genre of the adversity documentary, an audience which broadly thought it had seen everything. Well, it hadn't seen this... and besides, the film was...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    Without Black's h-pawn, the position would be an easy win for White. The simplest way would be to play Ra8, a6, a7 then push the f-pawn to f7. After Black's Kxf7, White plays Rh8, queening his a-pawn or winning the black rook after Rxa7 by a check on...

  • LETTER : Have we forgotten Srebenica already?
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    Sir: Your leading article of 14 August exhorted the world to exact "full punishment" for the slaughters of Srebenica, "one of the most hideous atrocities of the Yugoslav conflict". The opening lines of that essay, The speed at which news is reported,...

  • LETTER : The impact of Charismatics' radical approach
    Wednesday, 30 August 1995

    Goodman Sir: I find the Rev Francis Bown's attitude to Charismatics both ignorant and alarming in his desire to rid our churches of any Charismatic expression (Letters, 25 August). Such views are not uncommon. What he expresses in his letter is a car...

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