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Thursday, 31 August 1995

  • Uptown girl on virgin territory
    Friday, 1 September 1995

    Then came the fax: visa request refused. You may well be wondering what I had been planning to lecture on. The scandalous rate of female infanticide in Asia, perhaps? But no, my brief was to talk about the position of women in the West. And the title...

  • War is hell. We can't get enough of it
    Friday, 1 September 1995

    In the United States there exists a gang of roving roofers who drive their camper vans hell-for-leather in the wake of the devastation wreaked by hurricanes. While house-owners are trying to flee the storm, the builders are driving towards it. The ho...

  • Can all the world have a share?
    Friday, 1 September 1995

    Yet it has happened. That little news item is one more milestone on a path of intellectual conquest. The idea that companies should be owned by shareholders, and that their shares should be traded on stock exchanges, has conquered the world. The join...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Asset-stripping the elderly
    Friday, 1 September 1995

    John MacGregor, the former Cabinet minister, has followed this trend by announcing that there is a "retirement time-bomb" ticking away - one that will see more retired people supported by fewer workers next century. "Immediate" action is needed, Mr M...

  • LETTER:No nepotism at Social Security
    Friday, 1 September 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee ("Eminently qualified - for some other job", 30 August) in writing about Sir Thomas Boyd-Carpenter's appointment as chairman of the Social Security Advisory Committee implies that this was based on his family connections and sugges...

  • LETTER:When Z takes the place of Y
    Friday, 1 September 1995

    Sir: Although 10 years younger than Jonathan Glancey's Olivetti portable ("Qwerty lovers do it manually", 28 August), my Olympia portable (1958), made in Wilhelmshaven, is truly European, being equipped with all the diacritical marks for Danish, Finn...

  • LETTER: Toll of anxiety
    Friday, 1 September 1995

    Sir: If one imagined that those people who are selfish, self-indulgent bores are so because of their own feelings of insecurity, and that they merely use them as a kind of defence mechanism, is it just possible that, on average, they have a shorter l...

  • LETTER:Never too late for Israel to prosecute
    Friday, 1 September 1995

    Sir: You report that Israel believes that it is "too late" to prosecute soldiers who killed Egyptian prisoners of war in 1948, 1956 and 1967 ("Killings case dropped", 29 August). This move is contrary to international law as well as unjust. UN Genera...

  • LETTER:France and non-proliferation
    Friday, 1 September 1995

    Sir: Mary Dejevsky's report from Paris on the resurrection by the French government of proposals to share nuclear weapons with European Union partners ("French PR campaign puts issue in the open", 30 August) once again raises questions about France's...

  • LETTER:Commercialism vs academia at university
    Friday, 1 September 1995

    Mrs Sheila Mann Sir: It is depressing to find throughout Douglas Hague's article the notion of "knowledge" diminished to that of "information". Depressing, too, to find the role of the universities of the future described as and virtually identified ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Blair needs a brave heart
    Friday, 1 September 1995

    The row, as we reported yesterday, centres on whether Labour will keep its pledge to let Scotland's promised parliament raise taxes. Debate on this issue has led to mudslinging at the Scottish Constitutional Convention, where Labour and its Liberal D...

  • LETTER:Railroaded into making chop suey
    Friday, 1 September 1995

    Sir: I am sure the entry for 29 August in "This is the week that was", about the invention of chop suey in New York in 1897, is wrong. John F. Mariani, in The Dictionary of American Food and Drink (New Haven: Ticknor and Fields, 1983), says that "Cho...

  • ANOTHER VIEW; Building an Irish peace
    Friday, 1 September 1995

    But for a year now it has stopped. It has not been peace: the IRA has not gone away, as Mr Adams has just reminded everyone. Beatings and banishments have proliferated, in punishment for offending the terrorists. Nevertheless there has been a vast se...

  • LETTER:Pipe dream
    Friday, 1 September 1995

    Sir: Would it be a useful incentive to the water companies to reduce leakages if they had to give customers a percentage reduction in the bill equal to the percentage leaking in their area? Yours faithfully, C. S. Mence New Malden, Surrey

  • LETTER:Farmers' claims have no grounds
    Friday, 1 September 1995

    Sir: The Earl of Lytton's response (letter, 30 August) to Nick Brown's letter (26 August) reproduces an oft-repeated but largely unsubstantiated thesis regarding planning, the economy of rural areas and land management. The thesis is this. Farmers fa...

  • LETTER:Commercialism vs academia at university
    Friday, 1 September 1995

    Sir: According to Sir Douglas Hague, "there are few subjects, arguably none, in which a researcher who really cares for what he is studying cannot in a couple of pages, or a 10-minute presentation, convince a total outsider of the 'worthwhileness' of...

  • LETTER:Commercialism vs academia at university
    Friday, 1 September 1995

    Sir: If recent developments have taught us anything, it is that good teaching is "good" largely to the extent that it is informed directly by scholarly research, and that the notorious short-termism of British businesses and financial institutions is...

  • LETTER:Commercialism vs academia at university
    Friday, 1 September 1995

    Sir: There is much in Sir Douglas Hague's article ("The wrong debate on university standards", 30 August) with which I can agree, in particular that those institutions for higher education which provide higher vocational training should function as p...

  • 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...

  • 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: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: 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: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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

    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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: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: 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 ...

  • 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...

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