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  • LETTER : Room for more at the cottage
    Saturday, 5 August 1995

    Sir: I can assure you that, in what has been a very dry summer by Lake District standards, there is absolutely no sign of any mud in Beatrix Potter's garden at Hill Top, and that its delightful old-world charms remain completely unharmed by our visit...

  • LETTER : Gangsta rap's antecedents
    Saturday, 5 August 1995

    Sir: There is nothing new in gangsta rap's "songs" about shooting police officers ("They're poisoning our kids", Daniel Jeffreys and Lloyd Bradley, 31 July.) The first commercial recording of any consequence by an African-American artist was Mamie Sm...

  • LETTER : Premature appreciation
    Saturday, 5 August 1995

    Sir: The Soviets solved the problem of premature applause in Tchaikovsky's Pathetique by switching the order of the last two movements. This made nonsense of the homosexual suicide note which the last movement was (a fact the commissars strenuously s...

  • LETTER : Bad behaviour at the Globe
    Saturday, 5 August 1995

    Sir: I hope Mark Rylance, the newly appointed artistic director of the Shakespeare Globe Theatre, reconsiders his attitude to audience participation before the opening of the theatre next year ("Globe director looks forward to the bear pit", 2 August...

  • LETTER : Help for Bosnian refugees
    Saturday, 5 August 1995

    Mr Nick Hardwick Sir: As agencies concerned with the protection of human rights, and with the rights of refugees, we hope very much that the Government will heed Andew Marr's advice ("Taking the sting out of Bosnia", 3 August) and respond positively ...

  • LETTER : One-party rule in Uganda
    Saturday, 5 August 1995

    Sir: Colin Legum's letter (2 August) challenges the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's claim that multi-party democracy promotes tribalism and religious conflict in Africa. Perhaps Mr Museveni's view should not be generalised across Africa, but mode...

  • A small glass of cheer on Sundays
    Saturday, 5 August 1995

    And not before time. We may be able to order another pint as the late afternoon shadows lengthen; we may be able to linger in the beer garden beyond three o'clock, but other aspects of the licensing system still rankle. A recent Which? survey showed ...

  • LETTER : Information about child abusers in the social services
    Saturday, 5 August 1995

    Sir: Two items in today's Independent provide similar uncomfortable messages: your account of the British Psychological Society's efforts to control some of its deviant members, and the call for better regulation of equally deviant childcare workers ...

  • Royal anoraks
    Saturday, 5 August 1995

    Just as I was calming down, my eye fell upon the poet laureate Ted Hughes's blather in the newspaper about tap-roots, acorns and bedrock. His is a poem that should evoke deep, dark, earthy colours - the hues of a British forest, of weathered rock: de...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Nostalgia: not yet a thing of the past
    Saturday, 5 August 1995

    If a Nostalgia Party were ever to come into being, its manifesto might read something like this and judging by the events of the past week it could command a substantial following. The power of nostalgia to shape our responses to the random horrors w...

  • The Krajina dentist and the painful truth
    Saturday, 5 August 1995

    The new Dr Babic was in subdued form as he read out a rambling five-point statement to journalists late on Thursday in a forlorn hope of averting the crushing offensive that yesterday descended on the credulous inhabitants of his fiefdom far away nea...

  • LETTER : Premature appreciation
    Saturday, 5 August 1995

    Sir: Far worse than the applause that preceded the last movement of Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony (letter, 29 July) was that which followed it. Often when I take the trouble to join Peter Kettle and his band of Prommers, I am joined by those who insist ...

  • LETTER : Help for Bosnian refugees
    Saturday, 5 August 1995

    Sir: What really "stings" about Britain's response to the humanitarian catastrophe in Bosnia (Andrew Marr, 3 August) is not that we have not done enough but that the British people have no idea of just how much has been done in their name by the Gove...

  • LETTER : Information about child abusers in the social services
    Saturday, 5 August 1995

    Sir: I would like to make crystal clear that Islington council has never refused to give other social services authorities the names of people in the White report ("Child abusers escape the net", 1 August; "Abuse case man given childcare job", 2 Augu...

  • LETTER : Information about child abusers in the social services
    Saturday, 5 August 1995

    Sir: Your articles about alleged cases of child abuse in Islington demonstrates once again our ambivalence about the protection of children. Local authorities can and should share sensitive information about employees, and this is precisely what Leic...

  • LETTER : Information about child abusers in the social services
    Saturday, 5 August 1995

    Sir: It would be good if both Islington and the Department of Health ministers would tell us the basis of the legal advice which has apparently persuaded them not to circulate actively the identities of suspected child abusers. It is a defence to a l...

  • LETTER : Information about child abusers in the social services
    Saturday, 5 August 1995

    Sir: The net began to close on child abusers when Faircheck was launched, in May of this year, with the specific objective to assess potential and existing employees as to their suitability to work with vulnerable people - especially children. We bel...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 5 August 1995

    We will act clearly and firmly - the French prime minister, Alain Juppe, on planned French nuclear tests in the South Pacific. There is such a vacuum of leadership on this issue and people view his stewardship as hopeless. - John McCain, senior Repub...

  • Building society not entitled to surplus
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    A building society which had been misled by fraudulent misrepresentations into making a mortgage advance but had recovered its advance in full from the sale of the mortgaged property is not entitled on the basis of unjust enrichment to the surplus pr...

  • Stir it up and simmer gently
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Humphrey Wharton was the doyen of British weekly cookery writers. He had a weekly page in a lush weekend supplement. He had an artist who drew romantic, Mediterranean, lulled-by-the-orange-scented-breeze illustrations for his food page. He had severa...

  • You can't blame it on the box
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    This is the contention of a detailed book of research published this week by the Institute of Communications Studies in Leeds, Moving Experiences: understanding television's influences and effects. Yet it is a racing certainty that this conclusion wi...

  • Letter: The importance of being Julie
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: If Julie Burchill thinks that by bedding down with Charlotte Raven she automatically becomes "an important member of the gay community", she has another think coming to her. Burchill has consistently blamed gay men for Aids, indifferent to our a...

  • Letter: Gambler's garb
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: Perhaps, by commenting that, without his jacket, Mr Fennemore (letter, 3 August) looked like a Mississippi gambler, his sub- manager intended him to remove his waistcoat as well. Yours faithfully, A. J. Nelson Headley, Hampshire

  • Charged with deciding the undecidable
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Who cares most for him? Con and Fiona Creedon believe their little boy is suffering. As parents they have particular insight. They love him. They're not asking for anybody else to look after him. The offer of 24- hour lifetime care by a hospice is ge...

  • Letter: Speed bonny boat
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: I write to congratulate you on John Arlidge's report (15 July) about the "Skye high" toll road bridge controversy. Since then, we directors of the Skye Boat Company have been overwhelmed by expressions and offers of support. Remarks such as "We ...

  • Letter: Limiting judges' power
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee thinks judicial review gives the judges too much power "to make it up as they go along". She calls instead for Parliament to pass a Bill of Rights. Since this would inevitably be expressed in terms of broad, general principles, the...

  • Letter: Changed customs of musical applause
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: Customs change. I quote from an LP sleeve note on the first performance conducted by Haydn of his symphony no 96 in D major in 1791. The second movement had to be encored. The third was vehemently demanded a second time also but the modesty of t...

  • Letter: Thomas Creedon: legal precedent, faith and quality of life
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: As the result of the Court decision ("Parents seek right to let their son die", 1 August), it is encouraging to learn that the parents of 22-month-old Thomas Creedon will not have to bear the ultimate responsibility on their own. Again we all ag...

  • Letter: Bupa stands by its NHS policy
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: Obviously, Dr Loveday (letter, 2 August) understands the concerns of consultant anaesthetists over Bupa's policy on "private" patients and intensive care, but Bupa's prime concern in this regard must be for its subscribers. When citizens of this...

  • Letter: Limiting judges' power
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee ("Judicial review is a mere Elastoplast", 2 August), is intrigued when judges strike down the decisions of Government ministers or other public authorities for being unlawful, and it is not hard to see why. When doing so, the court...

  • Letter: Thomas Creedon: legal precedent, faith and quality of life
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: Your leading article of 2 August "Should we feed Thomas Creedon?" continues the confusion which bedevils debate on this issue, namely the inability of commentators to separate the individual and particular circumstances of this case from the con...

  • Letter: Thomas Creedon: legal precedent, faith and quality of life
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: Your editorial (2 August) concludes that we should feed Thomas Creedon. This conclusion must be based on the assumption that human life is somehow sacred, in the sense that even a human being with severe brain damage and disabling mental retarda...

  • Letter: The importance of being Julie
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: There was surely a type- setting error in the letter you published from Julie Burchill (31 July). Instead of beginning "As an important member of the gay community myself", Ms Burchill must have written "As a self-important member of the gay com...

  • Letter: The importance of being Julie
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: I was quite intrigued to read Ian MacMillan's attack (letter, 2 August) on Julie Birchill's attack on John Lyttle and his account of his boyfriend's excessive sexual demands (28 July). It seemed to show that a sense of humour, while not the excl...

  • Letter: The importance of being Julie
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: I was pleased to find "an important member of the gay community", as Julie Burchill describes herself, attacking the truly awful John Lyttle, a thing I have often been tempted to do. I am not a "gloating heterosexual" but I am encouraged to poin...

  • Letter: Changed customs of musical applause
    Friday, 4 August 1995

    Sir: I sympathise with your correspondent's complaint (letter, 30 July) about the applause after the third movement of Tchaikovsky's Pathetique - maximum impact being best achieved by having only the briefest pause before the start of the desolate fi...

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