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  • When Talk Radio becomes Bloody Well Shut Up Radio
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    We want to hear from men as well as women, and from men who were women and women who were men, and from adults who are childish, but not from children who are adult. Not if it's Talk Radio UK after midnight. Brook, a 15-year-old, did get through: Cae...

  • Romeo, Juliet: wherefore art thou?
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    Nobody could accuse Maria Bjornson of being spare and stylish, and her designs for the Royal Ballet's Sleeping Beauty do not improve with acquaintance. The set is nice enough in its pretentious, cock-eyed way, but the fussy and attention-seeking cost...

  • Summer daze ... a hack for Hezza ... lawnmower alert
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    n DID YOU see the poem Ted Hughes wrote for the Queen Mother's 95th birthday? It compares her to an oak tree and includes the line "richer than all the tartans was the blend you drank". And I thought she was on the gin. Ted's comparison is a bit off ...

  • Glyndebourne's 'Don Giovanni': things could only get better
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    But that said, the production has improved. The problem before was that the director Deborah Warner, a distinguished name in straight theatre, didn't seem to have come to terms with the peculiar demands of the lyric stage. She cut her cloth too thin:...

  • Making a mountain out of a molehill
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    Grant's chief anxiety in The Englishman may be that the flimsy script will fade away altogether. An end title explains that the film is based on a story handed down through the family of its director, Chris Monger. It feels like a fleshed-out anecdot...

  • A Miser too generous with jokes
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    In Moliere's The Miser, for instance, you usually learn that Valere, the miser Harpagon's trusted retainer, has won the love of Harpagon's daughter Elise by saving her from drowning. In Ranjit Bolt's new translation, though, he has dragged her from a...

  • Where James Brown meets Jim Morrison
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    Still, things started well, with two vibrant songs from D'Arby's latest album, Vibrator (Columbia). The title track and the equally demure "Supermodel Sandwich" are both dynamic funk rockers that would do Prince proud. (I know you're sick of the comp...

  • Today's weather: very dull
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    Both networks seemed to see their role as therapeutic. "One of the problems," confided one high-powered meteorologist, "is that you wake up just as tired as when you went to bed." Another warned: "Do use water wisely and of course take extra care in ...

  • Rape as a weapon of modern warfare
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    Surprisingly little attention was paid to rape during modern wars before reporters returning from Bosnia-Herzegovina revealed that the number of women being raped - in detention centres, refugee camps, prisons or even their homes - had reached tens o...

  • The hard sell of software
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    The transport of packages could be constrained, but users do not want a return to the deliberate incompatibilities once restricting the spread of computers. If 20 per cent of new machines are bought for this purpose then the illicit market is expandi...

  • A cross word
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    Those who understand transsexualism would recognise Paul's "horror" not as homophobia, narrow-mindedness, or even as evidence of middle-market tabloid values. Rather, it should be seen as the humble desire to be viewed as the heterosexual man he is, ...

  • State kidnap
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    A recent case involved a Mexican doctor, Dr Alvarez Machain, who was wanted in connection with the murder of a US drug-enforcement agent in Mexico. The US government arranged for him to be kidnapped in Mexico and flown to El Paso, Texas. The Supreme ...

  • words : Robust
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    A new one for the mid-90s is robust. A Lib-Dem spokesman calls on the Labour Party to be robust in its transport policy. Consumer spending in the States is looking robust, the Times's business section tells us. It's a pity our attitude towards Mr Kar...

  • Ostriches don't die from biting their nails Ironing out head-in- sand view on ostriches
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    In South Africa ostriches graze in the veld, and it is just not possible "to ensure that potential foreign objects are removed". Ostriches do not just die after having eaten a few nails; surely this is proven by the fact that some that were imported ...

  • Meritocracy rules. OK? Meritocracy's just not fair
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    But is the triumph of meritocracy as entrenched as it seems? Arguably, a rebellion is under way. When young men riot in obscure districts of Leeds, Luton, Cardiff or Tyneside, aren't those who lose out kicking against the meritocratic system that exc...

  • Cable graffiti is not art
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    Here in Wakefield, areas of magnificent York Stone paving and old cobbled areas as well as our ordinary footpaths have been defaced by what she describes as "street art". Ephemeral it is not. Ordinary spray paint is used, which may take years to wear...

  • BRIEFLY : LETTER
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    Tim Hurren Harrogate, N Yorks

  • The twenty who prove that politics is worth the candle Politicians, like nostalgia, ain't what they used to be
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    Prime ministers are excluded, because they deserve a column to themselves. So are politicians who made their names principally as official opposition spokesmen rather than as backbenchers. This cuts out Hugh Gaitskell and Harold Wilson, the best oppo...

  • A gentle man and player
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    If the Globe is to escape that shadow - and its first Shakespeare play opens in less than a year - then, in the words of Genista McIntosh, executive director of the rival National Theatre, "the work has to be serious". Last Tuesday the 45 theatrical ...

  • One or three things to worry about
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    Of course, no one likes a dentist. They are the lowest of the low: failed doctors. In the normal course of their existence, dentists wield a terrible power. But what has gone unrecognised until now is the extent of their role in government policy. Pr...

  • Oaks and boles and other royal nursery rhymes
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    "Your tap-root deep in starry heaven, /Brought your life to you." Tap- roots, as any gardener knows, go deep into the earth, which is what makes them such a trial to dig out. I sympathise with journalists assigned to write the copy that runs besides ...

  • A Scottish experiment that could be a model for Westminster Scotland could offer a shining example for a new Westminster
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    The next morning, in the same slot, Toynbee wrote a shrewd and well- researched account of the development of "judicial review" - judges striking down ministerial or parliamentary decisions as unlawful. She concluded that judicial review could never ...

  • A day to ask why we still need the bomb
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    Britain, we know, went on to become a nuclear power in its own right, and it remains so today. The latest instrument of this power is the Trident missile system, now progressing towards full deployment. The price for Trident, most of which has alread...

  • McNamara's other lost war
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    McNamara came to the World Bank in 1968 when it was still something of a backwater institution. By the time he left in 1981 he had transformed it into one of the most important players in world affairs. He brought to it a missionary zeal against "abs...

  • Building a modern House
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    The vastly important and different tasks of policy scrutiny and policy- making evidently call for the fullest energy and devotion by every member honoured to have been entrusted with a seat in Parliament. Naturally, anything which allows MPs to organ...

  • REAR WINDOW: NAGASAKI : When hell came to the city of Madam Butterfly
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    This was fiction, but the choice of location was appropriate enough. Nagasaki was the Japanese city with the oldest and closest links to the West. Portuguese traders arrived there in the 16th century, soon to be followed by the Dutch, and for the nex...

  • Comprehensives don't work
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    The old tripartite system wasn't nearly as bad as some people claim, and at least teachers could "pitch" their programmes accordingly. The fact remains, as any teacher will tell you, that some children simply have no desire to learn. Mr Preston argue...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    Lord Tebbit, Conservative peer I saw myself on TV and thought I looked particularly healthy, like a love god. Nicholas Soames, the previously portly Armed Forces Minister, who has been on a diet Even in this age of intense media scrutiny, there are s...

  • BRIEFLY : LETTER
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    G J Fairhurst, Wigan

  • BRIEFLY : LETTER
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    Keith Healey, Stoke-on-Trent

  • BRIEFLY : LETTER
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    Ruth Clarke, Harrold, Beds

  • Local pay negotiations are not about union breaking
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    Nor is it the case that the move to local pay has the objective of "diminishing the strength of the unions and driving down wages". From a historical perspective, the creation of national bargaining structures often reflected the desire to end the an...

  • Gone west
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    How can Parliament possibly justify the government of Wales being subject to the whims and fancies of whomsoever has been appointed Secretary of State by the Prime Minister of the day, for whatever reason, let alone as a one-year experience-broadenin...

  • Local pay negotiations are not about union breaking
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    Janette Davies Acas, London SW1

  • 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...

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