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  • LETTER : The Mancunian candidate
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    Sir: As a party member in one of Labour's "Birmingham Four" suspended constituencies, may I congratulate Ken Livingstone for having highlighted the injusticeperpetrated by the party hierarchy against ordinary party members, not just in Birmingham, bu...

  • No. 25: Circumnavagism
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    Ms Clayton's story is disputed by carping "yachties", who believe she was assisted on at least one occasion, by a BBC film crew. The issue of whether she did or did not circumnavigate the world is now highly circumfused. The same condition is rife in...

  • LETTER : The stone circles of black Africa
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    Sir: A.D.C. Hyland (letter, 2 August) backs up his claim that "Blacks have been players in the stage of British history for thousands of years" by asserting that Stonehenge was built by Berbers. Stone circles have been found in Africa, so Stonehenge ...

  • LETTER : Abuse of statistics
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    Sir: It is true that exposure rates of children are probably much lower nowadays, as suggested by Professor O'Carroll (letter, 3 August). However the next step in the argument about statistics on child safety is whether exposure rates have any bearin...

  • CHESS
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    While the grandmasters have been fighting for the championship title in recent years, the biggest crowds have tended to gather around the board at which Bazza was displaying his remarkable chess philosophy. Opening 1.h3 and 2.a3 (h6 and a6 with Black...

  • LETTER : The Mancunian candidate
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    Sir: How easy it seems to write articles such as Ken Livingstone's Another View ("Asians won't go away, Tony", 3 August, which claims knowledge of "scandal", "racism" and "imposed white candidates". The reporting of decisions taken by Labour's Nation...

  • Diary
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    Last week Julia and I found that our political incorrectness extended to having since early childhood been steadfastly pro-Cavalier and anti- Roundhead - and not just on sartorial and joie de vivre grounds. We reject the 1066 And All That compromise ...

  • Mr Christopher's bag of bones
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    There were something over 2,000 American MIAs (missing in action) in Vietnam, as a result of the war. There were 300,000 MIAs on the North Vietnamese/Vietcong side. While the form of the Saturday ceremonial was doubtless chosen with extreme care and ...

  • LETTER : David's poetry, Solomon's wisdom
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    Sir: Geoffrey Hinton (Letters, 3 August) moves your correspondence about King David from his circumcision to his clothing. Could I move it further, to his morals, by quoting the verse I was taught in Sunday School: King David and King Solomon Lived v...

  • LETTER : Bravo, banzai, encore, more!
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    Sir: It is not only between the movements of symphonies that applause for music can break out (Letters; 30 July, 4 August). A few years ago at the ultra-conservative Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the audience stopped the third act of Wagner's...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Directing the Bard from the boards
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    "On your imaginary forces work." Indeed, imagine the new millennium, and a spanking new bridge across the Thames taking tourists and day-trippers from St Paul's cathedral to the trendy waterside cultural centre of Bankside, where they could wander ar...

  • LETTER : You can blame violence on the box, Mr Bragg
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    Sir: Melvyn Bragg refers to a "complicatedly implanted moral code" in children which, he believes, TV is powerless to break. He goes on to dismiss those that challenge this viewpoint as either "tyrants, or insecure authoritarians", and he implicitly ...

  • come home Albert, all is forgiven
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    Hugh Howard thinks it will make a dynamic Christmas decoration covered with a glass dome, quarter-filled with polystyrene packaging chips, with ring lighting fitted in the base and irregular blasts of compressed air to create a snowstorm effect. The ...

  • Spot the incompetent doctor
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    Dr Archer was called because Alfie had spent the night vomiting. He was delirious and had a temperature of 106F. The GP had agreed to turn out only after an acrimonious conversation with Alfie's mother on the phone. When he arrived, he kicked a bowl ...

  • The Sixties? Say no more
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    I'll tell you why people go on and on about the Sixties. It's because they've just written a book about the Sixties, and they want people to buy it. That's why I've brought the subject up today. I've just written a history of the Sixties. But it's no...

  • LETTER : Why cool logic eludes the Brits
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    Sir: Returning from two weeks in the Mediterranean to encounter temperatures almost as high in England, I am intrigued by the different approaches to keeping cool when indoors Mediterranean logic recognises that light is heat and also that from mid-m...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Croatian victory is not yet won
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    In this light it is hard not to see the Croatian victory as welcome. Last month, the Serbs looked unassailable, overwhelming the United Nations "safe areas" of Zepa and Srebrenica, slaughtering hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people put to flight by ...

  • Why the Bomb did not win the War
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    This version of history has become the received wisdom for two reasons. We know everything that is to be known about the horror of those first aggressive nuclear explosions. No events in the Pacific War - nothing else in the whole course of the Secon...

  • LETTER : You can blame violence on the box, Mr Bragg
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    Sir: Melvyn Bragg suggests that those concerned about the impact of TV and video violent images on the behaviour of children and young people are hooked on the notion this is the single cause of crime and violent behaviour. No one I know who is conce...

  • LETTER : You can blame violence on the box, Mr Bragg
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    Sir: Melvyn Bragg implies that a book by David Gauntlett consists of "detailed research" on the (possible) effects of television ("You can't blame it on the box", 4 August). The work does not, however, contain any new information but consists of quit...

  • bridge
    Monday, 7 August 1995

    North 4 Q 9 6 3 ! A K 7 6 4 2 # K Q 2 3 West East 4K 10 8 7 4 J 4 !10 8 ! Q J 9 5 #10 8 4 3 # J 9 5 2 2Q 7 5 2 J 10 9 South 4 A 5 2 ! 3 # A 7 6 2 A K 8 6 4 2 This was a perplexing hand from a recent teams' event. With exactly eight top tricks in Thre...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • BRIEFLY : LETTER
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    G J Fairhurst, Wigan

  • 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...

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

    Janette Davies Acas, London SW1

  • 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...

  • 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:...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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 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...

  • 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

    Keith Healey, Stoke-on-Trent

  • BRIEFLY : LETTER
    Sunday, 6 August 1995

    Ruth Clarke, Harrold, Beds

  • 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...

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