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  • The Balkan bogeyman with too few friends
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    "He has enemies who detest him (Serbs) and friends who despise him (Croats)," said one liberal Serb observer wearily. And while this has clearly been the best week for Mr Izetbegovic since the war began, the feel-good factor will fade fast. "The worl...

  • Letter: Tragic nonsense
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: It is not just the members of OutRage! who are concerned about the ministry to homosexuals at St Michael's, Chester Square and that church's involvement with "Living Waters International" ("Activists storm `anti- gay' church service", 24 August)...

  • School for snobs
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    It is rare indeed that the organs of high and low culture are so unanimous in their estimation of the significance of a story. The tribulations of Michael Barrymore barely scratched the consciousness of the Telegraph, while obliterating all else for ...

  • Letter: RAC and the speed camera
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: Your editorial "The camera and the limit" (31 August) completely misrepresented the RAC's position on the use of speed cameras. The RAC has consistently, for some years now, strongly supported the use of cameras to enforce speed limits, concentr...

  • Life is better bathing with a friend
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Suddenly all that has changed. The sense of civic duty has gone. No longer do we think of ourselves as citizens with a stake in this natural resource. We're consumers. We want value for money but we feel short-changed. When we are asked to save water...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    They are no longer in the real world. Such advice defies belief - David Wilkinson, director of Bradford Chamber of Commerce, on Yorkshire Water's advice that firms should extend staff holidays to save water In theory, if cars in congested traffic slo...

  • Letter: Too many people want to play Big Brother
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: Following the second arrest of the first convicted offender to be electronically tagged in this country ("First tag man arrested again", 1 September), the grotesque misuse of public money involved in this experiment is becoming increasingly clea...

  • Messing about with our rivers
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    It is puzzling that we should be told to be more considerate towards our rivers at a time when we have never, on the face of it, treated them better. As long as they behave themselves, by not bursting their banks or offending our sense of smell, we l...

  • Letter: Odd analogy for Unionists
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: In your editorial "New Broom for Ulster Unionism" (29 August) you write: The hope, however, must be that there is a Unionist De Klerk hidden among the rival candidates, a pragmatic politician who is trusted by his people and who can secure a rea...

  • Letter: The policeman and the Ripper
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: As the authors of the book The Lodger - The Arrest and Escape of Jack the Ripper, mentioned in Rebecca Gower's review ("Ripping yarns (continued)", 12 August), we would like to clarify several points raised in the article. The book is based on a...

  • Letter: Dialogue on regulation
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: Your interesting business page comment of 1 September ("Regulation cannot continue without reform", 1 September) is completely mistaken about Labour's position on regulation of privatised utilities. I have repeatedly made clear that we have no p...

  • Letter: Christian cult
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: Graham Lewis's secondhand account of a recently formed religious cult (letter, 28 August) reminded me of the conversion of the early Christians in the second and third chapters of the Act of the Apostles (Acts 2 v41): Those who accepted his [Pet...

  • Letter: The spawning of the Sex Pistols
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: Eric Longley attributes the entire UK punk scene to the influence of the New York Dolls (letter, 28 August). Nonsense! The New York Dolls dressed and sounded very much like the (rather more famous and earlier) Rolling Stones. When managed by Mal...

  • Letter: No ambiguity in Corto's sexuality
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: It was with sadness that I read of the death of the creator of the legendary Corto Maltese (Hugo Pratt obituary, 31 August), not least because of the end it heralds to his adventures. As the obituary was also to some extent that of Corto, I woul...

  • A message from Hollywood
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    The reality is, of course, that this fiercely partisan Scottish movie was filmed in Ireland using extras from the Irish army, but this is an irrelevant detail to the SNP. For Braveheart offers a perfect opportunity to emphasise the message of devolut...

  • Letter: Too many people want to play Big Brother
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: Your report ("Police chiefs clash over drugs tests", 30 August) of the suggestion that drugs tests be more widely practised at the workplace is profoundly worrying. In a society in which soft drugs are routinely taken, and scarcely objected to, ...

  • Letter: The spawning of the Sex Pistols
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: In response to Eric Longley's letter suggesting that my knowledge of music history was deficient, may I remind him that the New York Dolls, managed by Malcolm McLaren in 1974 was only one sperm in the spawning of the Sex Pistols, invented by McL...

  • Letter: Expecting the unexpected
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: In order to calculate the true probability of a coincidence, you must first enumerate the total set of all possible events that you would consider coincidental were they to occur. For example, you must list everybody that you have ever met and t...

  • 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: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...

  • 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: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...

  • 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: 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: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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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