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Monday, 11 September 1995

  • LETTER: Pacific nuclear tests: French public opinion, British history, Labour policy
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    Sir: It is, I suppose, a tribute to the Westminster fixation of most British political commentary that you have covered the French nuclear tests by reflecting only what Westminster leaders have been saying. You tell us (leading article, 8 September) ...

  • Diary
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    "In our chambers we only take on people with first-class degrees," she told me, "or occasionally people with 2:1s but they have to offer something else as well. The days of pulling strings are gone." I did not quite have the courage to mention the na...

  • Juste a mot
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    File this as info-kitsch if you want, but as the resident wordjockey of this station, I strongly suggest you Tulips read this verbal antidote to the Zapper culture. So put down your larynx-wobbler before you're completed monged for here are some expr...

  • Chess
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    The "Polugayevsky Variation" of the Sicilian Defence, characterised by the moves 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 b5!?, is one of the most complex lines known to man. White is challenged to push forward with 8.e5 dxe5 9.fx...

  • LETTER: Scottish memory
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    Sir: Dr Winnie Ewing, president of the Scottish National Party, in her letter today, quite correctly blamed Margaret Thatcher's government for killing off the Scotland Act. She omitted, however, to mention the fact that this might not have happened i...

  • Labour or Tory, we want to talk
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    Informed debate will start from an appreciation of our different roles. Our shared origins and intertwined history means we share common values, but it is important to understand that we are two separate organisations. Labour is not the political win...

  • LETTER: Other routes to Ulster peace
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    Sir: The impasse about decommissioning arms is unfortunate, but it does help to raise a question that perhaps should have been looked at before. Are all-party negotiations the right way to make progress in Northern Ireland? Dialogue is essential, but...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Eyes firmly on the familiar
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    The original remit given to the commission was a bold one; to fund projects that were "exceptionally distinctive [and] that are of the millennium". "Lift your eyes from the familiar, the mediocre and the mundane", said Peter Brooke, then Heritage Sec...

  • Science of neglect; ANOTHER VIEW
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    John Major's action in putting businessmen before science has a logical inevitability about it. After all, he has moved the Office of Science and Technology to the DTI under the watchful but not very enthusiastic eye of the President of the Board of ...

  • LETTER: Speedy conclusion
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    Sir: Mick Whitmore ("Motorways are good for you ...", 9 September) expresses delight at the fact that they are taking coaches out of motorways' outside lanes, because "if you are doing 80 or 90 mph, like a lot of drivers, you need to see ahead". Corr...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Mr Monks goes militant
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    In his comments at the weekend, and again yesterday, Mr Monks spoke a language that could be understood by everyone. He predicted mounting militancy and industrial action against bad employers. It is easy to understand why Mr Monks, though considered...

  • Scarlet, Orange and very smart
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    So let us start with the man; a lot hangs on him. David Trimble is by far the cleverest, most articulate and energetic Ulster Unionist MP, a star in the greyish and taciturn spectrum of that parliamentary party. He was chosen not only for his flamboy...

  • LETTER: Go your own way
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    Sir: It is sad that Nigel Williams should regard staying in the UK as the obvious response to unsatisfactory and increasingly expensive package tours (letter, 4 September). In many years of travel, my family has only once used a package operator. Tra...

  • Always jobs for the boys
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    England rugby captain: this post, thought to be filled, may be vacant after all. Successful applicant should be able to handle large sums of money, talk easily to the Royal Family, and say, without smiling: "I think we can now take on and beat the be...

  • LETTER: WI operates an open-door policy
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    Sir: The answer to the question posed about the Women's Institute "Why are these women all white?" (Section Two, 7 September) is surely "because it is mainly a gathering of countrywomen", and people of other nationalities tend to congregate in towns....

  • Site unseen / Admiral's House, Hampstead
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    This is not new. Although originally famous for its pig farms, Hampstead's lofty position, high above London, soon brought it a reputation for health and prolonged life. The fashionable flocked here - so many in fact that there aren't enough blue pla...

  • LETTER: Pacific nuclear tests: French public opinion, British history, Labour policy
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    Sir: I was very sad to read about the death of Dr Erich Geiringer. Besides his many splendid achievements listed in the obituary (8 September), he was also the person behind the world-wide movement of representatives of IPPNW (International Physician...

  • LETTER: Pacific nuclear tests: French public opinion, British history, Labour policy
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    Sir: Having entirely misrepresented the Labour Party's position on French nuclear testing ("No fuss please, we're British", 8 September), you will permit me to set the record straight. In the wake of Tuesday's test, Tony Blair took a lead in roundly ...

  • LETTER: WI operates an open-door policy
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    Sir: In response to Julia Bard's article on the Women's Institute ("Why are these women all white?", 7 September), may I quote a fellow member who, after some years of membership, said: I shall always be grateful for the policy of the WI which allowe...

  • LETTER: Pacific nuclear tests: French public opinion, British history, Labour policy
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    Sir: Your leading article "No fuss please, we're British" (8 September) wonders why our government is not joining in the criticisms of France's test "in someone else's backyard". Perhaps it is because the British tests of 40 years ago were carried ou...

  • LETTER: Pacific nuclear tests: French public opinion, British history, Labour policy
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    Sir: During the last couple of days I've been reading with a lot of interest your articles about the French nuclear testing in the South Pacific. I'm French and I feel disgusted by the arrogant attitude of Jacques Chirac, but I would like to add a fe...

  • Yesterday was...
    Tuesday, 12 September 1995

    Venetian piazza merchants, who had complained about the noise from orchestras in the nearby cafes. After measuring the sound level, a judge ordered the musicians to diminuendo or lose their equipment. One cafe manager said the main cause of noise was...

  • Letter: Economic nonsense of age discrimination
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Sir: So Labour are to outlaw age bias at work (report, 7 September). Well, I will vote for that, being 56, and I am sure there are many fellow citizens, fit and healthy and wanting to work, but "over the hill", who feel as strongly as I do about this...

  • Letter: Economic nonsense of age discrimination
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Sir: Labour has promised to "introduce legislation to make age discrimination illegal just as discrimination on the grounds of race and sex are today". From an employer's point of view, however, while there is nothing to be gained from racial or sexu...

  • Letter: Young people disadvantaged
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Sir: It seems disturbingly likely that the "sweeping deregulation of grant maintained schools" ("Major orders blueprint for all schools to opt out", 4 September) will further disadvantage the education of young people looked after by local authoritie...

  • Letter: Accident statistics for air shows
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Sir: Whenever there is a bad crash at an air show there always follow reports that air shows have more than their share of accidents and that pilots and aircraft are pushed to the edge to impress customers or thrill a crowd ("Nimrod deaths inquiry te...

  • Sex may be here to stay
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    My good friend Sam Abdalla, director of the excellent test-tube baby clinic at the Lister Hospital in London, says sex is a casualty of modern life. Apparently his fashionable clientele are so preoccupied that they find it simpler to pop into the Lis...

  • Letter: Character assassination
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Sir: The Independent and James Cusick are to be congratulated on the courage of their outspoken journalism for their brave profile of John Costello (6 September). What courage it must have takent to write "Costello's death is an event devoid of sadne...

  • Letter: How to keep the Peking promises
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Ms Jackie Peace Sir: Teresa Poole's excellent article about the Peking Conference and NGO Forum (7 September) makes the valid point that documents alone cannot effect change and that action is needed after the conference to ensure that the Platform f...

  • Let us now sing a new hymn
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Hugo Kneestall is the Labour Shadow Archbishop of Canterbury. ( His colleagues sometimes call him the Left Reverend instead of the Right Reverend.) He is poised to take over when Labour is voted in at the next election. And he is going to make change...

  • Letter: Scientific facts
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Sir: Professor Byron (letter, 7 September) seems to have produced a typical arts man's analysis of the state of science; he lays the blame for low application rates for science courses on the alleged tedium of the subject matter, thereby apparently "...

  • Why we won't turn off the taps
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    And so one gave in and listened more than once to the bizarre line thought up by Mr Gummer and his associates, the line which has played Horatius on the bridge all summer. According to this plucky argument, the reason why the water ran out was that D...

  • Trimble wins: will peace lose?
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Of several dozen people privately offering their opinions of the new leader, almost all regarded his elevation as disastrous for his party, the peace process and community relations generally. The universality of the gloom is striking. Non-Unionist o...

  • Letter: Poor consultation on patenting
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Sir: Patenting may be too important a topic to be left to Patent Offices, as Tom Wilkie warned us ("In patent need of surgery", 5 September). On 11 September the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich opens its "hearing" on its strategies for the fut...

  • Letter: Bhutto's brother
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Sir: Tim McGirk's article on Murtaza Bhutto (28 August) is totally incorrect. Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has been accused of harassing her brother. The facts are exactly the opposite. Murtaza Bhutto has been given full freedom to engage in legitim...

  • Creativity / Dunwutherin: a soap at the edge of Bath
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    "I'm goin' down the Virgin," shouted Keith Swillsby. With scarcely a glance at his father Colin - or Colleen as he had preferred to be known since the happenings of 1978 - Keith lifted himself out of the comfortable armchair, nodded farewell to the b...

  • Letter: Economic nonsense of age discrimination
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Sir: Harriet Harman, MP, and Ian McCartney, MP, this week unveiled the Labour leadership's policy on outlawing age discrimination in employment. We hope that the country's 6 million disabled people, who have been waiting for over a decade for full an...

  • Bridge
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    Playing five card majors, South opened One Heart and North responded Two Clubs. East pre-empted with Three Spades and, rather than take a penalty, South bid Four Clubs. With a close decision, North tried for game with Four Hearts and South was happy ...

  • Chess
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    There will be no time-outs, no adjournments (after 60 moves each in the first three hours, the players have an extra half-an-hour for their remaining moves) and may the best man win the $1m purse provided by the sponsors Intel. The chess tipsters of ...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 11 September 1995

    1895: The original FA Cup is stolen from a Birmingham shop. 1905: The government blames an increase in rural lunacy on the tedium of country life. 1947: The government declares that vegetarians will receive extra potato rations. 1952: The first video...

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