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  • CHESS
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    For those who had paid $75 for the best seats at the match, the opening game - a cautious draw - worked out at around $1.40 (just less than pounds 1) a move. As expected, Anand opened 1.e4, though according to one agency report, "Anand moved his king...

  • LETTER: Not all Bosnian Serbs wish to negotiate a separate republic
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    Sir: Zoltan Rae's criticism (letter, 4 September) of the Nato action in finally using force against the Bosnian Serbs is an indulgence in the kind of "short-termism" that has allowed this conflict to last as long as it has. Whatever one's opinion on ...

  • meanwhile...
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    Rat alert An elderly woman in the Ukraine was reported to have died of shock after finding a filthy, sopping wet rat in her lavatory. According to a local official, rats have invaded the Dniepropetrovsky sewers, turning them into a "sort of subway fo...

  • word of mouth toilet humour
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    Maybe Gilbert and George are just arseholes, perhaps they agree with W B Yeats that "love has placed its palace in the place of excrement," but the truth is that nothing raises a British (or German for that matter) giggle and blush more readily than ...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Selling our heritage down the river
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    It is, however, difficult to share the good humour. The Royal Naval College, originally intended to be a palace, was begun by Charles II as a rival to Versailles and became a naval hospital before the Admiralty took it over in Victorian times. Classi...

  • Treat yourself to an overdraft
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    You may have noticed that although the college authorities have shown a moderate interest in your educational future, the people who have really tried to engage your interest, not to say flirt with you, are the four main clearing banks. But be warned...

  • LETTER: Fresh approach to political problems
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    Sir: The funny thing about Angela Lambert's piece ("An ideal rainy morning at the people's forum", 4 September) about the St James's Alliance rolling parliament is that just about everything she criticises us for applies in great measure to the "real...

  • LETTER: Not all Bosnian Serbs wish to negotiate a separate republic
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    Sir: Hitler named flying bombs "terror weapons". Their use by Nato in Yugoslavia is barbaric. Making war against one side in a three-sided civil war is futile. It aids only the profits of arms makers and traders. Our soldiers went to Yugoslavia to as...

  • LETTER: Cost of delay to rail sale
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    Sir: I know that Railtrack, or British Rail, or whatever it wishes to be called, would like to be thought "on the ball". I telephoned my local rail information centre in Bristol yesterday for information on connections to Heathrow and got the followi...

  • Minimum wage, more poverty
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    "Low pay" and "poverty" are commonly misused as if they were synonymous. In fact there is surprisingly little connection between low pay and poverty. The 1992-93 Family Expenditure Survey shows that most lower-paid workers live in middle-income house...

  • A vision for change, with price tag attached
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    I have a nightmare. That even if the nameplate on No 10 changes, nothing else does. Our political system remains rotten and stuck in the past. We go on postponing key investments in education and ignoring the challenge of pollution and the degradatio...

  • LETTER: Judging a balance of right and wrong
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    Sir: John C. Welch clearly had an unhappy experience of being a lay magistrate. I can recognise from my own, rather more limited, experience on the bench his concerns about the attitude of his colleagues, who use their appointments for making social ...

  • LETTER: Bishop's record on women priests
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    Sir: In today's article concerning the nomination of Rt Rev Richard Chartres as the Bishop of London ("Bishop seeks to heal rift over women", 6 September), it was stated that Bishop Richard "has a record of appointing women priests to positions of re...

  • Darwin's hits
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    Greenwood Sir: Alexei Sayle's humour contains serious messages. It is therefore unfortunate that he should refer to Charles Darwin as a "one-hit wonder" (5 September). Although the theory of evolution by natural selection was an idea of outstanding i...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: From Molotov to Mandelson
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    Apparently so, according to voices on Labour's left. The well-timed leak of the summary of a six-month-old strategy document - penned by Blair's adviser, Philip Gould - to one of the Guardian's most unreconstructed journalists, has been cited in evid...

  • Sentimentality is not enough
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    The female twins are, according to the scans, joined from chest to navel and share a liver; the doctors give no odds on their survival as there may be further complications. The parents, Melanie and Brian Astbury, are in their mid-twenties with a thr...

  • LETTER: Monkey talk
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    Sir: I am surprised Felipe Fernandez-Armesto does not make more of the self-conscious awareness of human beings ("If we are not masters of the universe, who is?", 11 September). The reason for the failure to communicate with chimpanzees and gorillas ...

  • LETTER: Judging a balance of right and wrong
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    Sir: John C. Welch ("Court is no place for amateurs", 6 September) uses assertion and casuistry in place of argument. There are several respects in which the stipendiary magistracy is not superior to the lay bench, and appointments to the lay bench a...

  • LETTER: Cost of delay to rail sale
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    Sir: It may not be "the end of the world" for Transport Secretary Sir George Young if the privatisation timetable "slips a bit" ("Rail sale may miss deadline", 11 September), but to redundant workers in York, Derby, Doncaster, Preston, Leeds and Loug...

  • LETTER: Not all Bosnian Serbs wish to negotiate a separate republic
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    Sir: There is no justification for the continuing outrageous Nato attacks on the Serbs in Bosnia. The UN special envoy, Yasushi Akashi, stated last Saturday that he understands why the Serbs don't remove their heavy weapons from around Sarajevo: Musl...

  • LETTER: Not all Bosnian Serbs wish to negotiate a separate republic
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    Sir: We, members of the Serb Civic Council, represent the Serbs of the territories controlled by the legal authorities of the Republic of Bosnia- Herzegovina. We are convinced that we express the interests of the majority of the Serb population, both...

  • Richard D North
    Wednesday, 13 September 1995

    He was prone to the feeling, common in admiring outsiders, long-standing residents who are traditionalists, and incomers anxious to defend the quietude they came here to find, that Herefordshire should remain uncelebrated and sleepy. Still, I have be...

  • 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...

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