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Wednesday, 13 September 1995

  • LETTER: Homes before risks at Circle 33
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Sir: Your article "Homes charity plans derivatives venture" (11 September) is misleading. Circle 33's committee of management discussed for the first time last week the possibility of using derivatives to reinforce its risk management strategy. It is...

  • LETTER: Labour's delight
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Sir: Chris Davies, the Liberal Democrat MP for Littleborough and Saddleworth, claims that "Labour activists feel very unhappy indeed about the nature of the campaign they fought" (report, 8 September). Not the ones I meet. They are delighted that Lab...

  • Planning for sustainable development
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Sir: What would Esther Oxford say if we arrived at her house without appointment, climbed over her garden fence and wandered into her kitchen? Or of we interviewed her most objectionable neighbours about her personal habits? This is how she treated t...

  • Choose love, not abortion
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    "Chilling" would more properly be applied to Ms Toynbee's article. She argues that the Astburys are sentimental and irresponsible, and that they ought to have the children aborted (by which method, suction or dismemberment, she does not say). Ms Toyn...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Do not wobble over Bosnia
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    To borrow a phrase from Margaret Thatcher, this is no time to go wobbly. The United Nations command in Sarajevo was right to insist yesterday that it is now in the business of peace enforcement. That means an end to bargaining with the Serbs and a de...

  • letter: Most successful species of the millennium
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Sir: I believe Felipe Fernandez-Armesto is guilty of lifeism in his argument for the supremacy of plants. For where would plants be without the soil from which they are grown? There are far more grains of sand on the earth than there are plants. Sand...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Black power on the track
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Some, a small minority, will resist his conclusion because they wish to believe in white physical superiority. But evidence has been stacking up against them for a long time. Their theory has been falling apart since the black athlete, Jesse Owens, w...

  • How safe are our reactions?
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    So Jack Cunningham, the shadow trade and industry secretary, was able to say that the proposed privatisation of the nuclear power industry "will exacerbate the conflict between safety, accountability, profits and dividends". And Greenpeace argued tha...

  • Brilliant leaks and bubbling resentments
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Good people are being shut out, goes the lament. Anything with a whiff of radicalism is taboo. The long-sight of vision has been sacrificed to the near-sight of focus groups. This dirge is now widespread on the left, assiduously promoted by the left-...

  • LETTER: The last klaxon of the Proms?
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Sir: Undoubtedly you will receive many letters complaining about Sir John Drummond's perceived curmudgeonliness in banning klaxons and the like from the Last Night of the Proms (report, 13 September). I wonder how many of the writers will have experi...

  • Night of passion at the Proms
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Please leave these at home, pleads Drummond in the Prom programme, and let's all listen to the music. This is not going to please those members of the audience who have come to the Prom with their noisy equipment, and who then buy the programme, read...

  • LETTER: The return of union militancy
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Sir: For a newspaper that espouses liberal and particularly democratic values, it is disappointing to read your knee-jerk reaction to Labour's proposal for the reinstatement of rights of recognition for trade unions. If a vote by 51 per cent of emplo...

  • true gripes; Britain in bloomers
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Every summer, my town, still full of attractive buildings despite the depredations of Sainsbury's et al, goes horticulturally insane. It takes part in a competition called Britain in Bloom. Organised by the Keep Britain Tidy Group, the contest is to ...

  • numbers; The anaesthetist
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    When at night I go to sleep, Fourteen angels watch do keep. (old German evening song) Fourteen, as the number of days of half the lunar cycle - and hence the number leading from newness to perfection - has strong, and generally benevolent links with ...

  • expert jury; Female poets: talented or talentless?
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    AS Byatt Novelist Well, there's probably a certain amount of truth in what she's saying. But I'm not really very interested in high-powered moral criticism - I am quite interested in poetry. I don't understand this business of taking up "positions". ...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    rich Japanese golfers, with the launch of a $250 camera with 16 lenses that takes 16 pictures, to provide a golfer with a complete picture of his swing. It is voice- activated for solo use and has variable time between pictures - slow on the backswin...

  • LETTER: Most successful species of the millennium
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Sir: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto is thinking along the right lines, but he fails to make clear that plants, in fact, are the indisputable masters of the planet. His comment that food plants and man exist in a state of "mutual dependence" is incorrect. P...

  • LETTER: Most successful species of the millennium
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Sir: I was surprised to see how much space you devoted to Felipe Fernandez- Armesto's curious views ("If we are not masters of the universe, who is?", 11 September). The posited objective observer on another planet would surely not find it difficult ...

  • LETTER: The return of union militancy
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Sir: John Monks's comments about the rise of militancy in the workplace should come as no surprise ("Labour or Tory, we want to talk", 12 September). The massive resentment on the shopfloor against the dictatorial methods of management is only waitin...

  • chess
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    The following encounter is not a Sicilian, though it was played between two men who had Sicilian variations named after them. It is a fine example of Polugayevsky's meticulous approach to calculating tactical variations. After 19.Nf4, White appears t...

  • Diary
    Thursday, 14 September 1995

    Why, my friend inquired, have you named a police dog after a Bantu tribesman from the Cape Province of South Africa? (Visions of reversed racism coursed through his head: weren't they taking this community-policing thing a little far? Would the Brixt...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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: 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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