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Saturday, 16 September 1995

  • LETTER : House mania
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    Jed and Maddy Lavell, whose house Ms Gillilan describes admiringly, are a fine example of what happens when this madness takes hold. But they would refute the notion suggested by your caption to a picture of a Segal house that it came "as a package"....

  • LETTER : Down and out and in need of support
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    Nick Cohen, quoting American social scientists, rightly points out that if you leave one broken window in an empty house, soon all the windows will be broken. Similarly with graffiti. If the first piece is not removed, it soon covers everything. Coun...

  • LETTER : Pipe dream
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    May we point out that the Ye-Tavoy railway and our gas pipeline project, conducted by Total and its partners - US-based Unocal and Thailand's PTT-EP - are completely unconnected. Construction of the pipeline is planned for 1996-97, well before the pl...

  • LETTER : Built on shaky foundations
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    Le Corbusier set an appalling example by working for Stalin's murderous regime. Speer at least had an excuse. He was drawn into Hitler's orbit before the German leader came to power and the full horrors of Nazism were revealed. By the time he began t...

  • LETTER : School lesson
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    Credit where it is due. He was clearly taught geography at school, judging correctly the distance from Eton to Gordonstoun. Otherwise, I am at a loss to know what else he learnt - not architecture, Gordonstoun bears no resemblance to Colditz. Nor is ...

  • LETTER : Pledges in Irish cathedrals
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    I suggest that there be held, contemporaneously, in the Protestant Cathedral in Belfast, and in the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Dublin, services conducted by the respective archbishops at which, in Belfast, David Trimble, with a leader of the Ulster ...

  • LETTER : Chirac, not the French, should be targeted
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    William P Roberts London N1

  • LETTER : Celebrities in the kitchen
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    My copy of Pot Luck was published in 1964 by Farringtons Girls' School in Kent in aid of the Freedom from Hunger Campaign. It was professionally produced and, if not available through bookshops, was certainly widely sold (for five shillings) in other...

  • LETTER : WATER LEAKS
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    Colin Skellett, Wessex Water, Bristol

  • LETTER : APOSTROPHES
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    J G Priestley, Exeter, Devon

  • LETTER : E-MAIL
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    Graham Walls Ryde, Isle of Wight

  • LETTER : The tables turned in Bosnia
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    Many Serbs oppose any partition of Bosnia-Herzegovina. In Sarajevo and Tuzla Serbs have literally fought for a multi-ethnic state. They will be left betrayed and stateless by any partition into a Muslim-Croat federation and the so-called "Republika S...

  • LETTER : Chirac, not the French, should be targeted
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    With respect to cars, though, while Mr Cathcart rightly cites the Fiesta with Michelin tyres and the Peugeot made in Coventry, he fails to mention that even boycotting cars supposedly made in France could unwittingly put British workers out of a job,...

  • LETTER : The tables turned in Bosnia
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    Many in the West who applaud the Nato air strikes argue that since Bosnia's Serbs are alleged to have committed more atrocities than the Muslims or Croats, they have forfeited their basic right to self-determination and deserve to be exterminated - s...

  • LETTER : Down and out and in need of support
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    I am now lucky enough to be in a residential care home, trying to sort out my problem, so that I can try to live a decent life. But when I eventually get rehoused what can I look forward to? There has to be some incentive of work and fair wages. We m...

  • Felled by the dark lady
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    If the book's title is typical, the content is yet more so. By the end of the preface we know that the Doctor is a poet as well as a historian, and that he is the one and only discoverer of the identity of the Dark Lady in Shakespeare's sonnets. By t...

  • If you don't like it, I'll see you in court
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    For the British Dyslexia Association, fed up with having dyslexia dismissed as an imaginary ailment invented to explain the academic failure of middle- class children, the cases are a watershed. Victory would mean all schools will have to take dyslex...

  • Those whom tax has united, let no man put asunder
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    The Conservative women's national committee met on Thursday to discuss a proposal that couples who stay married for 10 years should be paid a "fidelity bonus" in the form of a tax allowance. Reporting that a majority of party activists want the tax s...

  • Burnt fish ... cold chips ... hard man at the Foreign Office
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    n AND NOW, ladies and gentlemen, astonishing news from the overheated world of temperament and tureen. You know that programme Junior Masterchef, the one featuring all those children who should be out doing something healthy, like chasing a rugby bal...

  • Hoping for a British defeat at the borders of insanity
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    But I had a nasty experience there recently. It has been my practice for some time to politely demur when British immigration officials unlawfully seek to examine my passport when I arrive back from another part of the European Union. They are, after...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : A 'project' for Labour
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    1.0 Message. 1.1 Make it simple, direct and hard-hitting. Try to stop your frontbench team looking as if they expect the bogeyman to get them every time they have to give a straight answer. 1.2 Remember that you are trying to impress ordinary voters,...

  • Once they blamed breast-feeding. New racists just measure the tendons
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    Sir Roger said black people were physically different. Gosh, racism! He said that "there must be something rather special about their anatomy or physiology". Gosh, apartheid! He remarked that the differences between great runners were anyway less phy...

  • Why opt-out spells cop-out
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    The Prime Minister, for example, is convinced that opting out is the key to raising standards. "The liberating effect of independence within the state sector," he argued in a speech in Birmingham last week, "affects the whole atmosphere of the school...

  • Animal organs? The Garrick uses nothing else
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    But it is to another of Great Granny Arnold's marvellous old mottoes that I turn this Sunday morn. "You know, young Wallace," she would murmur while gently nibbling on one of her choicest lumps of coal, "if ever a man is offered the heart of a pig or...

  • words
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    WHAT COULD our clean-limbed Opposition leader have been thinking of with his talk at the TUC last week of "the guts, the discipline, the decency and the honesty to tell those people out there like it is"? His message was clear - the voters were to fo...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 17 September 1995

    Leif Mills, president of the TUC Only a handful of brackets from the original 438 were left on the 11th day of negotiations. All must be removed before a final full session on Friday. Reuter report on the delicate final negotiations between delegatio...

  • Silver daggers vs the kitchen knifers
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    And all because of what P D James said on the World Service at two o'clock one morning, causing Chaz Brenchley to write to Red Herrings, the CWA's monthly magazine in June. Baroness James of Holland Park suggested that moral choice is a monopoly of t...

  • A dangerous talent, as seen on TV
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Indeed, behind her at the Mirror Group, she leaves scorched earth and a blast of scorn. Live TV, a three-month-old cable channel run by the group, is Hello! magazine on speed: celebrity interviews, doorsteps, parties and happenings on video loops. Ho...

  • Letter: Make audits consumer-friendly
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Sir: Your article on auditor liability ("Few plaudits for the official audits", 13 September) raised important questions about government policy. The Government has ignored pleas for effective audits and has failed to prosecute any firm criticised in...

  • Letter: Morality in the crime novel
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Sir: PD James did not say that only middle-class people were capable of making a moral choice. What she tried to say was that, in inner-city areas, it's damned hard and well-nigh impossible to do the right thing, even if you know what the right thing...

  • Letter: Why black people excel at sport- if they really do
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Sir: It is interesting that a man as eminent as Roger Bannister should risk his reputation by advancing unproven scientific theories of slight physical differences to explain the current hegemony of athletes who have an Afro-Caribbean line of descent...

  • Letter: UK's recent nuclear tests
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Sir: In response to your article "No fuss please, we're British" (8 September) and Sue Rabbitt Roff's letter (12 September), I would like to add that not only has Britain tested nuclear weapons in Australia 40 years ago but also in the US far more re...

  • Leading Article: Radicals of the world unite, you have nothing to lose
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Then, a few days later, we gained a rare glimpse behind the Tory frontage. A confidential Whitehall paper warned that "insufficient resources threaten the provision of education in the state school sector". At a stroke the confident, breezy expositio...

  • Don't let's be beastly to the Germans
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    The episode muddied further the argument about Britain's place in Europe. None the less, it would not be a total surprise if, during the next five years, Britain again sought a monetary policy link with Germany and other EU partners as part of a poli...

  • Letter: Economical and British-made , too
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Sir: Virginia Bottomley is being more than slightly disingenuous ("Big money goes to small projects", 12 September) in saying that "to build 2,500 miles of the cycle routes is not something the Government would have been able to do". As the analysis ...

  • Family fortunes
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    The windows rattle and in sweeps the shade of Dame Joyce Anelay, chair of the Conservative women's national committee. Dame Joyce's spirit draws up a chair and in a reedy, but well-educated whisper reminds you of the sanctity of your vows. Then she p...

  • Letter: Morality in the crime novel
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Sir: There was an unpleasant whiff of artificial controversy about Mary Braid's article "PD James embroiled in PC row" (15 September). Speaking as a crime writer who has no wish to put his dagger into anyone, I should like to add two points. First, P...

  • Letter: Why black people excel at sport- if they really do
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Sir: May I, as a black man - though I hope my reactions would have been the same were I a non-black - say how distressed I was to read the "explanations" from Sir Roger Bannister (and, to some extent, from Chris Brasher, too) of why black sportsmen f...

  • Letter: Why black people excel at sport- if they really do
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Sir: It is a sad thing when a person of such weight and public prominence as Sir Roger Bannister uses his position as a key to "enlighten" society so irresponsibly. Perhaps he should consider the economic disadvantages of black people, rather than th...

  • Letter: Morality in the crime novel
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Sir: The anger PD James's spontaneous remark on radio has caused almost certainly comes from her critics confusing a remark about the complexity of moral decisions with the question of making the right decisions. You quote a critic and author ("In th...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 16 September 1995

    Insufficient resources now threaten the provision of education in the state school sector ... job insecurity and the fear of unemployment is holding back the feel-good factor - Education Secretary Gillian Shephard's leaked memo Growing insecurity at ...

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