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Sunday, 17 September 1995

  • LETTER: Pros and cons of privatisation
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Sir; I totally agree with your comments concerning the Royal Naval College. It is an architectural gem by the Thames that is under-rated and under- used. I believe in privatisation but certainly do not believe in discarding the nation's heritage as i...

  • LETTER: Pros and cons of privatisation
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Sir: Since Greenwich lies on the meridian between the eastern and western worlds, some important international role would be very appropriate. Yours sincerely, Richard Baker Radlett, Hertfordshire

  • bridge
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    South opened Two No-trumps and North explored with Three Clubs. This was a Stayman enquiry and, after Three Diamonds by South had denied a major, North raised to Four No-trumps. Perhaps a little optimistically South went on to Six No-trumps and all p...

  • creativity: The pig, the barmaid, some dandruff and a colonel
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Only a few mourners had gathered at the churchyard of St Anthony's in Clinton Eastwood for George's funeral. And, as the Reverend Dawkins intoned the words "Dust to dust", only Petronella Swillsby was in tears. Colonel Gate, however, was disinclined ...

  • LETTER: Pros and cons of privatisation
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Sir: The proposed auction and sale of the Royal Naval College at Greenwich is surely the worst example yet of this miserable government's privatisation policy, which is slowly but surely destroying the heritage of our country. If ever there was an ex...

  • LETTER: Naval tradition
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Sir: The Government's intended disposal of the building that used to house the Royal Naval College at Greenwich will complete the process steadily followed by Malcolm Rifkind and his two predecessors. When the late Admiral Cunningham's staff advised ...

  • Rev Blantyre gets his revenge
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Many pairs are living together without being married. Amanda and Rick may possibly be married without actually living together. The trouble is, they don't even know if they are married or not. It happened like this. Amanda and Rick are actors. They a...

  • Dialogue of the paramilitaries
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    The obstacle of decommissioning has been the main cause of the current political gridlock and there is no backing down in sight from Sinn Fein, the Unionist Party nor the Government. The Government insists that decommissioning is the key to the door ...

  • A moral imperative to help the poor
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    According to aid officials, the budget is to be cut by 12 per cent overall, double the figure that other government departments are said to be facing. The impact, however, will be far greater than that figure implies. Because our commitments to multi...

  • In the footsteps of Wat Tyler
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    In its defence, the Government says that it is seeking only a leaseholder for the Royal Naval College. Yet a lease of 150 years is tantamount to a sale in most people's reckoning, particularly in a country in which the right to buy and to own propert...

  • LETTER: A historical perspective
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Sir: I am extremely unhappy at the idea that Greenwich Hospital should leave public ownership. It is the finest public building in Britain, and a perfect slice through almost two centuries of English architectural history, beginning with the Queen's ...

  • LETTER: Before a sale, some questions
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Sir: One of the glories for visitors to London from other parts of Britain is Greenwich, so we are entitled to ask: 1. What does the Government believe is the role of the state in heritage matters if it is not to preserve and maintain great national ...

  • LETTER: Collection house
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Sir: Inigo Jones, Wren and Hawksmoor must be turning in their graves. Money from the National Lottery could be used? Could the buildings at Greenwich not be given over to the National Trust? An appeal for the Trust to its members in the centenary yea...

  • Open up the spending debate
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Mr Waldegrave is flying in the face of history. Only twice since the mid-Sixties - and then only by a fraction, and even then only for the two years of the Lawson boom, which contributed so much to our present troubles - has that been achieved. It is...

  • Just don't cross the Pope
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Bishop Brendan Comiskey, presently packing his bags for a three-month sabbatical in America, is the latest victim of such hypocrisy. His remarks about the urgency of straight talking in the Catholic Church about a married priesthood saw him rebuked b...

  • Dialogue of paramilitaries
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Every example of a stable society provides confirmation that the only way out of conflict is through dialogue that will lead eventually to confidence and trust. In Ireland also, negotiations will be built upon such trust, the eventual product of whic...

  • LETTER: Government's commitment
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Sir: We welcome your initiative to launch a series of articles provoking debate on the future of the Royal Naval College. The Government is firmly committed to giving all interested parties an opportunity to demonstrate their expertise and imaginatio...

  • Suddenly staring defeat in the face
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    I am not saying for a moment that this policy has not been in operation, but if it has been then it is an extraordinary policy. One associates the Yugoslavian conflict in general with passionate attachments to territory, passionate appeals to history...

  • LETTER: Degradation of the Thames
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Sir: Short of being asked for our views on possible future uses for Durham Cathedral, I can think of few things quite as degrading to the architectural culture of Great Britain as a West-End estate agent hawking round the Royal Naval College. Greenwi...

  • Review
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    "We don't know it's MS," said his girlfriend, as he sat in the kitchen of their flat after falling over or dropping something, looking about half his previous size. "It's MS," he said. And she didn't even bother arguing. Cry? At times, drowning seeme...

  • chess
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    The diagram shows the position after Kasparov's 18...f6, defending against the threat of Qxg7 mate. For the record, the moves leading up to it were as follows: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e6 7.0- 0 Be7 8.a4 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.f...

  • LETTER: Collection house
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Sir: A good idea might be to persuade the Saatchi Gallery to move down river and turn the whole complex into a home for the most important collection of contemporary art in Britain. This would add immeasurably to the status of contemporary British ar...

  • LETTER: Collection house
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Sir: The Royal Naval College could be used as the long-awaited gallery for the hundreds of paintings bequeathed by Turner to the nation, or as a great library for the many valuable books belonging to the Royal Horticultural Society which are now havi...

  • LETTER: Pros and cons of privatisation
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Sir: Although the immediate surroundings of the town seem unprepossessing, there lies, to the west at least, great potential that could add to the attractions of the wider area. In Deptford stands one of the finest churches in London, St Paul's. Not ...

  • LETTER: Pros and cons of privatisation
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Sir: Unlike Jonathan Glancey, I feel that the Government's decision to auction the Royal Navy College gives rise to at least as many opportunities as it does anxieties. In respect of the latter, both the building and the site not only have statutory ...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    1879: The Blackpool illuminations are first switched on. 1981: President Mitterand formally abolishes the Guillotine. 19 September: 1876: Melville Bissell patents the carpet sweeper. 1888: The world's first beauty contest is held in Belgium. 1893: Ne...

  • Diary
    Monday, 18 September 1995

    Last Friday, in Belfast, I took a detour to check out a report from Padraig O'Conchuir that the Sinn Fein shop was selling statues of Gerry Adams. It was, but I drew the line at contributing pounds 50 to Sinn Fein coffers and opted instead for a mug,...

  • 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...

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

    William P Roberts London N1

  • 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

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