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Monday, 18 September 1995

  • Letter: In defence of the intelligent villain
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    Sir: George Orwell once wrote an essay in Tribune entitled "Decline of the English Murder". In it, he calculated that of the nine murderers whose reputations had "stood the test of time" (and who perpetrated their crimes between 1850 and 1925), eight...

  • Yesterday was...
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    General Vladimir Nikitin, deputy commander of the strategic rocket forces at the Plesetsk launch site in northern Russia. The site has had its electricity restored after being cut off over the weekend for non-payment of a 72.6bn rouble bill. A bad da...

  • Backgammon
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    What is required here is the simple application of the arithmetic outlined in the previous article. The only other piece of knowledge that is required is that of understanding the possible rolls of two dice. Let's cover that first. There are 36 possi...

  • Letter: Of races,hurdles and sporting chances
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    Sir: Your suggestion that social and economic pressures may be as important as physical characteristics in explaining the dominance of black athletes is borne out by evidence from another sport: boxing. As is well known, the outstanding practitioners...

  • Letter: In defence of the intelligent villain
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    Sir: As a member of the Crime Writers Association, I am pleased that the Independent takes such innocent pleasure from our little controversy over PD James's snobbery. No chance, I suppose, that you will now start actually reviewing books written by ...

  • Letter: Virgin territory
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    Sir: Danny Penman is wrong to believe that Virgin Atlantic is the first airline to actively target gay travellers ("Virgin targets the pink traveller', 16 September). American Airlines has marketed successfully its network and products to the gay and...

  • Letter: Marr's question needs a reply
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    Sir: Andrew Marr's new book, Ruling Britannia, is as important for the nation's political system as Will Hutton's is for our economic system and we ignore them at our peril. Mr Marr cannot be written off as another "panacea of the fashionable left" (...

  • Letter: Grotesque solution
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    Sir: Viewed from the park, the Royal Naval College at Greenwich already provides a frame for that monstrous monument to Thatcherism, Canary Wharf Tower. Could there be a more grotesque solution to the grotesque dilemma the Government has set itself, ...

  • Heroes have their place
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    Today's books could hardly be more different. They have bright covers, colour photographs and lots of contemporary source material. They are also, in many cases, more accurate. Gone is the story of King Alfred and the cakes, simply because there isn'...

  • Letter: Of races,hurdles and sporting chances
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    Sir: Various correspondents (letters, 16 September) have rightly pointed out that sporting success is a complex matter that depends on a number of factors, including opportunity, resources, role models, climate, and sheer hard work, as well as natura...

  • Letter: Not always a case of love vs abortion
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    Sir: I was saddened to read Dominic Lawson's Another View ("Choose love, not abortion", 14 September). Sometimes such a choice does not exist. Last October, my wife and I learnt, from a detailed scan of our baby after 17 weeks' gestation, that such w...

  • Site Unseen: The Conduit, Sherborne
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    A spartan diet, brutal discipline inflicted via the buttocks by demented sadists, rampant homosexuality - all part of the manifold delights for which parents voluntarily shell out huge sums of money. Charles Dickens's scathing exposure of Dotheboys H...

  • Your cash point is watching you
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    I wondered what kind of thing they meant. A limpet mine, perhaps, fitted by some unhappy customer to whom the bank had given wrong advice, resulting in some petty bankruptcy which had contrived to annoy them? Or a camera, perhaps? Maybe there was som...

  • True Gripes: Sneezes
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    Ah, yes, that's always the refrain. There's a nasty cold doing the rounds, and the Angies of this world are always willing vectors for the diaspora of infection, bringing down hapless colleagues and customers in their wake as they snuffle through the...

  • Leading Article: Paddy and the pink bonbons
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    It was, of course, between Mr Ashdown's TV talk and Mr Maclennan's platform oratory that we were given Mr Blair's interview, in which he said that he would be prepared to talk policy with the Liberals both before and after an election. What does this...

  • Leading Article: Use your power to refer, Mr Lang
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    Yesterday's announcement of the latest bid brings matters to a head. PowerGen, the electricity generator, has agreed terms for taking over Midlands Electricity, which distributes and supplies power. Great news for Midlands' shareholders: they stand t...

  • Hong Kong's vote for confusion
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    In less than 22 months, when the whole lot is handed over to China, the wealth of the world's eighth largest trading economy will be Britain's justification for a century and a half of colonial rule. Whether this is enough, whether its 6 million subj...

  • An olive branch or a deadly embrace?
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    Liberal Democracy, gathered here in Glasgow, is unsure how to respond. Neither would you be: at the Littleborough and Saddleworth by-election this summer, new Labour was slapping the smaller party about, showering its pretensions with spittle and abu...

  • Letter: Calling Swedish banks to account
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    Sir: In his article on Jewish accounts in Swiss banks ("Lost treasure of the Nazis' victims", 16 September), David Horovitz concentrates on efforts over the years to persuade the Swiss banks to examine their archives (and their consciences?) more tho...

  • Letter: Of races,hurdles and sporting chances
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    Sir: Roger Bannister remarks (report, 14 September) that "black sprinters, and black athletes in general, all seem to have certain natural anatomical advantages", and he asserts that the "black race" (not defined) has through some magical evolutionar...

  • Chess
    Tuesday, 19 September 1995

    Indeed, after that game Kasparov was reported to have stormed out of the playing room, refusing a request to talk to the paying spectators, some of whom were less than satisfied with the value received for their $75 tickets. Meanwhile, Anand chatted ...

  • 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,...

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