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Saturday, 2 September 1995

  • LETTER : Water under the bridge
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    In the 1930s Bradford ratepayers spent pounds 3m on the Nidd Valley Scheme. This guaranteed a water supply without any constraints until the creation of the regional water authorities in 1974. Then hosepipe bans became a nearly annual event, but we h...

  • LETTER : PREMIUM BONDS
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    Tom Egan, Eglwyswrw, Dyfed

  • LETTER : GLASSHOUSES
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    Leon Heller leon@lfheller.demon.co.uk

  • LETTER : Giving children the best
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    At the same time we should be recognising the legitimacy of different talents and skills in different children, demanding high levels of achievement from all our children, rewarding success and discouraging sloth. Belittling success in public examina...

  • LETTER : Drugs, sex and other delights of the Sixties that I missed
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    The most spoilt generation in history has parented the most neglected children in history. It doesn't matter what race, gender or sexuality you are in England, it's class that counts - as the upper-middle-class 1968ers have proved. John Fletcher Shep...

  • LETTER : ELVIS IMPERSONATORS
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    Padraig O Gruagain Tir Eoghain, Ireland

  • LETTER : Giving children the best
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    This problem did not exist in South Africa where I taught until 1970 When I later began teaching in Surrey and saw the standard required for O-level English language, I was surprised that more students were not reaching it. The Surrey youngsters were...

  • LETTER : Acceptable face of therapy
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    Unlike a great many alternative therapies, art, drama, music, and dance movement therapies have registers for practitioners. Qualified, registered arts therapists undertake training, clinical experience, supervision and personal therapy before practi...

  • LETTER : Psychiatric units by default
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    An inquiry has just been ordered into the killing in 1994 of Christopher Edwards in Chelmsford Prison by his cellmate, a paranoid schizophrenic with a long history of violence. Richard Linford, who stamped Christopher Edwards to death, admitted mansl...

  • LETTER : Sidelined talent spotters
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    Remember that David Platt initially played for Crewe Alexandra, Lee Dixon for Bury and a host more players started out at such humble clubs. Next week when writing your reports on the big clubs, remember where that talent came from and who saw it fir...

  • LETTER : Why the French police need to be made more accountable
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    Your article leads me to hope that the tide of French public opinion may be turning against an institution long overdue for reform. As a lover of France and French culture, I look forward to the removal of one of the blackest spots on French life. Pa...

  • LETTER : Giving children the best
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    Francis D Bowles Dundee

  • LETTER : APOSTROPHES
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    Nicolas Walter London N1

  • LETTER : Drugs, sex and other delights of the Sixties that I missed
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    I belong to that group (I am 47) and it is a myth that we were all involved in sit-ins, drugs, free sex and the like. We had less freedom than young people today and there was still pressureto marry, get a good job and raise a family. Only the brave ...

  • words : Dole
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    But dole has a long and once quite respectable ancestry, common to many Germanic languages. It is no relation of dole as in doleful which originated from Latin and is brother to that charming word much favoured by the Arthurian chronicler Sir Thomas ...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    Sir Ronald Millar, playwright, political speechwriter, and Old Carthusian on Peter Hobson, disgraced headmaster of Charterhouse Without tolerance the foundation for democracy and respect for human rights cannot be strengthened and the achievement of ...

  • Taste, after a fashion
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    If Klein is lucky, the event will be no more chaotic than is normal when he makes one of his rare public appearances before the city's rude paparazzi. But he and his handlers have one very specific worry: an appearance by protesters still fuming abou...

  • We didn't go in for all this sex at my alma mater
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    Education. The word derives from the Latin: educo, meaning literally, "I will have been defeated" and cationis meaning literally, "Cat-O-Nine- Tails, a good thrashing with". I doubt whether today's teachers, lecturers, "activists" and assorted filthy...

  • My propaganda machine is bigger than yours
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    The Sun, which reported the initial raids under the predictable headline "Serbs Them Right", focused on the role of "Britain's Top Gun fliers" - the Harrier pilots who "blasted Serb command centres, missile sites and ammo dumps with fearsome laser-gu...

  • On Alan Bennett waving at the window and other alarming experiences
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    The shame is the loss of innocence. When we first came to live in this London street 30 years ago, our car stood, night and day, carelessly unlocked in the gutter outside. The morning when, settling into the passenger's seat as my husband started the...

  • The shopping spree is over
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    Yet at its moment of triumph, consumerism is under threat. Even the 45- to 64-year-olds with grown-up children and surplus cash - dream consumers according to the market researchers Mintel - are now too busy working or feel too insecure in their jobs...

  • The holidays are over, but here are some really interesting postcards
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    n HOW do you know when the silly season is over? You know the silly season is over when someone (thank you Ms Ysenda Shorte-Circular, my royal correspondent) rings you up with an outrageous story about Baroness Thatcher. I mean, can you believe that ...

  • Never throw a photo at an Italian immigration official
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    To most foreign correspondents, this peculiar honour falls in distant, inhospitable countries where tyrannical regimes consider freedom of speech a luxury their people cannot yet afford. To me, it happened in Italy, and for the most preposterous of r...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Bloody mark of failure
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    To play this grisly game of consequences is not to argue that such outcomes are certain, or even probable. It is merely to demonstrate that the Balkan wars are complex and unstable and that the UN and Nato involvement adds a further element of comple...

  • No time for moderation
    Sunday, 3 September 1995

    Mona Sahlin, a 38-year-old, has emerged as favourite to be leader of the Social Democrats and next Prime Minister of Sweden. Ms Sahlin is the sort of feminist who would thoroughly alarm most conservatives and it is unimaginable that a British version...

  • The Balkan bogeyman with too few friends
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    "He has enemies who detest him (Serbs) and friends who despise him (Croats)," said one liberal Serb observer wearily. And while this has clearly been the best week for Mr Izetbegovic since the war began, the feel-good factor will fade fast. "The worl...

  • Letter: Tragic nonsense
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: It is not just the members of OutRage! who are concerned about the ministry to homosexuals at St Michael's, Chester Square and that church's involvement with "Living Waters International" ("Activists storm `anti- gay' church service", 24 August)...

  • School for snobs
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    It is rare indeed that the organs of high and low culture are so unanimous in their estimation of the significance of a story. The tribulations of Michael Barrymore barely scratched the consciousness of the Telegraph, while obliterating all else for ...

  • Letter: RAC and the speed camera
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: Your editorial "The camera and the limit" (31 August) completely misrepresented the RAC's position on the use of speed cameras. The RAC has consistently, for some years now, strongly supported the use of cameras to enforce speed limits, concentr...

  • Life is better bathing with a friend
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Suddenly all that has changed. The sense of civic duty has gone. No longer do we think of ourselves as citizens with a stake in this natural resource. We're consumers. We want value for money but we feel short-changed. When we are asked to save water...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    They are no longer in the real world. Such advice defies belief - David Wilkinson, director of Bradford Chamber of Commerce, on Yorkshire Water's advice that firms should extend staff holidays to save water In theory, if cars in congested traffic slo...

  • Letter: Too many people want to play Big Brother
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: Following the second arrest of the first convicted offender to be electronically tagged in this country ("First tag man arrested again", 1 September), the grotesque misuse of public money involved in this experiment is becoming increasingly clea...

  • Messing about with our rivers
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    It is puzzling that we should be told to be more considerate towards our rivers at a time when we have never, on the face of it, treated them better. As long as they behave themselves, by not bursting their banks or offending our sense of smell, we l...

  • Letter: Odd analogy for Unionists
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: In your editorial "New Broom for Ulster Unionism" (29 August) you write: The hope, however, must be that there is a Unionist De Klerk hidden among the rival candidates, a pragmatic politician who is trusted by his people and who can secure a rea...

  • Letter: The policeman and the Ripper
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: As the authors of the book The Lodger - The Arrest and Escape of Jack the Ripper, mentioned in Rebecca Gower's review ("Ripping yarns (continued)", 12 August), we would like to clarify several points raised in the article. The book is based on a...

  • Letter: Dialogue on regulation
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: Your interesting business page comment of 1 September ("Regulation cannot continue without reform", 1 September) is completely mistaken about Labour's position on regulation of privatised utilities. I have repeatedly made clear that we have no p...

  • Letter: Christian cult
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: Graham Lewis's secondhand account of a recently formed religious cult (letter, 28 August) reminded me of the conversion of the early Christians in the second and third chapters of the Act of the Apostles (Acts 2 v41): Those who accepted his [Pet...

  • Letter: The spawning of the Sex Pistols
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: Eric Longley attributes the entire UK punk scene to the influence of the New York Dolls (letter, 28 August). Nonsense! The New York Dolls dressed and sounded very much like the (rather more famous and earlier) Rolling Stones. When managed by Mal...

  • Letter: No ambiguity in Corto's sexuality
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: It was with sadness that I read of the death of the creator of the legendary Corto Maltese (Hugo Pratt obituary, 31 August), not least because of the end it heralds to his adventures. As the obituary was also to some extent that of Corto, I woul...

  • A message from Hollywood
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    The reality is, of course, that this fiercely partisan Scottish movie was filmed in Ireland using extras from the Irish army, but this is an irrelevant detail to the SNP. For Braveheart offers a perfect opportunity to emphasise the message of devolut...

  • Letter: Too many people want to play Big Brother
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: Your report ("Police chiefs clash over drugs tests", 30 August) of the suggestion that drugs tests be more widely practised at the workplace is profoundly worrying. In a society in which soft drugs are routinely taken, and scarcely objected to, ...

  • Letter: The spawning of the Sex Pistols
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: In response to Eric Longley's letter suggesting that my knowledge of music history was deficient, may I remind him that the New York Dolls, managed by Malcolm McLaren in 1974 was only one sperm in the spawning of the Sex Pistols, invented by McL...

  • Letter: Expecting the unexpected
    Saturday, 2 September 1995

    Sir: In order to calculate the true probability of a coincidence, you must first enumerate the total set of all possible events that you would consider coincidental were they to occur. For example, you must list everybody that you have ever met and t...

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