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Wednesday, 27 September 1995

  • LETTER: Milk miracle was no `sinister Hindu plot'
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    Sir: The sensational news and television pictures of Hindu idols imbibing milk offered by devotees has generated a mixed reaction in the media, and various explanations for the phenomenon have been proffered. Capillarity seems to be the most popular ...

  • LETTER: No pity for a reckless judge
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    Sir: Angela Lambert's views on prostitution and "men's needs" are refreshing from a woman in what increasingly seems to be a feminist world. However, she has avoided certain points, and her mention of hypocrisy is dangerous. The greatest hypocrisy mu...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Does anyone care about chickens?
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    The broilers - the chickens farmed for eating not eggs - are bred for super-fast growth. The chick is born, bloated and butchered all within six weeks - twice as fast as 30 years ago. But their hearts and legs can't keep pace. So if they don't die of...

  • LETTER: Milk miracle was no `sinister Hindu plot'
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    Sir: I am keeping an open mind about the "milk-drinking" by Nandi at the Vishwa Temple in Southall, but my husband, who witnessed this phenomenon, has not been in the pub since, and now drinks only milk. Now that's what I call a miracle. Yours sincer...

  • LETTER: Britain's deadly export trade
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    Sir: Governments are about to review the 1980 inhumane weapons convention. We have recently spent nearly two years working in the former Yugoslavia, one of us a paediatrician, where the effects of anti-personnel mines on children have been tragically...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Human rights on the rocks
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    In its ruling, the court does not accuse the government of the day of committing murder. It does not claim that Britain encouraged the "execution" of the trio. Nor does it condemn the four soldiers who carried out the operation: they acted, says the ...

  • Cold front on the edge of Blairism; BOOK REVIEW
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    Peter was not a great embracer of other people's politics, even though he did join the SDP and offer, famously, to canvass for it "weather permitting". He was very thick with some politicians, but would never have made one himself because of his inab...

  • New genre: check-out prose
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    Apparently not. Only observe America, which has no Net Book Agreement, and where the tyranny of the bestseller (discounted, naturally) is such that everyone you see reading is reading the same book, because that's all every bookshop and kiosk is sell...

  • LETTER: Did Humphrey try to swim for it?
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    Sir: Do cats, as well as rats, desert sinking ships ("Happy return for moggie", 27 September)? Yours faithfully, Brian North Lee London, W4 27 September

  • LETTER: Credit note
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    Sir: Your women readers will, no doubt, have noticed that it took six journalists to write the first part of your feature "Forty women under forty" (Section Two, 27 September), and that all of them are men. Yours faithfully, Linda Evans London, W4

  • LETTER: The Science Minister's diary
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    Tom Wilkie's article "A bit of a blunder? Yes, Minister" (26 September) displays less than his usual balance and accuracy. I may have attended the British Association for the Advancement of Science festival in Newcastle only on 13 September but also ...

  • LETTER: Aids discovery is largely irrelevant
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    Sir: The discovery that a combination of therapies has been successful in treating people with Aids is exciting and encouraging (report, 26 September). It is largely irrelevant, however, to those with HIV and Aids in the developing world, where 90 pe...

  • A great night for British football
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    "This is a seldom-used rule," says happy M1 Wanderers' manager Joe Supremo, "which says in the event of an otherwise drawn match, the team that settled its hotel bills quickest during their away leg shall be the winner. Luckily, we had paid in advanc...

  • LETTER: Briefly bemused
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    Sir: Helen Jones's article about changing fashions in men's underwear ("Not-so-brief-history of Y-fronts", 26 September) contained a rather puzzling statistic. According to the Marks & Spencer spokeswoman, Y-fronts now account for only 13 per cen...

  • Now is the time to say sorry
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    For ministers, wallowing in anger is hard to resist. Yesterday's moralising by IRA apologists and former Dublin ministers was nauseating. The judgment was a national embarrassment. There was nothing synthetic about the fury of Conservative MPs when t...

  • Start writing a different chapter
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    Perhaps even more important, books remain, as the US business magazine Forbes put it earlier this year, "society's dominant clearing house for ideas". If you want to instil an idea into the minds of everyone, from an American president to a Chinese p...

  • LETTER: No pity for a reckless judge
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    Sir: Angela Lambert blames the media for intruding into the private lives of the high and mighty and famous, often destroying them. However, she also refers to sociologist Maggie O'Neill's evidence that many such people deliberately seek street prost...

  • LETTER: Milk miracle was no `sinister Hindu plot'
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    Sir: Randhir Singh Bains (Letters, 25 September) contrasts what he calls "traditional Asian" thought and "Hindu philosophy" with what he calls "Western materialism" and "Western rationalism", and applies the distinction to the consideration of curren...

  • LETTER: No pity for a reckless judge
    Thursday, 28 September 1995

    Sir: Angela Lambert ("Keep out. This is a private view", 26 September) asserts that media intrusion is on the verge of destroying the notion of a private life, citing the case of Judge Thornton, who was caught in a sex and drugs orgy with two prostit...

  • Richard D North
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Of course, even when I first started going to Aquitaine, everyone knew that an entire peasant world was dying, here, and everywhere in Europe. Two types of people over-admire the world of the small proprietors, who grow almost as much for subsistence...

  • LETTER: New empires for MI5's generals?
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: If MI5 is allowed to extend its role into that of criminal police work (report, 22 September), the Government will have effectively created a national secret police force. If there is a need to increase police resources for fighting internationa...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: A welcome for Mr Arafat
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    But Palestinians and Israelis, most of them, have now made peace. Mr Arafat is on his way to Washington to sign the second stage of his agreement with Israel. It is not a perfect deal; indeed, the Palestinians have had to negotiate hard for the most ...

  • true gripes closing-down sales
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Funny, then, that a year later the shop is still open. And still about to close down. Now, is that any way to run a business? Apparently so. There seem to be a lot of these shops around lately, all specialising in closing down. Most of them have a lo...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Is young Brian too old to be a doctor?
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    What medical school would take on a man ejected from a course elsewhere? And what education authority would fund a five-year course for someone who'd already spent three years in higher education? So Brian became Brandon, supposedly just turned 17, w...

  • Give up your seat to a woman
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    I also founded the "High Flyers Club" to encourage women of no party affiliation to take a bigger part in public life and to be tempted by our Conservative policies to vote our way. I was much encouraged by the result, boosting female membership of t...

  • LETTER: A patent need for discussion
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: The European Patent Office (EPO), through its public relations director (letter, 21 September), confirms the complaint made by your science editor, Tom Wilkie, and by me, that its consultation document appears to have been circulated only among ...

  • LETTER: Rationalism and milk-sniffing
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: Randhir Singh Bains is wrong in implying that the Asian Nobel laureate, Rabinder Nath Tagore, as a "deeply religious man", would have gone along with the milk-sniffing that is going on in Hindu temples and homes. More spiritual than religious, T...

  • Two Cultures: a science fiction
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    The Two Cultures are with us, apparently, for ever. Since the phrase first appeared in 1962 with the row between FR Leavis and CP Snow (Why all the initials? Fear of an excess of intimacy?) the idea that there is an unbridgeable gulf between the gran...

  • LETTER: Ways of counting the unemployed
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: Diane Coyle's report ("CSO rethink on jobless count could add 100,000 to total", 25 September) is wrong in suggesting that the Central Statistical Office has decided to introduce monthly publication of unemployment estimates based on the Interna...

  • An embarrassment of lottery silver
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    It is a sign of the wobbly state of this government that it has failed to deliver one of the few great success stories of its administration. A torrent of money is cascading in from the lottery for cause after cause - and on it will go, year after ye...

  • LETTER: True democracy needs no compulsion to vote
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: Compulsory voting, as advocated by Peter Hain, MP would increase turnouts at elections but would be counter-productive as individuals who did not want to vote would simply not register to vote. Unless those that did not vote were fined, with all...

  • LETTER: High standards for probation
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: I write to echo the concern expressed by your correspondents (letter, 25 September) from the Forensic Psychiatry Service about Home Office proposals to restructure probation service training, and the impact this might have on working relationshi...

  • Real weight of a pay packet
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: Judith Judd reported (" `No logic to university chiefs' pay' ", 21 September) the results of putative research on the salaries paid to vice-chancellors based on universities' published accounts. It came to the conclusion that one half were overp...

  • LETTER: Not just James's house; Benson's too
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: Because Lamb House in Rye was donated to the National Trust by the James family, the official emphasis remains resolutely on Henry James, with a tendency to marginalise the Benson connection. Might I therefore correct the statement in your artic...

  • When meaning takes a leap
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    John Coe of Westcliff on Sea, for instance, points out that prepositions can undergo this change. "I used to `fill in' a form, but now we `fill out' a form. I used to say `it's up to you', but now people say `it's down to you'." He's absolutely right...

  • meanwhile...
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Spam fritters Hormel Foods, makers of Spam luncheon meat, failed in their attempt to stop Jim Henson Productions, makers of the Muppet films, from using a pig character called Spa'am - the high priest of wild boars. Federal judge Kimba Wood ruled tha...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Anand was the first to vary from earlier games in the match when he played his bishop to f3 instead of d3 at move 11. In the same position against Karpov 10 years ago, Kasparov had replied 11...Rb8, but this time he adopted a slightly different plan,...

  • LETTER: Rationalism and milk-sniffing
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: Randhir Singh Bains tells us that certain Nobel laureates have believed in a god or gods (letter, 25 September). Quite how this supports the view that a milk-drinking statue is a miracle is not at all clear, particularly as no one, to my knowled...

  • LETTER: True democracy needs no compulsion to vote
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: Compulsory voting ("Can we really afford to grow old?", 25 September) would surely be a disreputable resort to coercion by an unpopular or discredited political system. It would also be against the political principles of those who praise the "f...

  • LETTER: True democracy needs no compulsion to vote
    Wednesday, 27 September 1995

    Sir: So, Peter Hain would force us all to vote, to protect a democracy (letter, 26 September) which he considers threatened by the "increasing exclusion of the young and the underclass". He seems to think that compelling us to turn up at the polling ...

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