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Monday, 4 September 1995

  • Why I'm switching to GEC
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    Mr Lippitt is a former deputy secretary at the Department of Trade and Industry who was no doubt employed by GEC because his knowledge and overseas contacts were as extensive, if not more so, than mine. Among all our competitors it is accepted that b...

  • Leading Article: Bank rage hits Oxfordshire
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    The change was probably inevitable as different parts of the financial system merged into each other and competition increased. But those who used to look up to bank officials - much as they might a doctor or a priest - have suffered culture shock. T...

  • Leading Article: Women's talk in China
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    The sneerers have two main arguments. The first is that the very idea of a UN world conference on women is ludicrous, because there is no such thing as a set of issues relevant to women across the world, and that even if there were, a conference of g...

  • Lord of the nation's bad taste
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    The answers to these questions - political patronage, the power of crude energy, the invincible bad taste of the Tory grassroots, the invincible bad taste of Jeffrey Archer - are well known and easily, not to say repeatedly, listed. The tale of the r...

  • Don't just sit there, change something
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    They want to kick sand in a few faces. Major can face the right without the threat of a leadership challenge; Blair has a familiar target in the trade union-led revolt on the minimum wage. The spin doctors, and the consultants of googly, will be usin...

  • First, catch your haricot bean
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    "In France, haricot beans form a principal part in the staple articles of food for the working classes, and indeed for the entire population; it is much to be desired that some effectual means should be adopted for the purpose of introducing and enco...

  • Letter: Tomorrow's world
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    Sir: So, David Howell wonders why Britain's foreign policy is so occupied with the European Union while the Commonwealth is neglected ("Where Britain gets it wrong", 4 September)? I would have thought the reason is obvious: the Commonwealth is our pa...

  • Letter: Exams: compare and contrast
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    Sir: How can one compare the 1996 Olympic 100 metres running champion with the 1896 one? The former's time may be faster and against more opposition, but will have been achieved with the benefit of modern diets, coaching and equipment. Obviously, one...

  • Letter: Fluid words and helpful fluids
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    Broadbent Sir: Jonathan Glancey is quite right ("Qwerty lovers do it manually", 28 August) to describe certain typewriters as design classics. I too keep my Olivetti portable as a well-designed object, but I would never dream of using it, for, like t...

  • Letter: Hackney's great theatrical past
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    Sir: I was delighted to read Andrew John Davies's "Site unseen" (22 August) on the Theatre in Shoreditch. It is rarely recognised that the first permanent purpose-built theatre in the country was built in 1576 in Shoreditch, now part of Hackney. So, ...

  • Letter: Hell is on holiday - with the British
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    Sir: Your correspondent Nigel Williams (letter, 3 September, who anticipates holidaying in Britain next year has got it wrong. Britain is a pleasant place to holiday only because the undesirable have gone abroad. Imagine our shores and countryside cl...

  • Letter: Everest in perspective
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    Sir: I was interested to read in recent correspondence (letters, 25 and 29 August) about whether Tenzing Norgay or Edmund Hillary first set foot on the summit of Everest. It may be helpful if I refer any readers interested in this question to Hillary...

  • Letter: Saving water: meters, permits, tankers and shared baths
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    Sir: I am already awaiting, with some anticipation, the inevitable arrival of the Water Consumer's Charter, to be accompanied by an official letter setting arbitrary and largely unrealistic targets in order to pacify an angered public. Interesting th...

  • Letter: Jeremy Bentham and disarmament
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    Sir: William Hartston ("Sarcastic yak captures picturesque motor-car", 28 August) celebrates the centenary, bicentenary, etc, of the entry of various words "into the language", as measured by their appearance in the Oxford English Dictionary. Flatter...

  • site unseen; The Stella Memorial, Southampton
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    Southampton contains a particularly fine collection of tributes. It also has its own Titanic commemoration, tucked away in a corner of East Park and honouring the ship's 38 "Engineer Officers", none of whom survived the disaster on 15th April 1912. T...

  • lottery
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    All psychologists agree that one of the crucial factors in addiction- forming is a short time-gap between investment and reward. That is why scratch cards are doing so well and lottery video terminals will do even better when they are introduced. But...

  • it looks like...
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    Alcoholic French crabs, after a wine producer sank 10,000 bottles of Pouilly Fume 1984 in the Bay of Biscay in a bid to help it acquire a fuller flavour. A bad summer for: American vampires, with the news that garlic consumption in the US has grown f...

  • true gripes; jazz drummers
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    Tony had a point though. This drummer had been scraping his drumkit with a pair of brushes all night and hadn't even touched his sticks. Most jazz drummers seem to be like this. It is as if they are afraid of making too much noise. It would be better...

  • Letter: Saving water: meters, permits, tankers and shared baths
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    Sir: I must be one of the few people who has some sympathy for the water companies which continue to maintain supplies as this prolonged period of hot weather, together with minimal rainfall, draws to a close. The sprinkler, or garden irrigation syst...

  • Letter: Saving water: meters, permits, tankers and shared baths
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    Sir: Would it concentrate the Government's mind, I wonder, if non-metered water consumers threatened to leave their water taps open until a law was passed forcing water companies to fix their own water leaks? Yours faithfully, Jane Stewart Bristol

  • Letter: Saving water: meters, permits, tankers and shared baths
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    Sir: "Life is better bathing with a friend," you correctly inform us in today's editorial (2 September). However, you then incorrectly trace the origins of tub-sharing back to the summer drought of 1976. In fact it was in January 1974 that citizens w...

  • Letter: Saving water: meters, permits, tankers and shared baths
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    Sir: Michael Taylor (letter, 29 August) uses unsound logic in arguing against water meters because of the consequences for poor families with many children. There are arguments against the introduction of meters, but paying for what you consume is no...

  • chess
    Tuesday, 5 September 1995

    Against both 1.e4 and 1.d4 Anand seems ready to play anything. Kasparov has fared better against him with 1.d4, which will probably be his main weapon. But that will be what he is expecting, so it might be better to... oh, never mind, forget it. Let'...

  • New concepts for the Nineties; No. 29: Brunoism
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    n 2 Being famous for something other than your professed job or talent. Sportsmen are particularly prone to this, for example England's rugby union captain, Will Carling, (management consultant and friend to lonely royalty). An unhappier example is M...

  • Leading Article: Nolan is not enough
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    What is worrying is that they are both right. The Nolan report laid down that, in future, ministers should have their appointments treated in the same way as senior civil servants. So they could either wait two years after leaving office before takin...

  • Leading Article: Look again at a guaranteed income
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    Far from improving work incentives over the past 15 years, the Government - despite its high-blown rhetoric about ending the culture of dependency - has worsened them. It has achieved the remarkable feat of both making life tougher for those on out-o...

  • Where Britain gets it wrong
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    But it is not only Bosnia. There has been growing unease about other key aspects of policy as well, and it is certainly a priority, as well as an excellent opportunity, for the new Foreign Secretary to review the whole foreign policy situation radica...

  • Haven't we bean here before?
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    Cornflakes are one. I can remember in the dim, out-of-focus past having enjoyed eating the things, but whenever I now try to eat cornflakes I find the experience quite revolting. Those crispy little flakes of sunshine turn into soggy bits of recrimin...

  • Letter: A landmark in civil rights
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    Sir: Mr Justice Sedley's ruling ("Travellers' victory puts evictions in doubt", 2 September) that the Wealden travellers must be treated with common humanity and cannot be evicted by the fiat of local government under the Criminal Justice Act without...

  • The death of a mother, the pride of a child
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    Our habits of thinking and feeling have an immensely ancient ancestry, and it is true that when a man dies in some dangerous enterprise we tend to think of him as a soldier; and when we think of the wife and children he left behind, the notion of the...

  • Letter: Working out the processes of peace in Northern Ireland
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    Sir: Your front-page comment on the anniversary of the peace process ("The pessimists have been confounded", 1 September) was a classic example of an interesting phenomenon to have appeared among many media commentators over the past year. This is th...

  • Letter: Moving Bosnia's ethical boundaries
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    Sir: There is much in Germaine Greer's article ("War is hell. We can't get enough of it," 1 September) with which I can agree but, for those of us who enjoy the powers of analytical thinking, it is not the case that we read newspapers for emotional e...

  • Letter: Last note on the Proms
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    Sir: I offer John Walsh (Diary, 31 August) a little Promenade illumination. The Promenaders in the arena of the Albert Hall often yell messages to their fellow-Prommers in the gallery, and vice versa. For example, last Monday night the cry went up: A...

  • Letter: A few lines on postcards
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    Sir: Ellie Hughes' article on postcards was remarkable - if only for the misinformation it contained (Section Two; "How to send a postcard", 29 August). Postcards were invented in Austria in 1869 and were plain on one side with just a printed stamp o...

  • Letter: Holiday at home
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    Sir: The announcement that foreign holidays are to be dearer next year with a more restricted choice ("Travel firms raise prices and cut capacity", 30 August) causes my family no concern, since no places need be reserved for us. We are one of the man...

  • Exploding the myth of Parliament's power
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    Our theatre is the House of Commons and it is a finer theatre than almost any other. During the Eighties and Nineties, as in many previous periods, it has provided a tumultuous cascade of spectacle, from the emotional debates on the Falklands War, to...

  • Letter: Responsibilities of the moralisers
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    Sir: It may be good political fun to label anyone who attempts to introduce a moral element into politics as a "moraliser", and to turn a microscope on their own personal behaviour, but it has serious implications ("Secret lives of the new moralisers...

  • uselessness; Florence Nightingale's Rottweiler and other oddities
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    (Incidentally, did you know that the words "Oscar Wilde once said" come third in the list of most frequent four-word phrases opening a newspaper article?) Now one of those pioneers, Geoff Tibballs, has published some of the results of his exploration...

  • chess
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    The key to the match may well be their preparation with the black pieces. White has scored very heavily in their previous games, so Kasparov's Sicilian Defence will need to hold up better than it did against Nigel Short's onslaught two years ago. Mea...

  • this is the week that was
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    1733: Britain's first lioness dies in the Tower of London where she had been looked after by the Keeper of the Lion Office. 1909: The first Boy Scout rally is held at Crystal Palace. 1955: Richard Baker becomes the first TV newscaster to appear in vi...

  • bridge
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    As declarer, with K J 9 facing A 5 4, you may have reason to suppose that the queen is badly placed for you and again you lead the jack, planning to finesse the nine if it is covered - a "Backward Finesse". (It was a German friend, with excellent but...

  • Letter: Responsibilities of the moralisers
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    Sir: We have all grown used to the apparent inability of politicians from all parties to admit when they are in the wrong, but David Alton's performance ("Secret lives of the new moralisers", 1 September) was exceptional. Asked "Do you do your own ir...

  • Letter: Working out the processes of peace in Northern Ireland
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    Sir: Like Sir Patrick Mayhew, I am optimistic about the 12-month ceasefire and the development of the peace process in Northern Ireland. However, the critical question about the decommissioning of arms by the IRA need not be the stumbling block to pe...

  • Letter: Working out the processes of peace in Northern Ireland
    Monday, 4 September 1995

    Sir: The time has come to show some respect to the IRA and the UVF/UFF. These are the soldiers who have stuck their necks out for peace. It is they who risked their lives fighting for their communities, protecting them from hostile forces and avengin...

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