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Wednesday, 6 September 1995

  • Will Europe go to war again?
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    The story behind it runs like this. Bernard Connolly, a fairly senior bureaucrat in Brussels, who is in charge of the paperwork preparing for European Monetary Union, took some unpaid leave and wrote a book* arguing that the plan for EMU is a confide...

  • The art of being dystopian
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    (Note to readers: in protest against French nuclear tests in the Pacific, all French expressions are being excluded from this tour d'horizon. Honi soit qui mal y pense.) Access: after centuries of tranquil existence as a noun, "access" has suddenly b...

  • Blurring the way round Ulster's impasse
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    This is a test of people, not of hardware. The problem was well put on the front page of the Independent yesterday, where a Whitehall source said baldly that "Sinn Fein don't trust us and we don't trust them". Just so. The British government and the ...

  • LETTER: Street homeless: the last Straw
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: Labour Party members have endured many policy changes in recent years, not least the dropping of a commitment to common ownership, the endorsement of Trident and the refusal to return privatised utilities (particularly the water industry) to pub...

  • LETTER: Studying science was a tedious affair
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: Are the arts and social science subjects at university a softer option than science? Dr John Gosden (letter, 1 September) thinks so. Speaking from my own undergraduate experience in the Sixties, having studied physics and chemistry as well as cl...

  • LETTER: We must take the lead on Unesco
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: In his article "Where Britain gets it wrong" (4 September), David Howell MP, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, offers four examples of the UK government's over-submissive approach to foreign policy. He would agree to a fifth, the...

  • LETTER: Divided loyalties
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: Gerry Adams can deliver republicans to the negotiating table; the British government cannot deliver loyalists thereto. Thus republicans are more loyal to Gerry Adams than are the loyalists to Britain. To whom are the loyalists loyal? Can a house...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: Streets free of fear
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    The result is a vicious circle in which people use the streets less, society becomes atomised, and community life breaks down. It is homeless people themselves, most of whom do not beg anyway, who often become the victims of the crime that this break...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Stalled, but not doomed
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    The answer is no. The peace process is stalled, but it is stalled at a non-lethal stage in Ireland's recent history. There is no short- or medium-term likelihood of a resumption of the killing. But if things are not dangerous, they are very frustrati...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Jack Straw's urban myth
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Politically, Mr Straw's motives are obvious. He is building on his predecessor Tony Blair's slogan "tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime", which has done much to reassure the public that Labour cares about the victims of crime and social diso...

  • LETTER: Are banks money shops or business partners?
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: The real issue which society needs to consider regarding the Lloyds Bank case is the astonishing position which banks occupy in the high-street hierarchy. As a breed they have done a remarkable job in elevating themselves to a moral high ground ...

  • LETTER: Military secrets
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: Now that the British government has enough confidence in our former Cold War enemies to open up its military secrets to 40 Russian military officers (Home; In Brief, 5 September), can we expect that the people of this country will be permitted s...

  • LETTER: All hymns wise and wonderful
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: I cannot be alone in my feelings of sheer amazement at the vitriolic attack on one of our finest children's hymns by the Catholic Bishop of Leeds (report, 5 September). "All Things Bright and Beautiful" was written by one of our most prolific Vi...

  • LETTER: Parents who are loved and lost
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: James Fenton states ("The death of a mother, the pride of a child", 4 September): "while every child dreads losing a parent, nothing gives a child greater pleasure than the thought that a parent has achieved something extraordinary". I suggest b...

  • true gripes; backpacker facts
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Good-looking couple, smart, professional, bags of laughs. You chanced upon them in a bar during your stopover in Melbourne, got chatting, had a few drinks, maybe even slept in their spare room. So naturally, to be polite, you said, "Hey, guys, if you...

  • expert jury; Do trainee police need minority placements?
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Darcus Howe (right) Black broadcaster and writer Well, it's certainly an innovative idea. Twenty years ago I was threatened with prosecution for criminal libel for referring to police officers as racists, and now the phrase is in everyday usage. I wo...

  • chess
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Curiously, he had done all the important work for this game before, for Ivan Sokolov fell into the same trap that had earned Short an easy win against Robert Hubner in 1990. Black's 12...Na5 and 13...c5, normal in other Ruy Lopez variations, is rathe...

  • yesterday was...
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Pet-owners as a New Zealand telephone company incorporated into its employees' contracts a clause that allows them paid leave to look after a sick pet - which is "just as much a dependent as a sick child" according to a spokesman. A bad day for: Tony...

  • numbers; The anaesthetist
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Seven is: The age of which Chopin wrote his first Polonaise; The average weight in grams of a human eyeball; The average length in feet of a blue whale's penis; The percentage of methane in a fart; The Deadly Sins; Ages of Man; Virtues; Hills of Rome...

  • LETTER: Are banks money shops or business partners?
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: I am worried that the Lloyds bank case ("Victory over bank's 'bad advice' ", 5 September) will make it more difficult for directors of small firms like myself to build and maintain a working relationship with the bank. When I started my company ...

  • LETTER: Are banks money shops or business partners?
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: Your balanced and sensible leading article ("Bank rage hits Oxfordshire", 5 September) does not go far enough. Had Julia Verity and Richard Spindler taken the advice of a solicitor before embarking on their venture, rather than relying on the ba...

  • LETTER: Street homeless: the last Straw
    Thursday, 7 September 1995

    Sir: So Jack Straw wants to reclaim the streets from drug addicts and other "aggressive merchants" ("Straw sets agenda for reclaiming the streets", 5 September). He would be wise to heed the views of those who work with drug users. The Association of...

  • word of mouth hanky-panky
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    The headmaster of a public school must, married or single, embrace a degree of monasticism, that is the quid pro quo, and even though the thought of a piece of tail might prey upon his mind, he knows that such poontang is out of bounds, that he owes ...

  • Of course any new great movement has crackpot beginnings
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    The church was full of people who want to see a spiritual transformation of Western civilisation, and they want that spiritual transformation to go on to inform politics and economics. It was called a Rolling Parliament, a meeting of like-minded peop...

  • Leading Article: Why the law should study medicine
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    Then came the Seventies, and one by one the props were knocked from under the profession. First the fixed scale of fees for conveyancing was done away with, allowing those involved in house sales and purchases to shop around. Then fee levels were dri...

  • Leading Article: Better to blunder than to lie
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    Greenpeace is different. Having humiliated Shell in June by stopping the deep-sea dumping of the Brent Spar, the environmental group made an embarrassing discovery. It found that its claims about the amount of oil on board the installation were wrong...

  • Letter: EU must lead on foreign policy
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    Sir: David Howell's wide-ranging critique of British foreign policy ("Where Britain gets it wrong", 4 September) is justifiably sceptical of the US plan for Bosnia, but does not draw one logical conclusion. The UK must help improve Europe's capacity ...

  • ANOTHER VIEW: The moronic majority
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    British society is now more divided, unfair and ill at ease with itself than at any time since the war. While the fat cats of industry and quangos screw the country for every last penny, the rest of us are told to be patriotic and either take pay cut...

  • Letter: Twinkle, twinkle, little street-light fitting
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    Sir: I, too, am sad that the view of the stars is so often blotted out by bad lighting. Unfortunately the lighting engineers Mr Glancey spoke to were using the easy way out by claiming that they were acting for safety. Whenever the safety factor is u...

  • Letter: Labour's mouse for Edinburgh
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    Sir: Scotland returns 10 Conservatives out of 72 MPs to Westminster. Three out of four voters want nothing to do with a Conservative government here, yet they get one anyway. What Braveheart Blair (leading article, 1 September) has in mind for his ne...

  • Letter: No shame
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    Sir: In your survey of public figures' private morality ("Secret lives of the new moralisers", 1 September; Letters, 4 September) none gave as a reason not to donate blood that they may have been at risk of infection with HIV. Yet, even with universa...

  • Letter: Stop bashing Jeffrey Archer
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    Sir: If, by being "rude and vulgarly arrogant", Jeffrey Archer betrayed his true character to Bryan Appleyard (5 September), during their one telephone call, and the article itself gave an accurate insight into Bryan Appleyard's nature, it was probab...

  • Letter: A random and terrible disease
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    Sir: I read with interest your article "Veiled clues may solve the Elephant Man mystery" (2 September). However, I would like to clarify some of the points made in reference to the genetic condition known as neurofibromatosis. The author writes: one ...

  • When breast screening is best
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    Resigning from the Government's breast cancer screening advisory group, his suggestion that the programme may be turning out to be an expensive mistake was greeted with howls of outrage from other breast cancer doctors. There are certain holy of holi...

  • Letter: Spiritual literacy
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    Sir: The Chris Brain affair and other recent cult scandals provide, I believe, a strong argument for religious education. Our failure to acquaint large numbers of our children with any real understanding of the language and practice of religion is gi...

  • Give us more ambition, Tony
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    In fact, I do remember 1979 very well. It was the last time that Labour was in power. When Margaret Thatcher won the election, we were convinced that she would be a one-term prime minister. The Eighties turned out, however, to be Mrs Thatcher's decad...

  • Letter: Unpublished but worth paying for
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    Sir: We would like to endorse the view expressed by Sir Douglas Hague in his article "The wrong debate on university standards" (30 August) relating to research in higher education. We are a training and consultancy unit of the University of the West...

  • Brave hearts and Tory ministers
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    The opening credits roll, reading " 'Rob Roy To Pay Westminster!' - A Scottish film made on Scottish soil with Scottish money using Scottish actors!" The credits fade. We become aware that we are in a small room occupied by some determined-looking me...

  • Letter: Chairman's brief
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee's tirade against the appointment of Sir Thomas Boyd Carpenter to chair the Government's Social Security Advisory Committee ("Eminently qualified - for some other job", 30 August) shows her lack of understanding of the function of a...

  • chess
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    The most fancied of all, Garry Kasparov, decided to give the London event a miss. With his PCA world title defence coming up next week against Anand, he said he needed time to acclimatise himself to New York. He was perhaps also happy not to pay anot...

  • backgammon
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    The initial reaction of most players when they first come across the concept of doubling is to think that if their opponent has an advantage then obviously they should decline the double and start a new game. However the basic mathematics of doubling...

  • yesterday was...
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    The tone deaf, as Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomenei, said that "teaching young people to read and play music makes them depraved and leads to corruption". Iranian cultural officials were reported as being unavailable for comment. A bad day fo...

  • Letter: Stop bashing Jeffrey Archer
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    Sir: I am less interested than Bryan Appleyard in the fact that Jeffrey Archer has a book deal worth pounds 32m. What really depresses me, however, is the fact that he is going to produce another three novels. Yours faithfully, Andrew Forbes Aberdeen

  • Letter: Stop bashing Jeffrey Archer
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    Sir: Here we go again, bashing one of our most successful writers who gives pleasure and relaxation, to so many people. What arrogance comes from the pen of Brian Appleyard ("Lord of the nation's bad taste", 5 September). We all bring our own percept...

  • Letter: Twinkle, twinkle, little street-light fitting
    Wednesday, 6 September 1995

    Sir: It was gratifying to see that the menace posed by light pollution to our night skies is at last being recognised ("Seeing stars - if only we could", 4 September). However Jonathan Glancey was rather unfair in laying the blame at the door of stre...

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