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Sunday, 11 January 1998

  • Letter: Heyerdahl was right
    Monday, 12 January 1998

    Sir: Your headline "DNA shows how Thor Heyerdahl got it wrong" (8 January) is incorrect. Heyerdahl's theory that humans could sail from South America to Polynesia was confirmed by the successful crossing of the Kon-Tiki raft in 1947. My DNA studies h...

  • Letter: Children of violence
    Monday, 12 January 1998

    Sir: You report (29 December) that researchers at Birmingham University have found that violent juveniles behave the way they do because of bad parenting rather than from watching violent videos. As a former juvenile offender myself, I was struck by ...

  • Ten by ten, or a handy guide to living without worry
    Monday, 12 January 1998

    Taking the last chocolate in the box Taking home that wine that seemed so great on holiday Eating any sausages served in any hotel breakfast Drinking any white wine served in a pub Resorting to any medicine in your bathroom cupboard that hasn't been ...

  • Letter: Muslim schools
    Monday, 12 January 1998

    Sir: David Blunkett, in principle, is quite right to agree to the demand for state funding of Muslim schools ("Muslim schools win historic fight for state funding", 10 January). However, he may be unwittingly helping to create two classes of British ...

  • For Japan, the art of forgetting is first to remember
    Monday, 12 January 1998

    The list runs through the great build-up of Japanese mercantile strength in the early 20th century. And on, as Japan became a world naval power. In 1938 and 1939, during the count-down to Pearl Harbor, the launchings accelerated, with PT boats, destr...

  • Lover man's lesson is: reform Parliament
    Monday, 12 January 1998

    Is his political position being seriously undermined because his wife has made one or two well-chosen remarks about the size of his ego? Hardly. Let those who have led entirely blameless and monogamous lives tell us that he is unfit for the job. The ...

  • Letter: Geriatric classics
    Monday, 12 January 1998

    Sir: On what authority do you deem the inclusion of Sacred Hindu Texts and the Quran within the Dent classics list as a "politically correct inanity" (leading article, 8 January)? Some of the greatest stories ever told were told in non- Western, non-...

  • It narrows the mind and distends the stomach, so let's travel less
    Monday, 12 January 1998

    So the collapse of the rupiah, the baht, the ringgit and the won has turned the Far East into a cut-price holiday paradise? Not for me. I wouldn't go to Thailand, Bali or anywhere else in the Far East if you paid me. I will not be cracking open the c...

  • Leading article: The science leading to human clones can help mankind
    Monday, 12 January 1998

    The only reason Richard Seed's crackpot plan became a big story was because it triggered deep-seated collective fears. Creating human beings to order has been a staple of horror at least since the publication of Mary Shelley's classic in 1831. Dr See...

  • Letter: Young Europe
    Monday, 12 January 1998

    Sir: The Government have stated that they will be focusing on young people during the six months of the UK European presidency and we very much welcome this commitment. Decisions on key issues, such as jobs, the single currency, enlargement, crime an...

  • Letter: Tales of the City
    Monday, 12 January 1998

    Sir: I believe someone as knowledgeable as Richard Kurt about football literature - after all, he has regularly written about his favourite team Manchester United - should be aware that there are publications on at least two of the "neglected minnows...

  • Letter: Drug price fixing
    Monday, 12 January 1998

    Sir: Closet agreements between the pharmaceutical industry and government to fix the price of branded medicines do not serve the interests of the consumer, whatever David Sharpe of the Community Pharmacy Action Group might think ("Blow for chemists a...

  • Letter: Happy to pay
    Sunday, 11 January 1998

    The truth is that contraceptive use is only minimally related to whether people have to pay. I believe that the vast majority of contraceptive users would be perfectly happy to pay a charge, provided the amount saved was devoted to medical care for t...

  • Learn to let go, Tony, and use the Cabinet
    Sunday, 11 January 1998

    The new rule of cabinet government is that it is a sickly institution which revives nowadays only when the Prime Minister is in trouble. Even in the supposed golden age of the cabinet - BMT, Before Margaret Thatcher - the body had off-days when key d...

  • The perfect game for obsessives and depressives
    Sunday, 11 January 1998

    While the rest of us wondered what to do to quell the storm, a male voice piped up from the other end of the table: "Does anyone happen to know the Test score?" The effect was dramatic - rather like that early Renaissance painting in the Ashmolean Mu...

  • 'The ship looked like an enormous toy full of lights'
    Sunday, 11 January 1998

    The 90-year-old Frenchman, one of only seven living survivors of the Titanic, spoke to his local newspaper last week, in what may well prove to be the final public account of the disaster. Navratil remembers that on the night of the wreck he ate frie...

  • Letters: Briefly
    Sunday, 11 January 1998

    Peter McKenna, Liverpool THE investigation of the present state of religion in Britain (Review, 4 January) was spoilt by the repeated equation of belief in God with "spiritual health". The unbelieving minority is just as healthy; indeed, several of t...

  • Good excuse to clean up
    Sunday, 11 January 1998

    The Government stresses that nothing has been decided for sure and, between now and the publication of the Integrated Transport White Paper in May anything is possible, but the hints are clear. When a politician says, "read my lips, no more taxes," h...

  • Letter: Biafra's tragedy, Britain's shame
    Sunday, 11 January 1998

    Under government pressure both Oxfam and the International Red Cross cut off all aid to Biafra in 1968. All BBC radio and TV reporting was stopped. There was an unholy implicit alliance with Moscow when the Russians provided the aircraft and trained ...

  • Letter: Docklands has a bright future
    Sunday, 11 January 1998

    Contrary to Mr Blackhurst's claim, excellent progress has been made in the Royal Docks. The University of East London starts building its new campus in spring, opening in September 1999 for up to 3,000 students. The campus will be a major tenant of t...

  • Letter: They need help, not barbed wire
    Sunday, 11 January 1998

    As I dictate this letter I have the transcripts of the comments I made in the television programme Frontline Scotland. I certainly referred to the ghetto in terms of those people who should, in my opinion, be marginalised, but at the end of the progr...

  • Letter: Unjustly dim view of Israel
    Sunday, 11 January 1998

    Fisk sees only a "poisoned agreement" between Israel and the Palestinians, and "opprobrium" for King Hussein over Jordan's peace treaty with Israel. In fact, we are witnessing the difficult start of a regional renaissance grounded in the fundamentall...

  • Letter: Lottery applicants should seek advice from their council first
    Sunday, 11 January 1998

    Many local authorities, seeing the benefit that lottery projects can bring, are identifying officers who will assist groups and organisations with filling in application forms. My own authority operates a lottery unit that advises any group within No...

  • A rabbit out of his hat
    Sunday, 11 January 1998

    The call to George Carman QC is a pretty standard reaction these days when a libel case rears it ugly head. And it doesn't matter which end of the writ you're on - tellingly, the next words to fall from Rusbridger's lips were: "before Aitken gets him...

  • Without the poor of the world, where would the rich world be?
    Sunday, 11 January 1998

    Once again, the rich world is gripped by terror that the poor world will invade it. There is talk of "Fortress Europe", of redefining the 1987 Single European Act to deny freedom of movement to non-EU citizens. There are even fresh doubts about the w...

  • Leading Article: No more talk of Asian values
    Sunday, 11 January 1998

    At the moment it is impossible to say where the downward spiral in the Far East will be arrested. The rest of the world has escaped relatively lightly so far, though investors in Asian growth funds might not think so. Some Western consumers are looki...

  • Carp not, you who know little of unhappy aristocrats
    Sunday, 11 January 1998

    The grim burden of living in a fully-furnished house with well over two dozen bedrooms and a minimum of a dozen staff, excluding gardeners, chauffeurs, handymen etc, is hard for the ordinary layman to comprehend. But it is surely not difficult even f...

  • Make way for Mayor Patten
    Sunday, 11 January 1998

    HOME Secretary Jack Straw has behaved with perfect media precision during his recent travails with the Kennington gendarmerie. He has even quoted Woody Allen to good effect, telling young offenders : "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plan...

  • America's curious concept of freedom
    Sunday, 11 January 1998

    Wander in any time of the day or night and the chances are that at the bar you will encounter a bunch of horny-handed good ole' boys staring absently into their beer. One might be a tractor driver, possibly an employee at Francis Ford Coppola's viney...

  • Letter: Boys and girls
    Sunday, 11 January 1998

    The thesis is utter tosh. Surely Margaret Thatcher should have managed to avoid having a girl? And how does Princess Diana fit into the equation? Dominant, assertive and confident were not adjectives strongly associated with her. Possibly they would ...

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