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Monday, 12 January 1998

  • The package holiday: good for you, and great for the world
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    Consider: anyone earning the average UK wage can buy a seven-day Mediterranean holiday for a week's pay; pounds 350 will buy you an excellent package in Benidorm. You will fly from a convenient airport on a state-of-the-art charter aircraft, enjoying...

  • Letter: The ideal Dome
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    Sir: The Great Exhibition of 1851 started with clear objectives, which were largely realised, and an ideal of peace on earth which we still, alas, await. The building was an afterthought, thoroughly utilitarian, and, as it happened, a stroke of geniu...

  • Letter: Out of surgery
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    Sir: The "surgery" may well have been a suitable description for the workplace of the surgeon-apothecary (forerunner of the modern general practitioner) who in days gone by carried out major and minor surgical procedures on the premises. Nowadays, wh...

  • Leading article: Not just a peace process any more, but a daring vision of a new Britain
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    We thought that even if this was so, and the pessimists were proved right, the process itself was worthwhile. As long as the talking went on, the killing didn't. Many decent people are whole and alive this January, because of that talking, who'd be d...

  • Letter: Welfare reform
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    Sir: A new "affluence test", under which women at work might lose their maternity pay unless they could prove that they need it, would introduce an extraordinary and dangerous new principle into public policy ("Blair takes on mission to explain welfa...

  • Letter: Crowded world
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    The world will be overcrowded by mid-century, and the fact that the population will fall towards the end of the century is scant consolation to those who will suffer in the meantime. MATT WALKER Abingdon, Oxfordshire

  • We have nothing to fear but panic itself
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    Still, there comes a point when a panic in the financial markets becomes too serious to dismiss as being all in the mind, and the sudden collapse in the Hong Kong stock market following the collapse of one of its banks suggests that upheaval in Asia ...

  • A contest Gordon Brown could never have won
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    We should take no notice whatever of the ritual disclaimer by the Brown camp of the Routledge biography. There is no reason whatever to question the dust jacket claim that it was written with the Chancellor's "full co-operation". Routledge, author of...

  • Occluded front, occasional showers, outlook fine ... dead body at the front door
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    Many people have died and left their bodies to science, but the only person who ever specified that he wanted his body left to the science of meteorology was Captain Humphrey Wantage. "We've had a WHAT delivered to the front door?" said the head of t...

  • Letter: Voting for women
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    Sir: Kamlesh Bahl, chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission, gives the impression that the current legislation does not permit mechanisms to ensure equal treatment of men and women in the selection of candidates by political parties (letter, 2 Jan...

  • Letter: Muslim schools
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    Sir: Having lived for a while in Northern Ireland, I am firmly of the mind that separate schools for different religious groups aggravate tension and perceived differences. It may sound reasonable for Muslims to want to maintain their culture and rel...

  • Letter: Crowded world
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    Sir: Nicholas Schoon's article on population, "The world won't be overcrowded after all" (12 January) has an implied agenda that population growth is bad. Why? Often those parts of the world with the highest population growth are sparsely populated c...

  • Letter: The ideal Dome
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    There have been many events and some fantastic buildings commemorated by nearby stations - Barbican and Monument are good examples. What better (or cheaper) way could there be to leave a permanent memorial? The Crystal Palace no longer stands, but we...

  • Letter: Crowded world
    Tuesday, 13 January 1998

    China is not an overpopulated country - it simply suffers the legacy of a disastrous political experiment which leaves the state unable to provide the same healthcare and resources available to those in liberal capitalist economies. The Chinese solut...

  • 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...

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