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Tuesday, 20 January 1998

  • Letter: Nothing like a dome
    Wednesday, 21 January 1998

    TOM PERKIN Canterbury

  • The personal is still political: Oh, how I yearn for some fire, some passion
    Wednesday, 21 January 1998

    We obviously need militant feminists more than they ever needed us. The new feminism promoted in Natasha Walter's eponymous book takes a stand against much of what she claims they stood for. This is in the context of the correct but rather bland argu...

  • Letter: First car victim
    Wednesday, 21 January 1998

    Russell Hill Road is still a dangerous, winding road. It now bears the signs "care, speed humps" and leads into the busy red route at Purley Corner. A simple prayer vigil will be held at the site at midday on the centenary to remember all who have di...

  • Party political broadcasts: Viewers to politicians: you'll just have to try harder
    Wednesday, 21 January 1998

    Why should this be? Party broadcasts are often boring, true; but TV and radio are packed with tedium, and we just shrug. There's always that coffee to be made or - wild thought - a book to be picked up. Sometimes the broadcasts are badly made, but so...

  • Letter: Pigs with names
    Wednesday, 21 January 1998

    The world would be poorer if pigs could only be found in zoos. It is because we can make good use of sausages and ham that some of us can enjoy their company, sense of humour and inventiveness in gamesmanship, and admire the nests they build for thei...

  • Letter: Amazing airport
    Wednesday, 21 January 1998

    It is easy to sit here in 1998 and say that Heathrow was poorly planned 50 years ago, much harder to have anticipated the growth in air travel and planned to meet that growth with additional facilities. Yet by and large this is what has been achieved...

  • Letter: Big as hailstones
    Wednesday, 21 January 1998

    Meteorologists already use millimetres and centimetres. Phrases such as "the size of golf balls" are handy for anyone who happens to be caught in a hailstorm without a ruler; and, of course, for the news media looking for a dramatic headline. Moreove...

  • Letter: Access to abortion
    Wednesday, 21 January 1998

    For the mother as well, going through with the pregnancy and having the baby adopted will be less traumatic in the long run than an abortion, however early it may be, and however coldly clinical it may seem. P K RAY London W3

  • Computer translation: What if you could talk to anyone in the world in their own language?
    Wednesday, 21 January 1998

    I discovered that "in 1989 it entered to The Independent, where at the moment associate evolves like publisher. Its work as journalist in these means provided ..." and so on. You can see what they were saying, but the translation is less than elegant...

  • Letter: Smoky pubs
    Wednesday, 21 January 1998

    There may be many like myself who steer clear of pubs at present in order to avoid breathing carcinogens and having our clothes stink for days afterwards. Since non-smokers are in the majority, it is quite conceivable that pub trade would increase. D...

  • Leading Article: A spelling lesson for undergraduates: our words are our bond
    Wednesday, 21 January 1998

    Unlike the Germans, who have precipitated a constitutional crisis over spelling reforms, or the French, to whom neologism is like alien invasion, we in Britain take these things informally. Even the recent proposal by John Honey to set up a committee...

  • Letter: Selfish parkers
    Wednesday, 21 January 1998

    Every street suffers to some degree from cars parking on the pavement. This is dangerous, illegal and selfish. We cannot let car users get away with letting us believe that they are not also a danger on the pavements. Stopping bikes and cars using pa...

  • As the rum butterers simmered, all became clear. Delia would save them
    Wednesday, 21 January 1998

    There was a roar of agreement. It was the annual extraordinary general meeting at Rum Butter House, the HQ of the producers of that strangely British foodstuff known as rum butter. Every year we buy vast quantities of the stuff to put on our Christma...

  • Letter: Access to abortion
    Wednesday, 21 January 1998

    Is this what we have come to? Right is something we feel good about, and wrong is something we feel upset about? Making abortions easier does not make abortion right. What we need to consider is not whether abortion is emotionally acceptable, but whe...

  • Letter: Access to abortion
    Wednesday, 21 January 1998

    Most women who have abortions are in their 20s and 30s. They know their own minds and can assess better than anyone else whether continuing a pregnancy is sensible or not. Why then treat them like children and demand they get permission from doctors?...

  • Letter: Access to abortion
    Wednesday, 21 January 1998

    We receive calls every day from distressed women whose doctors have refused to refer them for an abortion on the basis of the doctor's personal interpretation of the law or moral objection to abortion. It is also apparent from government figures that...

  • Letter: Access to abortion
    Wednesday, 21 January 1998

    Sadly some of the medical profession feel that their own moral conviction should be enforced on the patients and refuse access to this treatment. Others feel that the NHS should not carry the cost of this service, but the majority of us do allow the ...

  • Letter: Aesop's horrors
    Tuesday, 20 January 1998

    Rabbit one day went to see her friend the Fox, who was telling his children stories. Rabbit asked if she could listen. Soon she was trembling with horror and disgust, and exclaimed: "Fox, why are you filling their minds with stories of violence and d...

  • Letter: Off-pavement
    Tuesday, 20 January 1998

    The solution is not to endanger pedestrians by forcing them to share the pavements with cyclists, but to civilise traffic through reduced speed limits, rigorous enforcement of traffic laws and driver education. TOM BARRANCE Penarth, South Glamorgan

  • Letter: Disloyalists
    Tuesday, 20 January 1998

    JOHN SMURTHWAITE Leeds

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