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Wednesday, 21 January 1998

  • Letter: Nations of Ireland
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    Reality will break through only when we talk of "British" and "Irish". At bottom, this is a nationality problem, requiring a Swiss-type solution. DEREK BROWN Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

  • Letter: Fines for cyclists
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    A simple answer would be for every cyclist to hold a licence, and a reflective plate showing the number displayed on the rear of the machine; the rider would be licensed, not the machine, so the plate could be transferred from machine to machine thro...

  • An open letter from Polly Toynbee to Fay Weldon...
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    To recap: you suffered a Damascene conversion six months ago when a man came to see you about a book he was writing on "the difficulties men were having in getting their voices heard in a media which, at all levels except the very top, is totally fem...

  • For Delia it was guavas. For Mr Skillet it would be the walnut woman
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    We will pass over the two long years in which Toby Skillet sought Delia Smith's private address and finally bought it from an embittered ex-research assistant on the Delia Smith programme. Suffice it to say that after many days' hard travelling from ...

  • Letter: Fines for cyclists
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    GEOFF THOMASON Stockport, Greater Manchester

  • Call me an adultescent, if you wish, but I'm stuck on popular culture
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    What should we adultescents do? Take up playing bowls? Start reading Paul Johnson articles? Throw in the towel and devote oneself to the perusal of Catullus in a humidor-scented library? The dignity of age, the consolations of philosophy, are fine th...

  • Leading article: Laugh where we must. And we must at this judgment
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    His conclusion in the Alan Clark spoof diaries case not only betrayed a lack of a sense of humour and insulted you - the readers of this and every other newspaper - by implying you are stupid. Seemingly unaware, he also set the legal cat among the pi...

  • Letter: Nations of Ireland
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    PAUL WALTER Newbury, Berkshire

  • Letter: Implant and legal aid
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    The purpose of a limited legal aid certificate is to fund the gathering of evidence, not to pander to it. Specialist solicitors are well capable of conducting a forensic examination of an individual's medico-legal complaint and I will do so in this c...

  • Letter: Useful waste
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    It generates income. In 1996, pounds 10m was paid to aluminium can collectors and if every can used in the UK this year were recycled, nearly pounds 40m would be available for charities, community groups and individuals. It saves energy. Europe's fir...

  • Letter: Abuse of benefits
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    All benefit schemes start off with sensible and fair aims, but they get hijacked by pressure groups, their scope is widened by judicial rulings, and finally they are "discovered" by the middle and upper income groups, leading to an inexorable growth ...

  • Letter: Over the logic limit
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    DAVID BROOMFIELD West Malling, Kent

  • Letter: Deadly fridges
    Thursday, 22 January 1998

    MARIA GEE Wokingham, Berkshire

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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: 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

  • 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: Nothing like a dome
    Wednesday, 21 January 1998

    TOM PERKIN Canterbury

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

    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: 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...

  • 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...

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