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  • QUIZ OF THE WEEK
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    1. How many bottles of Hooch alcoholic lemonade did Paul Gascoigne reportedly drink during a recent "bender" in Dublin? 2. How much National Lottery money has so far been left in Treasury bonds rather than spent on good causes? 3. Who - in effigy for...

  • Letter: Hallowed kick-about
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    However, there is no evidence that Australian Rules "evolved from Gaelic football". In the years following the first official inter-school match in 1858 the game was developed by two gentlemen called Harrison and Wills. The rules were a distillation ...

  • Letter: The euro is no magic bullet
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    If the euro, and the EMU that it represents, fail, it will be because they are driven by a political agenda, hidden from us in 1971, by a cabal of politicians with conflicting motives and a common contempt for their electorates. In each case, someone...

  • Profile: Tom Wolfe: The white suit finds a heart
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    A Man in Full. It sounds flat and uninspired now, but it won't do for long. Pretty soon it'll be the phrase on everyone's lips - everyone who reads anyway. Sub-editors will work it into headlines, profile writers into profiles; just like they did wit...

  • Letter:Eliot's man
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    As a young man Lewes, then under the influence of Shelley, had believed that love cannot be constrained, which led more rigid thinkers to imagine that he lived in some sort of sexual commune. His marriage to Agnes Jarvis was happy with three survivin...

  • Leading Article: Just don't forget your umbrella
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    There will be floods and droughts, gales and blizzards - and no one will predict them; hundreds of millions of pounds will be lost - and made - due to adverse weather conditions; trains and boats and planes will be cancelled because it is too cold (o...

  • Stop your bleating
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    Last week, the silliness reached new heights. Asda, the supermarket chain run by Archie Norman, chief executive of the Conservative Party, cancelled a contract with New Zealand and banned all foreign lamb from its shelves; this, apparently, in respon...

  • Plus ca change ... Tony's friends will be all right
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    It is hard to say when the scales fell from the eyes, when there was a temptation to quote Robert Browning: "Never glad confident morning again!" Different people became disillusioned at different times. For some, it was the affair of Mr Bernie Eccle...

  • Tiaras and trainers can mix at the opera
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    Behind the theatre, bags of sand and cement are stacked against the walls. Inside, there are loose leads, unfinished paintwork and too few lavatories. Going to the ballet in the capital will, for a while yet, be like attending a house-warming party g...

  • The Pope can hardly slam superstition
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    Even so, I was never quite convinced that the Pope was going to lay into New Age credulity, partly because "Pontiff slams superstition" is such a deeply ironic headline. Anyone who believes in the Virgin Birth and the Resurrection should have few pro...

  • Letter: Bio bias
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    "Links to the food industry" is, unfortunately, a price to pay for having such good experts in the area. We cannot expect them to remain in an ivory tower, refusing all requests from industry to comment, consult and advise. We expect them to declare ...

  • Letter: Still the crime capital
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    "So far this year, there have been charges of falsely reporting crime statistics in New York, in Atlanta and in Boca Raton, Florida. The charges have resulted in the resignation or demotion of high-ranking police commanders. "In Boca Raton a police c...

  • Letter: F-thoughts
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    I MORGAN Lincoln

  • Letter: Scientific principles
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    R J P WILLIAMS University of Oxford

  • Letter: Widows' pensions are not 'benefits'
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    I was widowed two years ago aged 48 and the widow's pension (not benefit) I receive is based on my late husband's NI contributions. No insurance company would dare to announce suddenly that it was not going to pay pensions to its customers. What this...

  • Letters: in brief
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    DALE WAKEFIELD Totterdown, Bristol YOU refer to the "ultimate capitalist nightmare" of the modern flexible office where staff feel like "permanent refugees" ("Brave new workplace", Real Life, 11 October). It need not be like that. It is possible to c...

  • That's all, folks
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    Roughly half refuse, saying firmly that they radically oppose a House where hereditary lords can vote. It is, they add, profoundly undemocratic, a remnant of the Age of Deference. To support it is to exhibit nostalgia for a sentimentally glorified pa...

  • Can the Irish peace process survive the Peace Prize?
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    Well done, lads, the Norwegians of the Nobel committee have said to John Hume and David Trimble, two of the key architects of the province's Good Friday agreement, keep up the good work. What, like the previous recipients? Or so the residents of Ulst...

  • THE AGREEABLE WORLD OF WALLACE ARNOLD
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    Calm down, Wallace. Deep breath. All better. I mention the late Reverend simply because I've been spending the past week tucked up in bed with my hot water bottle perusing the new Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Protest. And what a book it is, a co...

  • Leading Article: Labour under peer pressure
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    But New Labour does have a radical mission, say its advocates. It may not be much concerned with securing for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry; it is, nevertheless, committed to reforming the antique and obsolete Brit...

  • Letter: F-thoughts
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    This is not solely an English problem - the French language is a much greater culprit in its use of language offensive to women. MICHAEL MEADOWCROFT Leeds

  • QUOTES OF THE WEEK
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    Dr Henry Kissinger on military intervention in Kosovo The greatest problem is that he has had great difficulty in finding his bearings for a very long time and does not realise what is actually happening in the country. Russian Communist leader Genad...

  • Letter: F-thoughts
    Sunday, 18 October 1998

    C CLIFF Leeds

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