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Thursday, 26 February 1998

  • Letter: Jews and Christians
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    This is not the case. The Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union is the only religious society in the University to refuse any joint events or inter-faith evenings with other religious societies; they are not prepared to hear any alternative views t...

  • Letter: Cheap rail fares
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    You state the rise in Supersaver fares at 7 per cent above inflation; we make it slightly less than this overall. But the actual change in discount tickets is a real fall. The seven-day notice Apex fares have fallen in real terms; 24-hour notice Supe...

  • Letter: Silent chuckle
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    Jack Benny's no-word one-liner on American radio in the 1930s set an unbeatable standard. A back-street thug stops Benny and snarls, "Your money or your life!" A silence follows as the notoriously stingy Benny weighs up the choices. DUDLEY DOUST Glas...

  • Letter: Brown-field building
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    Our Victorian city fathers saw this need and created parks to provide this space for far smaller urban areas than those of today. Let us use some of the brown sites to provide for all, and particularly the carless urban citizen, at least some token e...

  • Letter: Parents at home
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    Some of these may be unable to find second employment, but most are in this position because they believe their children may be better served by a parental presence in the home than third-party childcare. Joint earners may complain bitterly through y...

  • Forget all that morbid Jesus stuff - try New Christianity
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    But this is advertising - the words provide only an atmosphere. What is needed is a strong visual image, and since crosses and tombs are right out, what can we possible use? What about the death of the Princess of Wales? Great idea. Yes, the central ...

  • Arcadia comes to the Big Smoke, to tell its well-worn tale of woe
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    So, I am every bit as capable of resenting rural Britain, as it is of resenting me. From our respective entrenchments we can lob grenades and epithets left over from previous phases of the war between Urbia and Arcadia. For the other side the city is...

  • MPs may be vain, but we still have to listen to what they say
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    Stylish yes. But is this any more than a wearyingly familiar bleat from MPs about the lack of interest they arouse in the rest of us? The main focus of what now looks like a good old fashioned showdown between Mr Kaufman and the BBC chairman is the d...

  • Fight back now to preserve our precious heritage of inner-city tranquillity
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    "The country people are coming to London to complain that we city people hate the countryside," says Junkin Askew, editor of Downtown, the magazine for people who hate the colour green. "And they're absolutely right - we do hate the bloody countrysid...

  • Letter: Dome of discord
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    BOB PETERS Leeds

  • Leading Article: Year Zero-zero looms
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    On the face of it, it seems surprising that a change of date could affect so many computers and things with computer chips in them. The fact that the next number after 1,999 is 2,000 has hardly come out of the blue: programmers have only had 1,998 ye...

  • Leading Article: Rural toffs rally a rag-bag army
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    Suddenly, all these issues have come together. Like one of those rather unconvincing scenes in movies where a small band of righteous protesters find their ranks swelled by onlookers and passers-by, the red-jacketed hunters find themselves at the hea...

  • THE BOX
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    With Germaine Greer back in the news, it's worthwhile to recall that she played an important part in revealing the true character of President Bill Clinton. In the early 1970s, shortly after the publication of her landmark feminist tome, The Female E...

  • Letter: Dome of discord
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    It would be life packaged as entertainment, a rock'n'roll reality. When real life gets you down - public transport run by pirates, hospitals run down by accountants and schools not run at all - have a day out. It would probably have been described as...

  • Letter: Dome of discord
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    It is deeply ironic that the Royal Greenwich Observatory, which gave Greenwich its unique significance, will cease to exist on 31 October 1998, after 323 years in which it helped British sailors to navigate the globe, gave the world a prime meridian,...

  • Letter: Dome of discord
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    JAN COLWYN FOULKES London SW15

  • Letter: Dome of discord
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    MARK WOODWARD London E15

  • Letter: Brown-field building
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    The development of "brownfield" sites not merely provides homes but also removes unsightly dereliction in the inner cities. Regalian has been a leader in urban regeneration throughout the 1980s and has continued this policy in the 1990s, taking a lea...

  • By the waters of the Thames, I sad down and wept ...
    Thursday, 26 February 1998

    I am astonished that a government normally so sure-footed in judging the public mood has taken on the uphill task of persuading many millions of sceptics up and down the nation that something to justify the enormous outlay can be created in the time ...

  • Pity the rich Swiss - they have to accept their own normality
    Thursday, 26 February 1998

    Switzerland is a prisoner of its myth. For the Swiss, theirs has been the land apart, which thanks to its valour, industry and good sense had avoided the traumas that engulfed the rest of Europe. It has seen itself as the purest distillation of indep...

  • Letter: What now for Iraq?
    Thursday, 26 February 1998

    First, the plight of the long-suffering people of Iraq. Last week, on the initiative of the United Kingdom, the Security Council agreed to an increase in the amount of humanitarian aid available to them. The citizens of Iraq deserve to be told, by al...

  • That millennium - the big stories you wouldn't have thought of in a thousand years
    Thursday, 26 February 1998

    "It's the big one," said Adrian. "The Millennium." "Oh, no - don't tell me you've got mixed up with the Peter Mandelson crowd!" "The Dome gnome? No, no - nothing like that. I'm heading up the new Millennium Press Authority." "The WHAT?" Adrian looked...

  • Bombs, bullets and hard words: but there still is hope in Ulster
    Thursday, 26 February 1998

    This is a mercy partly because it will concentrate the minds of the more fearful politicians who are often tempted to filibuster rather than cut a deal. But it's also a blessing in that it will limit the time available to those intent on using death ...

  • Letter: Too old for the Dome?
    Thursday, 26 February 1998

    MARY HODGES Oxford

  • Letter: Gents in the loo
    Thursday, 26 February 1998

    I have never known any man replace a loo roll, either curling over or peeping out. Where did you find them? Certainly not in the Long Room. SUSAN FREEMAN Hampton Hill, Middlesex

  • Letter: Titanic injustice
    Thursday, 26 February 1998

    The film shows Ismay urging Captain Smith to increase speed, in order to gain favourable publicity by arriving in New York ahead of schedule. According to W J Oldham's The Ismay Line, quite the reverse is true. Before sailing, Smith received Ismay's ...

  • Leading Article: Male Crusties' Club
    Thursday, 26 February 1998

    And isn't that the real point here? The issue has nothing to do with gender on the pitch: it is about a social club with a public and to some extent a political identity. The MCC is one of those peculiar British institutions which, ostensibly private...

  • Letter: Right to roam
    Thursday, 26 February 1998

    Unfortunately this has not been the case. The 1949 Countryside Act made provision for voluntary agreements and, to quote Angela Eagle, Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions: "Although some use has been m...

  • Letter: False Masons
    Thursday, 26 February 1998

    I work with victims of abuse by healthcare professionals, psychiatrists, GPs, psychiatric nurses and so on. When those who have suffered long-term sexual abuse begin to show signs of independence, it is surprising how often they are told, "You won't ...

  • Leading Article: Hague gropes for a New Toryism
    Thursday, 26 February 1998

    Some say that at this stage in the game, with Tory recovery still far off, inconsistency does not matter. Look at Disraeli and Peel - they rose out of adversity and played two ends against the middle. (Tory historical consciousness leaps over such pr...

  • NO-HEADLINE
    Thursday, 26 February 1998

    And particularly unfair to the nation's punters who, after all, have contributed pounds 399m to the Dome via their lottery bets. One of the principal corporate sponsors of the Dome, Manpower, the UK's largest employment agency, has pledged pounds 12m...

  • Letter: What now for Iraq?
    Thursday, 26 February 1998

    He will now do what is necessary to get the UN inspectors off his back and out of Iraq as quickly as possible. With sanctions consequently lifted, he will buy new weapons, and rebuild his chemical and germ warfare capabilities. The latter are cheap a...

  • Letter: What now for Iraq?
    Thursday, 26 February 1998

    But the bombs are still in their hands. We will not be safe until the sanctions are ended and all the troops and weapons pulled out. JOHN NICHOLSON Manchester

  • Letter: Right to roam
    Thursday, 26 February 1998

    Very careful consideration of these problems must be undertaken if the countryside is to be protected. P HARDING Breamore, Hampshire

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