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  • Letter: Countryside March
    Saturday, 28 February 1998

    JEREMY APTER Sudbury, Suffolk

  • Letter: Dome thoughts
    Saturday, 28 February 1998

    I SYMPATHISE with Mary Hodges (letter, 26 February; "Too old for the Dome?") but have to disagree. I will be a mere stripling of 45 in the year 2000 and I think the contents of the Millennium Dome are designed for those aged 25 or less. KEITH HART Fa...

  • Letter: Countryside March
    Saturday, 28 February 1998

    The "right to privacy on one's own property" is only "a powerful and long-established rule" as far as one's home is concerned. For land it is a comparatively modern concept. Land was once regarded as a communal asset, over which most members of the c...

  • Letter: Dome thoughts
    Saturday, 28 February 1998

    JOHN RIMMER London SW14

  • Letter: Countryside March
    Saturday, 28 February 1998

    For that one day there will be no farm animals stuffed with hormones and antibiotics, no raptors poisoned, no badgers baited, no untaxed tractors on our roads, no wild animals hounded, no song-birds silenced, no hedges mangled, no folk having to work...

  • Letter: Countryside March
    Saturday, 28 February 1998

    I would urge those who live, work, or derive pleasure from the countryside to give the countryside march on Sunday 1 March their support. ANDREW DINGWALL-FORDYCE Convener Scottish Landowners' Federation Edinburgh

  • Quote unquote
    Saturday, 28 February 1998

    I bought an ice cream once. I honestly can't think of the others - Eddie George, Bank of England Governor, asked about occasions when he had been extravagant It is an observable phenomenon in Northern Ireland - and elsewhere - that tension and violen...

  • Letter: Countryside March
    Saturday, 28 February 1998

    I farm cows for milk, hens for eggs, and wheat to feed the hens. "Market forces" have reduced the milk price to farmers by 20 per cent without any noticeable drop in dairy product prices. Wheat is now trading at pounds 80 per tonne instead of pounds ...

  • Letter: Countryside March
    Saturday, 28 February 1998

    The urban majority are entitled to a view on national issues like the cruelty of bloodsports, the environmental devastation caused by modern farming and the exclusion of walkers from their homeland. The huge subsidy they provide to landowners both as...

  • Letter: Working mothers
    Saturday, 28 February 1998

    IF tax payers have to bear the cost of childcare subsidies for those mothers who work to pay school fees (letter, 25 February), at least they will be relieved of the costs of educating those mothers' children. KATHARINE WAIT Duns Tew, Oxfordshire

  • Only the British know how to shrug off an arm-eating tiger
    Saturday, 28 February 1998

    But in these debased times you can get the accolade for much more passive acts. The most common, of course, is not dying of cancer. If your tumour is malign and you do anything other than go into an immediate and terminal decline, then you are up the...

  • Swan up
    Saturday, 28 February 1998

    A 9x12 print of this photograph can be ordered on 0171-293 2534

  • Leading Article: The Murdoch mask slips
    Saturday, 28 February 1998

    One passage leaps out from the anxious memo from Eddie Bell, chairman of HarperCollins, questioning the decision by his New York bosses to ditch the Patten book. It is the one in which Mr Bell refers to Mr Murdoch's description of the book as having ...

  • Leading Article: BBC risks contempt of Parliament
    Saturday, 28 February 1998

    The first problem with this strategy - which has greatly upset MPs - is that it is not borne out by the facts. Yesterday in Parliament attracts an audience of 1.3 million, while according to a BBC spokesman The Week in Westminster is listened to by 6...

  • Letter: Morning Star
    Saturday, 28 February 1998

    You report (26 February) a claim in the that the Communist Party of Britain has been in talks with Arthur Scargill about the possibility of his party, the Socialist Labour Party, buying the paper. A recent informal discussion between representatives ...

  • Letter: Children in slavery
    Saturday, 28 February 1998

    A FEW years ago I spent several months in Pakistan, where I was born. I was given wonderful hospitality. But I was also taken on a visit to some brickfields ("Film exposes child slavery", 24 February). Two things come back to mind that seem especiall...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • Letter: Dome of discord
    Friday, 27 February 1998

    BOB PETERS Leeds

  • 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...

  • 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...

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