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Tuesday, 10 March 1998

  • Letter:Watery Moon
    Wednesday, 11 March 1998

    RICHARD WINSTONE Stroud, Gloucestershire

  • Spare the Teletubbies: they've dumbed-up Watch with Mother
    Wednesday, 11 March 1998

    The Teletubbies' biggest achievement is that they have become a symbol for those who want to argue that children's TV is "dumbing down". The fact that the Teletubbies are designed to appeal to pre-school infants: to babies in other words, seems to ha...

  • Letter: Phone 'rip-offs'
    Wednesday, 11 March 1998

    The charges by Cellnet, BT and Vodafone, which Mr Cruickshank describes as a "rip off", involve another dimension not emphasised in recent reports. Of the five billion calls made from landlines to mobile telephones, a significant number connect to re...

  • Letter: Art for all
    Wednesday, 11 March 1998

    His implication, that only those trained in art are qualified to assess art, ignores the popular and voluble interest in public works of art and the continued investment in them by local councils. Art is an expression, mirror and critique of a cultur...

  • Letter: Harmless dope
    Wednesday, 11 March 1998

    ROB MURPHY Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Letter: It's Latin to them
    Wednesday, 11 March 1998

    There is a temptation to assume that the new Europe is a recreation of the Latin West, but this ceased to be the case, if it ever was, when the Greeks came on board in 1983, and will be even less so with the accession of (say) Bulgaria and Romania, w...

  • Letter: Cancer toll in Iraq
    Wednesday, 11 March 1998

    There were far more oil well and refinery fires in Kuwait than in all of Iraq. The retreating Iraqi troops deliberately set fire to 715 Kuwaiti oil wells and three refineries, which took months, not weeks, to put out. There were tank battles, in whic...

  • A view from the clifftops at Porthbeor beach
    Wednesday, 11 March 1998

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

  • Letter: School agreements
    Wednesday, 11 March 1998

    We believe this requirement could lead to division rather than partnership between parent and school and will impose an extra administrative burden on schools. Rather than the Government imposing this detailed legal requirement on all schools we want...

  • Letter: Beyond the Dome
    Wednesday, 11 March 1998

    The Dome is the single biggest project funded by the Millennium Commission and less attention has yet been given to the other projects which will take up the other 80 per cent of Millennium Commission funding. We are funding 186 capital projects incl...

  • What really goes on at the BBC - an absolutely, totally genuine fly-on-the-wall report
    Wednesday, 11 March 1998

    Birt: We have recently come under a lot of criticism for faking documentaries. Does anyone have anything to say to that? Man with Glasses: Is this the thing about the Learner Driver? Birt: Yes. Man with Glasses: Oh, that. I can explain that. Birt: Go...

  • Leading Article: Who is to blame for water scandal?
    Wednesday, 11 March 1998

    The story is complicated, but it matters a great deal, not just to current pensioners, but potentially to hundreds of thousands of other state employees and to the taxpayers who may have to do the bailing out. Talk by ministers about tight belts and ...

  • Leading Article: Negative ads can work
    Wednesday, 11 March 1998

    The key words were "deceitful and manipulative". If cigarette companies were made out to be dishonest and unscrupulous, they were "delegitimised" and people started to ask themselves hard questions about their own behaviour. Becoming aware of what li...

  • Why America's teenage girls can't get enough of 'Titanic'
    Wednesday, 11 March 1998

    Almost three months after the film's release, the surprise comes from the complexion of the audiences. In front of cinemas across America, the winding queues comprise not laggardly first-time viewers curious to see if what everyone else says about th...

  • Letter: Lively competition
    Wednesday, 11 March 1998

    Miss World is now arguably the most-watched annual television show in the world, with more than 2 billion viewers in over 150 countries. In this country, Sky believe that there is life in Miss World, for they televise it. We are alive and kicking, an...

  • Failed your exams? Start a business in the playground
    Wednesday, 11 March 1998

    There is one obvious and valid explanation - that the students who come to both countries do so because they are coming to the best universities. The problems in America and Britain are not with our elite universities which are excellent, but with th...

  • The Box
    Wednesday, 11 March 1998

    Of course the polls show that a majority of Londoners will vote in favour of having a mayor. In the meantime, Archer's effort is entirely made up of volunteers, he says, including his new treasurer, wealthy businessman Greg Hutchings. "I haven't spen...

  • Ashdown and Blair - the future of the Lib Dems lies with them both
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    But this doesn't make the party's chronic dilemma any easier to resolve. It's pointed up by every hallowed demand on the Liberal agenda that Blair effortlessly grants. The Lib Dems' official stance towards the Government is that of "constructive oppo...

  • Did you know that prune awareness week is nearly with us?
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    Ralph Waldo Emerson in his journals said that a day was a miniature eternity - and if you look at the list of special days it certainly seems that way. The Roman Catholic Church and its holy days of obligation has nothing on the late 20th century dia...

  • Worried about porn? You too can be an Internet policeman
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    People are at once worried and despairing about the Internet. They can see that it will eventually bring material to the computer screen that will be as powerful as anything which is available in the cinema, on video or on television. For the moment,...

  • Letter: Serbia's path to war
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    On my return I was naively surprised to find no mention of these and other horrors, although I have since noticed a small and obscure paragraph on the subject. With the actions of the Serbs in Kosovo on the front page (9 March), would I be wrong in a...

  • Letter: Priest was not a bigot
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    The priest gave Catholic last rites to Damien, who would have wanted them, and prayed with Philip, who would have wanted that and no more, yet he is judged "a bigot". Had he given the sacraments to a Protestant in those circumstances, he would presum...

  • Letter: Myth of media choice
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    When we had fewer television and radio channels the controller's difficult job was to provide a balanced schedule that could appeal to the widest possible audience. The lack of "choice" meant that occasionally viewers and listeners might have the enj...

  • Letter: Tips from Canada
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    IAN L FREEMAN Leeds

  • Letter: Heavy NHS workload
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    The real problem is that the overwhelming majority of consultants are now doing too much; many are at their wits' end trying to cope with extremely heavy and relentlessly increasing workload. Reductions in junior doctors' hours, an alarming increase ...

  • Letter: End of estate agents?
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    Estate agents are about the only middle-men in the market who don't hold their own stock - because, they say, they can't afford to - and their clients therefore have to borrow heavily to cover the transfers over which they preside. Agents also have a...

  • Leading Article: Drum-beating will not help Kosovo
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    This, however, is dangerous language and the British government should think very carefully before associating itself so closely with the American line that all the world is a potential target for military intervention. To stick to President Clinton ...

  • Leading Article: Parental panic on TV
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    Not all change is for the worse, but neither ought it to be uncritically accepted. Children's access to the Internet can be a tool for acquiring new knowledge; equally it can augment those forces in the modern world which make childhood innocence so ...

  • The Tragi-comical History of King Tony, Part Two: enter, stage left, the Ghost
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    Scene: The Palace of Westminster. Enter King Tony accompanied by noblemen, courtiers, supplicants, advisers, Catholic priests, spin physicians, etc. King Tony: Now, tell me, wise old men and gentle courtiers, What is the greatest problem of our age? ...

  • Letter: No competition
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    Many would not see the distinction. As one familiar with software other than that of Microsoft, I avoid using its products to the same extent that I boycott the emanations of News International. Gates and Murdoch in their attitudes to competition are...

  • Picture of the Day: Wounded Elephant', by Ronald Rae
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

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

  • Letter: Serbia's path to war
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    If Slobodan Milosevic continues down this path - a course which has been escalating for years - the result will involve several other countries in the region and perhaps even Turkey, making Bosnia look like a picnic. Such a war (specifically the hund...

  • Letter: Rossing uranium mine
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    Not only does this company have no knowledge or record of Mr Holland being among the few geologists then exploring in the Rossing area - none of whom were British or Australian - but there was no mine at Rossing in 1969. It was four years later that ...

  • The Box
    Tuesday, 10 March 1998

    However, the former hack was not impressed with his treatment by the Germans and complained to his hosts following lunch about his seating arrangements. Not only should he have been placed at the top table, Grey pointed out, but he was placed next to...

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