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Friday, 13 March 1998

  • Letter from the editor
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    ON THURSDAY night, we took our campaign for tax relief on arts funding to the Royal Academy, where Melvyn Bragg chaired a debate on the pros and cons of adopting the long-established American system of arts support. There it is simple. Make a donatio...

  • Letter: Age no bar
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    STEWART RUSSELL London SE10 [We mean "young in spirit" - Eds]

  • Letter: Indeed Sir
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    PAUL BUTTLE Keswick, Cumbria

  • High on the hog
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

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

  • Letter: BBC and Parliament
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    You quote Sir Christopher as saying he believes such an undertaking would seriously compromise the independence of the BBC Governors. This claim highlights a convenient intellectual smokescreen that has arisen over the corporation's duties towards Pa...

  • Letter: Blair in church
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    The occasion aptly illustrates the Prime Minister's ecumenical outlook, as well as the convergence of the churches, rather than any "turning to Rome". Canon PETER ATKINSON Chichester, West Sussex

  • Letter: Border disputes
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    In other words, the Kosovo Albanians, like the Serbs and Croats of Bosnia, must for ever remain part of a state they detest. There must be an "end to violence" and a "negotiated settlement". The policy of all borders being externally sacred is an art...

  • Where I'll be in 2028, when asteroid XF11 hits our planet
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    "But now," my thought continued, "I probably won't be able to do any of those things, because - at precisely that time - some bloody great lump of space rock is due to punch a hole in the atmosphere and crash into the earth, extinguishing much life a...

  • Coca-Cola, Jane Austen - just what makes a classic?
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    Canon-making and canon-changing preoccupies our archive-minded pre-millennial time. Far from drowning in a sea of anything-goes relativism, as the doomsters claim, we draw up lists, compile charts and obsessively play at Ins and Outs. Last year, the ...

  • In Blair's Britain, everyone is included - even the outcasts
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    Now ministers are drawing the consumers of public services into their embrace. It will not endear them to the professional middle classes, whose ardour for New Labour is cooling faster than that of a dog doused in a bucket of cold water. The sight of...

  • Leading Article: Drop the humbug about hunting
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    "Daddy, is Tony Blair in the Cabinet?" Yes, he is the most important one. "And what does he think?" Well, a girl of about your age wrote a letter to ask him, and he wrote back saying, "I do think hunting is wrong and I will vote in favour of a ban in...

  • Letter: Indeed Sir
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    MURRAY HEDGCOCK The P G Wodehouse Society (UK) London SW14

  • quote unquote
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    "I prefer mashed potato to exercise. So I have - how you say it? - muscles like mashed potatoes" - Jean-Paul Gaultier, fashion designer. "I am not sure if I am ironically post-modern or post-modern ironical" - Terry Wogan, broadcaster. "We are a youn...

  • Letter: Philip's memorial
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    For many years I have worked in it as a group leader, and on several occasions have had the pleasure of meeting Prince Philip. In the company of young people from all backgrounds he was attentive, cheerful and remarkably well informed. If there were ...

  • Letter: Modern Latin
    Saturday, 14 March 1998

    Latin was, for several centuries after the foundation of Constantinople, the administrative language of the Roman Empire (both East and West). It is true that modern Greek owes (some of) its origins to classical Greek, in the same way that French, Ca...

  • Letter: Selling a house
    Friday, 13 March 1998

    I know of nowhere else worldwide where a house purchaser expects a seller to wait whilst the purchaser sells his own house. This is the real cause for delay. In Norway, and indeed elsewhere, a purchaser is bound by his offer and has to seek bridging ...

  • Letter: Duped by China
    Friday, 13 March 1998

    Most human rights organisations agree that such political appeasement - whether the retention of Most Favoured Nation trading status or the uncoupling of trade from human rights - has a direct and immediate influence on the political climate in China...

  • Leading Article: Blair's loyalty contest
    Friday, 13 March 1998

    This will stop Tony Benn's avatar using it as a power base, but might let in a fifth column of Hattersleyites (as Trotskyists are known these days) among the unknowns on the ballot paper. So, out goes to the call to loyal Blairite actors and pop star...

  • Richard and Judy commandeer the deck of our refitted vessel
    Friday, 13 March 1998

    But, while a believer in openness, I don't want to regurgitate past arguments. It would be messy, insanitary and undignified. Much more important, there was a happy ending, which is rare in journalism. So I have decided to regard my head-first plunge...

  • Letter: Women and computers
    Friday, 13 March 1998

    First, that IT (in the form of e-mail) provides by far the most cost- effective way of keeping in touch. Almost none of the female friends to whom I've described the benefits of the Internet realised initially that messages were sent in fractions of ...

  • Letter: Duped by China
    Friday, 13 March 1998

    JONATHAN MIRSKY London W11

  • Letter: Voting reform
    Friday, 13 March 1998

    DAVID HOWARTH Clare College, Cambridge

  • Letter: Selling a house
    Friday, 13 March 1998

    In the real world of trade and commerce, to which he was obviously a complete stranger, no one has their "downside covered". In the hotel business, for instance, we have to maintain a building with comfortable beds in it and food ready to feed guests...

  • Letter: End of duty-free
    Friday, 13 March 1998

    Dire warnings of chaos on ferries and aeroplanes represent one of the most narrow arguments yet put forward by those trying to get the decision reversed. They should be answering the question of why air and ferry passengers, particularly regular ones...

  • Letter: A safer railway
    Friday, 13 March 1998

    However, the management of maintenance, renewal and investments involves considerable logistical and safety considerations, not least the management of "possessions", whereby track is made available for work and handed back for service at agreed inte...

  • At last, the tobacco industry admits the link it has always denied
    Friday, 13 March 1998

    Yes, the tobacco industry has finally agreed to admit something that it has never admitted before. It has finally agreed to admit that there is a link - let me spell this out clearly - that there is a DEFINITE PROVEN LINK between tobacco and smoking....

  • Leading Article: The long shadow of Hassan
    Friday, 13 March 1998

    So why is Turkey different from Estonia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania? The first, and very important, answer is human rights. Despite its aspirations, and despite the very recent democratic credentials of the convoy of countries which has jumped th...

  • Scottish tremors should act as an early warning for Blair
    Friday, 13 March 1998

    In England, at least. If you wondered what UK politics might be looking like if Blair was facing Italo-French style competition on the left, it's worth examining the case of Scotland. This week an opinion poll asked Scottish electors how they would v...

  • Letter: Don't knock it
    Friday, 13 March 1998

    JOHN LAWRENCE London NW3

  • Letter: Diversification
    Friday, 13 March 1998

    DAVID GIBBS London SW4

  • The news on television presents its viewers with a smaller world
    Friday, 13 March 1998

    No, the news on ITV will profit to this extent alone: at 11pm it will no longer have to worry about catering for such a large and diverse audience as the one it struggled to inform at 10; because they won't be there, as sure as eggs is eggs. The true...

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