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  • The Box
    Tuesday, 3 March 1998

    No doubt you've heard of Julian Lennon and, now, Jakob Dylan. But did you know that Sean Lennon, 22, the only son of John and Yoko, has an album being released in May? Or that Adam Cohen, the 25- year-old son of the melancholic Canadian poet/crooner ...

  • Letter: Countryside myth
    Tuesday, 3 March 1998

    In many rural areas the social cohesion essential to the maintenance of shops and services is undermined by people who are absent in towns during the day. House prices soar, and those who actually need to live and work in the countryside are driven f...

  • Letter: Chess education
    Tuesday, 3 March 1998

    Young offenders should be given chess tuition. It would teach them to be aware of the consequences of their actions, and channel their aggression into a mind sport. TONY BLADES Birkenhead, Merseyside

  • The BBC is a public service. And that means not faking integrity
    Tuesday, 3 March 1998

    Yet an accumulation of incidents is beginning to make me wonder whether the public service ethos of the BBC is less pervasive than it appears. For example there is the recent decision to move daily coverage of Parliament into what Gerald Kaufman has ...

  • Letter: Blowing the whistle
    Tuesday, 3 March 1998

    First, for the very reasons Dr Slapper sets out in his letter, the law will provide for reinstatement. Indeed, because whistle-blowers are so vulnerable, the Government has agreed to extend to them the special provisions for reinstatement pending the...

  • Letter: Lingua franca
    Tuesday, 3 March 1998

    As you point out, national rivalry will preclude the adoption of any modern language. The logical candidate is Latin, which was in fact used for this very purpose in the Middle Ages. Modern technological terms would pose no problem, since most of the...

  • Letter: Countryside myth
    Tuesday, 3 March 1998

    Westminster politicians could then concentrate on ensuring that the nation as a whole benefited from future subsidies paid to farmers. If the public wants to retain small fields and their hedges, which, as Roger Stratton (letter, 28 February) implies...

  • Leading Article: Mean city streets to let
    Tuesday, 3 March 1998

    And yet maybe Kirklees' example does have something to offer other public services . Most could be marketed much more effectively. Wouldn't it be refreshing - however unlikely it may be - to have the National Health Service inviting the public in to ...

  • Leading Article: Sex pests mean bad managers
    Tuesday, 3 March 1998

    Sexual attraction happens in the workplace; but is not and never can be an excuse for abuse of power. If men are allowed to get away with it, that speaks of a massive failure of managerial process. Sexual harassment is an organisational pathology whi...

  • John Major gives serious thought to resigning on a point of principle
    Tuesday, 3 March 1998

    So you can imagine how relieved I was when he rang me back yesterday to discuss the matter. "If I refuse to do the book for HarperCollins," he said, "will I have to hand the advance back?" "Yes, I'm afraid so." "That is quite normal?" "Well, it's not...

  • Letter: Lottery children
    Tuesday, 3 March 1998

    Although it is illegal for children to buy tickets, they have been involved in the promotion of the lottery, from its inception. Thus, children appeared in the initial television advertisements and were in the studio audience of the live draw, which ...

  • Letter: BBC for schools
    Tuesday, 3 March 1998

    "Dry and formal" may be Sally Williams's verdict on BBC Education's radio output. It's certainly not the verdict of the teachers and children who listen to it. Audiences are increasing. ALAN LAMBERT Commissioning Editor, BBC Education GEOFF MARSHALL-...

  • Call me unfashionable, but Harriet deserves an even break
    Tuesday, 3 March 1998

    Judged by such deeply unscientific criteria, Harriet Harman isn't exactly up. The latest charge against her is that she has been leaking budget information - a charge which can be levelled more widely than at Ms Harman. The Treasury itself has adopte...

  • Letter: Henry the Forgotten
    Tuesday, 3 March 1998

    No. Henry would not have been king. The throne would have gone to his elder sister Margaret Tudor (born 1489), who married James IV of Scotland. Their granddaughter was Mary, Queen of Scots. SHEILA M LYONS Chichester, West Sussex

  • I thought Bathos was a cut-price holiday destination
    Tuesday, 3 March 1998

    The cut-price carrier easyJet has served a writ against British Airways, claiming that it is cross-subsidising Go, its new low-price airline and that the tactic is intended to put easyJet out of business. Cross-subsidy is the established company's we...

  • Letter: Countryside myth
    Tuesday, 3 March 1998

    I don't hunt, but I am clear about my own motives for making the long journey from Northumberland to London. Hunting is the cultural tradition of a decent minority group, and the Bill to ban it symbolises the populist bigotry of this government, with...

  • Letter: Murdoch's censors
    Monday, 2 March 1998

    This suggestion seems to me to be relevant to the question which was raised recently about the alleged predatory pricing of The Times newspaper. Officials of The Times have been heard to say that the low price is possible because of the enhanced adve...

  • Letter: Murdoch's censors
    Monday, 2 March 1998

    Two years ago, I completed my autobiography and sent it to my editor at HarperCollins, then my publisher. I had every reason to expect its speedy acceptance and publication. My friendly editor, Malcolm Edwards, had written to me on holiday in Cyprus ...

  • Letter: Countryside March
    Monday, 2 March 1998

    While it is true that the American Masters of Foxhounds Association gave a generous donation to the Campaign for Hunting, as a gesture of solidarity, for which we are most grateful, there is no record of any contribution from the "US shooting lobby"....

  • The Box
    Monday, 2 March 1998

    Perhaps Evans won't have to disrobe and go for an urban ramble quite yet. One of his employees at the Daily News has reported that Evans is having difficulty finding his way around his new offices. Every time he goes to the lavatory, he has to ask fo...

  • Leading Article: Ministers lost in the welfare forest
    Monday, 2 March 1998

    Before the election he made a number of grand and not necessarily compatible statements. One of the more important was (in this newspaper): "I see huge inequalities in wealth and opportunity and believe they should be corrected." Others were made les...

  • Major and Murdoch - Will he pull the book? Will he see the story? Will he get the joke?
    Monday, 2 March 1998

    Mark you, the news reports did say that many leading writers were thinking of leaving HarperCollins in protest against Murdoch's high-handedness, and that obviously wouldn't include John Major, who has never been thought of as a writer of any kind. O...

  • An alibi for pleasure: Sadly for Mr Blair the copyright he craves has already been claimed
    Monday, 2 March 1998

    There was no controversy about what it would contain. It had been specifically constructed to house what was then the largest panorama ever painted - a 134 foot diameter depiction of the view from the very pinnacle of St Paul's (the painter, a topogr...

  • Picture of the day: Student power
    Monday, 2 March 1998

    Photograph: Brian Harris. A 9x12 print of this photograph can be ordered on 0171-293 2534

  • Letter: Titanic errors
    Monday, 2 March 1998

    As chairman of White Star Line, he must have approved of the decision to equip the Titanic with fewer lifeboat places than the total number of passengers and crew, contrary to the ship designer's original plan. This was legal at the time, but surely ...

  • Leading Article: A kiss is just a kiss...
    Monday, 2 March 1998

    It cannot be long now before the tissue of half-truths and leaks is stripped away and something resembling the truth is told. The American press have been forced on to the defensive by an aggressive campaign by the White House, but not a single thing...

  • Letter: Train or car
    Monday, 2 March 1998


  • Letter: Save the arts
    Monday, 2 March 1998

    There is one important proviso however: funds gathered either from sponsorship or through tax deduction tend to benefit the established and the conservative. It is essential, even if your initiative is successful, that pressure for strong public subs...

  • Your perfect little angel needs a dirty face
    Monday, 2 March 1998

    Scientists have discovered that children who bathe daily (and wash their hands more than five times a day) are 25 per cent more likely to have asthma than their dirtier friends. And those who bathe least are the healthiest of the lot. The explanation...

  • Letter: Benny's one-liner
    Monday, 2 March 1998

    MICHAEL SHACKEL Sanderstead, Surrey

  • World Bank finds God: Now that the windows are all smashed, what happen s next?
    Monday, 2 March 1998

    The meeting was hosted jointly by Dr George Carey, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and James Wolfensohn, the President of the World Bank. Its subject was the relationship between religion and development. Its delegates included a variety of luminaries ...

  • Letter: Murdoch's censors
    Monday, 2 March 1998

    JOHN PALMER Waterlooville, Hampshire

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