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Sunday, 22 March 1998

  • Letter: Moving the King's Library
    Monday, 23 March 1998

    THOSE persons calling for the reversal of the move by the British Library to St Pancras of the books comprising the King's Library (report, 19 March) fail to take into account the well-being of this great collection. The Smirke-designed rooms at the ...

  • Letter: International art
    Monday, 23 March 1998

    "THE National Gallery" is a quirky name for a collection containing such a minuscule number of national artists. More than half the cost of renovating the recently reopened rooms in the gallery has come from France, and the rooms themselves will show...

  • Leading article: A vote against racism in Europe
    Monday, 23 March 1998

    It is a decision of great moment not just for France but for the whole of Europe because whatever they decide, the situation is a warning of the sinister forces which stand ready to exploit arrogant, bureaucratic and remote European institutions in b...

  • Leading article: Fat salaries in trainland
    Monday, 23 March 1998

    And I ride on the footplate there and back again." Time in Trumptonshire, and elsewhere, must fly by even more quickly now that train drivers have the option of using those idle moments to consider when, how and where to spend their substantial salar...

  • Picture Of The Day
    Monday, 23 March 1998

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

  • Letter: Fees for students
    Monday, 23 March 1998

    YOUR article on tuition fees "Students staying at home to save money" (19 March) implies that students will have to pay pounds 1,000 towards the cost of their course. Only a third will be faced with this fee. Poorer students will pay nothing and the ...

  • Letter: A small matter...
    Monday, 23 March 1998

    IT'S A small thing, I know, but can I put matters straight on the subject of the actor Ian Holm's penis? In an interview with your paper (Eye, 19 March), he again claims - as in other recent interviews - that I wrote of his nude scene in King Lear: "...

  • Northern Ireland talks have reached the endgame, but stalemate is all too likely
    Monday, 23 March 1998

    The parties are required to reach agreement by Good Friday, April 10. If they manage that, referendums will be held on May 22, north and south, to endorse the agreed deal: that is the plan. The talks process might yet end in success; but if it does, ...

  • Letter: Rossing uranium mine
    Monday, 23 March 1998

    GIDA Nakazibwe-Sekandi, manager of corporate affairs at the Rossing uranium mine in Namibia, (letter, 10 March) is dangerously ill-informed if he believes that uranium from the mine has been used solely for electricity generation because it is covere...

  • Letter: Mardi Gra: a clue
    Monday, 23 March 1998

    SO the FBI think the "Mardi Gra" bomber has been ill-treated by a bank? (report, 19 March) That really narrows it down. JOHN ROZIER Hanley Castle, Worcestershire

  • Letter: Help for self-harmers
    Monday, 23 March 1998

    AS A recovering "cutter", I was appalled at the feature "Why I have to harm myself" (24 February). From my experience over 28 years of serious self-injury, and five years "in recovery" from it, I know this condition to be an addiction. It does not st...

  • On with the sensational saga of King Tony: Act Three, the rise and rise of Duke Gordon
    Monday, 23 March 1998

    In the Palace, at Westminster. Duke Gordon Brown is addressing the assembly on his plans for the nation. Gordon Brown: In former years this land did rise and fall In constant cycles of unsteadiness, From boom to bust, from stop to go and back, Until ...

  • Letter: At the end of useful life
    Monday, 23 March 1998

    THE letters about "waiting to die" (19 March) omitted one important point: that what happens to the elderly is a relative question, not an absolute one concerning only them. As an 83-year-old widower, I have finished my useful - and worthwhile - life...

  • Jackie Brown is right. The only way out is to take a chance
    Monday, 23 March 1998

    Work - any work - confers dignity and value, runs the social-democratic mantra of our times. If that labour can be clean, indoors, endowed with a white collar and open to women as easily - or more easily - than men (this litany goes on), so much the ...

  • Letter: Just Christian, just Conservative
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    MY FAMILY and I would like to express our appreciation for your excellent piece of journalism on the Peniel Academy and its leader, Bishop Reid. It was a nicely balanced account from which people can draw their own conclusions. So many of us have kep...

  • Letters in brief
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    Maggie Guillon Newthorpe, Nottinghamshire l SO LINDA Bellos has "a problem" with the fact that the film Jackie Brown isn't directed by a black person ("British blacks threaten boycott", 15 March)? Joseph Goebbels had a similar problem with German fil...

  • It's constituency 2212 speaking
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    POLICEMEN in Downing Street bent anxiously over a cardboard box the other day. Was the security of the state at stake? Hardly. Inside was a Next catalogue. It was simply Cherie shopping by post. IT'S amazing what MPs expect us to believe they do in t...

  • Letter: Royal reform
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    What is sacrosanct about the monarchy? Any institution that believes that birthright is a qualification for playing a role, however minor, in the nation's affairs is an anachronism. To those who say that we would lose much of our tradition if we abol...

  • Letter: A 'no' vote
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    The port, if built, will come into direct conflict with the needs of over 30,000 families from the fishing community and, as the draft of P&O's own socio-economic survey of the region states, "convert the existing self-sufficient system into an u...

  • Letter: Recognition that came too late
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    Although Mr Bragg fails to mention it, Anne Sayre's Rosalind Franklin & DNA, elucidating the importance of her role, appeared in New York in 1975. Indeed, five years earlier, the feminist American artist June Wayne created a series of prints to h...

  • Letter: Just Christian, just Conservative
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    This church does not exercise control over how you live your life, spend your money or bring up your children - you are free to choose and free to come or go. However it does offer practical guidelines, based on biblical principles, and if you want y...

  • Letter: There is nothing healthy about the state of British theatre
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    In 1945, there were nearly 100 repertory companies in Britain. Where are they now? It is not just the mass public that has developed amnesia about live theatre and its unique qualities, pleasures and opportunities. It is a myth that British theatre i...

  • Rest in peace Dr Spock - unlike the rest of us!
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    I remember as though it were yesterday the afternoon his Baby and Child Care was first published. I was passing the time very agreeably in The Beefsteak Club, sharing an ounce of shag with my old friend and quaffing partner Mr James Lees-Milne. We we...

  • Much too big for their boots
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    The arrogance of assuming that a Tannoyed statement would save the unworthy bacon of the chairman and his deputy is breathtaking. For three days after the reports of trashing Geordie lasses, fleecing supporters and insulting star players steamed off ...

  • Profile: The girl next door; HELEN HUNT
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    This sounds like soft stuff these days, but that is because so few people feel at ease with old-fashioned romantic comedy. Even As Good As It Gets lurches along sometimes, but Helen Hunt keeps it together, and tomorrow night in Los Angeles she will w...

  • Leading article: A short round of applause
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    Last week our Foreign Secretary gave such offence to Israel's prime minister, Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, that he cancelled his dinner with Mr Cook. Not every visitor to Israel would think that a punishment, but it was clearly a diplomatic incident. It le...

  • Dickensian conditions are sweeping the globe. Don't worry too much
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    This is partly because Britain seems relatively well-run at present: the economy is strong, fear of recession or unemployment is low among the middle classes. But the lack of debate has been uncanny, unsettling. Given that Blair and New Labour are cl...

  • See it and believe it
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    The roofs I was walking around on belong to a group of Arab houses, currently being restored, and from one of them I was able to look straight down into a Jewish settlement in the heart of the old town. There was a festival on, and children were out ...

  • Mr Brown was right to ignore the prig press
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    It remains to be seen whether it will rank with Sir Geoffrey Howe's 1981 budget, which supplied the armoury for the destruction of British industry and was acclaimed on that account, or with Nigel Lawson's 1988 budget, which destroyed Margaret Thatch...

  • All told, Tony's learnt a lot from the royals
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    Like a couple of bad comedians, the two embarked on a series of ponderous exchanges which highlighted their uneasy relationship. "Thanks for letting me present the Budget, Tony," said Mr Brown, to which the younger man responded with a paternal pat: ...

  • Letter: Off course
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    The shortage of girls taking up golf has been a particular concern in Warwickshire and over the last eight months I have had responsibility for finding girls interested in the game. I have had no difficulty in getting 27 girls aged between eight and ...

  • Calling the shots: Britain's provincial potentates
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    Worth pounds 45m, Stewart Milne has made his money from creating a construction empire in the north-east of Scotland. Together with his family, Milne, 46, owns 86 per cent of Stewart Milne Group, whose name appears everywhere in the region. The corpo...

  • Letter: Land rights
    Sunday, 22 March 1998

    The situation is a lot more complex. Ironically the well-being of the moors, grouse and other wildlife can be assured only because owners actively manage them for the income that the shooting brings in - otherwise the heather and grouse would be repl...

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