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Wednesday, 25 March 1998

  • The place to go for a crafty smoke at the Millennium Dome - the designer backside
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    Very Unusual Jobs Indeed Number 43: The man who is designing the back door of the Millennium Dome. He is, perhaps, the only man in the world who describes himself as a Posterior Designer. He firmly believes that the back of a building is the most hon...

  • Leading Article: London? Sorted
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    "What?" "I had a bloke wants to be the new mayor of London in the back of my cab" "What was he like then?" "Well guv, he combined all the qualities you need in this new post, being possibly the second most politically important person in the land. He...

  • Leading Article: It's just not cricket
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    We mustn't go too far in suggesting old patterns no longer hold. Nick Hornby may have convinced some that football is for sensitive types, but recent antics on Tyneside have cemented football's reputation as a pitch for boorish men. Perhaps there are...

  • Letter: Standards for lobbyists
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    However, businesses need input into the political process, and more experienced advisers can play a vital role in ensuring that an organisation's corporate strategy does not simply ignore the nuances of emerging public policy. There is a clear differ...

  • Letter: Children in care
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    There have been many other reports, including the Department of Health's own, that have condemned the current system for failing society's most vulnerable children. How refreshing it would be if the ADSS and BAAF came up with some plans and proposals...

  • Letter: Parents work too hard
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    MSF is a trade union with 400,000 members working in professional and skilled occupations in the private and public sectors. Those with children need to be able to effectively balance their time spent on paid work and working for their family. Many p...

  • Letter: It's not that far
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    The distance between the British Museum and the new library is, at most, three-quarters of a mile. I hope Mr Lang's bibiographic knowledge is better than his geographic. BARRY COLE London EC1

  • The impossible dream - America without guns
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    How hard it is for us foreigners to understand America's relationship with the gun. I lived there for six years, and I still don't understand. It's not for want of trying. I can reel off the reasons for this deadliest obsession: the country's traditi...

  • Mix-ups: Princess Di marge, Mrs Bean, misquotations, and some curious DNA
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    What a charming dual gesture. Myself, I have no interest in margarine beyond knowing that the profits from its manufacture helped to fund the publication of Cyril Connolly's literary magazine Horizon at the start of the second World War. But I can't ...

  • Letter: Church investments
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    In our experience, these companies produce a good investment return and we have beaten independent benchmarks in recent years. Our policy is also to avoid investments in companies whose main business is in armaments, gambling, alcohol, tobacco and ne...

  • From little splinters can grow tomorrow's terrorism
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    Others in the security field, who these days are in the ascendancy, regard splits as messy, dangerous and most likely to produce continuing violence. They do not believe the present IRA ceasefire will last for ever, but their view is that, whether in...

  • Letter: Citizens of Britain?
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    DAVID WALKER Sittingbourne, Kent

  • Letter: Suing for distress
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    The Law Commission report anticipates a 10 per cent increase in the number of personal injury claims at an increase in premium cost of 2-5 per cent (based on discussions with the Association of British Insurers). To describe this as a "flood" is emot...

  • Letter: Blair needs Blackpool
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    Nothing illustrates more clearly the social snobbery of this elite, breaking all links with those who brought them into office. This tiny unrepresentative section of upper middle class opinion thinks it can run the country the same way it runs the pa...

  • Letter: Drink, for safety's sake
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    PETER ANDERSON Llandrindod Wells, Powys

  • Letter: Church investments
    Thursday, 26 March 1998

    Under international law it is recognised that there are legitimate uses for arms in terms of self-defence, as set out in Article 51 of the UN Charter. However, arms are not like other goods. They are designed to kill, injure and threaten. Church inve...

  • Leading article: Blair the lobbyist?
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    Yet it's not the French who need to beware but the Italians. The Euro- lines buzz with reports that the British prime minister has been lobbying Romano Prodi on behalf of Murdoch Enterprises Inc. Could it be that Mr Blair is moonlighting as a lobbyis...

  • Letter: Cook was right
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    First, the acceptance by the Palestinians of a two-state solution to the conflict is itself a massive compromise on their part - Israel is built on what was Palestinian territory, with millions of refugees from that territory, and their dependants, n...

  • Letter: Models of citizenship
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    It is an over-expressed fallacy that the youth of today has no interest in politics. This misconception leads to the inevitable next step of questioning how we can encourage our young citizens to become politically active; to vote, stand for councila...

  • Leading article: Clinton's vision of a new Africa
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    It may well take a century to see democratic lion-economies roaring out of Africa. Even so, for a continent that has long been written off as an economic and political basket-case it was a bold statement. What now must Clinton and the West - and Afri...

  • Business acumen in the arts: What the Arts Council could learn from the Medicis
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    Mr Robinson's reply went unrecorded. He could have pointed out upstart entrepreneurs have always been the bedrock of the arts, from the Medicis to the Rothschilds, the Tates and the Saatchis. So far, Mr Robinson's most bloody-thirsty suggestion has b...

  • What's the funniest part of the joke: the words, the timing, or the lack of laughter?
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    What the correspondents were arguing about, I think, was why it was so funny - was the line funny? was the silence funny? was it a sketch or a one-liner? - and I am in the odd position that I should be able to settle all arguments, because I have act...

  • Letter: Church investment
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    CHRIS TOLLEY Basingstoke, Hampshire

  • Letter: Through the looking-glass
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    JIM TATCHELL Wokingham, Berkshire

  • Letter: TV sports coverage
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    satellite channels (report, 21 March). Before appointing the Advisory Group, the Secretary of State consulted widely on the criteria to be taken into account in deciding whether or not to list an event. In order to be eligible for listing, an event m...

  • The future of work: Jobs will soon be flexible, fulfilling and fun
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    If the present government does have a big idea, it is that we should become a "high work" society. That is not to criticise the notion. Indeed given the adverse demographic headwind into which all developed countries will be butting, the only way inw...

  • The coming reshuffle: In Whitehall they're beginning to murmur: 'Dead M an Walking'
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    I exaggerate, of course. But the political season is moving towards reshuffle time and already government is awash with speculation about who is out, who down, and who in. This is a grisly spectacle, one of the few forms of public execution (and, for...

  • Letter: Fees for students
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    How can it possibly be acceptable that two colleagues in their thirties, with the same income, may be paying very different loan repayments because of their parents' relative prosperity 15 years earlier? IAN JOHNSTON College Lecturer in Engineering S...

  • Letter: Fees for students
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    Many of us who went to university without having to pay directly to do so understood perfectly well where the money for our education came from. It was provided because the nation recognised it needed a skilled workforce of trained graduates - to gov...

  • Letter: Church investment
    Wednesday, 25 March 1998

    Aaron Kataria's spurious explanation that the Commissioners' concern is that their investments are not made in companies who are "wholly or mainly in [the defence] business" is morally indefensible. Did they not bother to read BAe's 1996 Annual Repor...

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