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  • Letter: Modern Latin
    Friday, 6 March 1998

    JUNE WYTON Bristol

  • Letter: Millennium bug
    Friday, 6 March 1998

    Since then, the Government has slowly been adopting our recommendations. But we are now eight months nearer to the merciless deadline. Therefore, what needs to be done has changed. Unfortunately, the Government seems not to understand that. We sugges...

  • Letter: Modern Latin
    Friday, 6 March 1998

    P J STEWART St. Anne's College, Oxford

  • Letter: Modern Latin
    Friday, 6 March 1998

    Syntactically, it is easier than English, and entirely phonetic. Your original article joked about Greeks and Estonians being the last to laugh because of re-translation problems. Greek and Estonian Esperantists laugh with the rest of us! PETER G HAY...

  • Pandora
    Friday, 6 March 1998

    MICHAEL Foster's, Labour MP, sees his anti-hunting Bill return to the Commons today, although it is highly unlikely that the Government will find time for it. His chief adviser on the Bill is one John Bryant, author of a book which declares "pet anim...

  • Leading article: Marry in haste...
    Friday, 6 March 1998

    Now we have the solution. The Wildenstein Solution. All the Government has to do is to draw the moral from the divorce of Alec and Jocelyne Wildenstein. Alec W, from a family worth billions of dollars, claims to earn $175,000 a year, although New Yor...

  • The bombers are among us and we'll never know their names
    Friday, 6 March 1998

    On Wednesday another explosive device went off close to a branch of the store in the London suburb of Forest Hill. The police said that it "bore all the hallmarks" of the Mardi Gra bomber (is there - in the East End perhaps - some little unshaven und...

  • It's time Mr Cook applied his ethics to China
    Friday, 6 March 1998

    Last week in Brussels, the EU's 15 foreign ministers approved a carefully worded declaration on China. It reflected a compromise, brokered by Cook in the chair, between those countries like France, and less publicly Germany, that oppose, for more or ...

  • God, sex, Kafka and roof racks - all made clear by traditional Albanian wisdom
    Friday, 6 March 1998

    Anyway, judge for yourself in this latest cropping from the Great Book of Albanian Proverbs * No great comedy hit ever had a comic title. * Prayer-time: the only time when a Christian comes out in the open and tells God what to do. In the country of ...

  • Leading article: Put the trains back on the rails
    Friday, 6 March 1998

    And evidence also comes from the markets, from the extraordinary spectacle of the directors of a company - Great Western - standing to make millions after having provided the public with mediocre or downright unreliable service. Meanwhile the Health ...

  • Don't swap the slavery of the hearth for a yoke of work
    Friday, 6 March 1998

    Recognition of concerns such as childcare; the promise of a minimum wage; a female voice that government finally hears - what more can a girl want? Well, quite a lot. New Labour makes much of the desirability of work. But women who never move into th...

  • Letter: Woodward appeal
    Friday, 6 March 1998

    The presumption of innocence has always been at the heart of a case that in fact revolves entirely around expert professional opinion. What does concern here is the conflict of evidence knowingly presented by a prosecution whose duty it was to demons...

  • Letter: Trees on the march
    Friday, 6 March 1998

    Has the Government even considered alternatives to agriculture over much of the uplands of this country? Aside from the obvious implications to birds such as the skylark, the proposed right to roam becomes of academic interest if it involves roaming ...

  • Letter: Dangers of cannabis
    Friday, 6 March 1998

    The question has been pertinently addressed to the authorities in those tropical countries where cannabis abuse has been endemic. A number of reports from such sources, including a survey commissioned by the United Nations, have warned the West of th...

  • Letter: Time to help Iraq
    Friday, 6 March 1998

    The effect of current UN sanctions on the civilian population is counter- productive and indefensible. Allowing the people of Iraq to suffer malnutrition and poor health is like refusing food and medicine to the passengers in a hijacked plane, but it...

  • Letter: My offer to the nation
    Friday, 6 March 1998

    MARK RIMMELL London N19

  • Letter: Modern Latin
    Friday, 6 March 1998

    By adopting Latin as a common second language, each nation would be free to maintain its own rich vernacular tradition, while gaining access to a magnificent common cultural heritage. If we really want to find a European identity, this is a good plac...

  • Letter: Millennium bug
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    AS YOU note, the European Commission is advocating accelerated action on tackling the millennium bug (report, 27 February). This is a view with which I wholeheartedly agree and I am stepping up Europe-wide action to tackle the bug. The Government pro...

  • Leading article: Deadly legacies of war
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    It is difficult not to infer that carcinogens, released or active since the Gulf war in 1991, may be responsible for this health emergency. Where might they come from? Local sources suggest the huge refinery fires that burnt for weeks during the war ...

  • Pandora's Box
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    BY COMPARISON, the $500m theme park which Michael Jackson is planning to build in Warsaw, Poland, may turn out to be a triumph of good taste and idealism. Yes, Jacko Land is going to be "a world of childhood". Will it feature huge statues of androgyn...

  • Letter: Countryside march
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    The paucity of local transport in rural areas is a consequence of the privatisation and deregulation of public transport. The closure of village schools was started under the Conservatives, reflecting their obsession with "cost-effectiveness". The de...

  • Letter: Supermarket waste
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    WE TAKE the issue of waste management extremely seriously ("Tesco store throwing away food", 19 February). We work closely with suppliers to ensure the minimum wastage whilst providing our customers with product availability. We are now conducting a ...

  • Letter: Blair v Town Halls
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    Earl RUSSELL House of Lords

  • Sorry I'm not cool, but that doesn't mean I'm no use
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    I'm sorry we're not cool enough for Wayne. It's tough to be cool when a typical constituency day includes abseiling down a tower block in a gale for charity, calling the numbers at OAP bingo, trying to help 20 constituents at surgery and line dancing...

  • Letter: From gay to straight
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    VANESSA THORPE mistakes the reaction from gay men and lesbians towards individuals who come out backwards ("Glad not to be gay", 3 March). Our feelings are usually of despair, not with the person but with what will be made of it by bigots. It is anot...

  • Letter: Vintage
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    THE MENTION in Peter Sichel's Obituary (28 February) of his father, Allan Sichel, reminds me of a story told to me by that wine connoisseur the late Maurice Platnauer, Principal of Brasenose College, Oxford. Allan Sichel often submitted himself to "b...

  • The puppet-master of the Balkans is running out of strings to pull
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    The trouble this time is in the province of Kosovo, part of Serbia but populated for 90 per cent by ethnic Albanians. At which point acute Balkan fatigue among readers may already have set in. And you may be forgiven that reaction. Wolf has been crie...

  • I have seen the future and it's time to talk about it
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    During this century life has become less nasty, brutish and certainly, less short. The ageing of society represents a triumph for medical science and for the improvements in social conditions. But not only are we living longer, we are also having few...

  • Leading article: End the agony of moving house
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    Labour's ultimate position on free markets is, still, somewhat ambiguous. But to the Blair government's great credit, it seems that, before even a year is up, it intends radical change in the business of house-buying and selling. The proposals to pre...

  • Sorry, the Martians ate our story about Mr Murdoch and the Patten book
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    Raymond Snoddy, who seems to handle coverage of media affairs for The Times, said the same sort of thing when he appeared on on Medium Wave on Radio 4 at the weekend. He was absolutely certain that Murdoch hadn't issued any instructions to any editor...

  • Letter: After Fayed
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    I AM NOT "bouffant-haired". My hair grows like this without aid or encouragement. I have never used a hair-dryer in my life and unlike some politicians and TV presenters, I have never dyed my hair. "Was he pushed or did he fall?", you ask ("Cole quit...

  • LETTER: Rantzen and hospital
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    DESPITE the reported findings of the Broadcasting Standards Commission, Esther Rantzen persists in making unwarranted allegations about the care of a former resident at the British Home and Hospital for Incurables which was featured so damagingly on ...

  • Letter: Blair vs town halls
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    DOES the Prime Minister's apparent stance on local councils ("Blair ready to ditch elected councils", 4 March) remind anyone of a previous incumbent of 10 Downing Street? Many Labour politicians were outraged at Margaret Thatcher's abolition of the G...

  • Letter: Countryside March
    Thursday, 5 March 1998

    THE REAL issue highlighted by the Countryside March is not between town and country, but between small communities and farmers, and wealthy landowners and companies. Rural employment has plummeted. Farm work has seen a fall from 682,000 workers to 60...

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