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Friday, 6 March 1998

  • Letter: Iraq legacy
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    The possible links between the use of depleted uranium (DU) ordnance by the allied forces in the 1991 Gulf "war" and the increase in the number of childhood cancers in Kuwait and southern Iraq have been known for a long time. Thus a secret 1991 repor...

  • quote unquote
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    I was so depressed that I went to see a bereavement counsellor. He told me I was too depressed to treat - Lucy Ellman, novelist You have to be careful with women in Britain. You must never say, `Are you a housewife? - Michael Bloomberg, American busi...

  • Letter: But is it art?
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    Following referral of the publication to the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Crown Prosecution Service has advised police that they have grounds both to ask the university to destroy their copy of Mapplethorpe and to instruct its publishers Jona...

  • Letter: Glad to be gay
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    This could not be further from the case. Last years my queer music programme won gold at the Sony Radio Awards, I performed at London Gay Pride - and indeed only recently returned from marching at Sydney's Gay Mardi Gras carnival parade last weekend....

  • Letter: Student fees
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    DENIS CARTER Government Chief Whip House of Lords

  • Now that's what I call equality of opportunity
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    Before the headline grabbing Lord Chancellor's leaked memo this week few realised Scottish Labour are about to do something revolutionary about gender balance at the ballot box ... fewer understood it and even fewer cored. In fact twinning - or pairi...

  • Leading article: The problem with our wanton boys
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    Many of the modern ills which so exercise Jack Straw and Tony Blair touch on the behaviour of males. Crime, petty vandalism, public disorder, lone parenthood, family breakdown, educational standards. In each case it is boys and men who are the focus ...

  • Leading article: Children's right to privacy is paramount
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    A 14-year-old boy and his friend were set upon outside their school by five older boys, thought to be from another school. The boy was bruised and scratched, but otherwise all right. So why was this minor incident the front-page lead story in The Exp...

  • Beautiful or not, we should never surrender to the image police
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    Jocelynne Wildenstein - the Bride of Wildenstein as she should be known - is an awful warning of the dangers of cosmetic surgery. This is the lady who claimed that she had been so pampered by her billionaire husband that she did not know how to boil ...

  • Letter: Porn on the Internet
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    In their report on Internet Content Rating the IWF claim not only to be enemies of the pornographer but also to be defenders of free speech. By enabling users the choice to screen out distasteful or offensive material, so the argument goes, there wil...

  • Letter: Iraq legacy
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    Sanctions are the modern weapon of mass destruction and are being applied to finish the job started by the massive bombardment of Iraq in 1991. If such a bombardment were applied to sensitive sites in this country such as Porton Down and Aldermaston,...

  • Letter: House-moving hell
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    Lenders are primarily concerned with the security of the loans they choose to make. Of course chartered surveyors are happy to provide the inspection and valuation reports they require, but we accept that where this ratio of loan to value is clearly ...

  • Rest in peace? Today's spooks don't have the ghost of a chance
    Saturday, 7 March 1998

    Once upon a time in 1993 in the county of Derbyshire, a joiner called Andrew Smith, his wife Josie and their children, moved into a beautiful country cottage, in the village of Upper Mayfield, for which they paid pounds 44,000. At first the Smiths we...

  • 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...

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