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  • Easter, Passover, Eid - suppose they were true
    Saturday, 11 April 1998

    Perhaps it was a useful tradition. Without this annual event there is no religious news. But religion continues - this weekend it is not just Christians who have a key festival. Four of Britain's major religions have important celebrations this week:...

  • Letter: A private affair
    Saturday, 11 April 1998

    George Michael's sexuality is his own private affair and the business only of himself and those he chooses to sleep with (his alleged breaking of the law is another matter). Didn't the gay movement set out precisely to liberate people from prejudice ...

  • Letter from the editor
    Saturday, 11 April 1998

    I refer, of course to Ulster - not to the "Colonel and the Wren" case, which judging from some of our rivals' acres of coverage on Friday morning, was more significant than the nail-biting negotiations in Stormont. On Thursday, with the deadline for ...

  • Letter: King's fight for the poor
    Saturday, 11 April 1998

    He was killed at a time of great creativity in his life, a time when he was realising that the root of the problems facing America lay not in the denial of legal rights to black people, but in the growing division between rich and poor. He was also j...

  • Did the third class passengers on the Titanic have a fair chance?
    Saturday, 11 April 1998

    One always has a choice. Of restaurants, spouses, garden furniture, newspapers and, above all, of histories. You can pick whichever suits you best, the one that sets off your eyes, the one that goes with the curtains, the one with the most complete s...

  • Leading Article: Ireland's peace is worth the candle
    Saturday, 11 April 1998

    It has been a long night's journey into day. The origins of today's settlement go back to the Downing Street Agreement of December 1993 and, indeed, the derided "talks about talks about talks" initiated by the former Secretary of State for Northern I...

  • Letter: The right to die
    Saturday, 11 April 1998

    No doctor, surely, could kill an able-bodied patient he felt had a life worth living, simply because that person expressed a wish to die - any more than any of us would give a person threatening to jump from a tower block a hefty push, because the on...

  • Letter: Women behaving badly
    Saturday, 11 April 1998

    If their accusations are true, the President - like many of his predecessors in office - took advantage of his power and position in a caddish way, while the women concerned gave in to equally instinctive impulses in complying - both morally reprehen...

  • Letter: Britannia in soundbites
    Saturday, 11 April 1998

    I applaud Nigel Coates's refreshingly innovative building, set like a jewel on Horse Guards Parade. But it is let down badly by both the childish pomposity of the displays, which hide amongst them some first-class products and designs, and by our nat...

  • Letter: Hoax on the hoaxers?
    Saturday, 11 April 1998

    As an undergraduate in the mid-Fifties, I sat in R V's most illuminating and informative Natural Philosophy lectures at the University of Aberdeen. Particularly enjoyable were his descriptions of practical jokes and hoaxes of which he was aware, and ...

  • Letter: Life after death
    Saturday, 11 April 1998

    If so, he died some 29 years before he was born. A miracle indeed! ERIC THOMPSON London NW2

  • Letter: End of the Wrens
    Saturday, 11 April 1998

    Fortunately, plagiarism is not, I think, a court martial offence. RON SIMPSON Pontefract, West Yorkshire

  • Now is the time to praise the work of democratic politicians
    Saturday, 11 April 1998

    So before plunging back into the grey media river of ifs and buts and the reverses and disappointments to come, it is worth standing back and simply enjoying the event. All political systems need days like these. I heard the news with a shudder of ex...

  • Quote unquote
    Saturday, 11 April 1998

    "Ian Paisley - he's been thrown out of more places than Alex Higgins." - David Ervine, leader of the Progressive Unionist Party. "She would say that, wouldn't she." - Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein president, on Mo Mowlam's positive assessment of the chances...

  • Letter: End of the Wrens
    Saturday, 11 April 1998

    The use of the term "Wren" is illogical; the whole point of abolishing the WRNS as a separate service was so that women could do the same jobs as men in the Navy. The most junior female ratings are still known as "Wrens" for historic reasons. But fem...

  • Letter: The right to die
    Saturday, 11 April 1998

    How many such deaths does he suppose occur in Britain? We have no means of knowing, since here there has never been a comprehensive study of death and dying comparable with the Remmelink Report. The incidence of distressing deaths is likely to be sim...

  • Letter: Dangerous driving
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    Ms McNamara's other point was that motorcycles were overtaking on the wrong side of the road. That's where you are whilst overtaking. This is not illegal. NEAL CHAMPION Staunton, Gloucestershire

  • Why Mandy won't come out to play
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    And, no, James wasn't slyly exploiting tabloid affronts to privacy and decency. He has points to make. Unlike Bryan Gould's autobiography, which reviled Mandelson as "queeny", giving the Sun the chance to run "Gould `Outs' Mandelson" in hypocritical,...

  • Letter: British Jews not perfect
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    How regrettable, then, that the one way in which they do represent us is in the perpetuation of Anglo-Jewry's tired and cliched "poor me" mentality, our seeming inability to accept criticism of anything Jewish or Israel- related, and worse, our const...

  • Letter: Moving the King's Library
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    The suggestion that the books would have disintegrated "in time" if they had remained where they were is unconvincing for those of us who have handled books and manuscripts up to 500 years old which still appear to be in pristine condition despite th...

  • Leading article: Courts martial on trial
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    Yesterday, Lieutenant-Colonel Keith Pople was acquitted by a court martial of prejudicing military discipline and scandalous conduct. What he and Lieutenant-Commander Karen Pearce got up to hardly qualifies as a scandal these days, but it was grippin...

  • An Irish lesson - look to the last power-sharing agreement
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    They did it before. Unionists and nationalists once before united in an attempt to make a fresh start in Northern Ireland, in the Sunningdale agreement of 1973-74, in a deal eerily similar in many respects to that which is now on the table. It was ha...

  • Letter: Independent Scotland?
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    How important is the Union? Politically, 18 years of Conservative majorities in England and Labour majorities in Scotland indicate that so long as New Labour keep Middle England sweet, Scotland is irrelevant. Economically, Scotland's mix of export-de...

  • The private pleasure we take from observing public pain
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    I became visibly aroused even though there were other people present. Nine pages in the Sun, five in the Mirror never mind all the rest. They were asking for it. It's not really my fault is it? In my defence all I can say is that this is a mutually c...

  • A modest proposal to censor the Internet
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    He had a computer running the product: and it was true that if you tried to access newsgroups such as alt.sex.pictures, a big sign flashed up saying BLOCKED. However, while I'm not exactly a dedicated hacker, it took me less than a minute to find a W...

  • A mysterious Easter weekend assignation with the Crusaders of Calais
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    It was the man next to me in the pub who had asked me this innocuous but challenging question. It took me unawares. This was partly because I had no idea what I was doing for Easter, and partly because I had no idea what I should be doing for Easter....

  • Letter: Parisian meridian
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    P J STEWART St Anne's College, Oxford

  • Letter: Long-remembered hoax
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    Such a figure is Joseph Crabtree (1754-1854), poet and polymath, in honour of whom the Crabtree Foundation was formed in 1954 at University College London. Articles have been published which have hinted at an element of hoax. Would that more journali...

  • Letter: Sentencing paedophiles
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    No doubt the public need protecting from paedophile offenders but this is already catered for in the Criminal Justice Act 1991 s2 (2) (b). What the Home Secretary seems to be proposing (report, 7 April) is little short of internment without trial. If...

  • Leading article: Israel's search for security
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    It is a little hard to recall that, a few months after the proclamation of the State of Israel in 1948, Winston Churchill told the House of Commons that this event was "one of the most hopeful and encouraging adventures of the 20th century". Indeed h...

  • Letter: A fair share for London
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    Government figures show pounds 4,228 expenditure per head to London. Until the Government publishes figures showing exactly where money is spent, we must rely on other estimates, which show that London actually subsidises the rest of the UK to the tu...

  • Letter: Long-remembered hoax
    Friday, 10 April 1998

    Possibly William Boyd wished to write himself into the history books as the Australian poets Jim McAuley and Harold Stewart did in 1944 with Ern Malley and the Angry Penguins. If so, maybe he should be grateful that his little ruse was not as success...

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