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Saturday, 11 April 1998

  • Letter: Art versus life
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    If the BFI is serious about its statutory remit to encourage the art of film, then it should offer multiplexes a similar financial incentive for any foreign language films they show. After all, a glance at the listings of our nationwide "art" cinemas...

  • Letter: Green light
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    Andrew Warren London N1

  • Letter: The fall-out over Chernobyl
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    While Chernobyl is obviously important, there are several other nuclear plants of the same flawed design in Russia (Kursk, Smolensk, Leningrad) and Lithuania (Ignalina) as well as other plants that are considered to be unsafe, for example Kozloduy in...

  • Proof that he's more than a pretty soundbite
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    On Friday the second of these investments of time finally bore fruit. For a man whose opinion-poll ratings have barely dipped since the general election, Friday's historic agreement is like icing on the cake. Whatever problems are to be overcome if t...

  • Letter: Real abuse
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    Name & address supplied

  • Leading Article: Enlightened pragmatism
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    More than two thousand people have died in Northern Ireland since the last attempt at a settlement in 1974 and, though there will be terrorist killings over the next 24 years, they will surely be much fewer. That is an achievement in search of superl...

  • We may have lost sight of God and the seasons, but Happy Easter anyway
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    They may feel they are swimming against a tide of Disneyfication and Coca-Cola ads, but the childlike faithful of the Christian church have little doubt, either. They will have been in church on Good Friday. They will be in church again today. It is ...

  • The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold; John and Yoko spelled the end for gentlemen of bottom
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    My very first newspaper column, in Beaverbrook's Sunday Express, back in 1955, was about a recent fluctuation of .05 per cent in the Gold Standard. Old Man Beaverbrook asked me to explain what it would mean for the average British housewife. The answ...

  • The broader meaning gets narrower
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    The same words could have been written now of Patrick Marber's West End hit Closer. No critic can better Tynan's rave, "I doubt that I could love someone who did not want to see this play", but the outbreak of superlatives for this, the second play o...

  • Yes, it's going to work
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    True, Blair did not do it on his own. Some of the groundwork had been done by previous Tory administrations. George Mitchell had laboured mightily for the best part of two years. Mo Mowlam had injected her own sense of purpose since her appointment a...

  • Newt Gingrich in a skirt? Help!
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    TALKING of Newt Gingrich, the welfare-slashing Speaker of the House of Representatives has been practising what he preaches.Having abandoned the beer-and-chocolate diet he once favoured, he has lost 30 pounds by sticking to a strict low-fat, low-sodi...

  • Profile Barry Humphries: Nothing like a dame Head Head
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    It is a question she might well address to herself. Is the name Everage, or Barry Humphries, or Sir Les Patterson or Sandy Stone - or all of these? One problem is that Dame Edna suggests different answers at each performance, especially in the second...

  • Elected members, but not as we knew them
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    In 1930 the former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Hewart, caused a scandal by writing a book accusing ministers of bypassing the Commons through statutory regulations having the force of law. It was called The New Despotism, and created the fuss it did bec...

  • Don't throw the arsenic and old tea away just yet Head Head
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    This is something of a lost cause, as governments would admit if they were honest. You can't make divorce too difficult, or disillusioned spouses will start soaking arsenic off the wallpaper and tipping it into their partners' tea, as they did in the...

  • Letter: Capital view
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    The newly created second chamber should, like the Bundesrat in Germany, be made up of a cross-section of representatives from the regions. These will be people whose prime interest is in local or regional matters and not, like MPs, simply fitting in ...

  • Letter: The fall-out over Chernobyl
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    Linda Walker Chernobyl Children's Project Glossop, Derbyshire

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    Philip Kent, London W1

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    Robin Puttick, London SW13

  • NO-HEADLINE
    Sunday, 12 April 1998

    Seamus Heaney, Nobel laureate, writing in the Irish Times yesterday

  • 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...

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