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  • Letter: Cost of computers
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    Consider also the evidence emerging at the BSE inquiry: doesn't it all show the contempt with which our civil servants and politicians regard scientists, engineers and anybody with a technical background? DUDLEY BROWN Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershir...

  • I have seen the future of Radio 4 - and nothing much changes
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    "You all right, sir?" said the solicitous newsagent. "Just a bit unsteady on the old pins," I said. "I wasn't ready for this ghastly vision on the front of the Radio Times. Some new horror series, is it? Adaptation of Kafka? Remake of The Prisoner? O...

  • Letter: Thoughtful Duchess
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    John Walsh (Comment, 2 April) could be wrong in questioning whether she will remember the names of everyone at Sky TV. Condescending she is not. Dr CHARLES STEER Ramsey, Isle of Man

  • Letter: It's good to sign
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    The handshape in question is also the British Sign Language (BSL) shape for "telephone". It is used and adapted in various contexts within BSL whenever telecommunications is discussed. It is not my intention to question the origin of the handshape; h...

  • Letter: Cool England
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    So much of what defines "Cool Britannia" is English, not British. The term was coined by Newsweek magazine in November 1996 in their story about London being the world's coolest city. Since then Labour have been successful in recreating England's rat...

  • Letter: Cost of computers
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    STEVE RAZZETTI Hesket Newmarket, Cumbria

  • Letter: Ireland's tribal baggage
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    How many of the Harland and Wolff workers came from the counties of Cavan, Donegal or Monaghan or, for that matter, from Armagh, Fermanagh, Londonderry or Tyrone? In those days, you could not commute to work daily for more than a few miles. The men w...

  • Leading article: You can't buck the market
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    Ten years ago, it was the Chancellor of the Exchequer himself, Nigel Lawson, who wanted to keep the pound down and repeatedly cut interest rates to do so. When that did not work, he resorted to intervention in the foreign exchange markets, selling po...

  • Letter: Cost of computers
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    In the US in the Fifties, when computers were too clumsy and unreliable to be sold on the open market, some 85 per cent of the cost of research and development was carried by government funding, mostly via the Pentagon. The public share of these cost...

  • Letter: Ireland's tribal baggage
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    The Republic of Ireland is a vibrant modern industrial economy, the envy of Ulster industrialists. Its financial and agri-sectors have in many respects outstripped ours in the dynamism and sophistication of their management. Many of my Protestant far...

  • Letter: Britain works too hard
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    There is plenty of evidence that excessive working hours can cause sleep loss, fatigue and stress, and that long hours and shift work are associated with higher levels of heart disease. General performance is poorer at night and fatigue is likely to ...

  • Letter: Mosquito bikes
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    VANDA LUCKE Bristol

  • Leading article: Top of the list for free publicity
    Monday, 6 April 1998

    And you almost certainly will not agree with today's choice of Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II and Adolf Hitler as the five "leaders and revolutionaries" who "most influenced the course of world events and the f...

  • Letter: There's more to work than jobs
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    David Rodway Woldingham, Surrey

  • Letter: Not a hanging offence
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    For you, as others have, omit to mention that Mr Tilt was citing the evidence of scientific research which suggested "that people of Afro- Caribbean origin were more prone to suffer 'positional asphyxia' than white people due to a physiological diffe...

  • As an authority on the sex life of Queen Victoria...
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    And the answer to this brain-teaser is, of course, that I was originally a common-or-garden historian, a senior Professor of History at one of our oldest universities. I had already penned a number of well-considered historical biographies, among the...

  • Letter: It is not a choice between 'Christian' and 'quality'
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    I am all for the option of non-religious ceremonies, but theimplication that there is a choice between Christianity and quality is wrong. Rev David J Barker Manchester

  • Letters: Briefly
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    David Cundy, Brighton THE rejuvenating power of cannabis! You say Malcolm X was present at the 1967 legalisation demo - in fact he had been assassinated a couple of years before. Presumably you meant another member of the X family, Michael. Name &amp...

  • Leading article: A green star is rising
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    The Kyoto agreement was historic. Only 20 years ago environment correspondents were writing about the threat of a new ice age. The emergence of a scientific consensus that the real danger lay in the other direction has been sudden, and the political ...

  • Only devolution can save the 'real England' from incestuous London
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    Put more generally: to what extent does London deform policy-making? Because a capital which is dominated, at least publicly, by traders in stocks and currencies, lawyers and media people, will produce different political priorities from those of a c...

  • Letter: It is not a choice between 'Christian' and 'quality'
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    Nicolas Walter London N1

  • Gordon likes a joke or two
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    WATCH out Chancellor Brown! A woman is after your job. Fortunately for him, the gel in question is Julie Kirkbride, a new Tory MP who unwisely confessed her ambitions to her constituency association in Bromsgrove, Worcester- shire, whence they were l...

  • Letter: Judge fairly
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    David Ronder London N22

  • Letter: A large gene pool ensures life
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    Of equal concern is the possibility that the genetic modification might "escape" into wild populations of grasses or cereals. Terminator genes cannot be guaranteed to stay only where they are put. Commercial interests of the owner of the patent for t...

  • Apprentice for peace: PROFILE: DAVID TRIMBLE
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    This weekend he is negotiating the minefield of Northern Ireland politics. His mission is to secure a constitutional settlement that gives the nationalist minority a power-sharing role, but only within the context of a copper- bottomed agreement fast...

  • Let's stick to the really important issues. Like bingo
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    This aspect of the charter has been brought to life in a series of one- minute dramas which show Latvian child prostitutes waiting nervously for clients in a brothel and an Afghan woman dying in childbirth because her Taliban husband will not permit ...

  • Sex, lies and therapy
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    Members of the Royal College are so bitterly split over these issues that a revised version of the original report, first submitted last summer, had to be published without its official imprimatur in the British Journal of Psychiatry. Still, this cle...

  • Death is no sleeping beauty
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    True, the artwork shown in court did not consist of human remains. It was but a cast, coated in silver, of the head and torso of an old man that had undergone dissection at the Royal College of Surgeons. If it had been made of human remains - like th...

  • Letter: Real choice
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    When you register to vote in the US you have the opportunity to register a political preference for primary election purposes. Whether or not you are a member of the political party you register a preference for is of no relevance. You are exercising...

  • Then Mr Campbell struck him a violent blow
    Sunday, 5 April 1998

    Most people have now forgotten: but what happened was that 17 years ago, Labour won the Greater London Council elections. The Labour majority promptly dislodged their moderate leader Mr Andrew (now Lord) McIntosh, replacing him with Mr Ken Livingston...

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