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Tuesday, 26 May 1998

  • Letter: Nuclear folly
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    While committed by treaty obligations to stopping proliferation, Britain extracts plutonium from spent nuclear fuel and stockpiles it at Sellafield. According to the Royal Society, by 2010 the UK stockpile will exceed 100,000 kilogrammes, approximate...

  • Pandora
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    WHEN a chunk of wing broke off a British Airways Concorde whisking Rupert Murdoch and 61 other passengers and crew to New York last night, it was bound to raise questions about the longevity of these supersonic passenger jets. Most Concordes are over...

  • Yul Brynner and I - a 30-year quest for the deep boredom of film- making
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    You are not alone. I have never met anyone who has heard of this film or seen it, and until the other day I had never seen it either, but although it was made thirty years ago I have been longing to see it for thirty years, just to see Yul Brynner ou...

  • Letter: Beating the Germans
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    There is actually nothing particularly clever about what the Germans are doing; unless, being British, you are unused to people being able to think beyond the end of next. Then what the Germans are up to is obviously pretty sneaky. I mean to say, emp...

  • Letter: Arts Council drama
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    THELMA HOLT London, WC2

  • Letter: Football addicts
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    JASON DITTON Glasgow

  • Has Hollywood forgotten the art of making magic on the silver screen?
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    A generation weaned on celluloid sex, graphic violence and special effects has listed Gone with the Wind and Casablanca as the best movies of all time. It is only after these two classics - made before the parents of some of those surveyed were alive...

  • Letter: Nuclear folly
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    We could be enjoying its benefits now if the last government had not abandoned it, in order to pursue Margaret Thatcher's ambition of building 10 pressurised water reactors in 10 years. The research into wave power has been done. One neglected device...

  • Letter: Bring back the bins
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998


  • Letter: Peaceful bazaar
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    South Africa's economy can only benefit from an increase in two-way trade and investment, which is what this campaign is designed to achieve. A particular element in the campaign will be the use of the new information technology to help to develop th...

  • Is there any way of escaping the corporate predators?
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    It's the obvious conclusion - but the wrong one. The ostentatious display of strength by today's giant corporations actually reveals their weakness. They are gobbling smaller rivals because the small companies have an essential ingredient that they d...

  • Politicians won't admit it, but closing hospitals is good for the NHS
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    Too many have been built or retained purely as a result of local political pressure rather than real need. The result is a duplication of services with a duplication of costs and a lowering of quality. It cannot and should not go on. Of course when t...

  • Letter: More equal than men
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    It seems that men and women must continue to be treated equally by employers except where this would be to the disadvantage of women because of any private and personal commitment they might have. I am glad that I am not an employer. W H COUSINS Upmi...

  • Letter: The real victims of war
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    CHARLIE ROSE Bristol

  • Letter: The uses of embassies
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    These buildings serve as our shop window in every corner of the globe. They provide a foothold for British companies seeking to export British products. A great many contracts have been agreed within their walls - with the essential assistance provid...

  • Leading article: Prejudice is the worst handicap
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    Liberal opinion is no doubt shocked at this level of prejudice. There are some eight million registered disabled, a huge figure even allowing for some false benefit claimants. Since this is almost one in seven of the population, one might assume that...

  • Leading article: Viagra, potent symbol of our self-doubts
    Wednesday, 27 May 1998

    But what does this say about us and the times in which we live? All those sensual Hollywood films and sex-charged advertisements that bombard us from every television screen and billboard imply that our lives revolve around sex, and very fine sex at ...

  • Letter: Biotech patents
    Tuesday, 26 May 1998

    Mr Baker says: "Now is the time to have a wider debate on genetic engineering." The European Union, the Commission, MEPs and many of its member citizens have been discussing this subject in the context of the draft directive for more than ten years. ...

  • Letter: Embassy let us down
    Tuesday, 26 May 1998

    When the Americans decided to evacuate their nationals, the British embassy's advice was still to stay at home and drink tea. That was of no comfort at all to British people stranded amidst the horrors of Jakarta. I eventually made my exit in the dea...

  • Pandora
    Tuesday, 26 May 1998

    UNTIL yesterday, thousands of words were written about Peter Mandelson but the man himself remained worryingly enigmatic. Then four young women students from St Leonards School, St Andrews, were granted an interview with Mandy. Could he have imagined...

  • Letter: Adrian who?
    Tuesday, 26 May 1998


  • Letter: World Cup whingers
    Tuesday, 26 May 1998

    Soaps: Brookside three times a week, EastEnders three times a week, Coronation Street three times a week, Neighbours every night, Home and Away every night. I don't watch any so they should all be taken off the air. (My opinion matters more than the ...

  • Leading article: Arms and the rhetoric of ethics
    Tuesday, 26 May 1998

    But here comes the Foreign Secretary spouting ethics. Unlike pipes, financial services or designer clothes, the sale of arms should be restricted to states he deems worthy. If the great rhetorician had, last summer, simply said that he would humbly t...

  • Leading article: PoWs cannot forget, but we must forgive
    Tuesday, 26 May 1998

    Does that imply criticism of former prisoners of war who choose to protest? It is true that the real object of their anger is the British government - all those administrations which since the early Fifties have refused to reopen the postwar settleme...

  • Alternative baptism - spare me another meaningless ceremony
    Tuesday, 26 May 1998

    Quite separate from this, both my children were baptised; they went through a rite de passage, entirely without their choosing, that was important to their parents. Their godparents were - at least at the time of the christenings - "committed" Christ...

  • The war ended over fifty years ago, so why can't we make peace with Japan?
    Tuesday, 26 May 1998

    Let us try a different question: what must the Japanese be thinking of us? When newspaper columnists urge the surviving POWs to turn their back on the Emperor, and whistle Colonel Bogey, and when this amiable man is described as "the son of the viles...

  • Local arts festivals give us little reason to be festive
    Tuesday, 26 May 1998

    Indeed the sad fact is that I'll probably be able to catch most of the 800 events "highlighted" at Brighton during another festival somewhere else in the country this year. For despite the programmes, the lovely posters and all the flags flying along...

  • Letter: Unsafe convictions
    Tuesday, 26 May 1998

    Dr MAX GAUNA Reader in French Studies Sheffield University

  • Letter: Army's PR professionals
    Tuesday, 26 May 1998

    Just one tiny cavil, however. The Brigadier says the Army is "this country's most professional and disciplined organisation". No doubt the Army's Director of Public Relations weighs his words, and knows exactly what he is talking about. But exactly h...

  • Letter: Biotech patents
    Tuesday, 26 May 1998

    The rationale for a patent system is, and always has been, that availability of limited-length monopolies encourages not only innovation but also the disclosure of innovation. The deal between state and inventor is that the limited monopoly is given ...

  • Letter: Embassy let us down
    Tuesday, 26 May 1998

    The fact that the training involves officers close to the now sidelined ex-Special Forces (Kopassus) and ex-Strategic Army Reserve commander Lieutenant- General Prabowo Subianto is especially disturbing. Both in East Timor (where Kopassus operations ...

  • Truth or lies? Or is it all just news to you? Here is the quiz that reveals all
    Tuesday, 26 May 1998

    What I'm going to do here and now is bring you six news stories dating from the last week. One of them is untrue. Yes, all you have to do is spot an untrue news story. Sounds easy, doesn't it? Think you can do it? Let's go! Here are the six stories. ...

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