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Saturday, 30 May 1998

  • This time it's for real
    Sunday, 31 May 1998

    But where are all the anti-nuclear protesters? Why have there been no marches, no pamphlets, no anguished protests from writers and artists? Have 50 years of intermittent campaigning for nuclear disarmament been no more than play-acting? And has bien...

  • Doctor, life's so good it's depressing
    Sunday, 31 May 1998

    The sense of physical well-being is palpable in the States. If you visit once or twice a year, as I do, you notice the increase of wealth as if through a time-lapse camera. You meet people who don't know what to do with their money; couples who finan...

  • The Russians smell a porky
    Sunday, 31 May 1998

    Wakeham described his chagrin when he saw a wildly distorted account of this "secret summit" appear on the front page of a newspaper, in which he found his advice to her twisted out of recognition. Yet Princess Diana had said she did not want publici...

  • Norbert Stiles, AE Housman and the chaps of '66
    Sunday, 31 May 1998

    Thirty-two years on, we are facing another World Cup, but, mercy me, how times have changed! Have you noticed? These days, the players are not called John or Henry or Martin but "Ruud Gullit". They wear their hair in plaits, as though auditioning for...

  • There's only one global language - and my son speaks it like a native
    Sunday, 31 May 1998

    Each morning, in his England home-strip pyjamas, he reads the back page of the Independent and the Guardian for match reports, transfer gossip, and news of injuries. Once he's dressed (in the black Robbie Fowler T- shirt, or the stripey Del Piero jer...

  • Leading article: The need to forgive
    Sunday, 31 May 1998

    The Sun, which in January carried an "apology" from the Japanese prime minister (ghosted by Tony Blair's Words R Us unit in Downing Street), joined in: "How can we ever forget?" And when Mr Blair appealed for a warm welcome for the Emperor, the Daily...

  • Please, Sayle-san, lend your bank some money
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    We know him well. He works at our local building society, which takes deposits and lends to buy homes. "Can you help us out, Sayle-san?" he asked. "If you have any money around the house, please come and pay it in straight away. It's only for 24 hour...

  • What could be more harmless than a pub full of songsters?
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    Contrary to our common assumption that there was nothing the Fuhrer liked better of an evening than to settle in with a bottle of schnapps, a plate of Schweinswurstchen, and a picture book containing caricatures of gypsies, homosexuals and semites, i...

  • Letter: Gamblers on the Net
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    Although there are few problem Internet gamblers, the situation will almost certainly change as more and more people go online. The Internet will become technologically more sophisticated, allowing faster speeds, which will facilitate "hard" gambling...

  • Letter: Never too old
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    JULIA CHALLENDER Canterbury

  • History need not be bunk - in fact, it can be put to positive use
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    In Northern Ireland, in spite of all the talk of a new start, the return of something like conventional politics has unleashed a barrage of recrimination. And in the Indian sub-continent, two nations which can still barely afford to feed their people...

  • Letter: Gypsies in the Ghetto
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    Many of the Romanies who live in the Czech Republic today were relocated to the north Bohemian and Moravian industrial heartland as manual workers by the Czechoslovak Communist government in the 1950s. There never was a comprehensive resettlement pla...

  • Letter: School of Liverpool
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    Liverpool School of Art has had some of the finest, most influential teachers in Britain. The city had a thriving Academy and to its cathedrals attracted many notable artists. Painters and sculptors such as Sam Walsh, John Edkins, Arthur Dooley, Adri...

  • Letter: Farmers fight back
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    It is true to say that farmers, faced with new technology, have polluted the environment, as have the chemical, extraction and manufacturing industries. The intensification of agriculture was in response to government and, latterly, EU policies. Howe...

  • Letter: What Nimbys forget
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    To maintain and travel to and from this home I am sacrificing my ability to build up savings or a pension. I have to duplicate all the utilities I have in my London home. I also pay a second council tax, albeit at a reduced rate, but then, I do not m...

  • Leading article: Shock to the new
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    But times change and the enfants now find themselves eminences with no intervening period whatever. Still in their thirties, they are being ousted by the so-called New Neurotics, who are embraced by the Saatchis and rely more on traditional influence...

  • Letter: `Poisonous' Gulf shells
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    The headline states that DU is treated as a hazard in the UK. In fact, DU has a number of applications in the civil sector: ranging from shielding against radiation in hospitals to counterbalance weights in yacht keels and aircraft. DU can constitute...

  • Letter: All-night NHS
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    SEAN MACKEN Edgware, North London

  • Leading article: Shoppers deserve a fairer deal
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    It is possible to argue that anyone prepared to pay silly prices for fashionable labels or football insignia deserves to be fleeced for all they are worth. Possible, but dangerous. Because price-fixing is not limited to high fashion. Tesco sells a ra...

  • Leading article: Weeding out the dangerous doctors
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    There should be no doubt that Wisheart and Dhasmana were attempting to work at a level far beyond their competence. Out of 53 babies operated on between 1988 and 1995, 29 died and four suffered serious brain damage. What makes this case so important ...

  • Letter: Fuming
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    WILLIAM PROCTER (a smoking cyclist) Nottingham

  • Letter: Farmers fight back
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    A free-for-all reduction in suppliers inevitably leads to controlled markets and higher prices. As small farms die, agribusiness takes over and soon yet another industry will be entirely in the hands of a tiny, all-powerful elite. TOM PEER London SW1...

  • Letter: Farmers fight back
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    Farming has for decades been claiming to be an "industry"; farms have, for the most part, become factories; animals are at best a "crop". The farmers, led by the NFU, have sided with profiteers, even when it has involved huge animal suffering, as in ...

  • Letter: Farmers fight back
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    I suspect that if the writer, from a low base, had suffered a 46 per cent decrease in income, he or she would be "bleating like a spring lamb", especially if the fall had nothing whatsoever to do with performance. Anyone who imagines that the demise ...

  • quote unquote
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    "The teaching profession is full of heroic people confronted by Kafkaesque absurdity" - Justine Cartwright, novelist, and former teacher. "For the Government, history is an embarrassment, something that gets in the way of the bright, cheerful, user-f...

  • Letter: All-night NHS
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    Before this notion is taken seriously it would be wise to remember that human beings are diurnal. A mass of research work shows that people are considerably less efficient and effective working at night. Furthermore the chances of dying are greater a...

  • Letter: All-night NHS
    Saturday, 30 May 1998

    MARY GAWTHROP London SE5

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