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Monday, 1 June 1998

  • Letter: Hoddle's masterstroke
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    Admittedly, Ginger Spice has yet to prove herself as a footballer at the highest level, but this has never been a barrier to inclusion in the England team. Her platforms could give us some much-needed height against Continental defences in the set pi...

  • Letter: Training oppressors
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    The armed forces have dominated everyday life and intervened in everything from land disputes to labour disputes for the last 32 years. The special forces, Kopassus, some of whose officers are studying at Hull University, are trained in interrogation...

  • Letter: Music on the Net
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    As a working songwriter I rely on copyright and the ability to enforce my rights to ensure payment. I don't actually get paid for writing a song: I only earn money when it is bought or played. I do not have the luxury of hoping that an unregulated Ne...

  • It's little things that can make the difference in urban renewal
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    Not all is gain, however. I was recently in the middle of Liverpool, also in the evening, The area around Lime Street station and St George's Hall is a sort of urban hell - featureless except for a few islands of the old Liverpool still standing, cut...

  • Letter: Music on the Net
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    It is in the interests of all creatives to take part in the development of new technologies, and this includes means to protect rights. GAVIN ROBERTSON New Media R&D Manager The Music Alliance London W1

  • Mean millionaires keep charity out of mind and out of pocket
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    New figures for charitable giving in the UK show that since 1992 most of the rise in charities' incomes has come from either their own trading activities - those now ultra-hip high street second-hand shops - or from higher fees and grants. The amount...

  • Let us now praise the surprising successes of multicultural Britain
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    Those who survive, many of their descendants and other black and Asian Britons would question if this country has been "home" to them. Evidence daily emerges of how much racism, discrimination and racial violence still blight the lives of black Brito...

  • Letter: Quake puzzle
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    Dr JAMES HUTCHISON Birmingham

  • Letter: Modified soya
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    GEORGE STIDOLPH Chairman Scottish Consumers Association for Natural Food Glasgow

  • Leading Article: Yesterday's men or a Tory tomorrow?
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    True, Miss Widdecombe, Mr Willetts and the new shadow Chancellor, Francis Maude, have "form", but they are not readily recognisable as relics of the last government and thus "yesterday's" men and women. Mr Hague has also tilted his team towards a fre...

  • Letter: Fuming
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    RICHARD PREECE Wirral, Merseyside

  • Leading Article: Don't cry for Gazza
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    It is unlikely that Gascoigne ever possessed these magical qualities. He may have been one of the most talented players in his generation, if not the most talented, but this may have told us more about that generation's abilities than anything else. ...

  • Leading Article: Crown prosecutors guilty as charged
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    The ability of the service to do its job properly has been a matter of public concern for many years but, as with other bureaucratic bodies, the CPS and those who ran it seem to have placed a premium on protecting themselves from investigation and re...

  • Pandora
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    Tea & sympathy EVEN before the first ball is kicked in the World Cup, watching England has become a major strain on the nerves. Take Glenn Hoddle's pastoral care for his players. After the recent introduction of a faith healer to the squad, Engla...

  • Letter: Hoddle's masterstroke
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    CHARLIE McCORMICK Geddington, Northamptonshire

  • Letter: Training oppressors
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    Suharto originally institutionalised the political and economic role of the military, buying their support through the establishment of business fiefdoms. The military is a business machine which has benefited mightily from its position of power. The...

  • Letter: 'Mail' apology
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    The actual figure is, of course, a confidential matter between Miss Shields and us but it is considerably less that the one you quoted. Far from being "po-faced in the extreme" (whatever that means) we took urgent steps to correct our mistake as soon...

  • Letter: The consultants' club
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    Nationally, only 19 per cent of consultants are women, and this drops to 4 per cent among surgeons, despite the fact that 52 per cent of medical students are female. Additionally, 85 per cent of women doctors have children. If these mothers had been ...

  • As 2000 looms, the world awaits the end - and Melvyn Bragg's last judgment
    Tuesday, 2 June 1998

    But he is not yet happy. He has one burning, unfulfilled ambition, and that is to be a guest on Start the Week with Melvyn Bragg. Until that is granted, one feels he will not be a happy man. "It sounds illogical," he smilingly agrees. "Indeed, it is ...

  • Letter: The perfect pizza
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    JILI HAMILTON Geneva

  • Letter: Flinching from the poor
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    P HINSON Bourne End, Buckinghamshire

  • Letter: Naming secular babies
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    Clearly Maitland has not been to one of the ceremonies put together by parents with help from the Baby Naming Society, an organisation set up by Lord Young of Dartington in 1994. In these ceremonies, parents make promises to the child for his or her ...

  • Letter: Doctors not forgiven
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    At the time Matthew was operated on I was very grateful to James Wisheart and staff for providing what I then thought was the best possible care. But there is no way that I can I forgive Mr Wisheart or the hospital as I now know that I was misled abo...

  • Leading Article: Culture of work faces family revolt
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    That kind of driving force has been missing in politics on both sides of the Atlantic, especially since Bill Clinton and Tony Blair reconciled their parties of the left to the end of "tax and spend". But perhaps we are already witnessing the next gre...

  • Privacy loss
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    THE OMENS are not good for President Bill Clinton after Sunday night's debate at the Hay Literary Festival. Robert Bennett, Clinton's silver- tongued American lawyer in the Zippergate investigations, was teamed with the brilliant Stephen Fry and writ...

  • Letter: Flinching from the poor
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    It is self-evident that, for the most part, the poor survive thanks to their own efforts combined with the support of others. But it is an appalling struggle, which is why long-term development is so necessary. Emergencies are not inevitable and gene...

  • NO-HEADLINE
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    A 9x12 print of this photograph can be ordered on 0171-293 2534

  • Letter: Flinching from the poor
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    The success of these appeals depends on ghastly photographs, usually a starving black baby who is being tended by a white angel of mercy, and a simplistic, apolitical message that disguises a political catastrophe as a "humanitarian" disaster that ca...

  • Letter: Flinching from the poor
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    Those images depicting humanitarian crises may be shocking and moving but it is not Oxfam's experience that they make people turn away, as Clare Short suggests. An emergency appeal ethically presented helps to build a constituency of support for both...

  • Letter: Flinching from the poor
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    JUDITH M STEINER London N6

  • Letter: Theatre of the absurd
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    The old bookshop, with glass walls and in the middle of the ground-floor foyer, was a delight you came across as you had a drink or a coffee or paused to pass the time. MONICA FERMAN London NW6

  • Next-door neighbour's burglary ruined my life, `passive sufferer' tells court
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    Last Friday I followed this up with an extract from another trial, this time a case in which a woman is suing her neighbour for damage caused by passive suffering, and as I think passive suffering is the sort of concept likely to appeal to the Americ...

  • Yes, Geri - it's hard to break out when you're cast in plastic
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    Exhausted I can countenance: think of the Pan European tour, the numerous videos, the endorsement of everything from Chupa-Chups to Impulse Bodyspray. Simply the amount of different costumes demanded by Spiceworld The Movie were enough to give everyo...

  • There may be great changes in store for Tony Blair's ministers
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    One bonus of 18 long years in opposition is that the four successive elections since 1979 have created quite a large pool of ambitious men and women capable of running departments. It might be tricky, but it wouldn't be impossible, to draw up a list ...

  • Letter: Islamic bomb
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    It is only when Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country, joins the mad world of "mutually assured destruction" that a draconian and all-embracing embargo is slapped on the country - led by the country that began the madness. Is this about nuclear lu...

  • Why can't Hindus and Muslims get along together? It's a long story
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    Then they had another think. The next idea they came up with was a Hindu temple to be erected on the same irradiated spot, in the furnace heat of the Rajasthan desert, "to provide an ocular reminder", as one of the boosters of the project put it in y...

  • Leading Article: Make second-home owners pay up
    Monday, 1 June 1998

    What annoys Liberal Democrat councillors in the Lake District is that second homes pay half council tax, a confusion left over from when Michael Heseltine ditched the poll tax. He could not decide whether the new tax was a property tax or a tax on pe...

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