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Saturday, 15 August 1998

  • The Diary: What Clinton and Lewinsky really got down to
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    My own Pharisaism is of the obverse kind. I actually do think that the press is too fixated on scandal and celebrity, and has been for a long time. But I also believe that the Clinton-Lewinsky imbroglio is an important story with real political impli...

  • Letter: Sex mad
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    The Gospels are surely the only books that Christians should observe. I will be convinced that the Carey camp has Christ on its side when it can quote evidence from the Gospels that clearly demarcates any sexual behaviour outside marriage as iniquito...

  • Letter: What about thank you?
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    A F ASKIN AND D R ASKIN London SE4

  • Letter: Hot hell
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    ELAINE STREETER Cambridge

  • Letter: Teenage nightmare
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    I come from a reasonably functional, middle-class family and went to a happy private school. If such a film could come my way at that age, I have grave concerns about it reaching less protected young people. To an adult a Seventies horror flick might...

  • Letter: Not black and white
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    The author seems to be under the impression either that all "mixed marriages" are between black and white people or, more disturbingly, that the only relevant minority marrying whites is black. ANNA WAI LAN TANG RAISTRICK AND NICHOLAS RAISTRICK Harro...

  • Letter: Repression is repression, whatever culture it comes from
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    PAT BLANCHARD Norwich

  • Profile: Anthony Hopkins - A wild man at heart
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    I see great hope and some cracking in the rocks that last week Sir Anthony Hopkins, the redeemed child of Port Talbot, pledged pounds 1m to the Save Snowdon Campaign. "Snowdonia is one of the most beautiful places in the world," he said, "and Snowdon...

  • The rough beast, whose hour is come, is Man
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    There are those mink to start with, 6,000 of them, set free from a fur farm by the Animal Liberation Front and now (those that haven't been shot, recaptured or bashed over the head with a shovel) roaming the New Forest in search of flesh into which t...

  • Letter: No excuse for killing
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    It seems to me naive in the extreme to believe that a culture as undemocratic, closed and steeped in the most puritanical traditions of Islam (this is a reference to Abd-el-Wahhab, not a crass "Western" generalisation) as Saudi Arabia should not have...

  • Leading Article: Sex, lies and humbug
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    In the first place, Republicans do not really believe Mr Clinton committed a serious tort. His alleged perjury took place in a civil suit Paula Jones filed under sexual-harassment law. When she charged that the then Governor of Arkansas had propositi...

  • Beware the language hooligans
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    Manufacturing industry recessions, heroin addicts dying in prison - all this apparently was as nought compared to the news that the lexicographers had decided that, in certain circumstances, it was permissible or even desirable to split the infinitiv...

  • Where Marx was right and Thatcher wrong
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    It is easy to sympathise with those accusations; less easy to describe the alternative. The Soviet Union has cured most people of the socialist illusion. The great socialist experiment was a disaster, economically and socially. Crime and vandalism ma...

  • What's he crying about?
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    JUST WHEN IT did not seem possible for the black farce that is the Monica and Bill Show to get any blacker, we are told that the leader of the free world seems somehow to have convinced himself that oral sex is not sex. This will astonish the majorit...

  • Leading Article: We must not give up now
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    Despite the killings and beatings that have occurred in the Province since the Good Friday agreement - most horribly the murder of the three children in the Ballymoney arson attack last month - the people of Ireland, North and South, and of mainland ...

  • Let's face it, it's Chancellor Soros who counts
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    Technically, it had nearly six months to go, for when the troops come back after the conferences they will engage in a few weeks' mopping-up operations. The State Opening (an historic ceremony held for the benefit of the ancient Dimbleby family) will...

  • What's black and white and read all over?
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    My only complaint - and I realise this is perhaps not the time or place to voice it - is the way the picture came out. Granted the photo, taken by my girlfriend on the deck of a ferry coming back from a romantic day trip to Calais, was backlit and un...

  • A land that has cursed its women
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    When the book was published 12 years ago, female readers passed it around, appalled by Atwood's vision of a state in which women had been stripped of every human right. I don't think many of us believed that such a thing could happen outside the page...

  • End of story
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    I go down there about once a month and we have a few drinks, go to Little- Eyed Dave's restaurant, El Rabioso, have a few more drinks, take in a club or two, try to pull a couple of birds, that kind of thing. "Son, I've 'ad more birds than you've 'ad...

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    T BUTTERWORTH London N5

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    M W LEE, Oundle, Northants

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    PETER JAY, Medical Legal Investigations, Knebworth, Herts

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    D J WALKER Macclesfield, Cheshire

  • Letter: Repression is repression, whatever culture it comes from
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    As members of minority groups, the attackers expect equality before the law and are indeed protected by statute from public abuse and insult, whether or not such onslaughts are justified by reference to Holy Scriptures. It is about time these ecclesi...

  • Letter: Repression is repression, whatever culture it comes from
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    Bishop Spong is right to speak as he did. Great harm has been done by the well-intended but muddled liberalism that accepts all moral and cultural views as having equal worth. To condemn the African bishops for their backward-facing views on homosexu...

  • Letter: Repression is repression, whatever culture it comes from
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    PATRICK O'BYRNE Dublin

  • QUIZ OF THE WEEK
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    1. The US-based Bradford Exchange of Illinois is suing the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. What's the fuss about? 2. Which billionaire financier warned against meltdown in Russia, and urged devaluation of the rouble by up to 20 per cent? 3. T...

  • QUOTES OF THE WEEK
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    Dr Peter Jones recently retired from teaching classics at Newcastle University Although terror can turn buildings to rubble and laughter to tears, it can never, will never, deter America from its purpose or presence around the globe. Madeleine Albrig...

  • Letter: Briefly
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    EAMONN RICHARDSON London SW12

  • Letter: Not black and white
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    And you conclude that a larger percentage of mixed-race children from black fathers/white mothers are in care because their white mothers do not wish to raise them. You neglect the fact that the child also has a father and that he should be taking eq...

  • Letter: Repression is repression, whatever culture it comes from
    Sunday, 16 August 1998

    KEITH COLLINS Whitton, Middlesex

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