It was comforting to see Allan Hall — "Atticus" of the Sunday Times — retaining his panache right to the very end. In his final column, published on28th December, Mr Hall led off with an item about that seasoned annual The Saturday Book. "I hear" wrote the ever-alert columnist, "that the 1975 edition is to be the last." He was being perfectly accurate. The news was announced by the publishers Hutchinson last August.