11 MARCH 1995

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B arings, the merchant bank that col- lapsed last week, was bought for £1 by a Dutch bank called ING (Internationale Nederlanden Groep) which proposed to put some £660 million...

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No one protests at the new 'One Bonk and You're Out' rule. The Tories are resolutely defeatist BORIS JOHNSON A I roamed around Westminster over the last few days, I was struck...

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JAMES NAUGHTIE A week that ends in Edinburgh is always a good one, even without the exhila- ration of seeing a Welsh dragon having its fire put out (26-13). And the...

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Mrs Peter Baring is one of the many who mistakenly believe that inequality of wealth is unfair CHARLES MOORE R uskin wrote that 'sin sticks so fast between the joining of the...

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John Laughland argues that as Francois Mitterrand faces political extinction he has ensured that his country will suffer the same fate Paris WHEN Francois Mitterrand declared...

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Christian Caryl argues that the murder of Russia's top TV presenter can be interpreted to fit all prejudices. The truth is more complex Moscow I HEARD the news about the...

Will of the week Professor Sir Geoffrey Rudolph ELTON, of

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30 Millington Road, Cam- bridge, Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge 1983-88, who died on December 4th last, aged 73, left estate valued at £737,494 gross, £736,447...

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If symptoms

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persist. . . IT HAS LONG been denied by many eminent people, professors among them, that there is any philosophical justifica- tion whatever for the practice of punish- ment. I...

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John Witherow, the editor of the Sunday Times, reports on the Left's outrage at their heroes being linked to the KGB UNTIL WE ran our report based on Oleg Gordievsky's...

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Martin Vander Weyer recounts a cautionary tale of capitalism, or how Sotogrande-on-Tees and Samsung replaced the Londonderrys SINCE CAPITALISM has not yet passed into legend,...

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Mind your language

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DOES spelling count? Well, teachers do not seem to be able to decide, if my daughter Veronica's experience is any- thing to go by. She appears to have accepted the principle...

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William Oddie argues that the Church of England is the ecclesiastical equivalent of Barings: out of control and financially paralysed WHEN, ABOUT three and half years ago,...

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Michael Heath

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No partners' desks when the garden gnomes take over PAUL JOHNSON t he miserable collapse of the great British bank of Barings, and the still more contemptible way in which the...

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Quite unspoiled by failure, Barings' bonuses barge their way up the queue CHRISTOPHER FILDES o that's all right then. The Barings bonuses are safe. Those deserving chaps can...

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Brutally Frank

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Sir: Robert Eddison's sycophantic interview with Sir Frank Roberts (`Stalin was a most affable host', 25 February) cannot be allowed to pass without comment, particu- larly...


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Sir: I am delighted that, with your editorial reminding readers of Rupert Murdoch's Leninist past (Leader, 4 March), you should have come round to my own view that dealings with...

Refresher course

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Sir: In your issue of 4 March Professor Fred Halliday, accused by the Sunday Times of being a KGB contact, has chal- lenged Oleg Gordievsky to 'show a single sentence where I...

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Sir: As a practising and indeed well-prac- tised homosexual I

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can confirm Alasdair Palmer's opinion that there is no correla- tion between intelligence and penis size as suggested by Dr Rushton. The largest penis of my acquaintance was...

Taki shot down

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Sir: Taki (High life, 4 March) may not have `seen war and combat from close-up', but Anthony Howard has. He fought at Suez as a second lieutenant in the Royal Fusiliers in...

Seeing is believing

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Sir: With reference to the article by Alas- dair Palmer (`Does white mean right?', 18 February) and further letter from Frank Price (25 February), I would make the fol- lowing...

Sir: I note that the Duchess of Devonshire (Diary, 4

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March) shares the belief that John Peel had a hound called True. My understanding was that a monosyllabic name for a foxhound would be every bit as unacceptable as, say, Rondo...

Dear Duchess . . .

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Sir: Delightful Deborah Devonshire makes several plaintive pleas under the catch-all, `Can we do away with . . . ' (Diary, 18 February) Oh, Debs, I do know how you feel! Can we...

Sir: I agreed with virtually all the Duchess of Devonshire's

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loves and hates (Diary, 18 February), but must take issue with her over 'flowers in fireplaces'. Of course we all hate the feeble dried arrangements put in front of the...

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Mr Gummer approaches regional government rather as Henry VIII approached divorce SIMON JENKINS S ometimes Parliament does capture the essence of a thing. A week ago the Envi-...

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So what actually happened? Penelope Lively LONDON AT WAR, 1939-1945 • by Philip Ziegler Sinclair-Stevenson, £20, pp. 372 T he iconography of the London blitz is now part of a...

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Pent up in frowzy lodgings

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Kate Grimond WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MARGO? by Margaret Durrell Deutsch, £14.99, pp. 226 M argo became a landlady. In 1947 she bought an Edwardian house in Bournemouth and...

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A passion of a vegetable fashion

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David Horspool THE BLACK ALBUM by Hanif Kureishi Faber, £14.99, pp. 230 hahid, the young hero of Hanif Kureishi's second novel, spends most of his time trying to make his mind...

Not so clever Hans

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Francis King A SAFE CONDUCT by Peter Vansittart Peter Owen, £14.99, pp. 184 I t would be idle to pretend that A Safe Conduct, produced in Peter Vansittart's 76th year, is an...

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Something old out of Africa

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John Hare FREELAND by J• D• F. Jones Sinclair-Stevenson, £14.99, pp. 293 D enied access to the ocean by a series of ancient islands, 'splashed like cowpats across the chart',...


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In Rory O'Keeffe's article last week it was Jack Lang and not Pierre Rosenberg who was protected by the council of ministers from interrogation by Benjamin Rajbaut. We apologise...

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A people of polite persuasion

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Zenga Longmore THE WEATHER PROPHET by Lucretia Stewart Chatto & Windus, £14.99, pp. 248 T he most important ingredient for a good travel book is a likeable writer. So many...

Trouble with yer men

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Michael Bywater DIVORCING JACK by Colin Bateman HarperCollins, £4.99, pp. 282 P oor Colin Bateman, peace breaking out in Ireland like that. His book is about an Ulster...

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A la recherche des ventes perdues

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Dick Kingsett SILVER FOR SALE: CHRISTIES IN THE THIRTIES by Arthur Grimwade Michael Russell, f20, pp. 354 I n As You Like It, Orlando says to Adam, '0 good old man, how well...

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Bits of his heart in the right place

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Carole Angier DIARY OF A MAN IN DESPAIR by Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen Golden Square Books, £7.95, pp. 219 T his is a most extraordinary document. But not quite in the way that...

Glasgow belongs to him

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John Martin Robinson `GREEK' THOMSON edited by Gavin Stamp and Sam McKinstry Edinburgh University Press, £35, pp. 336 A s Wood is to Bath or Wren to the City of London, so...

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Regional theatre Money for old rope Rupert Christiansen is at his wits' end over the amount of public funding squandered on third-rate drama 0 ne evening last November I found...

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Catalan charms Giles Auty T hose who have been denied a break this winter or experienced one or more doses of this season's particularly virulent 'flu would find it hard to...

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Hamlet (The Hackney Empire) Indian Ink (Aldwych) Rattling the natives Andrew Billen A fearful banging and clanging accom- panied the first night of Ralph Fiennes's Hamlet at...

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Disclosure (18', selected cinemas) Stick to dinosaurs Mark Steyn M ichael Douglas, Demi Moore and Michael Crichton all make 'talking point' movies: is the white American...

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Mein camp Ian Hislop Y ou girls look as if you know where the action is,' says Clive James to a group of beautiful young women in the car next to him at a Berlin traffic...

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Adventure playground Ursula Buchan A sk a garden designer in what direc- tion she (for they are often she) thinks gar- den design is going in this country and the chances are...

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High life

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Mining the tycoons Taki Gstaad O nce upon a time the glitzy types left Gstaad on the last day of February. No longer. Arriving last week, having sat out the 'season' in...

Low life

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Clap and celebrate Jeffrey Bernard I t took them years to discover the bad side effects of Valium but it won't take them such a time to see the ill effects of Prozac as long...

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Office life

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Company car crisis Holly Budd M y company car is a six year-old Rover and we have shared 50,000 content- ed miles. I chose it because of its shape and feel and because it was...

Long life

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Vain or just conceited? Nigel Nicolson E dward Seago told me three stories to illustrate the extraordinary modesty of his painter-friend Field Marshal Alexander. After his...

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Lox, Stock & Bagel I'M SORRY, I was just too ill to go to a restaurant this week. Instead, I did as the Americans and Ordered In. I realise that a home-delivery outfit in...

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/S1 , 41.1 VALI SCOT(11 WHISKS ISLE OF i „ R SISGlk YkLI A 1 allI1WHISLI No, Minister Jaspistos IN COMPETITION NO. 1871 you were invited to write a poem addressed to Steven...


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Absent friends Raymond Keene AFTER HIS TRIUMPH in Sanghi Nagar the indefatigable Karpov travelled directly to the tournament in Linares, Spain. Traditionally, Linares is the...

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A first prize of £25 and a bottle of Graham's Malvedos 1979 Vintage Port for the first correct solution opened on 27 March, with two runners-up prizes of £15 (Or, for UK...

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Cheltenham thrills Frank Keating CAN IT be possible? This time next year I will be celebrating my Cheltenham half century. In 1946, my pa turned up at lunch- time at school...


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Dear Mary.. . Q. Recently I and my dining companion were occasioned considerable discomfort and annoyance by a lady at a neighbouring table of the fashionable restaurant we...