12 NOVEMBER 1983

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Biting the hand

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U nesco's first General Conference for three years, which began a five-week session in Paris on 26 October, has not yet exactly caught the imagination of newspaper editors. So...

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Political commentary

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Showing the reality Charles Moore T eaving aside, for the moment, the rights Land wrongs of the question, how is it that Mr Austin Mitchell managed to muster 164 MPs ready to...

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M y rebukes to the newspapers of Fleet Street for their failure to discuss the ethical and legal issues raised by the propos- ed flotation of Reuters news agency are no longer...


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Another voice

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Bitter pill Auberon Waugh A n advertisement in last week's Spectator jolted my conscience by reminding me of the existence of a Catholic weekly, the Tablet, which I had...

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Islands in the sun

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Shiva Naipaul T hrough a grey half-light I had my first glimpse of the islands, disposed like dreams in a grey sea. The aircraft's ultimate destination was the rounded volcanic...

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Remembering Monroe

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Christopher Hitchens Washington I n 1895 Richard Olney, who was Secretary of State to President Grover Cleveland, delivered himself of the following blunt observation: 'The...

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Could Israel save Arafat?

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David Lay W hen PLO dissidents raised a rebel banner in the Beka's Valley of eastern Lebanon, who could have predicted that within six months, rival Palestinian forces would...

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Argentinian nightmares

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Tony Allen-Mills Buenos Aires H erminio Iglesias is a man you would knot care to meet in Hyde Park on a dark night. He has a glass eye, an ugly, pock-marked face, and the...

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Burning the Pope

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Roy Kerridge S urrounded by the Sussex Downs, which press against its ancient streets like glaciers, Lewes, the county town of East Sussex, proudly dreams the year away from...

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Doing the Lambeth Walk

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A. N. Wilson T he announcement of a Roman pontiff's election is made from a Vatican balcony by a cardinal proclaiming: Annun- vobis gaudeam magnolia: habemus Papam. Robert...

One hundred years ago

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The Oxford memorial concerning the physiological laboratory, which asks, we believe, that no experiments on living animals shall be made in the new Oxford laboratory except...

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Irish poppies

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Olivia O'Leary Dublin I f anyone wants to know why the prime ministers of Britain and Ireland should have had to spend so much time at Che- quers this week 'normalising...

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Sad Irish joke

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Richard West T he London borough of Islington has appointed two full-time officers to monitor and combat expressions of anti- Irish feeling, especially jokes. This news will...

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Literary silly season Paul Johnson I n recent years the autumn has produced what I can only call the literary silly season. It's not a question of filling empty newspapers...

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In the City

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Cassandras clutch at straws Jock Bruce-Gardyne W hat is this we hear? Could it be the sound of straws being snatched at? Last weekend Mr William Keegan of the Observer...

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Banana skin

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Sir: As the Festive Season approaches it is pleasing to see Paul Johnson skating by on one of his own banana skins. Criticizing Harold Evans last week, he wisely observes that...

Sir Oswald's attraction

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Sir: Nicholas Mosley may be interested in my own reaction to his father on his release from prison in November 1943 when, as cub reporter on the Oxford Mail, I was the only...

Giant among men

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Sir: Must we suffer any more silly letters and comments about streets and places named after Nelson Mandela? That he is a giant among men is clear to anyone who has read his...


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Holding heavy water Sir: Well yes, it is true that the theory of nuclear deterrence now appears to hold more (heavy?) water than it did to some of us, like Geoffrey Strickland...

Tolstoy's flight

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Sir: It is uphill work satisfying reviewers, particularly those who wish one had written the book they never quite got round to writing themselves. John Stewart Collis (1...

KAL 007

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Sir: I have found of much interest Murray Sayle's recent articles regarding the tensions in the Far East and the destruction of the Korean KAL 007. It seems unlikely that the...

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The constituency of the dead Colin Welch D o, you remember when 11 November was truly Remembrance Day? How, at the muffled thunder of a gun, our whole nation would, even on a...

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Mr Pooter's little smash Charles Moore Good Times, Bad Times Harold Evans (Weidenfeld & Nicolson £11.95) Urarold Evans was wrong to offer this book for publication. He could...

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Tina Pooter's golden days

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Kathy O'Shaughnessy Life as a Party Tina Brown (Andre Deutsch £6.95) T att-lere, as a Paris Match photographer called it, is the magazine Tina Brown brought to brilliant and...

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Sweet revenge

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Miranda Seymour Eleni Nicholas Gage (Collins £9.95) T he climax to D.M. Thomas's disturbing novel, The White Hotel, comes when Lisa and her child face death by firing squad on...

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Love to death

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Francis King Coup de Grace Marguerite Yourcenar (Aidan Ellis £7.95) ry this short novel, first published in V French in 1939, the author has declared that is was written...

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Ingenious fable

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Anthony Mockler The Emperor: Downfall of an Autocrat Ryszard Kapuscinski (Quartet £7.95) This is an extraordinarily clever, rather I disgraceful book. But the criticisms of the...

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On the rocks

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Christopher Hawtree Cold Heaven Brian Moore (Jonathan Cape £7.95) have no wish to expedite communi- cation with the Americans. If we could apply the power of electrical repul-...

Recent paperbacks

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James Hughes-Onslow Alanbrooke David Fraser (Hamlyn £4.95) Chur- chill's wartime CIGS restrained some of the PM's wilder schemes, and annoyed his former boss when his wartime...

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Lip reading Peter Ackroyd Exposed ('15', selected cinemas) T he director of this film, James Toback, has become a legend in those quarters where torrid failure is considered...

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Ace Giles Gordon Pack of Lies (Lyric) Lovers Dancing (Albery) The Grass Widow (Royal Court) Pericles (Theatre Royal, Stratford East) I t's instructive for the soul, and...


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Lone genius Rodney Milnes E ven the most fervent advocates of Mussorgsky's original version of Boris, as opposed to Rimsky-Korsakov's well- meaning recomposition, have...

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Half-cock John McEwen Albert, His Life and Work (Royal College of Art, till 22 January 1984) T here is no commemorative reason for this exhibition. The Duke of Edinburgh went...

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Road to ruin Richard Ingrams T cannot claim to have been an afficion- 1 ado of the old Nationwide on BBC 1. But on the few occasions when I did watch it, it seemed to be a...

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Low life

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Ups and downs Jeffrey Bernard T he flat racing season ended last Saturday, Christmas looms and through the letterbox this morning I got a handout about an artist from Hong...

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Autumn journal P. J. Kavanagh F rom time to time I feel impelled to report what the weather has been doing. Whether these communiqués bore more people than they amuse it is...

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No. 1292: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked for a sense-making poem containing as many anagrams as possible of a nine-letter word. I am very sensible of the time and effort that...

C om pet i t io n

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No. 1295: 1984 Set by Jaspistos: A future government has banned by law the use of the private motor- car and/or the consumption of alcoholic beverages. You are invited to...

Competition entries

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To enable competitors to economise on postage, entries for one or more weeks of the competition and crossword may be posted together under one cover addressed 'Competition...

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Crossword 633

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A prize of ten pounds will be awarded for the first correct solution opened on 28 November. Entries to: Crossword 633, The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WC1N 211. 7 8...

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Guessing game Raymond Keene Phis week I introduce a special Chequers .I. Competition which will run for six con- secutive weeks. The prize is £500 and the winner will be...

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Portrait of the week

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'in an imitation of previous devastating attacks on the headquarters of the American and French contingents of the Lebanese peacekeeping force, a lorry packed with explosives...

Books Wanted

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TROYTOWN by QuiIler-Couch, (Penguin). D. F. Taylor, 27 Chipstead Park, Chipstead, Sevenoaks, Kent. LLEWELYN POWYS: 'Somerset Essays' (1937). P. J. Foss, Gwynfa, Tal-sarn,...

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Back Numbers

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If you missed the previous weeks' issues, it is still possible to enter the competition. Back numbers are available from: The Spectator, Competition Back Numbers, 56 Doughty...

Game for a Daimler

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with Dame Edna Everage Hello Possums! Edna, according to a funny old book we found when we were burning my mother's things, is a name which means 'Compassion'. It's certainly...

How to take part

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1. Dame Edna Everage will introduce one question by a different person in each issue of The Spectator from now until the 10 December issue. 2. Do not send in your replies each...


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The first prize is a magnificent 1934 Daimler Saloon, which is illustrated above. It is fully licensed and in excellent condition having had only two owners. The car is valued...