19 FEBRUARY 1983

Page 3

Our striking interest

The Spectator

W ith a committee of inquiry taking evidence in public and ready to make a swift report, the way to end the water strike appears to have been found. The strike itself has not...

Page 4

Political commentary

The Spectator

Tatchell v. 'real' Labour Colin Welch B ermondsey surely is a complicated by- election, with almost more candidates than voters; two of them called Hughes, one Liberal, one...

Page 5


The Spectator

Vice-President George Bush has got a in- troduced memory. When I was n- troduced to him last week at the American Embassy he remembered that we had once Met before ten years...


The Spectator

UK Eire Surface mail Air mail 6 months: f15.50 1RE17.75 £18.50 £24.50 One year: £31.00 1Rf35.50 £37.00 £49.00 US subscription price: $65.00 (Cheques to be made payable to the...

Page 6

Another voice

The Spectator

Paradise regained Auberon Waugh A fter the Lord Chief Justice's revela- tions last week that the Sunday Times had completed invented a front-page story, in which it said that...

Spectator Index

The Spectator

The Spectator Index for July-December 1982 will be available early next month (price £5).

Page 7

Israel: the awkward truth

The Spectator

Christopher Hitchens Against this set of comforting and self- serving deductions, consider the evidence of two Israelis, General Rafael Eitan and Jacob° Timerman. General Eitan...

Page 8

Rites of a Beirut Spring

The Spectator

Alan Ross I n the early Sixties I spent a weekend in Beirut on my way to India. 1 remembered it as a city of solid Ottoman buildings, palm trees spraying shadows over...

Page 9

Living at the Chelsea

The Spectator

Peter Ackroyd New York The fobby resembles some vast junk- ./ shop; the paintings are coated in a layer of dust, and portable sculptures have been placed in odd corners and then...

Page 10

A dying breed

The Spectator

Brian Inglis 'W e are not petty people,' Yeats declaimed to the Irish Senate, when the Free State government began passing legislation he thought discriminatory against the...

Page 12

The Golden Calf

The Spectator

A. N. Wilson T he restaurant at Church House is called the Vitello d'Oro: to remind us perhaps that the people of God were led astray into false worship while Moses col- lected...

Page 13

Buff envelope buff

The Spectator

Richard West In David Taylor described 'the typ- ing last week's article 'A graduate on the in g of CVs, the scouring of Guardian creative and media sections, and applica-...

Page 15

Save our Survey

The Spectator

Gavin Stamp A s a central Londoner without a car, I have a degree of sympathy for Mr Ken Livingstone and his Labour ad- ministration at the County Hall who, despite their...

Page 16

A disturbing experience

The Spectator

Henry Porter L a fayette Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology, may or may not be dead. In answer to a petition brought by his estranged son Ronald DeWolf, a...

One hundred years ago

The Spectator

The French Senate has not rejected the Proscription Bill, but has accepted a substitute making it a Bill for the regular trial of Pretenders. The Judges on Fri- day, week...

Page 17

The press

The Spectator

Contempt: as you were Paul Johnson T he trial before the Lord Chief Justice and two other senior judges of the newspapers charged with contempt of court in reporting the...

Jo Grimond writes:

The Spectator

There has been a disappointing response to my offer in the Notebook of bottles of English sherry. Where are the public com- panies who have given their directors no salary...

Page 18


The Spectator

Sir: Jo Grimond (Notebook, 5 February) says that the Tate Gallery has long exceeded its optimum size. He should, then, protest against the Clore Gallery (Turner Museum and Tate...

Letters from the front

The Spectator

Sir: I am compiling an anthology of letters written home from battlefields since 19 00 . All letters will be treated with respect and returned. Annette Tapert 39 Moore Park...


The Spectator

Unreliable sources Sir: Mrs Thatcher's government appears determined to win the race against time with the late George Orwell. The Lord Chancellor's Department is maintaining,...

Natural break

The Spectator

Sir: Since Peregrine Worsthorne used most of last week's Notebook to castigate a newspaper article he found 'wholly misleading', it was odd that he should devote his closing...

Numbers game

The Spectator

Sir: Comment is free; facts are sacred. Ac- cording to my Bible the Fourth Command - ment requires the keeping of the seventh day as a Holy day. But perhaps Mr Waugh (12...

Sir: Mr Waugh is old enough now to be told

The Spectator

that not everyone numbers the command - ments in the same way that he does. He is obviously the victim of an over-sheltered Catholic upbringing. Catholics reckon the...

Mutile de guerre?

The Spectator

Sir: Mere words cannot adequately express my outrage at your cover dated 12 February. Contrary to your unsavoury sug- gestion, it is abundantly clear what this gallant Frenchman...

Calling his bluff

The Spectator

Sir: I am deeply honoured that Patrick Marnham should have woven his last Postscript column round me and my doings (12 February) but a little surprised that he should take such...

Page 19


The Spectator

The speed of a Golden Plover Christopher Booker Guinness Book of Records, 1983 Edition Edited by Norris McWhirter (Guinness Superlatives Ltd £5.75) S ometime in the early...

Page 20

Edward the Great

The Spectator

Eric Christiansen King Edward III Michael Packe (Routledge and Kegan Paul £12.95) Historical Writing in England Vol. II Antonia Grandsen (Routledge and Kegan Paul £30) .H e...

Page 21

Decline and fall

The Spectator

Michael Wharton Three Six Seven: Memoirs of a Ver y Important Man Peter Vansittart (Peter Owen £8.95) rr he disintegration of the Roman Empire I —no coherent succession of...

Page 22

A Victorian girl

The Spectator

Harriet Waugh Onlookers Gillian Avery (Collins £6.95) G illian Avery's second adult novel, Onlookers, is a quiet tour de force em- bracing two comedies of errors, one set in...

Page 23

Recent fiction

The Spectator

Miranda Seymour s ince Rabbit got his redux after ten years, it was always on the cards that Updike would do the same for Bech, the lecturer and one-time writer whose...

Page 24

Callas legends

The Spectator

Brian Masters My Wife Maria Callas Giovanni Battista Meneghini (Bodley Head £9.95) The Callas Legacy John Ardoin (Duckworth £9.95) T he misfortune of Maria Callas was to...

Page 25


The Spectator

Women's worlds Giles Gordon Top Girls (Royal Court) Messiah (Aldwych) Charley's Aunt (Lyric, Hammersmith) C aryl Churchill's incomparable Top Girls has returned to the...

Apologies to the excellent Mr Bill Fraser for calling him

The Spectator

Bill Owen in my review of The School for Scandal. Mr Owen is about 5ft 8ins and weighs about 11 stone; Mr Fraser is 6ft tins and weighs 16 stone.

Page 26


The Spectator

Time-honoured A.S. Henry omposers need their anniversary cele7 IL/ brations rather in the way that cricketers need the one benefit season which they are normally allowed in...

Page 27


The Spectator

Tempestuous Peter Ackroyd Tempest ('15', selected cinemas) A first it looks as if it is going to be a storm in a tea-cup. A middle-aged architect, wearing a kimono, is...

Page 28


The Spectator

Enduring Richard Ingrams Tonathan Stedall, producer of Time with J Beijeman (BBC2) a seven-part series which began on Sunday, has discovered what some of us have known all...

High life

The Spectator

Gatherings Taki New York T ye had a marvellous week. The blizzard of '83 — as the television pundits kept referring to the snowstorm that had New Yorkers talking about real...

Page 29

Low life

The Spectator

Jogging along Jeffrey Bernard w hen the lease of this body I live in ex- pires 1 hope to be buried in Canada. It was there, a few days ago, that a gravedigger was sacked for...


The Spectator

Musty halls Patrick Marnham rr hree readers writing recently in I response to chance remarks made in this column illustrate the difficulties that face the Spectator in its...

Page 30

Competition entries

The Spectator

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...

No. 1254: The winners

The Spectator

Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked to describe the features of a very ill-run hotel or boarding-house which a guest should prepare himself for. A bow to Beachcomber...


The Spectator

No. 1257: Slanging the Bard Set by Jaspistos: You are invited to rewrite 16 lines of Shakespearian verse (please iden- tify the passage), preserving the metre and meaning but...

Page 31

Crossword 595

The Spectator

A prize of ten pounds will be awarded for the first correct solution opened on 7 March. Entries to: Crossword 595, The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LL. 1 2 3...


The Spectator

Exotic-bounty Jonathan Tisdall W ith regular columnist Raymond Keene away representing England in the Commonwealth Championship in Australia, this seems an auspicious time to...

Solution to 592: Potter's wheel The radial theme - words are synonyms

The Spectator

of POTTER (verb). The cir- cuit theme-words are: MING, FAIENCE, CLAY, PORCELAIN, MAJO- LICA, WEDGWOOD. Winner: Nicholas Hussey, 64 Win- chester St., Overton, Hants.

Page 32

Special Offer

The Spectator

Wine Club Auberon Waugh r"N etermined as I am to keep the Spec- tator Wine Club as upmarket as possi- ble despite the murderous prices of good claret and burgundy, I have at...

Spectator Treasure Hunt

The Spectator

Further list of runners-up Major J. W. Aggleton, Richmond, Surrey; Mrs Judith Baldock, Woking, Surrey; Hugh Bannerman, Wells, Somerset; C. Bayliss, Carmarthen; Miss C. Beecher,...

Page 33


The Spectator

7 Park Street, Bristol BSI 5NG Telephone: 0272 214141 UNIT PRICE INC ORDER PRODUCT SIZE VAT NO. Investiture Port 9750183F 12 Bts £71.40 Case 9750283F 6 Bts £3.70 1 /2 Case...

Page 34

Portrait of the week

The Spectator

T he dismembered remains of three men were discovered in the drain of a terrac- ed house in Muswell Hill, North London, by a plumber investigating a bad smell. Two severed heads...

Books Wanted

The Spectator

THRILLING CITIES by Ian Fleming. Box No 296SJ. THE DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS. Edited by Latham & Matthews. £8 per volume offered for Vols I-IX inclusive. Stray volumes gratefully...