23 AUGUST 1946

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Quandary in Turkey

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The American reaction to the Russian Note on the future regime of the Straits was not unexpected. Neither America nor Britain can passively agree te., terms which imply the...

India's Path

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It would be a mistake to allow the outbreak of violence in Calcutta to have undue influence on the crucial negotiations for the forma- tion of an interim Government. Ghastly as...


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T HE persistent pressure exercised by Yugoslavia at Paris con- cerning the settlement of Trieste, the invitation to Albania to attend the Conference and the restriction of the...

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Hard Bargaining in Egypt

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Until April the withdrawal of the British from Egypt was governed by the Treaty of 1936. The sudden decision to withdraw at once produced a sharp shock in this country in that...

The Marriage Bar

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The White Paper on the Marriage Bar in the Civil Service, published a few days ago, throws into the arena once more a subject that for years has been lurking on the outskirts of...

Bread Again

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On Sunday Mr. Strachey encouraged a hesitant public and a disgruntled bakery trade" along the bread-rationing path by announcing that in the first three weeks of rationing we...

General Morgan and Mr. LaGuardia

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At the time of going to press it is not known who the senior official of U.N.R.R.A. was who is alleged to have said last week that certain Russian officials were using...

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T HE suspension of the furious bout of Parliamentary activity which has so far put 70 Bills on the Statute Book and lac eight more waiting to be passed into law, has produced an...

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I am afraid I have never taken much interest in

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politics, but even the most incurious, the least factious individual is bound in these days to speculate from time to time about his rulers. One of the things that strikes me...

The surprising thing about the squatters is that they did

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not begin to squat earlier. In the country district where I live there are two hutted camps, erected at the beginning of the war to accommodate r,000 troops each. They stand on...

I feel sorry for our troops in Calcutta, where the

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Indian popula- tion is reminding the world how far their country has progressed towards political maturity. It is a depressing place at the best of times, especially in the hot...


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W HAT used to be called the "Hays Office," otherwise the Motion Picture Association, is the organisation responsible for ensuring that all films shown in America are morally...

For about half a mile there were corks on the

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telegraph wires beside the road. The small boy wanted to know what they were for. To stop partridges flying into the wires and getting killed. The small boy thought this was...

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By EDWARD CRANKSHAW T HE Western world is late in its appreciation of Mr. Molotov. It is only very recently that we have perceived the desirability of trying to appreciate him...

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By HENRY P. VAN DUSEN (The author of this article is the President of Union Theological Seminary, New York. It is published as a statement from an American point of view which,...

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By CECIL NORTHCOTT T O scramble about again on the Cumberland fells after a war- time's absence is to fall captive to the old fascination of the district, and to have a good...

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By CLIVE TURNBULL T is not without interest to speculate on the possible result of a I union of English culture as modified by the conditions of the United States and English...

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By GERALD BRODRIBB C RICKET has attracted the interest of men of letters far more than any other game. Countless poets, novelists, even play- wrights have made reference to the...


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Over that line of hill Is nothing at all ; and the dove Of imagination old And cunning in failure will Not fly from the hand of love To signal a new world. Is nothing : for...

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By HAROLD NICOI„SON IN the gardens of the Luxembourg there is an octagonal pond, as large almost as the Round Pond in Kensington. Upon the surface of this pond the sons and...

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WHEN Picasso, in his fury, painted Guernica, he was using methods and techniques of his own devising. Because another young painter, finding his sense of direction in the years...


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Sir Thomas Beecham. The Promenades SIR THOMAS was in a mild and almost diplomatic mood when he gave a talk last week at the Savoy Hotel about some of his plans for the...


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" The Searching Wind." At the Carlton. LILLIAN HELLMAN, from whose play of the same name The Searching Wind has been filmed, spent a considerable part of her earlier career as...


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Clutterbuck. By Benn W. Levy. At Wyndham's. Tuts play smells of, among other things, moth-balls. Its theme is sexual promiscuity, its setting is a pleasure-cruise, and its...

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THE STRANGE CASE OF MR. ODLUM StR,—I beg to refer to your recent comments on the case of Odium v. Stratton, the full report of which Judgement should be read. It is dis-...


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Ste,—I yield to no man in respect for Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr as a theologian and moral philosopher. But, as most students of his writings know, to real profundity in his treatment...

SIR,—It is surprising that Mr. C. W. Whatley, who was

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and is a member of the War Agricultural Executive Committee involved in the case, is not better informed about Odium v. Stratton. If he will read the Judgement, he will see that...

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SIR,—Mr. Harold Nicolson ended an able and searching analysis of the reasons for Russia's blocking tactics at the Peace Conference, in his broadcast from Paris on the 13th, with...

Sta,—Mr. George Isaacs can have no fault to find in

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the warm and zealous manner in which the Director of Public Relations of the Ministry of Labour took up cudgels on his behalf in the letter to you last week ; but, leaving on...

Sett,—Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr's article will presumably surprise many in this

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country who believed that American criticism was derived solely from Jewish political and financial influence. It appears that we have been guilty of a rather crass...


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Snt,—A rather remarkable letter appeared in your issue of last week under the title of Mr. Isaacs' Yoke, and signed by Mr. H. L. Hornsby, Director of Public Relations, Ministry...

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Debt to Beepers The title of keeper has been the

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target of satiric scorn from many humanitarians ; gnd some keepers have doubtless destroyed where they ought to have kept and preserved. Yet both bird-lovers and gardeners may...


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Sia,—In your issue of August 9th you state that when a man comes into his pension his wife will also qualify for pension. Is it not a great hardship that where the wife is the...

Our Greatest Sanctuary " Within the space of a year

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more than 2,000 acres of the Broads country have been made safe for all time as a nature reserve and for the enjoyment of the public." This proud claim is - made in the annual...

In my Garden As Buddleia Veitchiana loses its honeyed flowers

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B. Meyerensis opens its quaint but equally sweet tasselled buttons, and to these Peacock, Tortoiseshell and not least Comma butterflies have transferred their attentions. Among...


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Silt,—God forbid: that the truly appalling suggestion of Mr. H. L. Fos- brooke should be put into operation. As things are, bishops are terribly out of touch with their...


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IF the production of new local magazines is any evidence, we are witnessing a notable increase of county pride. This is seen not only in, say, Sussex, Yorkshire, Lancashire and...


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Sta,—I read with great interest an article in your issue of August 9th by an R.A.F. Chaplain. Though, as a layman, I have not great detailed knowledge, I have studied the...

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Thackeray's Letters The Letters and Private Papers of William Makepeace Thackeray. Edited by Gordon N. Ray. (Oxford University Press. 4 vols. 6 gns.) IT is often said that a...

New Poetry •

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SHELLEY, in his preface to The Revolt of Islam, defined as one of the most essential attributes of poetry " the power of awakening in others sensations like those which animate...

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More About Trollope

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Tills pleasant and well-documented book is sure of success. Trollope is in fashion ; -this chronicle is not only concerned with the Trollope family but informed by many of the...

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Winter Meeting. By Ethel Vance. (Collins. 7s. 6d.) BY an odd chance, the central characters of all the novels under review this week are writers or painters. I must admit that...

Jungle Guerrillas

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Chindit Column 76. By W. A. Wilcox. (Longman, Green. 10s. 6d.) A GOOD deal has already been published about the original Chindit expedition, but little has yet appeared about...

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By CUSTOS WHERE investment ends and speculation begins is one of the questions I have never been able to answer. If the criterion is the kind . of security one buys, then one...

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