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Levantine morass

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I t was Bismarck who declared that the whole of the Balkans were not worth 'the bones of one Pomeranian grenadier.' Now Enoch Powell has reached a similar concu- sion about the...

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Political commentary

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A bearded occasion Charles Moore CV - ou can say what you like about 1. bearded people . . .', one bearded Liberal delegate began. Can we? Well then, here is this column's...

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I n 1 969, after much scholarly research, pope Paul VI decided to remove 46 saints from the Roman Catholic calender. This was because it was doubtful if they had ever existed....


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UK Eire Surface mail Air mail 6 months: £15.50 IRL 17,75 £18.50 L24.50 One year: £31.00 . IRL35,50 £32.00 L49.00 Cheques to be made payable to the Spectator and sent to...

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Another voice

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A beast in view Auberon Waugh A small gathering in Doughty Street recently celebrated the publication of a book from John Murray at the slightly discouraging price of £15: The...

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A post-Socialist President?

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Sam White Paris I am not sure whether it was Machiavelli or Francois Mitterrand who coined the ad age that in politics one chooses one' s i enemies but not one's allies....

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Lynxes versus Hinds

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Anthony Mockler Hildesheim, West Germany 'I suppose the Spectator will give your article its usual left-wing slant,' said, with jovial suspicion, the colonel in charge of press...

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Ireland's unlucky strike

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Sheila Lawlor e conomic circumstances, Irishmen have be en apt to reply that, though no F or the past few years when cross- examined about their country's alarm- in s govern-...

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The Bordeaux boom

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Harry Eyres O ne day in the autumn of 1971, Baron Elie de Rothschild was reading Time magazine and happened to see a photo- graph of a bottle of Château Lafite, his property...

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Political preacher man

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Steve Bruce T he drunk opposite me in the saloon car Nob o dy was insistent: 'Falwell's an ass-hole. cares what that guy thinks. He ain't a majority of nothing... and he pro-...

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Christians and Sinnermen

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Roy Kerridge (In a grey, oppressive summer day, with V thunder in the air, the steps of the Bingley Exhibition Hall, Birmingham, were bright with hats, frocks and shawls....

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One hundred years ago

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Mr Gladstone, having visited the Orkneys, steamed across to Copen- hagen, where he was received, on the 17th inst., with every honour by the family party there assembled,...

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Nuclear dreads

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Richard West Saxmundham, Suffolk T he new chairman of the Conservative Party, John Selwyn Gummer, is not widely revered by Conservatives in his own Suffolk constituency....

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In the City

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Flogging off BP Jock Bruce-Gardyne nless the ayatollahs have had a sudden V rush of blood to the head by the time this issue of the Spectator appears on the bookstalls, it...

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The press

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W oman trouble Johnson S ome eyebrows were raised by a recent , apocalyptic statement from Gerry vvyaveldr, managing director, sales and distribution, of the International...

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Italian illusions

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Colin Welch nowst thou the land where the lemon 1.X.trees bloom?' My honest answer still, no. For various reasons, fear perhaps up- permost, I have usually given Italy a wide...

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Sir: Your drama critic Giles Gordon (27 August) suggests the anonymous author of the Elizabethan drama Arden of Faversham (being presented by the RSC at the Pit until October)...

Stubble burning

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Sir: It ill behoves Tom Thatcher, whom I take to be a Salisbury Plain grain farmer, to address arrogantly the general public on the advantages (to the farmer) of stubble...

Sir: I was dismayed to switch on my telly black

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and white, of course — the other day to see two Al crashers holding forth. One was an Irish pyschiatrist and the other your television critic. After ten minutes or so 1 gave up...

Sir: I don't mind being told I am wrong but

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1 become edgy when I am misquoted. The appropriately named Mr Thatcher says that 1 complained about straw-burning. I didn't. I said the landscape looked as though the Vikings...

An affront to decency

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Sir: Whether the editor of the Literary Review is an anti-Semite, and certainly whether its proprietor is a gentleman (Notebook, 17 September), is of limited relevance to the...


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Savimbi's negritude Sir: Fred Bridgland (`Russia's Vietnam', 17 S eptember) is right to ask for a new assess- ment of Angola, but I wonder if he is the best person to give it?...

01' blue eyes

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Sir: Watching Richard Ingrams in conversation with Dr Clare, I fell madly in love with Richard's perfect English-type male beauty, blue eyes, fair hair worn like Richmal...

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The heroic Aubrey Herbert Patrick Leigh Fermor The Man Who Was Greenmantle: A Biography of Aubrey Herbert Margaret Fitzherbert (John Murray £15) W ide acres, rank,...

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Pride of race

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Fitzroy Maclean The Highland Clans Sir lain Moncreiffe of that Ilk (Hutchinson £12.95) H ighlanders are notorious for a pride of race, which, while barely comprehen- sible to...

Stunning debut

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Peter Levi The Wolf Max Davidson (Quartet £7.95) This first novel is a stunning success. One 1 is not sure at first whether one li ke A s ti any of the people. 'Paul lay in...

Next week Autumn Books Reviews include

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Nigel Nicolson on Vita Sackvillc West Enoch Powell on the Prince Consort Alastair Forbes on Lady Diana Cooper and John Stewart Collis on the Tolstoys

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Miranda Seymour Ma rcovaldo or The Seasons in the City Italo Calvino T ranslated by William Weaver (Seeker & Warburg £7.95) Light Eva Figes (Hamish Hamilton £6.95) av ing...

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Friendly bombs

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Christopher Hawtree The Burning Book Maggie Gee (Faber and Faber £8.50) Good Friends, Just Anne Leaton (Chatto and Windus £7.95, £3.50) can see nothing objectionable in the 1...

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John Jolliffe Secrets of the Coast Su Ingle, foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales ( Weidenfeld & Nicolson £8.95) The Naturalist's Guide to the British Coastline Ron Freethy...

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Trends at the Tate John McEwen New Art (Tate Gallery till 23 October) N ew Art really is a bad exhibition. Most of the painting and sculpture on view is an insult to artistic...

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Parallels Giles Gordon Birds of Passage (Hampstead) The Genius (Royal Court) A Streetcar Named Desire (Greenwich) The Tempest (RSC: Barbican) N ear the end of Hanif Kureishi's...

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Misguided Rodney Milnes Adriadne on Naxos, and Toussaint (Coliseum) L'Enfant et les sortileges, The Nightingale and Lulu (Covent Garden) T he ENO's new Ariadne, conducted by...

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Historical touches Peter Ackroyd Danton CPC', Chelsea Cinema, Kings Road D anion does not begin auspiciously: there is the guillotine, a surprisingly compact instrument which...

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Lasting Richard Ingrams consic onsiderin g the hu g e amount of time dering money expended on it, it is surpris- in g how miserably bad most television drama is. I think that...

High life

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Let fly Tak i I haven't had an altercation in an aeroplane on my way back and forth from Greece in months, therefore it was in- evitable that it would happen sooner rather...

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Low life

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Busybodies Jeffrey Bernard I read in the Times last week of a ghastly new group of busybodies who call themselves Action on Alcohol Abuse. They want to make the price of drink...


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September song P. J. Kavanagh N ear the beginning of this month I was sitting in the gardens of Walmer Cas- tle, near Deal, with my two sons. We have been doing such things...

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No. 1288: Chesterfield reversed Set by Jaspistos: In some historical periods and in some areas of behaviour the younger generation are more strait-laced than their elders. A...


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Top Flohr Raymond Keene N ews has come through of the death Of Grandmaster Salo Flohr in his 7 5 t h , year. During the 1930s, as a citizen ' 3 ' Czechoslovakia, Flohr's...

No. 1285: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked for a limerick describing a feat worthy of inclusion in a Guinness Book of Records. My inspiration was a charming limerick quoted by...

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Crossword 626

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Apri • ze of ten pounds will be awarded for the first correct solution Opened on 10 October. Entries to: Crossword 626, The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WCIN 211. LkIl...

Solution to 623: OOVII rT gig * riE EMI a R

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Portrait of the week

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U S ships stationed off the Lebanese coastline shelled the Chouf mountains behind Beirut which were occupied by Druze and Palestinian opponents of the country's Christian...

Books Wanted

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OXFORD BOOK OF MYSTICAL VERSE and 'Teresa of Avila' — a play, author unknown. Matthew Parris, 41 Bramfield Rd, London SW11. MARINA WARNER: 'The Dragon Empress'. M. Evans, 8...