27 AUGUST 1965

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View from the Scillies

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W E know exactly how Mr. Harold Wilson looks when he is on holiday in the Scilly Isles : how does the scene look to him from there? No doubt the economic outlook dominates his...

-- Portrait of the Week— As EVENTFUL, if not invigorating, week

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for the country which (since the death of Sunday of Mr. Norman Dodds) is now ruled by the Labour party On a majority of two. The Ford Motor Company had its troubles again,...


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Friday August 27 1905

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Beyond the Concord By OLIVER STEWART A SHORT time ago members of the Royal Aero- nautical Society were asking one another what had gone wrong with the British aircraft...


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A City of the Theatre SARAH GAINHAM writes: Tilla Durieux was eighty-five on August 18 . Has anyone in London ever heard of her? Yet she was the first Eliza Dolittle, in the...


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Japan—The last Twenty Years RICHARD S1 ORRY The Romantic Miss Murdoch MALCOLM BRADBURY One year's subscription to the 'Spectator': £3 15s. (including postage) in the...

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Howard's End C HRISTOPHER BOOKER writes : The news that Anthony Howard is to leave the Sunday Times (after only eight months) to become the Observer's Washington correspon-...


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The Wandering Scholars By R. T. BERRY T rTHEY are hardly a new phenomenon. We I know of them in the early Middle Ages, wandering from university to university. The cir- cuit...

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Spectator's Notebook

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YXOMATOSIS (see this week's leader) is in the news again. I find that expert opinion tends to support the view that 1965 may be the year in which the farmer's pest (and...

Boom This has been a troubled summer for manY sections

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of the economy but at least it has been a bumper season for two of our national growth activities : the manufacture of noise and ni litter. Here at least productivity has...

Liner Trains It is bad news that the NUR have

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rejected, even for a trial period, the introduction of liner freight trains. Clearly their opposition centres on the proposal of the British Railways Board that private road...

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Clive Barnes

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This week Clive Barnes bids us farewell on his Way to fresh woods and pastures new. A sad occasion for us, but it must be almost a unique tribute to a London critic to be...

T ailpiece b After his salvo earlier in this issue, Christopher

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r oker has gone on holiday. In his absence, who a ° You suppose will be contributing °lir commen- tar y on The Press? That's right—Randolph. QUOODLIS

UP the Creek

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I see that in a story this week on the new nelo-Irish extradition treaty, Time describes the I s land of saints and scholars as 'only a three-hour :errs/ ride' away from...


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The Larger Hope From ARNOLD BE1CHMAN A A POLITICAL journalist suddenly evidencing op- ..timisrn while his confreres are keening the GOttercliimmetung blues—as here in South...

Three-day Bores

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. Even if there is an exciting finish to the county cricket championship, it has been one long yawn this wet summer. No team has managed to win v e , en half its matches...

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By Royal Charter

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By CARYL BRAHMS PAI.ACE revolution can rarely be a happy or - edifying specthcle, but when the /rouble at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art finally sub- sides,, it is to be...

Fair Game

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We must allow substitutes; otherwise. the best players of a team are eliminated by the opposition who injure Mein,— Comment of Honduras Football Association .on the FIFA...

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From the Soviet Writers' Village

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By DE'SMOND STEWART p um more than churches build our western idea of a village, and, lacking a pub or a cafe, Pcridelkino, possessor of a fourteenth-century church, does not...

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Playing the Riverside Pubs By DAVID ROGERS I N Wapping High Street a pigeon is uncon- cernedly pecking between the cobblestones. Some shafts of evening sun penetrate Limehouse...

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SIR,—The White Paper on immigration has been widely condemned for

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the harsh new restrictions it proposes and for its lack of positive proposals to combat racial prejudice and discrimination. In this situation the work of the Campaign Against...


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am a member of the Labour party and have, ever since I had a drink with him in Moscow at the time of the British Trade Fair, had a particularly soft spot for Mr. Wilson. I...


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From: Professor I. A. Rex, David Charles Rose, Dr. David Stafjord Clark and others, Frank Pomeranz, . Professor Sir Denis Brogan, Calvin llofintan, George Edinger, H. E....

Mozart and Bach

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SIR,—To repeat myself, I never asserted or implied that Mozart met Frederick the Great or that he learned anything from Frederick the Great. I had thought of putting in a...

The New-Model VSO

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SIR,—As Quoodlc was so generous in his reference to my modest part in devising the VSO idea. may I comment on the director's letter in your last issue? I could never have...

Sik,---As one of the radical correspondents with Pen already poised,

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I am cheered by Mr. Hattersley's answer to my imputed question as to how his advocacy 'differs from the worst sort of racial P r opaganda.' The answer, says he, Is simple: the...

The Man Who Was Shakespeare

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what* heroic doggedness Mr. Martin Seymour-Smith (August 20) clings to hi S belief that a few mis-spelt words in a book should be equated with, and crucified as, factual errors....

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Art as Revelation By BRYAN ROBERTSON AN impressive show of recent works by IAMalcolm Hughes and Michael Pennie at the ICA should not be overlooked during these Metropolitan...

Consuming Interest

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SIR,-I was most interested to read Leslie Adrian's article 'Imp and the Impossible.' I must point out, however, that the only difficulty that Volkswagen- werk AG experienced in...

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Teeth or Dentures?

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ALMOST the only people not to know that the ,ft1964 Television Act gave Lord Hill real powers over programme schedules were the trio in Rediffusion's Three After Six. They...


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Prince of Denmark Street Hamlet. (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford- upon-Avon.)--The Imperial Nightingale. (Theatre Royal, Stratford East.)—Dandy Dick. (Mermaid.) I T...

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By CLIVE BARNES W HAT can I write about? For here after six years I am saying farewell to these columns and, for that matter, this country. I could, I should and, duty being...

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BOOKS The Making of Europe

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By DAVID KNOWLES eF all the misnomers with which historians kihave labelled epochs of the past, none is more misleading than the ticket of 'The Dark Ages.' Originally applied...

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Ford's Way

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FORD is not only a giant among modern English nOielists, but also he must be one of the most monumentally neglected of all writers. A few useful but gossipy books have been...

East-West Al

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Under Pressure. The Writer in Society: Eastern Europe and the U.S.A. By A. Alvarez. THE god of the literary interview is Janus. For the interviewer must have two tongues and...

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Soft Sell

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A Curtain of Ignorance. By Felix Greene. (Cape, 35s.) China in Crisis. By Sven Lindqvist. Translated by Sylvia Clayton. (Faber, 25s.) Sow: years ago I was sent, with the...

The Sun Rising

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In the brass light of morning, fire along the . grass, The tide far out, turning, the wind at peace. The vivid sky stood open, a scene with nothing wrong: Sun was sun, stones...

Dreams of Power

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The River-Watcher is a novel of violence and immense subtlety: it deals with kidnapping, revenge and death by drowning—though its over- riding theme is the analysis of the...

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That Petrine Cock By DAVID REES W HEN That Uncertain Feeling* was pub- lished ten years ago in August 1955 some of the reviewers were uneasy. After the fire- works of Lucky...

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Flanders Field

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Men Who March Away. Poems of the First World War. Edited with an introduction by I. M. Parsons. (Chatto and Windus, 21s.) ' THE 1914-18 war is, in many ways, more evoca- tive,...

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'The Whole Truth' About the Crisis By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT I T was a fine idea of Mr. Cecil King to devote six pages of the Daily Mirror over three holi- day days in August to...

Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T DR announcement by ICI of a coming issue of £50 million 74 per cent unsecured loan stock at 984—the largest financing operation, it is said, ever undertaken by a...

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Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY I N our last issue .was an extract of profits from Tunnel Portland Cement for the year to March 31, 1965. Trading results were slightly in excess of those of last...


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Chicken a la Mood By LESLIE ADRIAN 114v caption of the year comes from Malcolm Newell's Mood and Atmo- sphere in Restaurants (Barrie and Rockliff, 42s.): 'Fig. 51 Tun of Port...

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The Customs of the Country

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By MARY HOLLAND WHEN you consider that they represent the state at its most unswervingly punitive it is remarkable that we don't resent the Customs more: both the office in...


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By ALAN BRIEN There was a time when I was a subscriber but eventually its critics hounded me off the mailing list. I respected the way its editors fought to keep Greenwich...

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By PIIILIDOR 245. 0. STOCCII1 (1st Prize, Melbourne Chess Club Tournament, 1 953) BLACK (6 men) WHITE (7 men) WHITE to play and mate in two moves ; solution next week....

SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD No. 1184 ACROSS.-1 Talisman. 5 Asleep. 9

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Rose-tree. 10 Dipper. 12 Swahili. 13 Immerse. 14 Short-circuit. 17 Lnehant. silents. 22 Rilievo. 23 Trysail. 24 Thirty. 25 Redolent. 26 Denude. 27 Asserted. DOWN.-1 Thrust. 2...


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ACROSS 1. A tale he told of gambling with death (8) 5. All trembling, like the fish (6) 9. A degree makes him doubly eligible! (8) 10. Time gets a grip here (6) 12. Not the...