28 OCTOBER 1995

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Alice in Lottery Land — the Caucus Race M r John Major, the Prime Minister, invited President Carlos Menem of Argentina to visit Britain. They had held talks in New York about...

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Is the State encouraging Britain to become a nation of curtain-twitchers and whisperers? BORIS JOHNSON I f I were an immigrant, there is one main reason why I might feel...

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DOMINIC LAWSON I never thought that Jeffrey Bernard would outlive me at The Spectator. When I became editor five and a half years ago, I believed that my most pressing problem...

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Towards a commonsense view on children and divorce AUBERON WAUGH W ould it, I wonder, help reduce the incidence of divorce in Britain, which now has the highest rate in...

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Only one in ten people in Britain regularly attend a church or any other religious meeting. Jenny McCartney thinks the cult of self-worship is taking over from formal...

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Mind your language I STRUCK the ironing-board and cried, `No

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more!' A little letter in the Independent on Sunday had just caught my eye as I was doing the left sleeve of one of my hus- band's shirts. 'When are we going to stop calling...

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Norman Stone wonders why the Germans blame the Russians for their own failure to return property confiscated after the war GERMANS ARE calling it 'the swindle of the century':...

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Fifty years ago

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MISS WILKINSON, the Minister for Education, with the Government's over- whelming majority at her back, on Octo- ber 18th rejected the Prayer, based on every consideration of...

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The winner in the cross-Channel stakes is the streetwise travelling customer; writes Martin Vander Weyer `IT'S A lovely clear day down here at Dover,' said a cheerful spokesman...

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Michael Heath

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Simon Courtauld meets a corporate lawyer from Chicago who plans to save field sports in Britain IT WAS AN odd place to be going to dis- cuss the future of the countryside — a...

Will of the week Mrs Frances Mary MURPHY, of 323

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Hanworth Road, Hampton, Middlesex, the arachnologist, the first woman presi- dent of the British Entomological and Natural History Society, and founder member of both the...

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Mrs Thatcher's legacy has meant more Whitehall interference, more legislation and more regulation, not less, writes Simon Jenkins THE Learmont Report on the Prison Ser- vice is...

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If symptoms

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persist. IN THE eternal struggle between doctor and patient, I told a medical student last week, the patient always has the upper hand. This is because, while the doctor is...

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Kingsley Amis died last Sunday at the age of 73. Some friends remember him ANTHONY POWELL MY FIRST meeting with Kingsley Amis was, I think, in 1954. It was the result of my...

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Good manners, creative genius and deleted expletives PAUL JOHNSON O ur culture boss, Virginia Bottomley, warns broadcasters that there are too many four-letter words on the...

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A test case for Lloyd's of London, which still can't see what the matter is CHRISTOPHER FILDES I was heading for America when Lloyd's of London disclosed that it was parting...

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LETTERS Hot War hysteria

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Sir: I was astonished to read Anne Apple- baum's article 'Full of eastern menace' (23 September), which was full of absurdity and confusing logic. The writer censured that...

A forest of misconceptions

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Sir: Christopher Fildes rightly objects to huge reports from the World Bank, but no rain-forests are destroyed to produce them. Paper is generally made from soft- woods grown in...

Friends in high places Sir: I was interested to read

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the reprinted lain Macleod article CA question of loyal- ty', 14 October), since my late husband, Geraint Morgan, was then the Conservative MP for Denbigh. The selection of...

Wishful thinking

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Sir: Once I would have agreed with most of what Charles Moore writes about Conser- vatism ('How to be British', 21 October). No longer, for it seems to me that to dis- miss the...

Selective formulation

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Sir: Robin Holloway's wounded response (Arts, 21 October) to my Times article about modern composers attributes the fol- lowing quote to me: 'If a few composers miss a few...

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Keeping up standards

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Sir: Taki tells us of motor racing's age of innocence (High life, 7 October) when drivers wore polo helmets and Mike Hawthorn raced wearing a bow tie. For the 1939 Le Mans...

Sir: Devasting' though Ian Macleod's cri- tique of October 1963

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may have been, to me the most devastating detail was your cover price in January 1964: is or 5p. Your present price is £1.90. You realise that this represents an inflation rate...


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Sir: In his article (Another voice, 14 Octo- ber) Auberon Waugh commented on the `frisson of hatred' caused by the loud upper-class voice heard 'in every train'. Just imagine...

Easily confoosed

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Sir: I hesitate to differ with the Kipling footnote cited by your elegant and erudite columnist Dot Wordsworth (Mind your language, 14 October), but as one whose distant...

All change

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Sir: Congratulations on your appointment. I hearby resign from my column. The two events are connected, but you know better than anyone that this resignation is not a mark of...


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Sir: I noticed that in the BBC reports on the contraceptive pill the users were referred to as 'patients'. Since when has child-bearing become a disease? James Brockway...

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Ever so slightly interesting Peter Levi THE PILLARS OF HERCULES by Paul Theroux Hamish Hamilton, 117.50, pp. 522 P aul Theroux is that American who had the startling idea of...

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Taking French leave

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John Jolliffe OLD SCORES by Frederic Raphael Orion, £15.99, pp. 264 T he story opens round two sisters. The narrator, Rachel, is the 'inferior' one, i.e. unglamorous and with...

Blue remembered hills

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Andrew Barrow WAINWRIGHT by Hunter Davies Michael Joseph, £16.99, pp. 356 T he famous fellwalker and semi- reluctant, late-flowering TV personality who is the subject of this...

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Larger than death

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Hilary Corke THE DAILY TELEGRAPH BOOK OF OBITUARIES edited by Hugh Massingberd Macmillan, £14.99, pp. 338 A one who failed to make the 1500- cut in the Oxford Companion to...

Will she, won't she, with the doctor?

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Teresa Waugh PROMISES PAST by Charlotte Moore Arrow, £5.99, pp. 266 I n the mood of the times, Charlotte Moore's first novel, Promises Past, is one of family values, back to...

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The limits of power

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Malise Ruthven THE MIDDLE EAST: 2000 YEARS OF HISTORY FROM THE RISE OF CHRISTIANITY TO THE PRESENT DAY by Bernard Lewis Weidenfeld, £20, pp. 433 T wards the end of the 18th...

Rubens comes first

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David Ekserdjian THE NATIONAL GALLERY COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE by Christopher Baker and Tom Henry National Gallery Publications, £35, pp. 790 W hen Neil Macgregor was...

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Where angels fear to tread

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Philip Hoare TERENCE RATTIGAN by Geoffrey Wansell Fourth Estate, £20, pp. 434 A figure as reticent and retentive as Terence Rattigan is necessarily elusive biographical...

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The tumult and the shouting died

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Andro Linklater TELL TALE HEARTS: THE ORIGINS AND IMPACT OF THE VIETNAM ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT by Adam Garfinkle Macmillan, £16, pp. 370 T he nature of the Vietnam ghost that...

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All quiet

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on the surface Charles Duff ALWAYS AND ALWAYS: THE WARTIME LETTERS OF HUGH AND MARGARET WILLIAMS edited by Kate Dunn John Murray, £19.99, pp. 276 L iterary war-profiteering...

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Building on trust

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Michael Prowse TRUST: THE SOCIAL VIRTUES AND THE CREATION OF PROSPERITY by Francis Fukuyama Hamish Hamilton, f25, pp. 457 F rancis Fukuyama is best known for claiming that the...

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The way we are ruled now

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Sigmund Freud in Hampstead

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Godlike grown to self-forgiveness as the trauma sings where every secret trips itself and spills, The tiniest vacuum forms a blister at the heart of things. Vienna has chosen...

His words were his Bond

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Alan Judd IAN FLEMING by Andrew Lycett Weidenfeld, £20, pp. 486 M ost writers don't make much difference to the world but Ian Fleming set the tone for a period and contributed...

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Pop music The sound of grating music Marcus Berkmann hears Cher's vocal tic resounding in his ears at all times of the day and night T he release of a new single by Cher is...

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Multiple choice A tour round the current shows in Europe O ne of the great exhibitions of our time, the restrospective devoted to paint- ings and works on paper by Cezanne, is...


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The Fairy Queen (London Coliseum) Owen Wingrave (Glyndebourne Touring Opera) I believe in honesty Rupert Christiansen P eople seem to assume that I have some deep-seated...

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To Die For (15, selected cinemas) Murderous at the top Mark Steyn T he cameras turn, the flashlights pop, and Suzanne Stone is in heaven. Not liter- ally, of course: she's...


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Son of Man (The Pit, Barbican) The Way of the World (Lyttelton, National Theatre) Venice Preserved (Almeida) Love has no laws Sheridan Morley D oath, as Gore Vidal once...

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Time to get together Nigella Lawson A ngus Deayton — or rather, Till Love Us Do Part (Sunday BBC1, 10.10pm) the second instalment of In Search of Happiness — has rather...


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Thunderbirds are go Alan Judd I couldn't have attended the press day at London's motor show with all the other motoring correspondents even if I had been invited because I was...

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High life

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Made in heaven Taki L ast week, on a brilliant autumn day, a pretty English girl married her earl, and lived happily ever after. At least I hope so. Cazzy Neville, the second...

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Low life

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Not floating into oblivion Jeffrey Bernard I have had to weigh in again, this time at University College Hospital. I tipped the scales at a horrific 48 kilos which means that...

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Half life

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Screening friends Carole Morin I used to hate the cinema in Baker Street. In the confined space you feel as if you're it Mass with a few staring atheists who have nothing...

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Long life

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A real conundrum Nigel Nicolson T he extraordinary story of Dawn Lang- ley Simmons has received scant publicity in this country because her recent autobiogra - phy, called...


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BRIDGE Spot the error Andrew Robson I RECEIVED A COMPLAINT at the rub- ber table last night that all my columns fea- ture brilliance — that blunders are brushed under the...

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Imperative cooking: flying with the lower classes

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IMPERATIVE COOKS do not eat airline food. On short flights, they eat nothing. On long ones, they take their own food. A nine-hour flight surely deserves some raw oysters or...

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Past masters Raymond Keene WITH THE WORLD championship over, and Kasparov firmly re-established as champion, I intend, over the next few weeks, to take a look at some of...


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i ,,LE VALI SCOTCH %MP) i ISLE OF j uRA ,,.... ,,% L? VF LT SCOICN 1MISK1 COMPETITION Cautionary tale Jaspistos IN COMPETITION NO. 1904 you were invited to submit, in...

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CROSSWORD 1233: Ward off by Doc

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A first prize of £25 and a bottle of Graham's Late Bottled Vintage 1989 Port for the first correct solution opened on 13 November, with two runners-up prizes of £15 (or, for UK...

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Team spirit Simon Barnes THE demon fast bowler who destroys the cream of a nation's batting has a role: hero for one country, pantomime villain for the other. So it is with...


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. . Dear Mary. Q. On my 40th birthday a number of misguided but well-intentioned friends arranged a surprise birthday party for me. Such was my confusion that I managed to get...