3 JUNE 1995

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Oh! Oh! What a horrible war!' A i emergency Cabinet meeting decid- ed to send 6,000 more British troops to the former Yugoslavia. This followed the tak- ing hostage of 33...

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The importance of peacekeeping missions to the survival of the Army BORIS JOHNSON W e can take it for granted, I suppose, that the Government does not intend to take any of...

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U nlike Desert Island Discs, planning a memorial service is something only a mega- lomaniac would contemplate in advance. `I'm sure you'll find it therapeutic,' said a...

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Why does our culture fear for Jemima Goldsmith? CHARLES MOORE S ome might take it as a sign of the confi- dence of our culture that every newspaper and most of the people one...

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NOW MONEY RULES Nico Colchester anatomises the post cold war world order and argues that its only superpower is commerce, run by a new, stateless, elite RECENTLY, across a...

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One hundred years ago

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THE Derby, which was run on Wednes- day in splendid weather, resulted in the victory of Lord Rosebery's horse, 'Sir Visto.' It is a great event for any man to win the Derby...

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Martin Vander Weyer talks to Chris Patten and finds the Governor of Hong Kong still defiant against Chinese diplomatic ostracism Hong Kong `I HAVE seen flowers come in stony...

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If symptoms

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persist.. . I RETURNED home recently after a short break away from my patients any break from my patients is short, of course, however long it may be. I sup- pose I should not...

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Mind your language

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IT IS strange how we can sound least convincing when we are trying to adopt a tone of sincerity. Take the tributes in Parliament to Lord Wilson. It struck me that the...

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Kevin Myers investigates Irish attitudes to the British royal family in the wake of the Prince of Wales's official visit to Dublin Dublin THESE ARE strange and wondeful times...

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OUTLASTED LENIN The collapse of Marxism in Africa has led to a revival in the influence of witch doctors, reports William Dalrymple Stone Town, Zanzibar IF EVER a prize were...


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Michael Heath

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HAS LOOPHOLES Anton La Guardia on the ingenuity with which the State of Israel keeps things running on the Sabbath without offending the Rabbis Jerusalem YOU DON'T have to...

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Britain's biggest landowner, the Duke of Buccleuch, complains to Simon Courtauld about the state's attitude to stately homes THE FORMER Member of Parliament for Edinburgh...

Wiff of the week

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Sir Francis John Watkin WILLIAMS, 8th Bart, QC, of Llys, Middle Lane, Denbigh, Clwyd, a former Recorder of Birkenhead, Chester and the Crown Court, chairman of Anglesey and...

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Looking forward to the day when Londoners ask 'Who's spouting tonight?' PAUL JOHNSON L ast Thursday evening, my wife and I and about 200 other people traipsed to the Tate...

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Turn up the flame it's time that the owners learned how to say: No, sir CHRISTOPHER FILDES S tevie Smith's aunt, the Lion of Hull, painted a sheep which looked like a compa-...

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LETTERS Puzzled by Nigel

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Sir: Like Leonard Pearman I also attended the Aldington/Tolstoy trial (Letters, 27 May), my interest being that I had previ- ously spent many hours trying to separate fact from...

Sir: The Magistrates' Association has been concerned about the issue

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of television licence offenders for many years. Indeed, the matter was discussed at the Associa- tion's AGM in 1993, when a resolution call- ing for a change in the legislation...

Good reasons

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Sir: In reply to Mr Griffin's rude and dis- paraging letter (13 May), may I say that General Wavell presumably had good rea- sons for suggesting that I and my troops should join...

Airwaves tax

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Sir: Posterity will be surprised, not only that we jailed hundreds of impecunious mothers for failing to buy television licences (`Britain's most dangerous women?', 20 May), but...

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Great Australian speech

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Sir: Before the interpretations by Nicholas Bethell of the Governor-General of Aus- tralia's Anzac Day speeches become accept- ed wisdom (The great Australian lie', 6 May), can...

Last word

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Sir: Perhaps I could have the last word on the fascinating issue of whether I am, as Paul Johnson insists, an 'impudent Welsh guttersnipe' (And another thing, 20 May). I am not...

Seeing the joke

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Sir: Congratulations on your brilliant satire on Judge Argyle CO no John! No John! No John! No!', 20 May). Simon Wilson 9 Loxley Road, London SW18

Don't do it

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Sir: I have just read Donald Froud's letter (20 May). I appeal to you not to appeal to the average reader. There are quite enough newspapers, journals etc. doing that. James...

Pure Germaine

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Sir: I note that senior feminist, Germaine Greer, complains of an attack by a junior member of the sisterhood, Suzanne Moore, and deplores all such attacks of women upon women...

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The hopeless task of making quantum mechanics as entrancing as Jane Austen, as thrilling as sex SIMON JENKINS B ook prizes are as outrageous as school league tables. They...

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Where the bodies are buried Norman Stone THE DEATH OF ADOLF HITLER: THE FINAL WORDS FROM RUSSIA'S SECRET ARCHIVES by Ada Petrova and Peter Watson Richard Cohen Books, £17.99,...

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Roots and branches

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Basil Davidson THE BLACK DIASPORA by Ronald Segal Faber, £17.50, pp. 492 T hat mediaeval African sailors floated or were blown across the Atlantic to the coasts of the Gulf of...

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Where love has flown

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Caroline Moore JOURNEY TO ITHACA by Anita Desai Heinemann, £13.99, pp. 309 D espite its title, Journey to Ithaca is more about exile than homecoming: fulfilments in this fine...

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Who was who on the mag

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Magnus Linklater EVERYONE'S GONE TO THE MOON by Norman Philip Hutchinson, £15.99, pp. 441 B liss was it in those days to be on the Sunday Times; but to be on the Magazine was...

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When the going was good

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Jonathan Keates WAR AND PEACE IN VIETNAM by Richard West Sinclair-Stevenson, £20, pp. 365 S omewhere between Billy Russell in a frock coat at Balaclava and Kate Adie in her...

But not necessarily in that order

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David Papineau THE DEATH OF FOREVER by Darryl Reaney Souvenir, £16.99, pp. 270 I ntelligence can be a mixed blessing. At some point in the last 100,000 years or so, human...

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Too close for comfort

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Teresa Waugh BEST OF ENEMIES by Robert Gibson Sinclair-Stevenson, £25, pp. 340 o r any one of us who has ever been affected by even the faintest hint of Francophilia, Robert...

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Seen and not heard

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Peter Levi INVENTING WONDERLAND by Jackie Wullschlager Methuen, £25, pp. 228 IN PURSUIT OF LEWIS CARROLL by Raphael Shaberman Greenwich Exchange, £14.99, pp. 74 W as there...

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National Film Theatre Watching a pile of popcorn Laurence Marks goes in search of the NFT's intellectual back-bone. T he Guardian noted gloomily not long ago that part of a...

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Twice Saved (Pushkin State Museum, Moscow) Hidden Treasures Revealed (State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg) Secret treasures John Spurling Russia The Russian Parliament...

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A Feast at Midnight (`PO', selected cinemas) Who's taken the coffee cream? Mark Steyn S. tupid is as stupid does,' says Forrest Gump, and the stupid thing that his creator...


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Absolute Hell (National) Taking Sides (Minerva Chichester) The Hot Mikado (Queens) Working with peace Sheridan Morley T e rediscovery of Rodney Ackland, first in the 1970s by...

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Courting success Ursula Buchan I am absolutely not blasé about the Chelsea Flower Show. I have been going each year since 1975, yet there are aspects of it which still seem to...

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The perfect measure Ian Hislop I f you were a medieval pilgrim to Chartres cathedral you could get a 'clerke' to explain the stain glass windows to you. We now have Professor...

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Low life

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Very much in love Jeffrey Bernard I have been reading recently, as many oth- ers probably have, about Margaret Drabble and her biography of Angus Wilson. They reminded me of...

High life

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A list of names Taki ur gala party on 17 June has an A- list that will knock your socks off, people like Donald Trump and Mort Zuckerman.' This quote appeared in last...

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Half life

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Showing off the Dobermann Carole Morin D angerous Donald gave up guilt for Lent. When I asked for a servant instead of an Easter egg, he couldn't refuse without breaking his...

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Long life

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The source of happiness Nigel Nicolson W hen I was about 12 years old, I returned home from school one day to find that Raymond Mortimer was staying the weekend. He was the...

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Hotel du Vin & Bistro WHEN Gerard Basset was at Chewton Glen, I always felt it was worth the journey for him alone. He is, for those who don't know, not a chef but a sommelier....


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Unhappy start Andrew Robson MY PARTNER passed my 2+ opening bid in a recent tournament. She had misheard my bid and thought I had opened 1+. A 2+ opening bid shows any hand...

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MVAt4MIKOMN.MW1 ISLE OF 1 1NW U 441q010 RA . Mn COMPETITION Hit list Jaspistos PROMPTED BY KOKO'S SONG in The Mikado, Competition No. 1883 invited a song or poem (not...


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Ups and downs Raymond Keene IN SPITE OF HIS FINE WIN in the Riga tournament in April, Kasparov displayed shaky form in Amsterdam during mid-May. My theory is that he was...

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A first prize of £25 and a bottle of Graham's

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Late Bottled Vintage 1988 Port for the first correct solution opened on 19 June, with two runners-up prizes of £15 (or, for UK solvers, the Chambers Dictionary – ring the word...

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Minnows and giants Frank Keating Durban DOWN HERE, the opening ceremony for the World Cup was a moving and touching communion of joy, pleasure and forgive- ness, and final...


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Dear Mary.. . Q. A friend and neighbour recently asked if I could do her a huge favour by picking up a dress from a specialist dry-cleaner in Lon- don. As I was driving down...