4 JUNE 1977

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The blessings of continuity

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The first twenty-five years have turned out very differently from those expectations of renaissance drummed up in 1952. For Britain as a nation the Queen's reign so far has been...

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Political commentary

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Recessional 1977? John Grigg hi the summer of Jubilee year 1897 Rudyard Kipling was living at North End House, Rottingdean. He was still a genuinely young man (nearly ten...

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For once, a story about the Poles with a ha ppy ending. The splendid new Polish i Lb.rary has just opened in Hammersmith. 1 : l us gleaming cultural centre is a far cry ,' r oin...

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Another voice

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Let dogs delight Auberon Waugh 'Mr Varley is a member of our party. And so to him falls the honour of settling the score with the Daily Mail . . .He should, to coin a phrase,...

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Spain's tame politics

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Richard West In Toledo, former capital of Spain, one might start to wonder how this sombre and bl oodstained country has ever achieved Peace, let alone set out to hold a...

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Ireland's family politics

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Mary Kenny Dublin My mother votes for Fianna Fail because her mother worshipped de Valera. They were from the West of Ireland, my mother's family; they were Republicans who...

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The last Groucho Marx show

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Charles Foley Santa Monica In 1 972, when Groucho Marx was eightyO ne, he emerged from retirement — some would say he was dragged — to perform in perso n for the last time,...

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The limits of the GLC

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Tony Craig London, according to Disraeli, is 'a nation, not a city', and many would agree that it is as over-governed as the most bureaucratic of nations. The GLC's annual...

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Blight and bureaucracy

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Christopher Booker On a breathtaking May morning last week, Georgian Bath looked almost more b eautiful than ever. The meadows below Lansdown Crescent were a yellow carpet of...

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Mentmore mania

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Frank Norman 'All done at five thousand, five hundred pounds?' Peter Wilson, the chairman of Sotheby's, intoned as I walked into the Mentmore sale. 'Against you at the back,...

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Warrants for all seasons

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James Hughes-Onslow N ext year Electrolux Ltd will have to stop saying they are 'Suction cleaners and r efrigerator manufacturers by appointment to the late Queen Mary.'...

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Some views on the monarchy

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I think it is one of the very few constitutional institutions in Britain which is working very well and is extremely seldom criticised. We live in a world where there is a great...

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In the City

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Capitalism for the people Nicholas Davenport Last week I reviewed the remarkable book hY Stuart Speiser which put the case for the diff4sion of capital ownership in America....

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Please, Jeffrey Sir: How gratifying that the urbane Jeffrey Bernard is a reader (14 May) of Cosmopolitan! As he wrote in his article Press ladies, I have called sex overrated,...

Biographical overkill

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Sir: As an admirer of Rebecca West I was honoured that Miss Ethel Sands and Her Circle inspired what Christopher Booker (Notebook, 7 May) gleefully applauded as her 'little gem...

Nicholas Moore still active.

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Sir: Your reviewer Francis King is wrong twice over in his assertion (7 May) that Nicholas Moore's only comeback since the early postwar period has been a reissue of his...

Wifely influence

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Sir: Mr Maurice Hare's letter (23 APr, i , 1 3 wondered whether the influence of l'A ( r i l s on her husband, Erskine Childers, 'conversion' to Irish republicanism been...


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Sir: I was sorry to read George G alt ! disrespectful reference to Em 311 ' e Swedenborg (Notebook, 28 May). ;a d Swedenborg was a distingioThfic eighteenth-century scientist...

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Those judges

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S ir: Why all the fuss over Michael Foot's co Mments on the judges, when Sh akespeare, a far bigger spendthrift of his longue, is on record in King Henry VI, Part II as having...

Christian viewpoints

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Sir: It was a pleasure to read Patrick Cosgrave's article The fourth R in your issue ?f 7 May. It was a pity, though, that he chose end id by endorsing Sir Herbert u...

Letter from Tanzania

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Sir: Shiva Naipaul in his letter from Tanzania (14 May) paints a rather grim picture of life in that country. Having returned just this week from four years' working as a...

Sounds odd

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Sir: Richard West (14 May) is quite correct in saying that English names may sometimes sound odd to foreign ears. But the reverse is also true: My wife — a reticent and reserved...

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Study in inconsistency Brian Inglis Charles Stewart Parnell F.S.L. Lyons (Collins £8.50) The people of Ireland, Lord Melbourne wrote in 1834, 'are not Such damned fools as...

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Magnus Linklater The Hughes Papers Elaine Davenport and Paul Eddy with Mark Hurwitz (Andre Deutsch 24.95) if You can bear to hear anything more about Howard Hughes who, like...

Party-line tourism

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David Levy The Soviet Union: A Travel Guide Eugenie and Jeffrey Gross (John Murray 25.95) What Solzhenitsyn's ex-wife living in Russia has to say about him in a book written...

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No mercy

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Kenneth Griffiths The Red Soldier Frank Emery (Hodder and Stoughton £6.25) I have read this book avidly: not because there is a shortage of printed words about the Zulu War...

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Just dandy

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at Rogers Children of the Sun Martin Green (Constable 27.50) The Twenties are always with us, and usually I t seems to be Oxford in the Twenties. If it s not u ndergraduates...

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The limit

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Peter Ackroyd Peter Smart's Confessions Paul Bailey (Jonathan Cape 23.95) The Consul's File Paul Theroux (Hamish Hamilton £3.95) When the qualities of two novelists are...

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Bumps in the night

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Benny Green Night Visitors Julia Briggs (Faber £6.95) If! say I disagree vehemently with almost every one of Julia Briggs's conclusions as to the nature of ghost stories, if I...

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Has science won the argument?

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Horace Freeland Judson Science is this century's art. Bacon wrote that knowledge is power, but he was not a scientist: his slogan was coined, and has ever since been useful, to...