10 AUGUST 1985

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Oxygen of censorship P ressure on the South African govern- ment grew. The National Union of Mine- workers gave notice of an indefinite strike by black miners at gold and coal...

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LAST week, after enthusiastically driving a bulldozer to inaugurate the replacement of Broad Street Station by a modern office development, Mrs Thatcher lamented that `we live...


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A WEAKNESS FOR TERRORISM hat was the strike by BBC and ITN Journalist on Wednesday about? It seems to have been a protest against the Govern- ment for its intervention in the...

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Mr Kinnock inches his way towards electability BRUCE ANDERSON S ensible politicians take much more pleasure in grudging concessions wrested from implacable opponents than in...

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I did enjoy being the victim of a hoax the other day. A company called Verbal Books sent a letter about their New American Shakespeare, which would 'use the lan- guage of the...

Auberon Waugh is on holiday.

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Timothy Garton Ash on America's growing doubts about paying billions of dollars to defend an enfeebled yet recalcitrant Europe Washington SO THE villains are not just E. P....

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Simon Jenkins on the way Western economic embargoes harm South African blacks I TELEPHONED a South African friend last week for news of the state of emergen- cy. He roared...

One hundred years ago

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Lord Randolph Churchill is evidently bent on being a sensational Minister. Some two centuries ago a learned Eng- lish Jesuit wrote a book to prove that the classics were written...

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Dhiren Bhagat on the men convinced that American POWs remain in Vietnam I AM in the habit of walking around cities at night, talking to whoever will talk to me: pushers,...

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Christopher Hitchens on the American militarists who dodged the draft When you've shouted Rule Britannia,' when you've sung 'God save the Queen', When you've finished killing...

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Stan Gebler Davies investigates Ireland's latest miraculous apparition Kinsale, Co Cork THE last time the Virgin Mary put in a personal appearance in Ireland was, according to...

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argues that the Corporation needs a new chairman IF ANYONE asks the BBC Lord Beaver- brook's famous question: 'Who's in charge of the clattering train?', answer comes there...

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Bank note

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BANKERS' waiting-rooms are sprucer than dentists', but the principle is much the same. Maurice Denton took it to extremes when he arrived at First National Finance, to embark on...

Dear Debenhams

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TO ME a galleria is a tunnel — as found on Italian roads, where notices remind drivers to accendiarise their lights in the galleria. To Ralph Halpern and Sir Terence Conran it...

Serve us wrong

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IT SERVES the pension funds right. How it serves their beneficiaries, actual and prospective, those for whom they manage their £100,000-odd million of money that is another and...


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Don't do something, just stand there, says the City's purist CHRISTOPHER FILDES T he City is losing its best regulator just when it is embarking on its last chance, or another...

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LETTERS Reagan deserves better

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Sir: Christopher Hitchens's article, ghoulishly announced as 'Living with a dying President', (20 July) was one of the most tasteless, dishonest, and pretentious I have ever...


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Sir: We are writing on behalf of the `self-besotted goof' of this country to ask John Osborne how he can blame us for the `fine mess' of starvation, greed and injus- tice the...

Staying Anglican

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Sir: Regular readers of your paper will know that Auberon Waugh celebrates the advent of the silly season with a pilgrimage to the tomb of St Thomas Aquinas. I had been...

Artist's incomes

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Sir: It is difficult to know exactly what Giles Auty is bemoaning in his article (The art of endurance', 3 August). Is it the cessation of the part-time art teacher or British...


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`Against me you cannot fight' John Keegan EAGLE AGAINST THE SUN by Ronald H. Spector Viking, f16.95 THE LIGHT OF MANY SUNS: THE MEANING OF HIROSHIMA by Leonard Cheshire...

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Rough days, diamonds and justice

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William Deedes THE RANDLORDS: THE MEN WHO MADE SOUTH AFRICA by Geoffrey Wheatcroft Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £12.95 0 ne of my favourite flights of fancy is to transpose Cecil...

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Good and seemingly good on the kibbutz

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Francis King A PERFECT PEACE by Amos Oz Chatto & Windus, £9.95 ■■ 111 W ith the passing of the years, people of the outside world have tended in- creasingly to see the...

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Cultural conscience of the rich

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Duncan Fallowell CONVERSATIONS WITH CAPOTE by Lawrence Grobel Hutchinson, L10.95 I n this embattled world the homosexual has increasingly taken on the full-time job of being...

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Garden Olympics

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In the urn a torch has lit the busy-lizzie. Officious pigeons start some vague proceedings. The crowded, brightly-hatted nasturtium audience Raises green parasols against the...

A dog-lover thrown to the wolves

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Allan Massie MARTHE: A WOMAN AND HER FAMILY: A FIN-DE-SIECLE CORRESPONDENCE translated by Donald M. Frame Viking, f12.95 M arthe is a collection of letters which, without art...

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Queen of music teachers

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John Jolliffe MADEMOISELLE: CONVERSATIONS WITH NADIA BOULANGER by Bruno Monsaingeon, translated by Robyn Marsack Carcanet, f6.95 T he author of this book (who is a...

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Recommended recent paperbacks

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Non-Fiction Thomas Hardy: A Biography by Michael Millgate, Oxford, £7.95 The Autobiography of Margot Asquith with an introduction by Mark Bonham Carter, Methuen, £4.95 Victoria...

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French movie-brats as critics

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Andrew Robinson CAHIERS DU CINEMA, THE 1950s: NEO-REALISM, HOLLYWOOD, NEW WAVE edited by Jim Hillier RKP/BFI, 176.95 I n a year officially designated British Film Year, when...

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Architecture Forty under forty (RIBA till 23 August) A plethora of utopias Rowan Moore Y ou may by now, perhaps several times, have read an article that goes as follows. It...

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My First Wife (`15', selected cinemas) Way down under Peter Ackroyd I t can only have been a fortnight ago that we witnessed a film made by a Yugoslavian in Australia; now,...

Christopher Edwards will resume his theatre column next week.

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Youthful and European Peter Phillips la ving moaned about the lack of exciting foreign orchestras in the Proms this year (the Edinburgh Festival is streets ahead on this), it...

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Bucket and spade Ursula Buchan T he stamens of the philadelphus have finally browned, the last pink petal of Madame Gregoire Staechlin, that great fat blowsy tart of a rose,...

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Man behind the bomb Alexander Chancellor I hate to return to the subject of nuclear war, about which there is much too much on television at the moment, but last Sunday's...

High life

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Home sweet home Taki s anyone unlucky enough to visit the capital of the olive republic of Greece knows, Athens is a veritable concrete desert, devoid of greenery, smog-filled...

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Home life

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Slugging it out Alice Thomas Ellis W hat a bitter, sullen summer — or perhaps it's just me. I'm feeling very resentful because I've hardly set foot out of doors for fear of...

Low life

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Sleeping partners Jeffrey Bernard W e were discussing John Osborne's alternative bedmates in the Coach and Horses the other day and I found myself wondering who were, might...

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Other men's trousers P. J. Kavanagh I t must have begun a couple of years ago when I sat sucking my pen and staring out at the rain and decided I needed a change. Not a...

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Hypermodern Raymond Keene 0 ne of the most fascinating characters in chess history was the great Aron Nimzo- witsch. He was a lonely, suspicious genius, largely responsible...


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Strong medicine Jaspistos I n Competition No. 1381 you were asked for a poem with a message of doom and despair in the manner of Wilhelmina Stitch or Patience Strong. Just...

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Here's herbs for happiness I THINK tarragon is y most

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favourite herb, tying closely with basil. Here is a curious but very delicious receipt incorpor- ating the former. Panna 1 lb fresh spinach leaves 1 onion chopped finely 10...

No. 1384: Sine cura

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A short obituary notice, please, of an imaginary public figure who led an envi- ably and outrageously work-free and trouble-free life. Maximum 150 words. Entries to 'Competition...

Solution to Crossword 717: Chary

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Winners and egg breakers Digby Anderson T he winner of the competition is P. G. Urben of 2 Upper Rosemary Hill, Kenil- worth; second, P. A. Roche, Heidestraat Noord 24, 2080...

Spectator Wine Club Owing to the exceptional response by Spectator

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readers to the July Wine Club offer, stocks of our No. 1 wine, Coulanges La Vineuse 1982, are now exhausted. Recount Wines, however, have been able to secure a further...

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720: Brave new world by Doc A first prize of £20 and two further prizes of £10 (or a copy of Chambers Dictionary, value £11.95 — ring the words 'Chambers Dictionary' above)...