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Whether the cause of the free world will be substantially strengthened- by the events at Manila will depend on the will Iv, all which this treaty is implemented and the material...


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The Communist Chinese bombardment of the Nationalist island of Quemoy, which commands the sea approaches to Amoy, may be the prelude to an invasion. Combined with the threats to...

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This year the daily Press has played down the Farnborough air show. A few years ago it was playing it up. When is it going to get it right ? Even despite the disappointment that...

Dr. Evatt's Mistake

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Writing in the Spectator of August 27 Mr. Stephen Toulmin said that: When Dt. H. V. Evatt, QC, Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition in the Australian Federal Parliament and of the...

The European Vacuum

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In one of his distraught utterances over last week-end, Dr. Adenauer referred to the negotiations' with Britain and America on a new framework for the restoration of German...

Russian Naval Development

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It is an interesting coincidence, if nothing more, that the Admiralty announcement about the developing naval strength of the Soviet Union should have been followed within...

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T HE Trades Union Congress at Brighton has had some difficulty in providing itself with useful employment. It is hard to escape the impression that the union leaders had already...

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Quid Pro Quo

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'Nevertheless, Mr. Attlee must have foreseen that the trip would put him and his colleagues in, at times, an equivocal position, for only a booby could have failed to foresee...

The Hammer, the Sickle and the Cross

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It would be interesting to know both what is behind the new drive against religion in Russia and how it is being con- ducted. As to the methods employed, the authorities can of...

The announcement, made on Tuesday without prior warning to the

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small editorial staff or the regular contributors, that Messrs. George Newnes will cease, for economic reasons,' to publish John O'London's Weekly after this week's issue has...

A SPECTATOR'S NOTEBOOK I CANNOT help feeling rather sorry for Mr.

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Attlee, his fellow-travellers and everyone connected with their excur- sion to the Far East—the editors who will have to do ;oniething with the articles they write, the...

Down Among The Z-Men

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Getting one's name into the London Telephone Directory does not confer quite the same cachet as getting it into Who's Who; but it must be both convenient and abstrusely distin-...

Reverie in Regent Street

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How very seldom one sees women nowadays dressed in really bad taste. A lot of them dress badly. and some of them dress eccentrically; but the major excesses—the clashing...

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The Crucial Test

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y ERNST FRIEDLAENDER Hamburg. O NE of the predictions made by observers outside of Germany in recent weeks was that Dr. Adenauer would have to face grave difficulties at-home...

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Mendes-France Among the Ruins

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I T is difficult to combine the delicate and detailed work of the diplomatic negotiator with the political task of obtain- ing popular assent to a treaty that fundamentally...

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Halfway with Eisenhower By RICHARD ROVERE New York OW does President Eisenhower now stand with public opinion ? According to the polls and to politicians of both parties, his...

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Sparrow on the Live Rail

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And hoping to stifle its thick pulsing drum, Wrap in complexities of consciousness That mortal homing movement of their flesh. But you, warmed to a mindless unconcern, In a...

Family Poem

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Not even the falcon's glaring eye Can trace kin out in jealousy And hate and spite and every sin That tetters the bewildered spirit That ails and dies like flesh its twin, Turns...

The Silver Age

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At the corner, his head gentle over The swelling breastplate, where his home is found. His heart would break to tell you it is lost. All he can do is guide you through the...

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EDINBURGH FESTIVAL THEATRE The three official theatrical offerings of this closing week are oddities, each of some sub- stance. Oddity, rather than a fine-frenzied...

FILMS DEDICATED now to the discovery and display of `the

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living cinema,' the Edinburgh Film Festival has found enough examples with the necessary qualities of imagination and Revelation to provide an attractive series of programmes as...


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DOWN the centre aisle, Mums and Dads and schoolboys slowly marched, thinning out when there was merely something useful to see (like the new Ascot heater), gathering in sticky,...

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THEATRE The Diary of a Nobody. By George and Weedon

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Grossmith. (Arts.) ADAPTING any well-known book to the stage is always a daring venture. When it is a book whose whole effect depends on a deadpan absence of drama, the...

CINEMA On The Waterfront. (Gaumont.) Sabrina Fair. (Plaza.) IT will

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be interesting to see what appeal On The Waterfront has for the British public. Its star, Marlon Brando, has a big following, and yet its theme is so alien, and it is a picture...

TELEVISION and RADIO LISTENING on Monday and Tuesday of last

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week to Mr. Laurence Gilliam's 'Prelude to War,' I recalled his first programme in this vein twenty years ago on the origins of the first World War twenty years after its out-...

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Letters to the Editor

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SHOULD CHURCHES BE SAVED? SIR, — The strange setting of Trinity Church in Leeds is one to haunt the imagination, and Indeed it haunts my own, for I was born in that city, and...


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Sia, — It was salutary to be reminded by Sir Mortimer Wheeler, in his Presidential address to the Archaeological Section of the British Association last Friday, that in our...

SIR,—Your correspondent C. S. C. Williams has not got his

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facts right about Roman Catholics and confession. Going to confession is strictly ?speaking obligatory only in case of 'grave sin,' and then it is obligatory in conscience...


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SIR,—May I point out to the good gentlemen who are so bravely brandishing their pens for the Protestantism and the Catholicism of the Church of England that their quarrel ndt...

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SIR,—I wonder what proportion of so-called ' City men' read

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the Spectator? I hope it is a very large one so that they have the evidence of Mr. John Betjeman in ' A Spectator's Notebook' in support of the need for homes, in the City....

SIR,—Mr. Denis Healey seems to miss the whole point of

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Mr. Darsie Gillie's letter in your issue of August 27. Of course there were sadists of different nationalities who were prepared to use the opportunity presented to them by the...


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SIR,—A question of interest to all concerned with housing will be raised at a Public Enquiry in the Paddington Town Hall on October 12. The plans of the Paddington Borough...


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SIR,—I have only now seen the reply which Mr. Healey thought good to append to my letter printed in the Spectator of August 27. Mr. Healey in his article ' Lo'rd Russell and the...


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SIR,—I was very much interested in, and encouraged by, Mr. Thomas Hodgkin's article 'Sell-determining Sudan,' published in your issue of September 3. There is, however, a small...

SIR,—II is encouraging 'to sec John Betjeman worrying, however tentatively,

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at the scandal of rebuilding in the City. Three hundred years ago, when the City was largely destroyed by fire, Wren's expan- sive plans for its rebuilding were abandoned as a...

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Country Life

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EVERYONE Seems to be plagued with wasps this summer and the invasion is much earlier than in previous years for the simple reason that countless wasp nests have been washed out...

On Snakes In the course of the summer I have

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not seen many snakes. Grass snakes ' have never been too numerous here but usually I come across quite a few adders in the course of my fishing outings. I read the other day...

The Pedometer

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Among the knick-knacks that I have hardly ever used is a pcdometer,which, although I am not-sure when it was invented and perfected, always seems to me to be a Victorian sort of...

Cordelia Speaks

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 236 Report by Guy Kendall Price of £ 5 was offered to competitors for writing, in not more than 12 lines of verse, or 1 . 50 words of prose, what they...

Harvesting Month

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September is the harvesting month in the vegetable garden and in many gardens the excess crop is often wasted. Marrows can be kept suspended in nets, runner beans salted and put...

SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 239 Set by Edward Blishen In his

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Directions to servants in General Swift advises the Footman: 'Take off the largest dishes and set them on with one hand ... but always do it between two kdies, that, if the dish...

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Compton Mackenzie

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T HE latest offence against vulgarity discovered by our egalitarians is the guinea. The guinea according to them is a snobbish anachronism and should be abolished. In future we...

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Modern Pentathlon

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8 Y C. H. BLACKER I N Ancient Greece the Pentathlon was the most important feature of the Olympic Games, and the winner, who had to compete in all five events, was declared...

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The Curse of France By HONOR CROOME B ONJOUR m'sieurs mesdames—Merci, merci, bonjout madame, atevoir—one emerges on to the narrow pavement with a yard of bread under one arm, a...

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Kafka— The Logical Nightmare

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By EMANUEL LITVINOFF F RANZ KAFKA was born in Prague on July 3, 1883, to Jewish middle-class parents. His death of consumption shortly before his forty-first birthday brought to...

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THE Spanish word pueblo will not go into English. Translation

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„l'equires a certain common currency of ideas, and Spain is far enough irom our way of thinking for many of its words to be untranslateable into English—at least without a great...

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Desert and . Seraglio

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The Wilder Shores of Love. By Lesley Blanch. (John Murray. 15s.) To the Europe of the earlier nineteenth century, the East extended a promise of enchantment which now seems...

Cold War and Total War

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The Century of 'Dotal War. By Raymond Aron. (Verschoyle. 25s.) M. A.BoN's central theme is indicated by his title. This is a century of total wars; two lie behind us—the second...

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Prominent People

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The Privileged Nightmare. By Giles Romilly and Michael Alexander. (Weidenfeld and Nicolson. 12s. 6d.) • MR. ROMILLY, a nephew of Sir Winston Churchill, was a war- correspondent...

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The Dividing Stone. By Michael Harrison. (Cassell. 10s. 6d.)

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M. PERRET'S (well translated) fantasy scurries along before the wind of his words, lightly and dancingly, like a quqffle with sails on. ,.rizzled old Gaston Le Torch, home from...

Douglas Con Amore

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Grand Man : Memories of Norman Douglas. By Nancy Cunard (Seeker and Warburg. 25s.) THE wind that blows off Norman Douglas's prose is salubrious: it disposes the reader in favour...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT WE hate less when we understand more. So, when the TUC General Council declares that current 'increases in dividends are bound to act as an irritant,' I...

Company Notes

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By CUSTOS IT has been a testing time for the stock markets. Substantial profit-taking has been taking place—especially in gold shares— but on the whole this has been very well...

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