11 DECEMBER 1959

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Portrait of the Week

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['RESIDENT EISENHOWER visited Italy, Greece, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and points East. Mr. Dillon, his Under-Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, arrived in London on...

President Peripatetic

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N Ankara, President Eisenhower had a ride in la 1934 open Lincoln car while the Turks danced their delight in the streets. In Rome he was photo- graphed with the Pope, both of...

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prise to develop it piecemeal? • In this week's article on the Piccadilly affair, Bernard Levin refers to the building which was to have arisen (and will arise, if permission is...

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`Britse Haatlikheid' Yet

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T HE leading Nationalist morning newspaper in Capetown, Die Burger, has paid us the com- pliment of using our strictures on apartheid • as its main lead story : • BR1TSE...

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Port Said

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A YBODY who feels surprised and shocked that N the Egyptians should have thought up the macabre notion of a Moorhouse Museum should study the preface to John Bull's Other...

Dreams of Avarice

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From RICHARD H. ROVERE NEW YORK rro judge by the newspapers, corruption is 1 epidemic, and for once it cannot be said that the press is merely sensation-mongering in order to...

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Trojan Horse

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From COLIN BRYGGE MOSCOW C lTIURE with a capital K tends to bring out the worst in Soviet officialdom; not really surprising, as the cultural front is becoming the most...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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THE MONSTER OF PICCADILLY CIRCUS THE London Pavilion cinema, in Piccadilly Circus, has for some time had a policy of show- ing horror films. The Creature. from the Black Lagoon...

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Mr. Cotton Appears

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Anyhow, the speculators moved in. Two blocks in particular attracted their attention. One was the Monico site, a roughly triangular block to the north, the apex of the triangle...

Notting Hill Gate

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The worthlessness of much of the building going up around the Council's extensive traffic redevelopment of Notting Hill Gate is largely due to the fact that the Council adopted...

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Outline Permission

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Mr. Cotton's group submitted the barest outline of what they intended to do with the Monico site !astonishingly enough, only the vaguest indication pf intentions is necessary),...

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The Officers' Report

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We now come to March 4, 1959. A Report an the Monico site was submitted on that date to the Town Planning Committee of the LCC by a group consisting of four Council Officers—the...

Full Council

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Yet when the full Council met on March 17 to consider this affair, it had before it a report from the Town Planning Committee which in- cluded the following: The Council will...

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Questions in Parliament

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Meanwhile, however, Parliament had been dis- cussing the thing. On November 17 there were questions in both Houses. In the Lords, Lord Waldegrave (who, collectors of moonbeams...

Mr. Cotton Speaks

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Then, on October 27, Mr. Cotton called a press conference, and all hell broke loose. For the first time the full horror of what he was proposing was made public. Photographs of...

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The Inquiry

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Lord Waldegrave was, of course, in a difficulty. He was trying to defend the indefensible; the pro- vision of only two days for the public to examine the revised plans for the...

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Fifteen to Eighteen

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By STUART MACLURE S IR GEOFFREY CROWTHER'S Advisory Council on Education in England reports today in what is probably the most important document on educational policy...

Our Village

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By MICHAEL CAMPBELL T HE first quiet evening after my arrival from the city I approached a man who was leaning on a gate watching the sun go .down over the distant hills. I...

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Erskine B. Childers The Ultimatum Ian Gilmour Franco's Spain may be obtained from the Sales Manager, 99 Gower Street, London, WCI, for ltd. each post free.

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Sta,—Having just spent a most enjoyable summer visiting Slovenia, Croatia,

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Istria and Serbia, meeting and discussing politics freely with many people, I must protest very strongly about the letters you have published regarding the BBC Yugoslav service....


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SIR,—Mr. Ian Gilmour and the Spectator have ren- dered a great service to the •cause of liberty in drawing attention to the situation in Spain. The saddest thing about it, for...

The BBC's Yugoslav Service

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P. J. D. Wiles, I. Robb-King Franco's Spain Sherawn Lynam. JOU' it. llalbontin The Ultimatum Erskine B. Childers Boycott or Levy? Tennyson Makiwane Crime and Sin Professor D....

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which Shaw said was 'only a gentleman's dream.' It is

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not really an opera at all in the sense that Wagner, Verdi and Berlioz—and Mozart, for that matter—have taught us to understand. With its delightfully contrived situations, its...


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Jack . Hyl ton rr HERE are no plays to review this week and I instead I would like to return to last week's notice of Kookaburra. In this, I castigated Mr. Jack Hylton in round...


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Intellectual Gimmick By ISABEL QUIGLY Vicious Circle. (Paris-Pullman.) — The Horse Soldiers. (Odeon, Leicester Square.) HELL, says Sartre, master of the intellectual gimmick,...

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Instead of Lunch DEAR MR. CARLETON GREENE, I am so sorry you were forced to call off your most kind invita- tion to meet you at lunch today, but quite understand why, as Wilde...

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Embarrassment of Empire BY RONALD BRYDEN T is time we came to terms with Kipling. He is, I as the Home Secretary might say, the best writer on empire we have: still crouching,...

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Black Book

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The Truth about the Nagy Affair. Preface by Albert Camus. (Seeker and Warburg, 35s.) FOR many, the first days of November, 1956, are a dreamlike memory, not only because of the...

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Pure Poetry

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THIS is the enlargement of a lecture delivered at Manchester University earlier this year, and at every turn, the and and the writing betray an interesting and idiosyncratic...

Charles the Third

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11: the Victorians can beat us in appreciation of literature, we have the edge in our profound sexual knowledge of Victorian authors. Many a Roots' book-lover, ignorant of The...

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Just Being

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Art and Outrage. By Alfred Per les and Lawrence Durrell. (Putnam, 10s. 6d.) 'HE himself seems to me essentially a man of one book. Sooner or later I should expect him to descend...

Human Hearts

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A Choice of Ornaments. By Nicolas Bentley. (Andre Deutsch, 25s.) 'IN each human heart are a tiger, a pig, an ass and a nightingale,' wrote Ambrose Bierce in The Devil's...

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New Adam

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THE hero (and narrator) of I Can Take It All is a type that we seem to find with great frequency in new English novels : so much so that one is hardly surprised that Anthony...

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Comprehensive or Individual

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SINCE these volumes run to over a thousand pages it would have been a feat of heroic perversity to prevent their containing a considerable body of excellent poetry. They do. A...

Heavy Father

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Charles Townshend: His Character and Career. By Sir Lewis Namier. (C.U.P., 3s. 6d.) IT is delightful to have Sir Lewis Namier back in the eighteenth century, and to learn that...

In the Hodder and Stoughton advertisement which appeared on page

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838 of our issue of December 4, 1959, the price of Mackenzie's Grave by Owen Chad- wick was omitted. This is on sale at 25s. net.

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT LAST week, while the whole City stood still with bated breath, the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street made this solemn announce- ment : 'The Bank of England...

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By CUSTOS HE weekly publication of good company I reports-witness those recently from TURNER AND NEWALL and DECCA-generally manages to bring new buyers into the market just...


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D ICTOGRAPH TELEPHONES. This com- pany is well known for its inter-office communications; it also manufactures, for sale and rental, staff location systems, electric clock and...

Our apologies . to the chairman of Klinger Manufap• turing Company, Mr.

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G. R. S. Doyle, for incorrectly reporting the chairman's name as Mr. J. L. Callow 1 0 last week's notes.

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A Doctor's Journal

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Mind and Body By MILES HOWARD EIGHT years ago, Ronald Mac- Keith, of Guy's, examined a consecutive series of children sent up to his out-patient clinic because of recurrent...


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Carriage and Deportment By KATHARINE WHITEHORN SITTING for once in a Ladies Only compartment the other day, I realised that one of the unsung advantages of these bolt-holes is...

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Thought for Food

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A Tour of North Wales By RAYMOND POSTGATE I am the editor, and indeed the writer, of a gastronomic guide to British hotels and restaurants, called the Good Food Guide, and...

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Consuming Interest

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The Weekly Book By LESLIE ADRIAN Ir you want a new book as soon as it is published and don't want to buy it, the way to get it is to join one of the better circulating...

Wine of the Week

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I PROMISED recently to add to the list of four or five dry white ports that I recom- mended here in June. The one I had in mind is shipped and sold by Corney and Barrow of Old...

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ACROSS 1 Novel headgear (6) 4 Inspiration the composer is always in search of? (5, 3) 10 Trouble among the combined labourers (7) 11 They show skill in handicraft! (7) 12 Mix...


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ACROSS.-1 Pawpaws. 5 Melodic. 9 Codicil, 10 Curlers. II Sea-captain, 12 Flea. 13 Pea. 14 Certificate. 17 Blessing- ton. 19 Ass. 20 Ivan. 22 Bull-headed. 26 Heretic. 27 Refiner....