11 JUNE 1954

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Tito Felix

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The President of Yugoslavia's visit last week to the King and Queen of Greece was a success. It symbolised not merely Tito's final embrace of the West and the West's embrace of...

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As progress at Geneva slows down once more to vanishing point, the debate on "What shall we do if it fails ? " breaks out again on both sides of the Atlantic. The - conference...

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The Winter of Their Discontent

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But the wrongness of the back benchers over the fee vote on MPs salaries should not obscure the fact that their protests have some relation (not, admittedly, a simple one) to a...

Beaverbrook and the British Council

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On March 28th, 1952, Sir Harold Nicolson devoted his Marginal Comment in these columns to the subject of the campaign which, for as long as most of us can remember, the...

Colonial Mysteries

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It will have come as no surprise to observers of the situation in Kenya to hear from Mr. Blundell, chief European represen. tative on the Governor's Council, that a new drive is...

Honour in Their Mouths

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The air still is heavy with the rumblings of Tory consciences. Members who voted for the increase in their salaries are being hauled over the coals by their constituency...

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PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH I T is now more than a year

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since the Prime Minister made his unfortunate suggestion in the House of Commons that a high-level approach to the new rulers of Russia might miraculously serve to abolish the...

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I WONDER which of the gros legumes in the Kremlin first suggested the break with precedent which resulted in this week's Russian newspapers printing the names of the nation's...

Footnote to Above

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You fear that I have made a mistake '? You ask me to what I attribute the remarkable longevity of the philosopher Ting Wu-szti To caprice. I made him up.

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remove the restriction_s and exactions which at present prevent that

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machinery from functioning or even trying to function. I asked a friend whose firm is, or was, engaged in the China trade (in their Shanghai office alone, which they are not...

Intelligence from Lime Grove

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After forty editions (two of which I saw and enjoyed) the television programme "Animal, Vegetable, Mineral ? ' coma to an end this week. I understand. that the BBC plans to...

Aspects of Borehood

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"What a bore that man is ! " said somebody when left us; but it was not really true. is a tiresome, intrusive, button-holing sort of person whom it is well worth crossing the...

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Return to Ghana

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By THOMAS HODGKIN T HE Great South Road from Wagadugu (which looks prettier spelt as the French spell it—' Ouagadougou ') to Tamale, and on to Kumasi and Accra, is penible as...


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the Royal Air Force Sir John Slessor was Chief of the Air Staff during Labour's last two years in office and for the first year of the present Povernment. Until eighteen months...

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The Bloomsday Book

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By JACK WHITE J UNE 16th, 1904, fell on a Thursday. The weather wag generally fine, with fresh or strong winds and some hem showers. The tide was high at Dublin Bar at 12.18 an...

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Of All the Arts

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By JAIN HAMILTON N ow is the time when the postman brings sheaves of leaflets inviting the culture-happy to go on pilgrimage. The map of Europe is now so starred with art...

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TELEVISION and RADIO AMIDST the richly deserved applause evoked by

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'European Exchange Television,' the BBC's honourable past in this field ought not to be forgotten. If during the babel of pre- war radio its attempts at European exchange in...


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Father Brown. (Plaza.)—Human Torpe- does. (Marble Arch Pavilion.) G. K. CHESTERTON'S Father Brov.ii, the loveable priest whose desire to liberate the souls of criminals makes...


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OPERA 'Die Walkilre' and 'Siegfried' at Covent Garden. IT is a good Ring, not so much for any out- standing individual performances as for the generally high level of singing,...

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THE current programme at the Theatre Royal, Stratford, brings to an end the present season of Theatre Workshop, and concludes the first cycle of a theatrical venture which is...


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IF there is anyone who is unclear in his mind about the meaning of the word 'decorative' as applied to painting, let hint visit the first London exhibition of Carzou at Tooth's....

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Letters to the Editor

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UGANDA 8m, — There can hardly have been a more short-sighted and provocative action In our More recent colonial history than the deporta- tion of the Kabaka of Buganda without...

THE WAR AT SEA SIR, —Your reviewer of The War at

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Sea, Vol. 1 finds what he describes as a factual error when, in describing the later stages of the Bismarck operation, 1 state (page - 412) that "the destroyers which had been...

Sta,—You are rendering important service by emphasising the anxious and

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unsettled question about Uganda. Having worked for a brief period in the Protectorate myself, I have recently been in touch with others who have done the same, and we are much...


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SIR,-! loathe McCarthy and 'McCarthyism,' and I'm sure that many Americans-who feel as I (a Canadian) do would be delighted to be shown how the President could "remove him...

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Si,—I have read with interest three articles by 'A Psychiatrist' in the Spectator—last February, and again last month. I am, I hope, recovering from tuberculosis, but I have...


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SIR,—Whenever a gun goes off there is always a scattering and a crying among people who have not been hurt. I marked my target care- fully, having had my eye upon it for forty...

Slit,—I am most unhappy that dear Mr. Strix (whom I

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usually mad with great interest, though he does write about things like the Trans-Siberian Railway and the Territorial Army, which are not what one is used to) has stated that...


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SIR,—The Minister of Agriculture recently promised to prohibit gin traps in 1958 pro- vided that a ' suitable ' humane trap be avail- able by then. But the number of possible...


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Sitt,—he the correspondence in your columns which closed In March, Mr. Vernon Bartlett had the last word, but since he does not wish his review of my book Malaya: Communist. or...

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Newts and Kittens

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A correspondent whose letter, written before Christmas, has only just reached me asks about newts, saying that her husband found one on the hearthrug in her house in Novem- ber,...

Country Life

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IT began to rain during the afternoon. At first I was happy about the downpour. I could imagine it swelling the little streams that run into the lake. I could almost see the...

Thinning Apples

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A frugal outlook makes it hard for a novice to thin out fruit on an apple tree, and yet the greedy fruit-grower always gets a poorer crop by leaVing more than a tree can...

An Old Soldier'

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I had been watching him for a while when the tramp eventually pepped his bits of rag and other odds and ends into his sack and came along to speak to me. There was something...

Chess with a New Look

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Three-dimensional chess is now being played in New York on eight superimposed boards. For this it has been found necessary to invent additional types of chessmen, with greater...

SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 226 Se i by Brian Hill Competitors

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are asked to comment in verse (limit 12 lines) on the use of the grounds of Holland House for the LCC's exhibition of sculpture in the open air. Prize, which may be divided:...

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Compton Mackenzie I N May, 1952, I was lucky enough to add a seventh to what I may call, -I hope without undue hyperbole, the wonders of nature which I have had the good...

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Golf in the Garden By BERNARD DARWIN T HERE are almost as many kinds of garden golf as there are of gardens. There is clock golf, for instance, to be bought in a box like...

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Old Acquaintance ll Y C. B. RICKS (Balliol College, Oxford) I N order to shave, I have to go either up or down a flight Of stairs. I always go down, since that is easier first...

Zbe Eipettator, Yttite 100, 1854

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As these lines fall under the eyes of our earliest readers, the new Crystal Palace will be opening or opened. It is very far indeed from being finished. We all remember that the...

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Bloomsbury By RICHARD HUGHES I N the final chapter of Moore's Principia Ethica, after the confusions of thought of earlier moral philosophers have been detected, the dangers...

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Belloc Uprooted.

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HilaireBelloc: No Alienated Man. 4 Study in Christian Integration. By Frederick Wilhelmsen. (Sheed and Ward. 7s. 6d.) "As far back as 1908, in The Servile State," writes Mr....

The Risorgimento

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Cavour and Garibaldi 1860. By D. Mack Smith. (C.U.P. 45s.) NEaaey half a century ago G. M. Trevelyan wrote his three volumes O n Garibaldi and hoped that by helping the English...

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The Man From Main Street. By Sinclair Lewis. Edited by

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Harry E. Maule and Melville H. Cane. (Heinemann. 15s.) . . and that he mocked the cruder manifestations of Yankee r nnerialism because he was, at heart, a fanatic American."...

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New Novels

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Henry Sows the Wind. By Brian Glanville. (Seeker & Warburg. 10s. 6d.) Under the Net is a winner, a ttioroughly accomplished first novel. It successfully combines elements which...

Recent Reprints

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THE one-volume edition of The Torrington Diaries (Eyre & Spottir woode, 30s.), abridged by Fanny Andrews, and introduced bY Arthur Bryant, is a most welcome reprint. Early in...

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ther Recent Books

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Was a good idea to talk this book, since teau talks so well, and digresses just ough to make the dialogue an improve- alent on an essay or a journal. It is not a rePetition of...

is a pity that Mr. Martin has allowed his vision

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to be distorted by nostalgia for the Past, for this has defeated his eminently ntudable, if over-ambitious, purpose. In his desire to place the English village and its...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE news that America cut the price ttf its wheat for export on Friday of last week .by 10 cents and that Canada followed this week with a cut of 101...

Company Notes

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By CUSTOS THE three-weeks account on the Stock Exchange ended firmly enough but the start of the new account on Wednesday was not nearly so confident. The immediate outlook for...

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