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PAUL ANDERSON: France and the West NORMAN COLLINS : Inside the B.B.C: J. P. W. MALLALIEU : Return to Oldham

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Cold Comfort The reduction of unnecessary waste in the consumption

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of fuel is one essential approach to the problems of the British' coal industry, A study of American practices has inspired twelve British specialists to suggest that thirty...


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for the, workers from capitalism without upsetting the structure .., • of capitalism as it is. Those who think that the course of continuous compromise is practical politics...


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No. 6533. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1953 PRICE 7d.

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Farnborough and .the Future

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The organisation and methods that have produced the air- craft at Farnborough this week can be relied on to safeguard the future. The display is, among other things, a...

Trouble at Woomera

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The recent exchanges in the. Australian Parliament between Mr. Menzies and Dr. Evatt as to the wisdom or otherwise of exploding a cobalt bomb on the Woomera range come as i the...

Trampling in Trieste

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Ever since Marshal Tito repudiated the Cominform, the question of Trieste has been like an undetonated bomb in a pile of post-war rubble. So long as Yugoslavia belonged to the...

The Cost of Broadcasting

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The Annual Report and Accounts of the British Broad- casting Corporation do more than all the months of argument about commercial television to expose the real root of possible...

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D R. ADENAUER has triumphed; Mr. Dulles's cri de coeur has been answered, and the Western alliance has in one sense been greatly fortified by the complete victory of the...

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A .1.

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We had stopped to fill up with petrol, so that, although the head of the procession was out of sight by the time we caught up with its tail, most of the vehicles in front of us...

New Star To be perspicuous, discriminating and far-sighted is the

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aim of all serious periodicals. Sometimes they fall—without, apparently noticing it—short of their aim. Sometimes events trove their judgment to have been sound; but when this...


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M R. HERBERT MORRISON was Foreign Secretary when—in April, 1951—Mr. Truman made the first public announcement about the ANZUS arrange- ment for a tripartite treaty which would...

Departure of a Poet Of the many living poets it

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could, I expect, be said that they never wear batting gloves, but Mr. Edward Blunden is the only one I know who never wears batting gloves while actually batting; he is among...

Bootless A vague sadness came over me when I saw

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in a newspaper a photograph of the hundreds and hundreds of pairs of boots discarded by Communist prisoners on the road just short of the Panmunjom reception centres.. This...

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Dr. Adenauer's Victory By ERNST FRIEDLAENDER

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Hamburg. I T was a safe bet, as far back as July, to predict a second term for Dr. Adenauer as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. But even on the morning of...

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France and the Western World

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A N D now, after the great upheaval, the great calm— enhanced by the mellowness of an Indian summer, by the hustle and bustle of ending holidays. Settling down to...

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By JACQUETTA HAWKES I SHOULD be better pleased by the recent decree against the burning of midnight oil in the Kremlin if the reasons for it were different. If Malenkov had...

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Mirror to Nature

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By GERARD FAY W HICH daily paper had the snappiest snippets from the Kinsey Report: and which invented the daily aphrodisiac, Jane ? Which paper first printed Mrs. Simpson's...

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Open Ground

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ByJAMES POPE-HENNESSY I SPENT some time the other evening in Paternoster Row in a search for the past; but the past for which I was seeking was an immediate one, for I was only...

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Frescoes and Watercolours

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THE Edinburgh Festival is not only an occasion of splendid perform- ance. It is also a real and powerful spur to native artistic ability. In the visual arts, each year sees an...


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EDINBURGH FESTIVAL Orchestral Music at Edinburgh "Four centuries of the violin" was a bright idea on somebody's part as an accommodatingly flexible theme for this year's...

Ballet at the Festival

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THE surprise items of the ballet programmes in Edinburgh's first week were two pieces which American National Ballet Theatre had been saving up throughout their lengthy European...

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Film Festival

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IN its last week the Edinburgh Film Festival, held concurrently with the Festival of Music and Drama, has continued to provide some enlarging and enlivening experiences. The...


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Matthew Smith at the Tate MATTHEW SMITH is in his seventy-fourth year and this exhibition is long and oddly overdue. Was it the artist's shy reluctance to become involved in...

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Laughing Anne. (Leicester Square Theatre.) Bellissima. (New Gallery.)--Fanfan la Tulipc. (Rialto.) I HAVE not read the story of Laughing Anne, but in this case it seems...

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IN London three companies run parallel and rival seasons.; with the Sadler's Wells getting a run-in for next week's New York open- ing by way of many performances of Cinderella....

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Magpies in Flight.

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Magpies always seem . badly, suited to the business of flying for they have a top-heaviness that makes them pitch and dive in the air and sometimes they are not unlike fish....


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As I write, the rain is being driven by the wind, beating through the hedge, driving leaves from the sycamores and the elms and screening everything beyond the trees so that the...

Aftermath of Fire.

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In the earlier part of the year we had a fire that raged through duo gorse on the hill and made skeletons of more than one hedge thee kept sheep from the gardens. Everyone set...

Dead Voles Field voles are fond of making their homes

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in our rockeries where they tunnel and make their living chambers in the shelter .of large stones. More than once I have had occasion to reset the stones and have• discovered a...

Old Canes A note about cutting back raspberry and loganberry

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canes brings a card from the Rev. A. Lyle Harrison of Rostrevor, Co. Down, who Wants me to be explicit, I think. Leave enough new canes for next season and cut out the old ones...

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tije 6pettator, Oeptember 10th, 1853 MOST people are aware that

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the consumption of animal food in France is much less per head than it is in England; but one could hardly have supposed that the difference was so great as would appear from...

SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 184 Report by John Barlow The Times'

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unquestioned " ownership " of Everest having now been confirmed by the ascent of May 29th, readers were invited to allot other strange portions of the earth's surface to one of...


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Set by D. R. Peddy A prize of £5, which may be divided, is offered for an extract from " The Child's Manual of Adult Psychology " by T. Nager. Limit 200 words. Entries must be...

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Sporting Aspects

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Summer into Spring By J. P. W. MALLALIEU HE seasons of the year at least have the debency to infiltrate. It's not summer one day and winter the next. Instead there are weeks of...

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Srn,—Mild and inoffensive though I meant to be, I find

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I have offended someone with my article " Americans in Paris." This time there is nothing specific to 'answer; it is simply plain, through the fog of ferocious annoyance, that...


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The Old Age of the British Ass. Sra,—As a professional science correspondent I should like to make a few comments on the British Association for the Advancement of Science. The...

A Classical Education SIR,—Last night in bed I was reading

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the Metamorphoses of Ovid. This morning I read Mr. Peter Bishop's article on A Classical Education, I am on the point of writing you an indignant letter saying what nonsense...


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" SPECTATOR " Please write : — THE CIRCULATION MANAGER, "Spectator," 99 Gower Street, London, W.C.1.

Trial by Jury SIR,—Especially in grave and sensational cases, which

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nowadays are so fully and widely reported, it would seem to be almost inevitable that details of evidence given in lower courts, where the magistrates do not try the case but...

Americans in Paris SIR,—As an Irishwoman who has fairly recently

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spent eight months in Paris, may I say that my impression of the Americans there coincided exactly with Miss Quigly's ? Mr. Boyle quotes some of the phrases she used about...

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Dusty Answer

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SIR, --Many dons have given answers anything but dusty to the question Posed by Mr. Theobald as to the purpose of the University. One of them is in Canon Raven's A Wanderer's...

" La Minute De Verite "

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SIR, — If Virginia Graham had seen the film on the screen, instead of scanning the programme of the French Film Festival of February, she would have known that the lover was not...

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Books of the Week

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The Reader Vanishes By DONALD DAVIE 0 those who hold, as I do, that Mr. G. S. Fraser is at present the best of the regular reviewers of new poetry, his new book* will be a...

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The Colonial Mission

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The Making of the Modern Sudan. By K. D. D. Henderson. (Faber and Faber. 30s.) THERE has recently, and unexpectedly, emerged from the voluminous, enshrouding folds of a series...

Inside the Iceberg

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LORD SIMON OF Wrinmsnawa was quite the most delightful and bewildering Chairman that the B.B.C. has ever had. Already in his 68th year when he joined the Corporation, he...

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Horses and People

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Tattersalls. By Vincent Orchard. (Hutchinson. 30s.) STORIES about horses fall roughly into two categories; those which are read only by horse-lovers, and those, like the Surtees...

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Korean Prisoner

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FOR just under three years Philip Deane was a prisoner in North Korea. Captured by the Communists in July, 1950, when as war correspondent for the Observer he was reporting the...


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J. P. Marquand, Esquire. By Philip Hamburger. (Robert Hale. 8s. 6d.) SOME winters ago, on a private wooden jetty which was falling to pieces near the harbour of Nassau, under a...

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The Still Small Voice

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Poems. By Elizabeth Jennings. (Fantasy Press. 3s. 6d.) THE poetry of both Elizabeth Jennings and Ruth Pitter comes under the rubric "still, small voice," but is none the worse...

Victorian Rebel

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Samuel Butler, The Incarnate Bachelor. By Philip Henderson. (Cohen and West. 18s.) OUR main source of information about Samuel Butler (1836-1902) was hitherto contained in the...

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New Novels

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She's Right. By Diarmid Cathie. (Collins. 10s. 6d.) The Dynamite Factory. By Maxence Van Der Meersch. (William Kimber. 12s. 6d.) As a reader of novels I am getting tired of...

The Value of Suffering

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Surrounded for years with all the most assured Tokens of size and sense—the broad thick table Triple-banked with food, too much to eat, and flowers Too mixed and many to smell,...

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Florence Desmond. By Florence Desmond. (Harrap. 16s.)

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THE early passages .of this book particularly interested me as so much is connected with . the management for which I was working myself. But quite apart from, this, I do like...

Shorter Notices

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The Land of Three Worlds. By Everild Young. (Andrew Melrose. 18s.) PERU is such a varied land that it can well be said to be made up of three worlds. It remains, too, a country...

THE blurb on the dust jacket of this book gives

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readers a pretty fair warning : this is the biography of Henri Dunant, the man who founded the Red Cross Society : but it is also a study in adversity. Miss Hart, in the course...

The Pre-Raphaelites in Literature and Art.

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By D. S. R. Welland. (Harrap. 10s. 6d.) THE inter-relationship of the arts and more particularly of painting and literature is rare in England ; Dr. Welland is unablo to dis-...

Hugh Latimer. By Harold S. Darby. (The Epworth Press. 21s.)

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THE manner of a martyr's death inevitably tends to obscure the significance of his life. Pugh Latimer is remembered rather for having " lighted a candle " on his funeral Pyre...

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By CUSTOS FOREIGN news came flashing over the ticker- tape machines, brokers went running into the " House" to deal—it was almost like pre-war days in Throgmorton Street this...

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