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HE date of the election (the Prime Minister T said, announcing it) must be 'decided in the light of the world situation'; important inter- national negotiations lie ahead, and...

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—Portrait of the Week— MR. MACMILLAN ANNOUNCED that the general

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election would be held on October 8, and made it clear that he proposes to fight it on foreign affairs. Mr. Gaitskell said that he had already been told the date by Mr....

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The Laos Affair

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m HE situation in Laos needs looking into. There I can be no doubt that there is fighting: what we need to know is how far inside Laotian territory it is taking place, on what...

Classical Scholars

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By DARSIE GILLIE C ONGRESSES suggest decisions. When classical scholars meet in international congresses, what do they decide? Nothing. Above all, they do not talk about...


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And Stalin Smiled WHEN, on July 24. 1945, President Truman told Stalin of the decision to drop a bomb of unprecedented power on Japan, Stalin— according to the Churchill -...

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Election Commentary

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Retreat from Moscow `WHAT the devil does that mean?' `It means "Fasten your seat- belts." And don't snap.' `I'm not snapping.' 'Well, you sound as if you are.' `I—oh, for...

Or *inflator

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SEPTEMBER 13, 1834 ON Tuesday, George Stuart, alias Stipler, was accused of returning from transportation before the expira- tion of his sentence. Two persons, one a guard on...

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THE BACKSTAIRS MEETING between the Party Whips, as soon as

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the election date was an- nounced, was a typical exercise in political squalor. It was to settle the problem of the party- political broadcasts arranged for the period between...

I SUPPOSE 'RUTH is stranger than fiction. Reading Mr. Graham

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Greene's Our Man in Havana a few days ago on a train journey I came upon the pas- sage where the, newly recruited British Secret Service agent is instructed to send his reports...

THERE IS A LETTER in our correspondence C011111111 this week

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from Mr. J. G. W. Davies. Secretary to the Cambridge University Appointments Board. about the list of anti-Semitic remarks 1 printed last week—remarks made between 1952 and...

SOME ODD SOCIAL CHANGES are recorded in the Annual Report

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of the National Food Survey Committee (making its leisurely appearance twenty months after the end of the year, 1957, to which it refers). Who would have thought that the only...

A Spectator's Notebook

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'rtie RECENT PRONOUNCEMENTS of the Lord Chief Justice, made during his visit to Canada, raise a number of questions. That Lord Parker should be exasperated by the state of the...

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Homes For Heroes

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By KATHERINE WHITEHORN W HEN we build,' said Ruskin, let us think that we build for ever.' One of the specula, five builders at the New Homes Show last week had pinned this...

Dr. Hill and Mr. Gladstone

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS r r APER has had his full say in the Spectator I about his preferences between the parties and I, if I may say so, also had my say a little time before....

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Biarritz Notebook

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By CYRIL RAY A r the Spanish end of the international bridge at Hendaye, half an hour down the coast from here, there was a dazzlingly new Spanish flag a-flutter, specially to...

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'THE MAIN VALUE of Farnborough,' the Great Man of Aviation says, 'is that it impresses people with Air Power.' It does, too. There is a hugeness about it. The noise grips and...

Edinburgh Ballet

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Go Man, Go! By CLIVE BARNES HERE we are: we (and I am talking about ballet critics) sit around in gloomy theatres for eternal years, getting a shine on our pants, a crick in...

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Edinburgh Theatre

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Weill Away By ALAN BRIEN The Thrie Estaites. (Assembly Hall.) — Cock-a-Doodle Dandy. (Lyceum.) Tins is the last week of the latest Edinburgh Festival. Thirteen has not been a...

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Edinburgh Music

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Limitations of Space By DAVID CAIRNS THE thirteenth Edinburgh Fes- tival has a curious air of am- biguity about it. This is not a Morningside way of saying that in the...

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If You Were the Only ; • • By ISABEL QUIGLY The World, the Flesh and the Devil. (Empire.)—Assault in Broad Daylight. (Cameo- Royal.)—Port of Call. (Paris Pullman.) —...

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Consuming Interest

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By Ear By LESLIE ADRIAN You may belong to the school that believes that foreigners everywhere will understand English if you shout it suffi- ciently loudly, and sufficiently...

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A Doctor's Journal

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The Will to Recovery By MILES HOWARD REFLECTING day by day on the perennial teaser of why some people recover quickly from an illness, and others slowly or not at all, I am...

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SIR,—In the article 'Bonn's-eye View' in your issue of July 10 Sarah Gainham states : 'East German leaders have already made public threats as to what they propose to do about...

Sia, — Your correspondent Mrs. Audrey Harvey criticises the present Government's record

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in the field of housing, claiming, among other things, that the rate of council building has been 'pretty nearly halved. It may interest her to know that by 1957 (the latest...


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' ' ii P e r, not for the first time, put his finger on a Pcustulent spot in modern politics: when he recalled at a ripe tomato was less of a rebuke for his Political activities...

Ant i - Semitism C011. or Lab. ? West Berlin `A frica South' Defence

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Fund T aper Taxis The British Radical Noise G eneral de Gaulle J. G. W. Davies Guy Ramsey, A. J. Michael Daws .• John Peel Canon L. John Collins A. V. Greaves C. Humphris...

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SIR,--The Nationalist Government of South Africa has recently placed Ronald Segal, the editor of Africa South, under a ban. This repressive measure is clearly directed against...

GENERAL DE GAULLE Anthony SIR, —Mr. Hartley, complaining al it British cartoon of

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General de Gaulle, asks would be the reaction if the French published 'singularly ignoble' cartoon of the Queen. The . 111 of nobility lies in Mr. Hartley's strange comports 00...


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SIR,—Since I mooted the formation of the N 01 Abatement Society I have received thousands , poignant letters from all parts, and I sympall 11 .1 deeply with those who suffer...


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Sit,—Kenneth Ames's experience with taxis at London Airport confirms my impression that taxi- men are responsible only to the Almighty. Overhearing an animated discussion...


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SIR,—If Taper were to read beyond Chapter 1 in The Longest Journey, he would discover that the person who epitomises for him the Liberal Spirit, shows herself in the old...


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SIR,—The recent correspondence in your columns concerning the appellative 'Radical' must have been a little confusing for any political 'fringer' who is contemplating adopting...

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The Myth-Kitty By FRANK KERMODE A YEAR or two ago, Mr. Antis told the poets to ..shut up about Orpheus, and Mr. Larkin re- nounced his share of the 'myth-kitty.' The wit of...

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Promised Lands

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'ThosE readers seeking entertainment or stylistic felicities of writing may be disappointed by this book'—so Dr. Rosenau in her foreword. At such a warning the knowing reader...

Letters to Warsaw

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Portrait of America. By Henry Sienkiewicz. Edited and translated by Charles Morley. (O. U. P., 40s.) HENRY SIENKIEWICZ, who was later to become the Nobel Prize-winning author of...

Two Faces

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The Face of War. By Martha Gellhorn. (Hart- Davis, 18s.) Tuts hook is a collection of long despatches which Martha Gellhorn sent in variously from Spain, Finland, China and the...

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Cut-rate Palaces

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VENICE has been much exposed to camera lenses, and there would be small reason to greet yet another book of '72 full-colour photographs '. - - especially photographs as...

Ancient Uses

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Early India and Pakistan. By Sir Mortimer • Wheeler. (Thames and Hudson, 25s.) UNTIL recently the only book on Indian archaeology available to the general reader was a...

Hunting the Letter

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REVIEWS are ephemeral. Here is a book that will it ay. Nothing that could be said will prevent it havi ng a wide circulation and continuing in- fluence. Nevertheless, if one...

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Comic Turn

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Between Then and Now. By Alba de Uspedes. Translated by Isabel Quigly. (Cape, I3s. 6d.) The Bitter Conquest. By Charity Blackstock. (Hodder and Stoughton, 15s.) To Keep This...

Boyle's Law and God's

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Robert Boyle: Father of Chemistry. By Roger Pilkington. (John Murray, 18s.) Da. PILKINGTON is a scientist, not a historian. His brief popular life of Boyle is therefore...

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a i d Macabre. By Frederic Mullally. (Seeker and Warburg. I 5s.)

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Long, sexy saga of Marianne. who sleeps with practically everybody before being bumped oft, at nineteen--who done it being discovered by newspaperman who sleeps with only one...

Champagne for One. By Rex Stout. (Collins, 10s. 6d.) Rather

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slight and pretty improbable but. as always, very readable adventure of Nero Wolfe's, with Archie Goodwin sure that the girl he'd watched drink a glass of champagne and drop...

Journey with a Pen

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Journey With a Pistol. By Neil McCallum. (Gollancz, 1.6s.) bkviousLy and brilliantly written, this is the war memoir of a very young officer very much alone in North Africa. War...

It's a Crime

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The Big Bankroll. By Leo Katcher. (Gollancz, 21s.) Many people must know who killed Arnold Rothstein in a Fifth Avenue hotel in 1928, but the law still doesn't. The...

Death and the Visiting Firemen. By H. R. F. Keating.

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(Gol lanes, I 5s.) Preposterously contrived and ludicrously mannered fantasy in which Levantine travel-agent gets his by pistol-shot from an olde-worlde stage-coach which has...

Gideon's Staff. By J. J. Marric. (Hodder and Stoughton, 12s.

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6d.) 'J. J. Marric' is John Creasey, like almost everybody else. This is one of his series of documentary novels about Scotland . Yard, with Commander Gideon, a sort of poor...

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Solution on September 25 ACROSS 1 'Keen as are the arrows Of that silver —' (Shelley) (6) 4 A pair to obstruct, though orna- mental (8) 10 All iced, but has a softening...


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ACROSS. — 1 Comity. 4 Obsolete. 10 Tallped. 11 Marital. 12 Cat's-cradle. 13 Bran. 15 Moonlit. 17 Dungeon. 19 Shunted. 21 Meeting. 23 Tide. 24 Horse- sense. 27 Unities. 214...


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By our Industrial Correspondent I NEVITABLY the General Election cast its shadow over the Trades Union Congress at Black- pool this week. Mrs. Barbara Castle, the fraternal...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT MR. KHRUSHCHEN'S chief econo- mic adviser—or whoever it is who is Sir Robert Hall's opposite number in Moscow—must be laughing his head of at the...

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By CUSTOS T HE announcement of the date of the general election caused a quick recovery from the nervous selling which had been induced by the uncertainty. The rise in money...

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S IR GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM, chairman of Triplex Glass Holdings, presents shareholders with an attractive and encouraging report, for as well as facts and figures it contains the...