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— Portrait of the Week— THOUGH HIS PIPE burnt a

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hole in his suit, Mr. Wilson hardly set the TUC on fire when he kicked off Labour's election campaign as the Congress's fraternal delegate. Nevertheless, a news agency misprint...

Going Like a Bomb?

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I tti remarkable how discussions of the 'British nuclear deterrent have come to hang on the emotive word 'independent.' For some Conservatives it has become a battle-cry, for...


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No. 710/ Established 1828 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER I I, 1964

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Session 3, Vatican II

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BARBARA LUCAS writes : The third session of the Second Vatican Council opens in Rome next Monday, when the 3,000 bishops of the Roman Catholic Church will again assemble...

The Battle of the Pylons

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JOHN MADDOX writes: Ever since the mid-Thirties, British electrical engineers have been proud of their lines of steel pylons. For most of that time they have been well aware...

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The Kennedy Squeal

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From MURRAY KEMPTON IsfEW YORK T HE New York Democrats rather disliked Robert Kennedy while they quarrelled over whether to nominate him for the United States Senate. But then...

Chile's Revolutionary

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HUGH CrSHAUGHNESSY writes : On Saturday came the news that Eduardo Prei, the Christian Democratic candidate, had Won the Chilean presidential election. His main rival, Salvador...

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Political Commentary

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Mr. Wilson Meets the Workers From DAVID WATT At the moment Wilson appeared on the plat- form to be introduced as fraternal delegate, look- ing as bronzed and golden as Shirley...

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The Press

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Colour Problems By RANDOLPH S. CHURCHILL L ORD THOMSON at seventy, like Ulysses and Mr. Harold Macmillan, is 'a man of many devices.' He has been rebuffed by Sir Hugh Fraser...

Printer's Ink

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS Primer's ink is often a cause of eczema.—Scientific Paper. Though men have died from overwork In thinking up a use for leisure, What honest citizen would...


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Sunday Times Size of page .. Colour editorial .. Black and white editorial Colour advertising .. Black and white advert- 91"X 12" 171 20 181 10" x 9 251 19 ising .. • • •...

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The Unknown Borders

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By WILLIAM DEAN N o area in the world is less accessible to Western observation than the frontiers between Russia and China. The two countries face each other for some 4,500...

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It was interesting, listening to Mr. Grimond's forcefully delivered speech on Saturday, to ob- serve the ferocity of his attack on the Labour Party. It must be horribly obvious...

News Value

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Some distinctly bitter complaints against the newspapers were voiced at this conference. Well, one should never expect politicians to feel that the press does full justice to...


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The Prime Minister, I hear, has now com- pleted his arrangements for his own campaign- ing at the election. He has been looking around for someone to act as his travelling...

Roads to Ruin

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There seems a good case for the suggestion that a 'rural Buchanan Report' should be commis- sioned to consider the traffic problems of the National Parks. The suggestion has...

Silent Victory

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At times the transistor seems the most undesir- able of all science's offerings. Any moron with a small radio can effortlessly inflict unwanted din upon scores or even hundreds...

Spectator's Notebook

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THE Liberals were no doubt tempted to abandon their annual conference, as the other parties have done. Such gatherings (of any party) are either potentially explosive—as when...

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SIR,—As a practising newsagent I hasten to con - gratulate Mr.

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Churchill on his excellent and factual report on 'The Newsagent's Lot.' How refreshing it is to find a contributor who is prepared to gain first-hand practical experience of a...

lik am Letters

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Illegal Arrests Albert Lodge The Newsagent's Lot A. S. Jackson. William Platt Frank Staniforth Dylan Thomas John Tripp Echoes of Newsom John Scofield Opinion Polls Frank Teer...


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Sin t —From your commentator's latest article, it would seem that the typical newsagent. alreadY makes a reasonable profit on delivery. There was a time when we had our...

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Bryn Griffiths in his interesting letter is right about the

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'Thomas bandwagon,' loaded with blinkered parasites and little men chewing away at the choice remains. It certainly rolls on, as tawrence's does, and Fitzgerald's, and soon, no...


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his interesting article on the Newsom IcePort (Spectator, August 28), Mr. Mason rightly leachers. Unfortunately, perhaps through lack of condemns the cursory dismissal of the...


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S1R,—The Advisory Centre for Education are naive if they suppose that those who failed to graduate will be the best source of accurate information about the reasons for the...

SIR,—What a pity Watchman in 'Spectator's Note- book' should have

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spoilt his plea for tolerance for ininority movements (Scotch and Welsh National- ists) with supercilious asininitie,s; 'Dotty, as, I fear, their ultimate purposes irremediably...


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SIR,----I never heard such a feeble argument as Mr. David Watt now puts forward. Has he not heard the ancient proverb 'he who pays the piper calls the tune'?` Does he expect...


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have been commissioned to edit a book of Letters of Composers. I would be grateful to hear from anyone having any letters from lesser-known composers of general interest....

JR.--Mr. Randolph Churchill might like to know that in this

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town the newsagents, so far as evening newspapers are concerned, close for a complete Week in August. This means that a newspaper has to set up its own selling organisation just...


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SIR,—We must be deeply grateful to Mr. Lee for his learned, pertinent and interesting letter. Mr. Reichardt's assertion that the cults of Cybele and Attis were cults of the...


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Sta,—In the Spectator of September 4, David Watt refers to two criticisms of our methods; the way in which we adjust for people who are on holiday, and the fact that we do not...


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Si,—Jan Botha's letter in the Spectator of August 21 calls for some comment, in particular because the views he propounds in his capacity of National Public Relations Secretary...

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One Man's Festival

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From IAN CAMERON VENICE That would be a dangerous way to run a festival even if the selection committee and jury weren't a pack of old squares. The outcome here is a festival...

POETRY COMPETITIONS SIR.—May we let your readers know of two

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poetry competitions which are being held? The first, with a first prize of £25, is for young people under nine- teen. The second, with a first prize of £15, is for anyone who...


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SIR,—! like Strix. It's delightful to have him back as a regular contributor to the Spectator. Wouldn't be surprised if even Alan Brien liked him, too. STANLEY FROUD 817 West...


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must answer Mr. Quentin de - la Bedoyere's question because I provoked it, but may I say that my answer is that of an ordinary layman, not a historian? I realise that things are...

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Miro, MirO

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One's second abiding impression is of the still unrealised enormity of the debt owed by inter- national art today to the prophetic signs and messages tossed up by the Surrealist...

From the Play

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The Night of the Iguana. (Empire, 'X' certificate.) —The Best Man. (Leic- ester Square Theatre, 'A' certificate.) DESPITE his golden (though garrulous) tongue, Tennessee...

Horse Play

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The Striplings. (New Arts.) The plot is simple and far from childlike. Mother has been fatally thrown by a horse. The children set out to run the riding school them- selves, but...

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Next Instalment

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By CHRISTOPHER BOOKER But seriously, I did try. It was nine long weeks ago that, with the words of Mr. Michael Peacock promising a Great New Look for BBC-2 echoing in my ears,...

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Poor Old Chap! By SYBILLE BEDFORD T HE theme is mortality. A Single Man* is the tale of one poor player strutting and fretting his hours through one Californian day. It could...

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Beach Scene

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Curved, casual, cool, That form remained aloof: Prodigious human flesh, Its character expressed To feed the eye and mind. Image of a female Body nearly naked On the beach, and...

Some Lives

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THE first volume of Richard Church's auto- biography gained many friends. I recall strange scenes of illusory but convincing levitation, to- gether with the brilliance of a...

Lorenzo with a Brush

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Paintings of D. H. Lawrence. Edited by Mervyn Levy. (Cory, Adams and Mackay, 75s.) TOUCHED by the urgent impulse of D. H. Law- rence's naked allegories in paint, Augustus John...

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In at the Kill

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GENERAL GRIVAS is a very brave man—and he is not afraid of telling us so on nearly every page of this book. That, however, does not destroy the excitement, spirit of adventure...

Murdoch's Eighth

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The Italian Girl is Miss Iris Murdoch's eighth novel, and is as impeccably written as one would expect from a positive talent immediately recog- nisable by its jaunty elegance,...

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Waugh Revisited

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By MALCOLM BRADBURY M UCH of the literary criticism that has been written on the fiction of Evelyn Waugh has complained, in one way or another, about the author's snobbery or...


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ACROSS.-1 Sibyls. 4 Millions. 10 Holdall. 11 Corclli. 12 Left. 13 Smat- tering. 16 Rounds. 17 Annutes. 20 Advices. 21 Vestal. 24 Corticated, 25 Scar. 27 Palctot. 29 Temples. 30...


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ACROSS 1. Possessions for the well-dressed gentleman (10) 6. rm in the lake, unclothed! (4) 10. Dad's out of bed all of a sudden (3, 2) 11. Instrument indicating change about...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS TNVESTORS returning from their holidays will be astounded at the strength of the share markets — each week registering a new high — but when they become aware of what...

The Economy

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Sterling and the Dollar By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT This question of the so-called 'reserve' cur- rencies keeps cropping up because there is no international money to use. The IMF...

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• By PHILIDOR No. 195. M. PARTHASARATHY (First Prize, BCPS Informal Tourney, 1963) BLACK (8 men) WHITE (10 men) WHILE to play and mate in two moves; solution next week. No. 194...

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Collectors' Pieces

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By MARY HOLLAND Without wishing to be unduly coy and/or vain I've never understood what is meant to be so heartwarming about the appreciative holler in the street, let alone...

John Bull's First Job

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Rent Collector By WILLIAM HARDCASTLE • AT the age of eighteen, I tried to become an estate agent and 4 - ) auctioneer. This was on Not that I entered the estate agent's...

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By ALAN BRIEN THE very pretty, young, ' There sva: nothing to do but start to investigate 1 he problem. Eric Partridges Shakespeare's Bawdy lists many references to the belief...