12 MARCH 1988

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Inner-city cosmetics B ritish security forces shot dead three IRA terrorists in Gibraltar. Sir Geoffrey Howe said that a 'dreadful terrorist act had been prevented', while some...

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SPECTATOR The Spectator, 56. Doughty Street, London WC11■1 2LL Telephone 01-405 1706; Telex 27124; Fax 242 0603 REITH'S HEIRS T he background noise of the 1980s has been the...


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BRITISH Aerospace has chine a wonderful job persuading an initially disbelieving press and City that its plan to buy the Rover Group is a proposal made in heaven. 5o now must...

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When selling power seems to lack selling power NOEL MALCOLM ust as The Electrification of the Soviet Union must be one of the most un- electrifying titles ever given to an...

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DAVID HARE M iss Jane Seymour blew into Heath- row last week and complained that it was typical of the English that they failed to treat her like a star. What name shall we give...

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Tranquillisers as an alternative explanation for all that is wrong with modern Britain AUBERON WAUGH S ome time ago, drawing attention to the fact that Hugh Johnson's...

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Timothy Garton Ash finds the Bonn government resisting the charms of both Mrs Thatcher and Mr Gorbachev Bonn IF YOU were a German, you could be mildly irritated. If you were a...

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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard on Democrat and Republican efforts to keep their preachers in order South Carolina THE crowd was emotional in Spartanburg. Textile workers chanted and...

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Anthony Daniels finds that General 1Voriega's problems go beyond hoodwinking the populace Panama THERE are parts of the city of Panama that do not lack a certain sleazy charm....

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In Dominic Lawson's article, 'The debtors of Smack City' (27 February), the author of Liverpool: Gateway of Empire (Lawr- ence and Wishart) should have been given as Tony Lane....

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Peter Millar on why the Peter Millar on why the Waldheim affair throws light on this week's anniversary of the Anschluss IT WAS a tour guide overlooking Salzburg from the...

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$50 BILLION Dominic Lawson on Kuwaiti control of the largest accumulation of money in the City WHEN $50 billion is trying to hide, it can afford the best obscurity money can...

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Peter Hadley recalls his part in one of the lost causes of Gilbert Murray DUNCAN Wilson's recently published biography of Gilbert Murray covers many aspects of his...

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The media: Paul Johnson thinks it high time we reported Russia freely THE way in which we see the world, especially through our television screens, is often radically...

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A sperm-bank for ideas on currencies JOCK BRUCE-GARDYNE L ord Croham, better known perhaps as Douglas Allen, from the days when he ran the Treasury for Ted Heath and Tony...

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Cowley out to grass

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AS AN Oxford man myself, I do hope that Roland Smith shuts down Cowley rather than Longbridge. That must be the first choice to be made by any new owner of Austin-Morris,...


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The sun sets over Goodison's empire and now it needs a role CHRISTOPHER FILDES I t has long been apparent that Sir Nicho- las Goodison was looking around for a suitable exit...

Shooting an admiral

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WE NOW have a test case for my theory about banks and bankers, which is (rough- ly speaking) that by the time things are seen to have gone wrong, the man who let them go wrong...

Tighten seat-belts

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TIMES are getting harder at Lloyd's of London, where globe-flying brokers have found themselves demoted — from their accustomed first class, right down to busi- ness class. Over...

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Sir: Reading your otherwise interesting leading article 'An affordable strike' (13 February) I was struck by an error all the more remarkable for being so lightly made. It...

LETTERS Golden English

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Sir: Your Profile of David English (6 February) — marked, alas, more by envy than a just appreciation of a man who's made remarkably much of his life — isn't quite accurate in...

Grammatici certant

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Sir: Your leading article (5 March) prefers opinions to facts. Some of your readers may prefer the latter. Contrary to your portrayal, the video is a positive move. It was...

Cornish in Africa

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Sir: I am glad that Charles Moore (`To the Cape and back', 5 March) recognises that Baragwaneth is a Cornish name, and the great hospital of that name in Johannes - burg is, I...

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Excellent lever

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Sir: Auberon Waugh (Another voice, 27 February) says Australia's Aborigines 'never advanced beyond the earliest Stone Age, never discovered fulcrum and lever, let alone the...

Mean donations

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Sir: It seems likely from your Diary of 30 January that the respondents to your ques- tionnaire respecting the habits etc of your readers are, judging by their quaffing of malt...

Narrow window

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Sir: I am sorry that Alastair Forbes (Let- ters, 5 March) is so upset by my article about his friend Gianni Agnelli, which he considers 'an ignorant, fabulising diatribe',...

Checking department

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Sir: How splendid that One cannot make a Wodehousian mistake in The Spectator Without being courteously corrected. As Christopher Fildes's culpable reference checker I ask the...

Companionable Walton

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Sir: I am appalled by Mr Fallowell's review of Susana Walton's book (20 February). It seems to me that he has chosen this occasion to make an attack upon Walton, rather than...


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A liberal of the old school J. Enoch Powell PASSION AND CUNNING AND OTHER ESSAYS by Conor Cruise O'Brien Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 118 C onor Cruise O'Brien is an engaging...

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A mind innocent or quiet

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Deryla Murphy NOR IRON BARS A CAGE by Penelope Tremayne Heinemann, £10.95 T he blurb suggests that Penelope Tre- mayne has led an exciting and faintly mysterious life. As a...

The making of graven images

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J. G. Links THE PAINFUL BIRTH OF THE ART BOOK by Francis Haskell Thames & Hudson, £5.95 A rtists are not like us. They live in a creative world of their own and sometimes...

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The complaints of a violent family

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J. L. Carr OUT OF THIS WORLD by Graham Swift Viking, £10.95 T his is Graham Swift's fourth published book. The third, Waterland, is in the Big League — innovatory, moving,...

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The lamps shone o'er brave women

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Christopher Hitchens XENIA — A MEMOIR, GREECE 1919-1949 by Mary Henderson Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £14.95 I n 1841 Sir Edmund Lyons, Her Britta- Inc Majesty's Minister in...

The best of all possible whirls

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Adam Zamoyski FOURTEEN LETTERS: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Feliks Topolski Faber paperback, £30 T opolski does not really fit in any- where, as an artist or as a man. He is neither...

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One Flew over the villains' nest

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Dennis O'Keeffe POWER TO THE PARENTS: REVERSING EDUCATIONAL DECLINE by Antony Flew Sherwood Press, £12.95, £6.95 A ntony Flew is at his robust and fearless best in his latest...

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The Forester

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He had left Burma the longest way, retreating Northwards. He hardly ever spoke of it; rarely Some fragment would out-crop — the rivers, the leeches — A story told as interesting...

The majority stays silent

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Anne Chisholm WOMEN AND LOVE: THE NEW HITE REPORT by Shere Hite Viking, .04.95 P erhaps the most cheering fact about the latest offering from Shere Hite, the American...

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The message was hardly even medium

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Peter Levi LETTERS OF MARSHALL McLUHAN selected and edited by Matie Molinaro, Corinne McLuhan and William Toye OUP, £25 T here are many kinds of book review; this one is...

A lyric on idleness

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Susanna Johnston THE COLOUR OF RAIN by Emma Tennant Faber, £3.95 T he Colour of Rain, when it first came out in 1963 under the pseudonym of Catherine Aydy, caused a...

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Art Mr Bawden's birthday Giles Auty Edward Bawden: Line Engravings 1927-29 (Victoria & Albert Museum, Constable Gallery, till 10 April) T oday, supposing you get your copy of...

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Sfileyman the Magnificent and the Splendour of the Ottoman Court (British Museum, till 30 May) Jewels without a setting Roderick Conway Morris E merging blinking into the...

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The Last Emperor ('PG', Odeon, Leicester Square) Splendour and isolation Hilary Mantel B ernardo Bertolucci's film begins at a railway station on the border between China...


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Cold shoulder Peter Phillips A t ten o'clock tomorrow morning, Monday, when the church of St John's Hackney begins to reverberate to the sound of Rogier's Mass Philippus II,...

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Ransom'd, heal'd, restored Ursula Buchan M ixing a Franco Costi 2-10-0 with a Great Western City Class 4-4-0 would never do. Ask any really serious railway modeller. If a buff...

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'Tis Pity She's a Whore (National: Olivier) B ase and bloody Christopher Edwards I ncest is the theme of John Ford's best known play, written around 1632. Never can this...


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No laughing matter Wendy Cope t one time I was under the impres- sion that The Spectator was read by around 30,000 nasty old men, all waiting for the opportunity to pounce on...

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Low life

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Places in the sun Jeffrey Bernard W ell, I'm off to Thailand today and it will make a change from eating in the Rasa Sayang in Frith Street. I'll be warm tomor - row and I...

High life

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Swiss rolls Taki T Gstaad he Swissair flight from London to Geneva last Friday was noisier than usual due to the presence of a large contingent of bread-roll-throwers on their...

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Home life

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Tale of the unexpected Alice Thomas Ellis was wakened quite late the other morn- ing, or rather afternoon, by an awful little bird sitting on a topmost bough making a noise...

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A first prize of £20 and two further prizes of £10 (or, for UK solvers, a copy of Chambers Dictionary, value £13.95 — ring the words 'Chambers Dictionary' above) for the first...

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Add the meanings Jaspistos I N Competition No. 1513 you were asked for a plausible piece of prose in which the following non-existent words appear to have some meaning:...


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Dutch courage Raymond Keene M uch as a British audience would like to see Nigel Short or Jon Speelman chal- lenge Gary Kasparov in 1990, two formid- able obstacles lie in...

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Subtle spirit of malt

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I GENERALLY stick to the old advice about not mixing the grape and the grain, but the malt is another matter. Malt whisky has the subtlest flavour of any spirit, and a small...

No. 1516: Wrinkles for the wrinklies

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Education, they say, never ceases. Perhaps one day there will be schools for the over-80s. You are invited to supply an advertisement for such an institution, de- scribing...

Solution to 846: Canonical 0 I 4 U s N D A 7 14

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Att. , z4 N -•■• • Les Trois Plats; Le Mesurier Ni' I HAD arranged to meet A.N. Wilson for lunch, time and place fixed, then to my consternation found out too late to tell...

Competition entries

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To enable competitors to economise on postage, entries for one or more weeks of the Competition and Crossword may be posted together under one cover addressed 'Competition...