12 MARCH 1994

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S everal bodies were found at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, and police began looking for more nearby; newspapers implied that a man charged with murdering three women was...

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SPECT TIE AT OR The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LL

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Telephone: 071-405 1706; Telex 27124; Fax 071-242 0603 BREAKING OF A PRESIDENT L et us say it clearly: the Clinton presi- dency is finished. But it is not finished in the...

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Decay all around I see, and possibly even change SIMON HEFFER L ast month I interviewed Mr Enoch Powell before an audience of about 150 members of the Conservative Party....

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T here have always been two sides to the Labour Party, the grim Puritans who would like to see pleasure severely rationed and the left-wing Cavaliers who would have it spread...

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We should not sit in judgment on Chinese penis-hunters CHARLES MOORE S wap the Vietnamese jungle for Cana- dian icefields, and it is like a scene out of Apocalypse Now as the...

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Andrew Kenny argues that the misguided belief in global warming will cost billions of pounds — and hundreds of lives Richard's Bay, Natal COMPARE these two apocalyptic pro-...

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Matt Frei investigates the electioneering tactics of Europe's most modem and bizarre political party Rome THE CANDIDATE clutched the micro- phone clumsily with both hands,...

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Anne Applebaum is not surprised that there are no rules governing who wins fame and fortune in post-communist Poland Warsaw NIKODEM DYZMA has lost his job as a dancing master....

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Mind your language

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'MOAB is my wash-pot; over Philistia will I triumph,' says the Psalmist in the name of the Lord. It seems that tri- umph, like vengeance, is the Lord's, for triumphalism has...

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Martin Vander Weyer, who advised Dr Mahathir on the privatisation of the Malaysian national airline, reflects on Malay anti-Britishness 'You blighters don't know how lucky you...

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One hundred years ago

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IT IS alleged that the problem of apply- ing an electric motor to a wheeled vehi- cle has at last been solved, and that the electric parcels-van which has been driv- ing about...

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Alasdair Palmer interviews Jack Hewit, who was once, among other things, Guy Burgess's lover `A WOMAN once swore to me that I was a Wykehamist. She was absolutely certain. The...

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If symptoms

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persist.. . I HAPPENED to be visiting friends in Gloucestershire last weekend when the remains of the fourth and fifth bodies were found at No 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester....

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A strong stench of putrefaction from a curried Parliament PAUL JOHNSON O ne of my possessions which gives me constant pleasure is a framed crudely print- ed handbill from the...

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Wind of change

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IF YOU can't have a summit you can always have a conference. This penny has dropped with the Organisation for Eco- nomic Co-operation and Development, which is rather on its...


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Bang, bang, you're off the dole in Detroit it's the unemployment summit CHRISTOPHER FILDES D etroit has evolved its own way to deal with unemployment. It's murder. There is a...

The harder they fall

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BOND PRICES have come down like an express lift, bondholders (like your bank or pension fund) are feeling queasy, so here come UBS, the brokers, with a message of comfort:...

Indie heads for dock.. .

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THE BATTERED ship Newspaper Pub- lishing — 'Old Indie' — alters course, with Tony O'Reilly's Zero still embedded in her funnel. Mr O'Reilly (as I noted at the time) staged...

. . . or round in circles

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MICHAEL HESELTINE must now decide whether, as a condition of his blessing on the deal, he wants to see independent (or Independent) directors on Newspaper Pub- lishing's board,...

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Predictable Pergau Sir: Your editorial of 26 February propos- ing that the British aid programme should be abolished and transferred to the Department of Trade and Industry was...

Nostra culpa

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Sir: I am one who has parachuted into for- mer Yugoslavia ten times in the last two- and-a-half years. Over that period I have made more than 40 short documentary films for...


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12 Months 6 Months UK ❑ £77.00 ❑ £39.00 Europe (airmail) ❑ £88.00 ❑ £44.00 USA Airspeed ❑ US$125.00 ❑ US$63.00 USA Airmail ❑ US$175.00 ❑ US$88.00 Rest of...

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LETTERS Bad manners

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Sir: Of course Mr Dawkins' irreverent and atheistic views (Letters, 19 February) are absolutely right, but does he not realise that a gentleman keeps such thoughts to him-...

Frozen assets

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Sir: Three weeks ago, during that bout of rather severe weather, I took out a mort- gage on a small one-bedroom igloo. My estate agent had assured me that, given the imminent...

The editor's due

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Sir: Paul Johnson is quite right about the desirability of editors being thrashed by their victims (And another thing, 26 Febru- ary); I can only assume that it is Mr Major's...

Woman's work

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Sir: Can any of your Roman Catholic corre- spondents explain something for me? Two ministers have publicly explained that they have left the Church of England for the Roman...

Hurd's history

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Sir: Since either charity or shortage of space forced Dr Noel Malcolm to curtail his indictment of Douglas Hurd, perhaps I could take up some of the slack relating to his...

Head Kielanowski

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Sir: Notwithstanding my boundless admira- tion for all Spectator articles written by Anne Applebaum to date, I feel compelled to correct erroneous details she wrote about...

Get it right

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Sir: Judy Garland did not say, as Sheridan Morley wrote last week (Arts, 12 Febru- ary), 'We are . . . a long way from Kansas City.' The line, perhaps the greatest in liter-...

Man's work

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Sir: There is a new exception to the general rule of ladies first (Letters, 26 February). `I'd definitely support "youthanasia" . . The Eastern Orient Express from Singa- pore...

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Harder than hard times Paul Foot DICKENS'S JOURNALISM: VOLUME I, SKETCHES BY BOZ AND OTHER EARLY PAPERS, 1833-1839 edited by Michael Slater Dent, 1...30, pp. 580 I f...

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Nothing Personal

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Here, winter tricks us: sun and calm, small summer, to make the unsuspecting almonds bloom. Then wind-stripped petals, snow to blight the bud. Who sees the world like this is...

His pale courtesan in beauty and decay

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Main de Botton VIOLETTA AND HER SISTERS: THE LADY OF THE CAMELLIAS, RESPONSES TO THE MYTH edited by Nicholas John Faber, £8.99, pp. 305 E ver since Alexandre Dumas fits penned...

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The age of innocence

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Anita Brookner LAND GIRLS by Angela Huth Sinclair-Stevenson, f14.99, pp. 308 O ne settles down with a smile of plea- surable anticipation as the scene is set: an elderly woman...

Riddled with craziness

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Peter Levi WINTER POLLEN by Ted Hughes Faber, f17.50, pp. 465 T here are nearly all the essential pieces of an autobiography of this most surprising and entertaining of poets...

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Mum's the buzz word

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Caroline Moorehead THE GREAT UMBILICAL: MOTHER, DAUGHTER, MOTHER, THE UNBREAKABLE BOND by Rachel Billington Hutchinson, £17.99, pp. 238 M others — those with daughters, that...

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Crossing Nicaragua with Smokes

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Albert Read DESPERADOES by Joseph O'Connor Flamingo, f14.99, pp. 426 J oseph O'Connor's second novel needs ruthless editing. The story is concentrated at either end of the...

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Rising to Dizzy heights

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Jane Ridley LETTERS OF BENJAMIN DISRAELI, VOLUME V: 1848-1851 edited by M. G. Wiebe, J. B. Conacher, John Matthews and Mary S. Millar University of Toronto Press, f61.75, pp....

Witness for the prosecution

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Mark Almond SEASONS IN HELL: UNDERSTANDING BOSNIA'S WAR by Ed Vulliamy Simon & Schuster, f6.99, pp. 370 N ot since the Crimean War have the hacks won out so clearly over the...

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J. L. Carr Ursula Buchan T here are four remarkable figures in niches above the north porch of Kettering's parish church. They look mediaeval but were in fact carved by the...

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Architecture Looking after the human spirit Alan Powers suggests that a training in architecture should include some manual skills W hat is architecture and how do you get it?...

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Peer Gynt (Barbican) The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol (Riverside) Elsewhere (King's Head) End of the Peer Sheridan Morley P eer Gynt is the big one: shipwrecks, Troll Kings,...


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Passing over the crossover Peter Phillips M uch to my horror it is becoming apparent that the kind of music I direct is lending itself to a cliché. I don't know how widely...

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Forcing the issue Ursula Buchan I am very much a member of the genera- tion which grew to adulthood in the Seven- ties. I have a concentration span which has been shortened...

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Unbound: Possibilities in Painting, Salvador Dali: the Early Years (Hayward Gallery, till 30 May) Ansel Krut (Gillian Jason Gallery, till 31 March) A tug on the chain Giles...

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Short Cuts (`18', Selected cinemas) Great bits and small butts Mark Steyn R obert Altman opens with the omi- nous whirring of approaching helicopters. But this isn't Vietnam,...

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The making of a star Martyn Harris A few years ago I interviewed Robert de Niro for a magazine. A photographer De Niro liked was flown in from New York, accompanied by a...


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R How to save 51 trips to . .. or over The Spectator yourself the library £30 on If you're forced to share fellow students, then you'll can be to track a copy yourself...

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Low life

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Come and get it Jeffrey Bernard I tried my artificial leg out for the first time last week at Charing Cross Hospital near Fulham, and was told that I had done remarkably well...

High life

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Skiless in Gstaad Taki Gstaad L ife in Gstaad is very lively right now, what with the snows fading faster than Major Hewitt's chances for promotion and the jet-set getting...

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Long life

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Tricks of the memory Nigel Nicolson sonably, as he had seen the Emperor only from ground-level, and the frost may have whitened his podgy features and the upper part of his...

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Imperative cooking: take a cold shower .10mL.0441.44 0 t.,• YOU THINK you

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know about food, cook rather well and keep a good table every day, a pukka five courses? Let's take the smile off your face. Even we good cooks need a cold shower now and then....

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i400 1 ioi - Dclatmaal SPAIN'S FINEST CAVA gpEt iagn agl

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CHESS SPAIN'S FINEST CAVA Anatoly rides again Raymond Keene AFTER EIGHT ROUNDS of the Linares tournament Karpov's domination appeared complete. He had blown away seven of...


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01( 11 ‘111i11 , N COMPETITION Salute to the Master Jaspistos IN COMPETITION NO. 1820 you were invited to write a poem in the manner of Ogden Nash on one of these...

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GRAHAM'S PORT r , W. & J. CROSSWORD GRAHAM'S — 1 PORT A first prize of £25 and a bottle of Graham's Malvedos 1979 Vintage Port for the first correct solution opened on...

Solution to 1147: Perm 5

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No. 1823: Very short story

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You are invited to provide a very short story (maximum 250 words) in which the remark 'The art of losing isn't hard to master' occurs in the last sentence. Entries to...

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Settling scores FranlaCeating THE MODERN penalty shoot-out may be a deplorably unfair way to settle a soccer Cup tie, but there can be no doubt that this ersatz,...


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Q. Some time ago I was invited to the Cotswolds by friends for the weekend. We were somewhat irked latterly to receive the news that we had been 'booked in' to a charming...