13 MARCH 1953

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Little Europe Struggling

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- Not one of the projects for the building of European " Com- munities " is developing smoothly. As our correspondent in Paris points out on a later page, France is getting...


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So much did Mr. Eden and Mr. Dulles effect on the political side; on the financial and economic the identity of view appears to have been no less complete, and Mr. Butler did...

General Neguib's Outburst

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Throughout the Anglo-Egyptian troubles of the past year nobody has appeared to understand better than General Neguib the value of a calm and responsible attitude. It was...

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Religious Rioting in Pakistan

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. The anti-Ahmadiya rioting in Pakistan has obviously been on an alarming scale. In many towns the police fired into the crowd, after attempts to disperse it with tear-gas had...

The Secretary-General

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The descents of Mr. Trygve Lie from the neutral heights which are the proper station of the Secretary-General of the United Nations into the battleground of opposed groups of...

Still-Vexed Kenya

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While the trial at Kapenguria drags its slow length along the action between a security patrol on Mount Kenya and a Mau Mau gang, resulting in the death of -eleven members of...

The Affairs of the Army

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Mr. Head, one of the ablest Secretaries of State for War we have had for a long time, gave an encouraging account of the British Army when he presented to the House of COMITIOns...

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T HE House of Lords expects its leader, Lord Salisbury, back next week after his illness. His return is eagerly awaited by the whole House. In its present lop-sided form the...

The Longbridge Strike

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Thanks to some questionable manoeuvres the strike at Austin's Longbridge motor works has been kept going by the National Union of Vehicle Builders. Two thousand of its members...

Rates Become Alarming

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With one local authority after another announcing rate increases of 2s. in the pound or more, the old adjectives annually applied to these increases—" burdensome," "back-...

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T HE world is still dominated by the changes in Russia, and as perplexed by what is happening as it was the day, no more than a week ago, when Mr. Stalin died. At Moscow the...

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One thing leads to another (Copyright in all countries). Three

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weeks ago I wrote of the false identification of a man alleged to have been ,concerned in the 'Prospect of Whitby' hold-up. Last week I quoted as a parallel the notorious case...

Houses, it appears, are being built at Norwich in record

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time through the use of what is described as "a rail-mounted, power-driven tower crane, imported from Germany, similar to those used in Russia for years." Well, Mr. Baldwin once...

4C . . . and Oscar Hobson and Paul Bareau magnificently

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covering the City." Truth on the News Chronicle, March 6th. "A Hundred Years of the Halifax," by 0. R. Hobson, reviewed by Paul Bareau. News Chronicle, March 1 1th.

The discussion in Congregation at Oxford on Tuesday on the

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raising of the retirement age of professors from 65 to 67 (the age for Heads of Houses is higher) produced some pertinent observations. Dr. Enid Stark ie, of Somerville, said...

I commented last week on the conspicuously non-partisan character of

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Mr. James Griffiths's party political broadcast on the previous Saturday evening. Last Saturday Mr. Oliver Lyttelton was appearing in the same series and talking on the same...

To the problems which have hitherto baffled science—cancer and the

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common cold—it seems that starlings must be added. Whether in Trafalgar Square or round the Birmingham Art Gallery they jeer in their tens of thousands at the totally ineffec-...


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I NTERESTING accounts reach me of the reactions of a representative and influential group of Germans, members of most political parties but few if any of them extremists,...

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France and the E.D.C.

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OST French Governments fall by the wayside in obscure scuffles. The present one seems to have a higher doom. It can scarcely avoid death in childbirth, whether the child be born...

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Russian Melting-pot

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By RICHARD CHANCELLOR T HE death of Josif Vissarionovitch Stalin brings to an end a period in Russian history surpassing in importance the reigns of Ivan the Terrible, of Peter...

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A Fuel Policy Now

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By C. J. M. ALPORT, M.P. T HE acute exasperation felt by those who believe that Britain's economic survival depends upon the introduc- tion of a realistic fuel and power policy...

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Why Mountaineer?

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By WILFRID NOYCE (A member of the British Mount Everest Expedition, 1953) I NTEREST in the Himalaya, and hence in mountaineering, is more widely spread now than it has ever...

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Xht cipectator, filiartb 12th, 1853

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THE NEW IGNORANCE LIBRARIES for the working classes are the rage. . . . Literature is becoming the world's storehouse of nations, old, obsolete, new; crude, prospective,...

Continuous Performance

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By LESLIE HALL! WELL C INEMA-MANAGEMENT had not figured prominently among the means of profitable employment detailed in the extensive files of the University Appointments...

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THE first Of these two generous portions of showbiz (both

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of them produced by Robert Nesbitt) is the fruitiest. Anna Neagle's charm is norm n dispute, but it takes the sweetest of sweet teeth to deal with this elaboration of it into a...

PERFORMANCES by the Oxford University Dramatic Society are rarely immune

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from a tinge of frivolity engendered, particularly on the first night, by the almost hyper-sensitive reaction of the audience. Richard III at the Playhouse last week was no...


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THEATRE Titus Andronicus. By William Shakespeare. Friar Bacon and IF it is the virtue of university dramatic societies that they can safely stage the uncommercial, it is their...


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Ma. JOHN HUSTON'S Moulin Rouge is concerned with the life and hard times of the artist Toulouse Lautrec, the pathetic dwarf, son of a French nobleman, who sought and found an...

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MUSIC The London Harpsichord Ensemble and others.

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DIERE was an audience of nearly three hundred, I suppose, on Saturday evening to hear the London Harpsichord Ensemble play Bach's Musical Offering in the Recital Room at the...

BALLET The Shadow. (Royal Opera House.) FOR his new ballet,

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The Shadow, John Cranko has chosen the romantic idiom. Many people will consider his choice old-fashioned, for ballet, like the pictorial arts, is not immune from that English...

ART Alan Reynolds (Redfern).

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SOMETIMES, as though by spontaneous combustion, a new presence makes itself felt in the world of art with startling rapidity. The administrators and arbiters of fashion sniff...

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Report by Allan M. Laing Competitors were invited to submit notes on any famous married couple, on the lines of Samuel Butler's: "It was very good of God to let Carlyle and Mrs....


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Set by V. P. Stratford The under-mentioned imaginary bodies are applying for a grant of arms: Alcoholics Anonymous (Fleet Street branch); Actors and Critics Friendly...

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Postage on this issue: Inland and Overseas lid.; Canada (Canadian

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Magazine Post) Id.

Sporting Aspects

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Ring Heroes By J. P. W. MALLALIEU I HATE much of what I hear about behind the scenes in Big Boxing. I have never, myself, boxed. I have never seen a prize fight and I have...

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"And Northern Ireland"

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Sitt,—As one of the fifty-two members of the Northern Ireland House of Commons, may I be permitted to pass comment upon the editorial paragraph in your last week's issue dealing...


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Canada Today sul.-1 read Mr. Desmond E. Henn's article (February 27th) with both interest and criticism. I am tempted to wonder if Mr. Henn really knows Canada. To begin with,...

Americans in Italy

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SIR, —An article in your issue of March 6th deserves some comment. Under the all-embracing title Americans in Italy one English girl gives her impression of a small body of...

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Virgin ia Woolf SIR,—I am at work on a biography of

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Virginia Woolf and should be very grateful to any of your readers who have letters or documents that would be of assistance, or personal reminiscences they would care to...

The Kenya Settlers

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Snt,—The paragraph headed Impatience in Kenya on the first page of your issue of January 16th has just come to my notice. Doubtless you have already received from your readers...

"The Dead Humanities"

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Snt,—Mr. Peter Green's contribution to the rapprocheinent which he pleads for between our moral and our factual heritage takes the curious form of equating "classical...


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Sut,—If any of your readers have had the good fortune to be members of a W.E.A. dais you will no doubt have a spate of letters refuting the charges contained in the letter...

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The Quiet Life

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"To live here and run out of tea !" I thought aloud. We were passing along a valley where the road wound past a single grey- stone Cottage. Brown and white hens fed on the...

The Angler's Passion

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All kinds of men have a passion for angling. Some come to the water with ancient rods that are shaky and droop as sadly as the willow, while others, the more prosperous, with...

Drystone Walls Where there are drystone walls there will always

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be vermin, a keeper told me once, and of course the remark is so true that it hardly needs to be made. The drystone wall is the most solid shelter for all small creatures. Mice...


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THE most encouraging thing in March is the promise of spring when a freakish day arrives and there is no cloud. The sun glints on the water, sparkles on whitewashed walls and...


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This is a good time for rose-pruning. With bushes, prune to just above an out-grow:ng bud, leaving the heart open. Remove suckers from the root-stock, whether above or be!ow the...

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The Old Spell-binder Selected Prose of Bernard Shaw. Chosen and edited by Diarmuid Russell. (Constable. 42s.) How easily I was bamboozled in my youth! A writer had only to...

London Life and Language

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The Cockney : A Survey of London Life and Language. By Julian Franklyn. (Andre Deutsch. I 8s.) THIS strikes me as a book in a hurry—or rather as two books, of which one...

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A Gay and Observant Traveller

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Blind White Fish in Persia. By Anthony Smith. (Allen and Unwin. 16s.) - ONE October day in Oxford four undergraduates decided that it would be fun to go to Persia. The decision...

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A Political Satirist

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&tom/talus is something of a phenomenon in contemporary journalism. He (or should it be she?) is not merely the most accomp- lished satirist now writing political verse in...

"Enhanced Awareness"?

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Literature for an Age of Science. By Hyman Levy and Helen Spalding. (Methuen. 15s.) IT might have been hoped from the title of this book that a little light might be shed on the...

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The Cult of Sincerity

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APART from the extended essays on Shelley and Byron, In Defence of Shelley, written in 1936 to defend Shelley against Mr. Eliot, and Byron published in 1951 as a supplement to...

In next week's "Spectator" Mervyn Horder will review "Edward Lear's

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Indian Journal" edited by Ray Murphy; Richard Chancellor 'Journey for our Time," a new -edition of the Journals of the Marquis de Custine; and Maurice Craig "The Wildes of...

Scotland Two Centuries Ago

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The Domestic Life of Scotland in the Eighteenth Century. By Marjorie Plant. (Edinburgh University Press. 25s.) THE most casual student of the eighteenth century in Scotland...

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New. Novels

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The Good-for-Nothing. By James Yaffe. (Constable. 10s. 60.) OUR four novels this week provide some very pleasant reading, nothing spectacular, nothing of exceptional literary...

Problems of Design •

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Design in Town and Village. (H.M.S.O. 7s. 6d.) THAT the Minister of Housing and Local Government should have himself launched an official treatise on Design in Town and Village...

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Our World from the Air. By E. A. Gutkind. (Chatto

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and Windus. 63s.) DR. GUTKIND has compiled an international survey of man and his environment from a wide range of aerial photographs. Such photographs, he contends, give a...

Shorter Notices

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BALAAM, according to the Book of Numbers, is "the man whose eyes are open," and this Balaam, aware of the amount of high-souled nonsense that has been talked about teaching,...

ELIZABETH BERRIDGE'S new novel is a great pleasure, the more

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so because it is so different from and so much better than her last. Then one had the impression that she was writing to some standard that• wasn't naturally her own, and this...

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By CUSTOS IN face of profit-taking and some indecision here and there, the stock-market has behaved surprisingly well during the past week. The death of Marshal Stalin and Mr....