15 AUGUST 1992

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'Which Side are you on?' h e Ulster Defence Association, a 'loyal- ist' paramilitary group, was proscribed, but Sinn Fein remained legal. Some 5,000 hip- pies and New Age...

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A nong the responses to John Gum- mer's Spectator article on women priests and his strictures on the revised liturgy of the Church of England was a letter in the Guardian from a...

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An appeal to save St Wulfram's, the perfect parish church CHARLES MOORE W e climb to the top of the tower and walk out onto the roof. Nearly two acres of lead are being...

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Noel Malcolm on how Greece's profound neurosis about its own identity is the biggest single impediment to any sensible EEC policy in the region Salonica YOU BEGIN to notice it...

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Robert Cottrell argues that a Chinese riot for shares could mean big trouble for Deng Xiaoping Hong Kong FOR A COUNTRY of a billion people, two stock exchanges and 37 listed...

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John Keegan on how wartime experiences help explain the great debate about Europe WHAT HAS THE 40th anniversary of the foundation of the European Coal and Steel Community...

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Robert Seely on the row involving money, power and sex which has split the Orthodox Church in the Ukraine Kiev IN AN ORNATE refectory housing the bones of Petr Stolypin,...

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One hundred years ago

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IT HAS become known that the pur- chaser of the Althorp Library is Mrs Rylands, the widow of the millionaire of that name who died in 1889, and that she intends to present it to...

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Norway's decision to defy the ban on commercial hunting has won the country no friends, as Tony Samstag reports Oslo THE MIDNIGHT sun is still shining; Greenpeace has given up...

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Michael Heath

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Isabel Wolff attends the International Vegan Festival and discovers the vegetarian Rottweiler THE FIRST thing I saw when I arrived at the International Vegan Festival, at...

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If symptoms persist. . .

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LIKE LORD JUSTICE Butler-Sloss, Dr Marietta Higgs and all right-thinking people, I am against the sexual abuse of children, though it has fleetingly crossed my mind that the...

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Sailing from Monte in the wake of the bouncing Czech PAUL JOHNSON Lord Beaverbrook, too, was critical of yachts, or `yats' as he called them, though for different reasons. He...

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Pressure from the PM

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Sir: I was interested in Lord Hartwell's account of his involvement in the Kilmuir memoirs saga (Letters, 25 July), but there are some of his points that require correc- tion....

Hesketh observed

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Sir: Quite possibly, Lord Hesketh (Politics, 1 August) tones down his behaviour when in the company of those more powerful and clever than he. Having observed the man at close...

Pot and kettle

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Sir: Milan Becker (Letters, 25 July) is wrong to misrepresent a personal view expressed in the former ANC publication, Sechaba (Nov 1985) to criticise the Direc- tor of...

LETTERS As others see us

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Sir: While I am hesitant to defend the American news media, particularly its weak foreign coverage, I must point out some mistakes in John Simpson's critique (The closing of the...

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A blanced view

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Sir: I have begun to ask myself why, as a convinced pro-European, I still look for- ward to reading The Spectator each week, in Spite of the ubiquitous articles complaining...

Partisan pushovers

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Sir: Noel Malcolm (Letters, 8 August) is absolutely correct to doubt Sir Fitzroy's claim and the Partisan myth that the Ger- mans used 20 divisions to check Tito and his...

Cooking the Book

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Sir: The pastiche employed by Bishop Michael Hare Duke of St Andrews (Let- ters, 25 July) is evidence that counterfeit has to be better than that if it is not to be unmasked as...


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Sir: I, too, am surprised that Charles Moore didn't hear the word 'twat' until so late in his life (Another voice, 4 July). Surely he is not too young to have been told the leg-...

One short

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Sir: Mr Alastair Forbes is wrong (Books, 18 July). Mathilde Kchessinska (Princess Romanovslcy-Krasinsky to me) did not live to be 100. She died aged 99. Hugo Vickers 62 Lexham...

Waugh vindicated

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Sir: P.T.A. Marlowe (Letters, 1 August) takes Auberon Waugh to task for stating that 'carbon dioxide is produced by vegeta- tion'. In fact Mr Waugh is quite right. All green...

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A very special suburb Eric Christiansen NORTH OXFORD by Tanis Hinchcliffe Yale University Press, £25, pp. 261 T he way into Oxford from the north runs between a river and a...

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Worship at the shrine

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Thomas Pakenham THE GONNE-YEATS LETTERS edited by Anna Macbride White and A.N. Jeffares Hutchinson, £25, pp. 560 I t would be hard to imagine Yeats with- out Maud Gonne, 'the...

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The richness of embarrassment

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Byron Rogers MODERN MANNERS by Drusilla Beyfus Hamhln, £16.99, pp.352 I once had quite an odd conversation with the late Lady Megan Lloyd George, then our constituency MP. I...

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Third time unlucky

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William Green THE ABSOLUTION GAME by Paul Sayer Constable, £13.99, pp. 204 N ovels never suffer from being narrat- ed by curb-crawlers, paedophiles, cowards or murderers. One...

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Extraordinary English publisher

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D.J. Taylor HAR.POLE & FOXBERROW, GENERAL PUBLISHERS by J.L. Carr Quince Tree Press, £4.95, pp. 155 J .L.Carr's story ought to occupy a promi- nent place in 'how to' manuals...

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Lairds and guests

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John McEwen THE HIGHLAND GAME: LIFE ON SCOTTISH SPORTING ESTATES by Glyn Satterley, introduced by Michael Wigan Swan-Hill Press, £1295, pp. 136 G lyn Satterley's commitment to...

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Solace in the midst of woe

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Montagu Curzon BEFORE I DIE AGAIN by Chad Varah Constable, £17.50, pp. 370 C had Varah, the founder of the Samaritans, has written, at the age of 80, a jaunty autobiography,...

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Short and bittersweet

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Janet Barron THE JEWESS: STORIES FROM BERLIN AND NEW YORK by Irene Dische Bloomsbury, £14.99, pp. 213 A t first glance, this appears to be an ominously worthy collection,...

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With his back to the wall

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James Howard-Johnston THE IMMORTAL EMPEROR by Donald M. Nicol CUP, £18.95, pp. 147 C onstantine Palaiologos, last, half- Serbian Emperor of Byzantium (1449-53), ruled over a...

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Exhibitions 1 Lee Miller's War (ICA, till 30 August) Aspects of a natural surrealist John Henshall M any might think that Lee Miller's life had been eventful enough before...

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Turn of the screw Robin Holloway W ith some famous exceptions the superstar conductors of recent times have not also composed. Sir Georg Solti's mythological tetralogy,...


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The Mother Tongue (Greenwich) Absent Friends (Lyric, Hammersmith) A Midsummer Night's Dream (Olivier) Skeletons will out Sheridan Morley I n a thin time for new plays about...

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Eye of a beholder Ursula Buchan n the past, I have resisted requests from gardening clubs to visit my garden, on the grounds that it was still in the process of being...

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Exhibitions 2

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The Avant-Garde in Catalonia: 1906-1939 (La Pedrera, Barcelona, till 30 September) Flying the flag John London T he Olympic Arts Festival is already a fact. You have the...

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FernGully — The Last Rainforest ('U', Odeon West End) Daydream Believer ('15', selected cinemas) Nauseous nirvana Vanessa Letts T he new cartoon from Australia, Fern- Gully —...

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High life

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In hot pursuit Taki D Gstaad ouble fives are very good in back - gammon — unless you're on the rim, uf course — but depressing when one reaches them as an age. I'm 55 today,...


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Palate for the dish Simon Heffer L le several hundred thousand others, I bought a satellite dish in order to spend my winters sitting by the fire watching cricket. Friends...

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Low life

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Banged to rights Jeffrey Bernard I have just received a letter from a for- mer Coach and Horses customer, Patsy, Who is at present resting in what he calls the Ford Country...

Long life

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Presiding genius Nigel Nicolson L ast Friday Lilo Milchsack died in Dils- seldorf. That may not seem a very startling announcement, for her name is not familiar in England,...

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Pie in the sky

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I HAVE finally managed to get the receipt of the macaroni pie described in The Leop- ard by Guiseppe Lampadusa. This comes from Anna Tasca d'Almerita, and is how the family make...

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Serious delights from Australia Auberon Waugh I t was a Brown Brothers chardonnay, many years ago, which first introduced me to the serious delights of Australian wine, but it...

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'HIGHLAND MALT COMPETITION Rhyme royal Jaspistos n Competition No. 1740 you were in- vited to imagine that one of our queens was a secret poet and to provide a poem by her...


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Titanic Raymond Keene T here are various scenarios possible if the heralded Fischer-Spassky match actual- ly takes place. Amongst these is the unfortunate possibility that...

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PORT W. & -I. GRAHAM'S PORT CROSSWORD 1072: August by Mass A first prize of £20 and a bottle of Graham's Malvedos 1979 Vintage Port for the first correct solution opened on...

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Essex men Frank Keating IN THIS insecure world of new brooms and neuroses, could it be that the derided quality of continuity is a crucial reason for the resplendent...


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Dear Mary. . . Q. I recently had lunch with someone who I was hoping would give me a job. I was dis- concerted all the way through the lunch by the fact that this person's nose...