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End of the Printing Stoppage

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The resumption of full working, after the settlement 'of the dispute between the London Society of Compositors and the London Master Printers' Association, came too late to...

How Not To Do It

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progress has been marked by utterances that could not but worry the settlers, and by at least one unfortunate incident— his much-publicised walking-out from a party given in his...

Defence Debates

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The defence picture has substantially changed since Parlia- ment adjourned ; new to it are the extension of conscript service here and in France and Belgium, the increase in the...

NEWS OF THE WEEK When the time comes for history

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to pass its dispassionate verdict on the public men of the first half of this century, , it may be questioned whether a higher place will be accorded to any than Jan Christiaan...

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T HE war in Korea began some twelve weeks ago, and yet it was only on Tuesday of this week that the Foreign Ministers of the United States, Great Britain and France came...

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To me the curious thing about tny home-grown, home- cured

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tobacco, of which I have just smoked the first two ounces, is that it not only looks like iobacco, but it tastes like tobacco as well. As I puff—still rather incredulously—away...


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I OFTEN wonder what quirk in our national character deters us from forming a Foreign Legion. It seems, and has seemed for ,years, such an obvious way of augmenting our fegular...

"I should like," Dr. Edith Summerskill is reported to have

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said on Sunday, "the United Nations publicity unit to make an approach to the writers, producers and financiers of the film world who glorify war and glamorise the conqueror." I...

A friend who was in Peking last_ month reports no

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material change in its atmosphere of timeless and assured urbanity. He travelled there by rail and noted that all trains were running to schedule, orderly queues replaced the...

" Is theie," asked the man of property wistfully," any-

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thing that doesn't need maintenance ? Can anyone claim that he has in his possession something which never has to be looked after, which involves him in no responsibility of any...

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War in Korea By PETER FLEMING T HE task—never a very

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easy one—of commenting sensibly on confused fighting which is taking place on the other side of the world is this week complicated by the confused squabbles which are taking...

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The Defence of Europe

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By M. J. BONN T HE average German does not anticipate a Russian invasion in the near future, though he is worried by the formation of the Eastern Volkspolizei. For until lately...

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Sir William Beach Thomas

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By J. B. ATKINS I T is pleasant for an old and admiring reader of the work of Sir William Beach Thomas to have the opportunity to say something about him, and now, as I hear,...

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B y HAROLD NICOLSON W E are assured by those who take a senile pleasure in deploring the decadence of youth that our boys and girls today have lost the sense of adventure. Of...

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MUSIC AT Gloucester, the Three Choirs Festival has brought new

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works by Gerald Finzi, Herbert Howells and Vaughan Williams. This Festival represents the same forces in music as are represented in painting at the Royal Academy Exhibition,...


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THE centenary of the passing of the Act "for enabling Town Councils to establish Public Libraries and Museums" is commemorated in an exhibition which is on view at the premises...


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CINEMA " Senza Pieta." (La Continentale).—" Mister 880." (Odeon, Marble Arch). It may be that the Italians have set themselves too high a standard in the films they have been...


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In the hush of the fern by deep combe and dark tor, Where the wars of our world are not heard anymore, All, all his tall ships have grown distant and dim, " It is not the...

"Oche *pectator," ipeptember 14tb, 1850

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A meeting convened by the "National Democrats " in Faring- don Hall, Snow Hill, on Tuesday, considered the conduct of the workmen in Messrs. Barclay's brewery, "in expression of...

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Report by IAN FLEMING A prize was offered for a third verse ending "El puis, Bonne nuit" to complete the poem by Alfred de Musset : La vie est breve, Un peu d'amour, Un peu de...


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Set by MERVYN HORDER Chocolates, presumably, will one day come off the ration again, this time for ever. A prize of L5, which may be divided, is offered for an account of this...

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Of the roses I have planted recently the best doer—in perfection of individual blossom as in number of flowers and brightness of foliage—is undoubtedly " McGreedy's Yellow."...


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Slu,—Miss Worsley-Gough's review of Having the Last Word by Ivor Brown was philologically most satisfying. Having regard to nouns of assembly, I like her " submission " of...


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It is with deep regret and deep gratitude that "The Spectator" takes leave of Sir William Beach Thomas, who now, in his . 84th year, feels the time has come for him to lav down...


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A neighbouring cottager was in some doubt whether to go black- berrying or gleaning. The kindly fruits of the earth have been very kindly (in the other sense) this last month....

MEN FOR THE MINISTRY SIR,—The only cure for the shortage

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of clergy is for more suitable men to offer themselves for ordination. But there is one way to reduce the heavy burden on overworked incumbents. Lay readers, duly ad- mitted by...


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VIEW OF SOUTH AFRICA Sm,—In your issue of July x4th, Mr. Cyril Ray did no service to the cause of Unesco (to which I.was a delegate in 1946) or of better under- standing'...


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SIR,—What are the ethics of this ? In the National Gallery, west vestibule, now hangs a large Murillo, "Christ healing the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda." In The Times...

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Reviews of the Week

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Milton : A Fresh Approach John Milton, Englishman. By James Holly Hanford. (Gollancz. 16s.) ALL who have studied Milton at all in recent years will be familiar with Professor...

A New Slant on the State

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Authority and Delinquency in the Modern State. By Alex Comfort. (Routledge. 8s. 6d.) • THE surprise of the unfamiliar angle is one of photography's pleasantest gifts. Having...

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The Lady with the Lamp

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Florence Nightingale. By Cecil Woodham-Smith. (Constable. x 5s.) Lira some other historical figures, Florence Nightingale has suffered as much from her admirers as from her...

Strange Battles

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Roads to Rain. By E. S. Turner. (Michael Joseph. I2S. bd.) THE nature of the opposition to all improvements in human conditions, whether principally concerned with mind or body,...

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A Great Regiment

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The Black Watch and King's Enemies. By Bernard Fergusson. (Collins. 15s.) THERE is a formula for reviewing as well as for writing regi- mental histories. The reviewer speaks of...

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The Great Buccaneer, being the Life, Death and Extraordinary Adventures of Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer and Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica. By Philip Lindsay. (Peter Nevi11. 6s.)...


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[A Book Token for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week, September 26th. Envelopes...


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By CUSTOS Tin behaviour of markets, in face of far from encouraging news from Korea, is clear evidence that sheer weight of money is now trying once more to influence prices....


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