16 JULY 1954

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T HE French have completed, more or less according to plan, their withdrawal from positions covering a wide area, fairly heavily infested with Viet-minh, to the south of Hanoi;...

Keeping in Line

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The estrangement of America from Britain and its withdrawal from Europe are possibilities which no sane man can contem- plate without the greatest alarm. Until quite recently...

A Settlement with Egypt ?

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If all goes well, the negotiations with Egypt on the new British proposals for the future of the Canal Zone may shortly be entering the final phase. If they are successfully...

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Murder in Tunisia

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The pattern of , violence in French North Africa has become more pronounced in the last week. The latest incident is in Tunisia. Last Saturday evening in Ferryville, the main...

A Dose of Freedom

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Mr. Butler's week-end speeches have a way of being worth reading, and his last one was no exception. In his mild way he drew attention to the record level of production, the...

Curing the Comet

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The position of the Royal Aircraft Establishment—which does not itself undertake aeronautical 'design—as the doctor of sick aircraft is an historical accident, but it is an...

Trieste : The Final Solution ?

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At last it looks as if Europe is to be rid of a chronic weakness in its south-eastern corner. The Italian Government seems to be on the point of accepting the Anglo-American...

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When I attended the public enquiry on July 13 in

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Fulham Town Hall about the future of The Grange, that modest little bit of rural Middlesex still surviving west of Earls Court, I was shocked at the unscrupulous way in which...

AT WESTMINSTER M EMB ' RS of both Houses have behaved this week

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as though the times were out of joint—as well they might. The observer of the political scene can scarcely avoid a crick in the neck as he tries to follow Mr. Eden's plane...

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T HIS should have been the week for a re-statement, in positive and practical terms, of British foreign policy. Sir Winston Churchill's statement on Monday on his recent visit...

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The Humourless Cockneys

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I do not wish to say a word against the LCC, the Ministry of Transport, the Metropolitan Police or any of the other authorities who may be directly or indirectly concerned with...

A Punch-Drunk Public

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It proved to be a highly enjoyable game for the panel (a word which, originating as a technical term in the craft of saddlery, graduated to meaning a list of jurors and then of...

H-Hour at Lime Grove

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High up at the far end of the hangar-like studio an electric . admonition appeared, like the ' Fasten Your Safety Belts. No Smoking' notice when an aircraft is Preparing to...


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I • T was announced at the weekend that the American garrison on Hokkaido, the more northerly of Japan's two main islands, is shortly to be relieved by some 50,000 men f or...

The Crypto-Royalists

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As I read of the frantic enthusiasm which Princess Margaret's visit is arousing among the Germans I remem- bered the first occasion on which I got an inkling of their latent but...

Rainbow Railways

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Comedians and radio script-writers are, I suspect, the only people whose interests are threatened by the pro- posals to decentralise our railway system, for these may lead, in...

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By LUDOVIC KENNEDY N OTHING that has been said by the

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Government during the past eight or nine weeks has altered public opinion that Admiral Sir Midley North has been treated unjustly. There is a widespread feeling that he was made...

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Crichel Down is a Place

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BY ANDREW WORDSWORTH GREAT many people hate seen Crichel Down who don't think they have. Eighteen miles out of Salisbury on the Roman Road to Dorchester and the West it is on he...

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Across the Limpopo

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By JEROME CAMINADA Johannesburg T HE 'great, grey-green greasy ' Limpopo is on the whole not a very wide river, as the big rivers of the world go, but measured by the growing...

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Truth and the Dying

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By J. M. CAMERON • T HE Bishop of Leeds has been criticised recently for' some remarks he made to a gathering of nurses. He is widely supposed to have told them that it was...

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CINEMA Seagulls Over Sorrento. (Empire.)Z-- Elephant Walk. (Plaza.) — Beautiful ' Stranger. (Leicester Square Theatre.) SUMMER lethargy would appear this week to have...


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Out of the Blue. (Phoenix.) MUCH as I hate admitting that anything good can come out of Cambridge, let it be said at once that the 1954 Review of the Foot- lights Dramatic Club...


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(RECORDING COMPANIES: A, Argo; B, Bruns- wick; C, Columbia; Cap, Capitol; D, Decca T, Telefunken. Two of the greatest modern violin concertos have recently been issued in...

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A RT ART - HISTORICAL labels are habit-forming, and it is always a

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good idea to try to break down the mental inertia that results from their too frequent use. Successfully to do so requires more space and a much wider range of pictures,...


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THE remarkable television broadcast of I MacCormick's play The Small Victory came just too late for considered judgement in these notes. I hope to be able to deal with it fully...

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SIR,—Mr. Arlott's division of car drivers into three classes gives a false picture of their respective abilities. Mr. Arlott claims that ' the professional driver is, from...

Sik,—All discussions on the traffic problem in this country appear

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to centre on two aspects only, the drivers and the roads. The third, the vehicles, except when comment is made on their ever-increasing numbers, or when comparison is made of...

SIR,—The constant articles on road safety in yours and many

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other papers, prompts me to venture a suggestion which might he of some help should you succeed in bringing it to the notice of the powers that be. At present one great...

Letters to the Editor

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SMOKING, STATISTICS AND DEATH SIR,—One aspect of this subject I have not seen discussed is whether those who smoke are less liable to death by other causes. Thus, while...

SIR,—About smoking and health—or disease. How is it that I

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(as a vile corpus) have smoked for 60;odd years, in training for OUAC and playing cricket for England, and football, and have as yet at 82 suffered no detectable ill effects ? I...

S1R,—May I remark (1) that because immensely greater numbers of

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people now survive to advanced age, many of whom at death have a lung cancer which has not even been suspected, the numbers of lung cancer deaths have risen so sharply as to...

SIR,-1 certainly seem to have put the cat amongst the

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pigeons, which was precisely what I expected. The anti-tobacco campaign, of which you now have an excellent example, is being waged with the usual fanaticism one attri- butes...

SIR,—lf we define smoke as suspended par- ticles in air,

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then anyone who works in a vitiated atmosphere or walks through fog inhales smoke with every breath. The cigarette smoker may or may not inhale smoke with every breath, but if...

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SIR,—We are sorry your correspondent Mr. L. E. Willcox had

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difficulty in getting a copy of Britain: An Official Handbook. This book was published on February 24, 1954, and met with such immediate success that the first impression was...


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SIR,—This is really rather ridiculous. Mr. Anthony Hartley, in his agreeably provoca- tive ' Review of Reviews ' in your issue of July 2 (which I saw rather late as I was on...


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SIR,—C. B. Fry's story of the Monte Carlo tailor in his article entitled ' Snobbery and Cricket' reminds me of one I heard between the wars about a Paris tailor. In his very...


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SIR,— Ill fares that man whose moral mind is smit By what some scribbler in the paper's writ, Someone about a TRUMPET makes a fuss, Or damns'the manners of a motor bus. There...

SIR,—In your issue of June 25, your com- ment on

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' The Lesson of Crichel Down' stressed the necessity to analyse the trouble with great care.' In view of the interest that 'the trouble' has raised in the machinery of...

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Country Life

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THEY tell me that B. died this mornin',' said old S. when I met him. I nodded, for I had heard the news. ' Poor fellow,' said S., who was himself very near death a year or so...

Lawn mowings are never wasted by anyone who looks after

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things in a garden. They have so many uses that one can hardly ever get enough of them, for they make good manure, serve to keep heat in a marrow or cucumber bed and are...

SPECTATOR COMMITION No. 228 Report by Allan M. Laing The

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approach of picnic weather recalls an alphabet about the discomforts of this type of alfresco party which Miss H. Pearl Adam once began. She got as far as: A was the Anthill we...

Rooks and Hay Travelling about the country last week and

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covering something well over a thousand miles by train in four days, I was struck with the frequency with which I passed fields where rooks and pigeons were feeding on freshly...

SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 231 Set by D. R. Peddy The

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BBC recently broadcast a series of programmes under the title ' Schooling 1954.' Competitors are to suppose that the series included a discussion between the headmasters of...

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11111E12 Compton Mackenzie T HE Russian victories at Henley provided an excuse for the clamant brotherhood of sporting journalists in the popular press to demand that...

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I N the far-off days when I was a good-looking typist,

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dependent for my job on sex-appeal alone (I have never been able to spell), I sometimes thought it might be nice to have a title. Even then I realised it would have no effect on...

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The British Open BY FRANK LITTLER T HE new champion will be taking the trophy on its longest journey. Until last week—except for 1907, when Arnaud Massy was the winner—if...

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Party Politics p sciences; at least, while physics was still a sacred study and biology a collection of myths, the facts of political activity were being considered with some...

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Dropmore Press Makes Good

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The Holkham Bible Picture Book. (The Dropmore Press. £12 12s.) THE Dropmore Press and the closely allied Queen Anne Press have in recent years produced a number of...

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Mr. Ayer Thinks Again

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Philosophical Essays. By A. J. Ayer. (Macmillan. 18s.) EIGHTEEN years have passed since Mr. A. J. Ayer published, at tint age of twenty-six, his Language, Truth and Logic, and...

Merry Doctor Brighton

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Brighton Old Ocean's Bauble. By Edmund W. Gilbert. (Methuen. 25s.) DR. GILBERT has compressed the bizarre multiplicity of Brighton, past and present, between the covers of his...

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Poetic Themes

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The Broken Cistern. By Bonamy Dobree. (Cohen and West. 12s. 6d.) This book contains the Clark Lectures 1952-53 which were delivered by Professor Dobree under the general title...

Words and Spelling

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The Words We Use. By Dr. J. A. Sheard. Edited by Eric Partridge. (Andre Deutsch, The Language Library. 21s.) `PROFIT and Loss,' Dr. Sheard's final chapter, demonstrates how much...

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Colour Prejudice

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Colour Prejudice in Britain. By Anthony H. Richmond. (Routledge and Kegan Paul. 18s.) THIS book sets out to describe and to analyse the experiences of a compact group of 345...

Fashion and Passion

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A Few Late Chrysanthemums. By John Betjeman. (Murray. 9s. 6d.) BETWEEN Mount Zion—issued in a limited edition and a firework- paper binding in 1931—and this new book of...

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URBANISM,' says Mr. Logic in his introduc- tion, 'is in

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many ways the most difficult and exacting of all the arts? Certainly in the social and political circumstances of our time this appears to be true enough: the difficulty of...


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Tins is just the book to revive a jaded but not necessarily superficial taste for history. Its fifteen short studies, derived from History To-day, have nothing in common except...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT BECAUSE the boom in equity shares has now lasted two years, some wiseacres in the City are beginning to shake their heads. But why? Now that the country...

Compariy Notes ,

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By CUSTOS THE gilt-edged market has forged strongly ahead on talk of cheaper money to which my colleague drew attention last week. The market was short of stock and the rises...

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prizes are rded each k a copy the De

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e edition Chambers's e,,lleth Cot- , Dictionary a book ken for g I n e a. se w il l he riled to the of the Iwo c orr,et 41: In, opened • noon MI ,daY week. 1 27 addresied: ,...


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DOWN: 1 Cakewalk. 2 But me no buts. 3 Edcn. 5 Waverley. 6 Extradites. 7 Ida. 8 Greasy. 9 Usher. 14 Hand In glove. 15 Pincushion. 18 flue blue. 19 Veterans, 22 Sipped. 23 Acute....