17 OCTOBER 1992

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'Any point in the last two of us going on strike?' M ore than 30,000 jobs are to be lost in the closure of 31 coal-mines, announced by British Coal. Mr Norman Lamont, the...

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With friends like his, perhaps Mr Major should pay some heed to his enemies SIMON HEFFER h e next great political event threatens to be the reconstruction of the Government...

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ALEXANDER CHANCELLOR E. ver since I grew up and came to work In London, my name, address and tele- phone number have appeared in the Lon- don telephone directory (or in 'The...

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What shall we do about the poor? AUBERON WAUGH 0 bviously there are two views on the German court ruling which granted a par- tial refund of a family's holiday costs because...

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John Simpson follows the trail of drugs and power in a mysterious country where no man can be both honest and safe Lima PERU IS a Looking-Glass land where nothing is what it...

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Noel Malcolm says that Eduard Shevardnadze's return to power in Georgia is good news for criminals and communists Tbilisi ANYONE WALKING through the centre of the Georgian...

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If symptoms persist. . .

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I WAS on duty for receptions at the prison last night. Receptions are to pris- ons what night merchandising is to supermarkets. New prisoners are brought fresh from the courts...

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Barbara Amid says that the Conservative Government has become a willing agent of radical feminism IN THE PAST 20 years, our society has gone a good way towards becoming a...

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One hundred years ago

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AN IMPORTANT event has occurred in South Africa. The President of the Transvaal Republic has declared in favour of admitting foreigners to citi- zenship, and intends to promote...

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Veronica Lodge argues that the novelty of pornography has worn off but no one has told the pornographers Following her article on Envy ('Outbreak of the poison-pen epidemic',...

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Bernard Adamczewski, denied a vote for 65 years, writes of the joys of disenfranchisement I AM A China-born German citizen of Polish descent, resident in England. I have lived...

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My worst case of agoraphobia when the markets told the truth CHRISTOPHER FILDES oraphobia, the fear of open spaces, has a literal meaning: terror in the market Place. Five...

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Everyone's friend Sir: Your issue of 26 September included an article by Mr Raymond Bonner on recent British policy towards Kenya CA sad misuse of influence'). I should like to...

Waugh, pere et fils

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Sir: Richard Acton advises that he was sur- prised that Evelyn Waugh drank beer for breakfast when in Rhodesia (Books, 19 September). I cannot imagine why: every- body in the...

Bend sinister

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Sir: I was disconcerted to read Theodore Dalrymple's description of Dupuytren's contracture (a fibrous growth in the hand) as 'a condition rare in anyone but a heavY drinker'...

Cool dudes

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Sir: Andro Linklater's otherwise excellent review of Mordechai Richler's Oh Canada! Oh Quebec! which appeared in the 26 September issue, is marred by unnecessari - ly dragging...

Hard of hearing

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Sir: Why is it that every time someone men- tions the Maastricht Treaty I hear the Mass Tricked Treaty? Noel A. Longmore Apartado 268, 8800 Tavira, Portugal


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Sir: Peter Levi says in his review of Brocard Sewell's autobiography (Books, 12 Septem- ber) that Cardinal Griffin was a humourless booby who exiled the author for suggesting,...

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News from Ireland James Buchan THE COLLECTED STORIES by William Trevor Viking, £20, pp. 1261 I n William Trevor's last collection, Family Sins, there is a story called 'Events...

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l‘e I./MU-Pc - 0 are buried Michael Hulse THE CALL OF THE TOAD Secker & Warburg £14.99, pp. 248 tinter Grass and the new Germany have been conspicuously at odds. Apalled by...

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Walter Matthau as Heathcliff

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Julie Burchill AMONG THE PORCUPINES by Carol Matthau Orion, £15.99, pp. 302 T he popular idea that stars have 'that extra something' or 'ingredient X' which makes them stars is...

Such a lot of parties

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Celestria Noel JENNIFER'S MEMOIRS by Betty Kenward HarperCollins, £17.50, pp. 386 M rs Betty Kenward retired in 1991 after 47 years as the author of a social diary. By then she...

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Men without women

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Anita Brookner A RATHER ENGLISH MARRIAGE by Angela Lambert Hamish Hamilton, £14.99, pp. 295 A rather English marriage' is the way in which Mary Conynghame-Jervis describes...

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The Prince of Darkness

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Alan Watkins RUPERT MURDOCH by William Shawcross Chatto, £18.99, pp. 736 I n November 1985 Mr Ian Aitken and I went to St Paul's Cathedral for the memorial service for Charles...

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In search of the great white film director

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Francis King GREEN SHADOWS, WHITE WHALE by Ray Bradbury HarperCollins, £14.99, pp. 266 N ovelists have a way of repeatedly returning to scratch over some small area of their...

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Seizing the moment

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Lesley Glaister THE COLLECTED STORIES by John McGahern Faber, £14.99, pp. 408 .I t's not hard to give the wrong signals in this world,' says a female character in one of John...

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Should the lady have been leading?

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John Biffen DANCING WITH DOGMA: BRITAIN UNDER THATCHERISM by Ian Gilmour Simon & Schuster, £16.99, pp. 328 I an Gilmour was a most affable cabinet colleague; relaxed,...

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Exhibitions Heavy metal Giles Auty Richard Serra Drawings (Serpentine Gallery, till 15 November) Richard Serra: Weight and Measure (Tate Gallery, till 15 January) Eduardo...

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Ten-minute earthquake Peter Phillips Y ou could say that if Tallis's 40-part motet Spem in alium didn't exist it would be necessary to invent it, but then one quickly realises...

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New songs for new worlds Michael Horovitz finds poetry in pop music M ost of the 1960s young who berated their parents for presuming to 'criticise What you can't understand'...

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Porgy and Bess (Covent Garden) Post-Mortem (King's Head) Nunn better Sheridan Morley I n the current Covent Garden pro- gramme for Porgy and Bess there is an open letter from...

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Pop music

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Fame's flip side Marcus Berkmann H ype of the moment, without ques- tion, has to be Madonna's new 'book' of smutty photographs, which is being shipped into the country at this...


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Ii faut cultiver notre jardin Ursula Buchan I have wished, when burying my daffodil bulbs in the ground this month, that I might bury my head along with them. An...

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Wuthering Heights ('U', Empire Leicester Square) Blue Ice ('15', selected cinemas) White Men Can't Jump (15', selected cinemas) Wuzzering 'ights Vanessa Letts P eter...

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Down to earth Martyn Harris S o, farewell then, satellite TV. Next week Andy from Cable London will be around, his keys still clipped to his belt, Perhaps, to disconnect us...

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Low life

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Home help! Jeffrey Bernard I began this stretch of solitary confine - ment one week ago and the light at the end of the tunnel looks extremely dim. I used to be full of all...

High life

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Fish to fry Taki 0 h dear. It promises to be one hell of a fight, with multi-billionaire Sid Bass on one side versus Women's Wear Daily, the Bible of those who'd rather shop...

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Long life

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A ghost Upon the sands Nigel Nicolson D Venice esmond MacCarthy used to say that a man should keep in reserve one place, easily accessible and of outstanding beauty, Which he...

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DESPITE our having supposedly entered a culinary age which has

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thrown off the stuffy prejudices of earlier decades, snobbery still prevails. When I said I was lunching in Belfast, astonishment was the politest response. But if Alastair...

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Two of the best Raymond Keene F ischer has taken a commanding lead in Belgrade. Game 16 saw an idea which he must have kept secret for a quarter of a century, while game 17...

Kog,RLoo e R L ON?

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PURE HIGHLAND MALT SCOTCH %WHISKY COMPETITION Ghazal Jaspistos I n Competition No. 1749 you were invit- ed to write a ghazal, defined as 'a Persian and Arabic verse-form,...

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w.&J. G RA H A M ' S PORT F 1081: Rotary clubs A. first prize of £20 and a bottle of Graham's Malvedos 1979 Vintage Port for the first correct solution opened on 2 November,...

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Buzzing all over Frank Keating THE PLACE to be throughout the English soccer season so far has been St James's Park, where Newcastle United have contin- ued to threaten all...


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Dear Mary. . . Q. Your problem from D.L. (3 October), Whose telephone line had been mistaken for a fax line, gave me food for thought. The other day I wanted to speak to my...