18 APRIL 1981

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The bomb goes off

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C)11 an April weekend, 13 years ago, Mr Enoch Powell, a m i ember of Edward Heath's Shadow Cabinet, said n B irmingham: 'As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding. Likeke the...

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Another voice

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Drink and thrive A uberon Waugh Not a day passed last week without some h eW and preposterous claim by the antidrink campaigners — most of them as Insulting to the...

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Which is the real Mugabe?

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Xan Smiley Before I confess to reservations that may seem churlish, let it be said that Zim babwe's first year of independence has overall been a triumph for the seven million...

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The first hundred days

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Henry Fairlie Washington An apocryphal but delightful remark is being attributed to Mr James Brady, the press secretary to President Reagan, who is making an astonishing...

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The 'truth' about Poland

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Tim Garton Ash Berlin Let us consider Tass. The telegraphic agency of the Soviet Union claims to be a ti ews agency. On 29 March, it reports the r ` nilu wing news from Poland:...

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A day in Brixton

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Roy Kerridge Some years ago I noticed that all was not well with some of the teenage children of L l ny West Indian friends. After reluctantly being pushed out of their schools...

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What's the hurry? John. Stewart Collis John. Stewart Collis Just

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as my Just as my train was leaving the station a man jumped in as it was gathering speed. 'I su PPose I ought not to have done that,' he Said to a ca man sitting opposite to him...

One hundred years ago

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On Tuesday the state of Lord Beaconsfield excited the greatest possible alarm, but since that day there has been a decided improvement, which amounted on Friday to reasonable...

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In the City

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The Polish risk Tony Rudd A great deal has been written about the Political implications of the Polish crisis. Less attention has been concentrated upon the economic...

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Personal touch

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Sir: In response to Mr Hans Keller's 'genuinely puzzled question' (Letters, 11 April), may I attempt a reply? By the very nature of his profession, a journalist must include a...

Sir: In response to Mr Keller's challenge (Letters, 11 April),

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I am happy to admit to being deeply amused by Mr Ingrams's monumental wit. Though a man of no great age, your television critic possesses a rare wisdom, which enables him to...

No end to bureaucracy

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Sir: I believe the Secretary of State for Wales's loyalty to his bureaucracies is utterly misplaced (Letters, 28 March). A hundred jobs and 20 businesses are now in Hay through...

Tipping the scales

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Sir: It is a little ingenuous of Sir Horace Cutler to suggest (Letters, 4 April) that the fuss about The Romans in Britain did not influence the GLC's decision not to increase...

Hymn to a Prince of Wales

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Sir: The last time a Prince of Wales was married (Edward VII to Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863), a National Hymn was written for the occasion. Is it possible that a...

Doubtful logic

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Sir: Mr Ferdinand Mount is correct i n finding me an enemy of opinon polls (.1.A April) yet no sooner does he mention il?Y name than he puts 'the pollster' beside it. How is it...

Journeys by air

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Sir: During the last two years, at about this time, you have been good enough to publi,sh letters from me asking for suggestions f or my anthologies on Railway Journeys Wi l t...

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Silver Bullets Graham Greene Las t Week Graham Greene was awarded the biennial Jerusalem Prize. The following is an extract from the speech he made at the prize-giving. What...

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No plot but a great cast

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Mark Amory Like it Was Malcolm Muggeridge Ed. John Bright Holmes (Collins pp. 560, £9.95) Malcolm Muggeridge has been revered and reviled as, among other things, a satirical...

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James Lasdun English Subtitles Peter Porter (Oxford pp. 56, £3.50). -Looking into the Deep End David Sweetman (Faber pp. 47, £3.00) Unplayed Music Carol Rumens (Seeker az....

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Worldly-wise in childhood Paul Ableman The Magic Glass Anne Smith (Michael Joseph pp. 174, £6.50) What is a novel? The word covers a multitude of literary productions. The...

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Bel Mooney The Sirian Experiments Doris Lessing ( Cape pp. 288, £6.95) the preface to her latest 'archive' Davis Lessing seems amused, not irritated, at the Confusion caused by...


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Harriet Waugh 'OD Len Deighton (Hutchinson pp. 397, £6.95). Off Duty Andrew Coburn (Seeker & Warburg pp. 255, £6.95). More Deadly than the Male James Hadley Chase (Robert...

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Polanski's 'classic' film Peter Ackroyd Tess ('A', Empire, Leicester Square) The cinema is full of noises; the sound of bees humming as a parson talks about the soul; of °cut...


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Revelation Rodney Milnes Der Tod Jesu (Queen Elizabeth Hall) In the fairly confident hope that ignorance as finely honed and carefully nurtured as mine is not unique, I will...

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Novel lines John McEwen Carl Van Vechten — Vintage Photographs signals the opening of the inauguration of the 12 Duke Street Gallery at 12 Duke Street, SW1 (throughout April)....


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Facts of life Richard Ingrams Mr Hans Keller's letter in the latest issue of the Spectator accused me of trying to be funny when I said I didn't like Bartok. I have always...

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High life

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Femail Takt New York I have been getting more hate mail than the police are getting rocks thrown at them in Brixton. And, like the police, I certainly don't deserve it. About...

Low life

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Down-payment Jeffrey Bernard Thursday. Bryce McNab's funeral went off as well as a funeral can. I arrived at Gold ers Green a little early so was lucky enough to have time for...

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King's Indian

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Raymond Keene One of the most attractive features of Kasparov's style is his willingness to defend against OP openings with the sharp King's Indian Defence. This is a defence...