18 JANUARY 1963

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—Portrait of the Week— `GO SLOW' WAS THE SLOGAN OF

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THE WEEK: while President Kennedy insisted in Washington that nuclear defence is indivisible, in Paris President de Gaulle said there was nothing for France in this theory....


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T HAT President de Gaulle should have come out with his political objections to British entry into the European Community (thereby disowning a statement by his own Prime...

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Plot and Counterplot

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A S censorship.' So the murder of President Sylvanus Olympio of Togo has followed hard upon the latest attempt on the life of President Nkrumah, disturbances in Tunisia and...

Khrushchev in Berlin

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P rHE offensive tone of Mr, Khrushchev's first I impromptu remarks on arriving in Berlin, With vituperation of America, threats against `capitalism' (the Soviet cypher term for...

Lights Out

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By JOHN COLE the lights going out all over the West End, the origins of the power workers' wage dispute and the unofficial work-to-rule have been lost in the mists of...

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Rational or Reasonable

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From DARSIE GILLIE PARIS LIVEN amongst French Ministers there was hope that President de Gaulle would leave some avenue open in his press conference. This is a wonderful...

Will Kennedy Act ?

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From our Common Market Correspondent BRUSSELS 11 ous auriez du maintenir un silence terrible.' V The crabbed irony in this remark of General de Gaulle's presumably had a...

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What Will the Harvest Be?

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By RICHARD BAILEY S urPosE that after General de Gaulle's speech the Brussels talks end in failure, where does British agriculture go from there? Will the farmers be able to...

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More Equal Than Others

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FAIRLIE By HENRY T HE illness of Mr. Hugh Gaitskell—and one has to talk about these things in public terms - -has dramatically confirmed what every political and constitutional...

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Last Chance in the Sixth Form.

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By A. D. C. PETERSON* HE first week of the New Year is the tradi- tional time for educational conferences. This ear's crop contains one very important state- ment. The Minister...

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Back to the Classroom

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Until recently it had always seemed to me that the apathy of the political parties towards edu- cation was shared by the majority of people in this country. Not now. The...

Spectator's Notebook

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TE President de Gaulle had been in London on 1-Monday night, he might have been gratified by the impression created by his overturning of the diplomatic beehives. I went to a...

Northern Lights

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I have always thought Newcastle one of the most attractive large towns in England. Far enough from London to resist its vampirical in- fluence, the city has always maintained ,...

To the Aid of the Party Mr. John Irwin has

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been taking a cool look at the drink-and-driving problem as it affects the fallible man who drives his car to a party without a wife or other partner to take care, in all...

Monty at Eighty The two best things that happened to

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Edin- burgh after the war were Mr. Rudolf Bing's launching of the first International Festival and Compton Mackenzie's settling in the New own. No, 31 Drummond Place...

No Holds Barred As bitter words of recrimination fly round

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the capitals of Europe, it is hardly any comfort to be told that the an pair system causes 'much international bad feeling' and 'has become quite the worst example of British...

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The Unfashionable Angries

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By JUDITH PAKENHAM T AM a new radical but I'm not sure what it 1 means. That doesn't worry me much, just as I could never see the point of arguing the meaning of 'socialism.'...

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Nassau and After Hedley Bull, Anthony Kershaw, MP Watt's What

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R. Duncan Hispanic Studies Professor I. C. I. Met ford The Raid That Never Was Michael Sibley Peace Candidates Till H. Boehringer Great Scotch T. Scott Airline Mergers A. H....

SIR,—Hedley Bull's very able article in your issue of January

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4 should do much to clear our minds about SIR,—Hedley Bull's very able article in your issue of January 4 should do much to clear our minds about what the Nassau agreement...

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Sue—Professor Pierce's reply to Mr. J. M. Cohen reinforces rather

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than refutes the latter's contention that our universities pay insufficient attention to Latin American studies and Portuguese. Some Latin American authors appear in survey...


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SIR, —In the column 'Portrait of the Week' (January 11), grave doubts are placed on the veracity of the RAF's claim to have pierced America's defences in a recent exercise. In...

SIR,-1 read Leslie Adrian's article 'Great Scotch' in the Spectator

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of December 28. It is very interesting, but, unfortunately, contains a grievous error. He says: `Ballantine's (now American-owned): This is quite incorrect. Ballantine's is...

Sue—James Ridgeway has given us an interesting account of peace

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and politics in the November US elections (Spectator, January 4, 1963). How- ever, his comments on the Californian results are likely to mislead the reader unfamiliar with the...

AIRLINE MERGERS Sue—Oliver Stewart hints (December 28) at ' a

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possible accession of KLM to Air Union 'at a not very distant date' and then proceeds to consider the contingent necessity of integrating the British corporations. Past...

WAIT'S WHAT Sra,—I don't particularly want to keep breaking into

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your columns with the hard facts of life, for there may well be many of your readers who wish to preserve their illusions, and anyway it makes me feel I belong to the 5 per...

SIR,—May we ask the courtesy of your columns to invite

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young men and women who would like to spend their summer holidays working in Israel and seeing the country to apply for a Bridge Scholarship. These enable selected applicants...

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Fable and Fiction By BAMBER GASCOIGNE The Physicists. (Aldwych.) THE two foremost followers of Brecht in the theatre today are the German-Swiss dramatists, Max Frisch and...

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Sickness and Health By ISABEL QUIbLY Summerskin. (Jacey in the LEOPOLDO TORRE NILLSON is a director whose way of mixing heaving melodrama—of sub 0 ject and of style—with...

Mu s ic

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More About Verdi By DAVID CAIRNS Pierre Petit, whose Verdi is one of the new Calder series of musical paperbacks, is a great evolutionist; for instance, the comic opera Un...

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Probing Holbein By NEVILE WALLIS As the great artist of the northern humanist movement, which had its centre in Basle round Erasmus and his asso- ciates, the fame of the...

Played Out

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By CLIFFORD HANLEY IN a week that includes Dark- ness at Noon it seems mean to criticise television drama in general, but I do get the feel- ing that a grey mist has fallen on...

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Which Foot Do You Dig With? Y H. MONTGOMERY HYDE `CI LIRE, he digs with the wrong foot' is an in- comprehensible expression to most people in Great Britain. But there is no...

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With a Vengeance

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A Waste of Public Money. By Robin Chapman. (Hodder and Stoughton, 16s.) One Single Minute. By Oreste del Buono. Trans- lated by Helen R. Lane. (Faber, 18s.) THE bare outline of...


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Yellow Creek. By J. V. Davidson-Houston. (Putnam, 30s.) WHANGPOO is our barbarian English way of spelling the Chinese characters signifying YelloW Creek. On the mud-patch north...

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Yiddische Momma

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The Life of Gliickel of Hameln. Written by herself. Edited by Beth-Zion Abrahams. (East and West Library, 27s. 6d.) HERE is a refreshingly unique seventeenth-cen- tu ry...

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Free Style Nureyev : An Autobiography with Pictures. By Rudolf

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Nureyev. Edited by Alexander Bland. (Hodder and Stoughton, 35s.) HERE is a book by a man whose medium of expression is movement, not words, written up not just by one 'ghost,'...

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To Be Is Love

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To be, and not to think, is love: So while I love you, love, I am, Not less because I prize the light More than the heat of that live flame. Irrational love is like the bird...

Important Insects

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Important insects clamber to the top Of stalks; look round with unenquiring eyes And find the world incomprehensible; Then totter back to earth and circumscribe Irregular...

Castrumba Follies, '61

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BY DAVID REES FADERS of Mr. Peter Simple's column in j\ . the Daily Telegraph are familiar with the antics of Dr. Castrumba, that portable, all- Purpose anti-colonialist. In the...


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Live in some decent corner of your being, Where plates are orderly set and talk is quiet, Not in its devious crooked corridors Nor in its halls of riot.

Four Poems

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By JAMES REEVES Demigods We demigods can't be too careful, see. Stricter proprieties hedge us. One slip-up Can get us a bad name both in heaven and earth. One of us lies and...

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Ourselves and the State of the Union

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT As we must now regard the spell-binding President Kennedy as the President of the West— according to the spell-bound Peregrine Worsthorne—I was quite...

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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS T HE new account on the Stock Exchange opened under the depressing influence of General de Gaulle. While the uncertainty over the Common Market increases equities...

Company Notes

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By LOTHBURY PP eachey Property, as a developer and holder of residential property, has in the past been extremely successful. The policy of the board under its chairman, Mr. C....

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Consuming Interest

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Not-Cooking Logistics By ELIZABETH DAVID A friend of mine, totally devoid of any in- clination for cooking, but who can't afford to offer hospitality in restaurants, produced...

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Keeping Warm

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By LESLIE ADRIAN KEEPING warm in this weather can be a costly business, so we have started to make a • one- family survey of the 'best buys' in chill-proof clothing. Those...