1 AUGUST 1958

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—Portrait . of the Week— , W ILL YOU WALK a little

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faster?' has been the theme of the week's news, as the statesmen of the world have staggered towards the Summit, though who is playing the whiting and who the snail (and who, if...


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W NETHER we get to the Summit or not, the West has already through its hesitations, contradictions and differences lost many propa- ganda points to Russia. This is not the fault...

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A FRESH argument to discourage optimism about the economic outlook was put forward in Paris this week by the President of the Board of Trade. The idea now, according to Sir...


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This will be a remarkable achievement. It is barely credible, looking back over the Govern- ment's record, that it should be contemplating a general election with anything but...

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The Honest Monger

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Paris By DARSIE GILLIE OVER Middle Eastern problems General de Gaulle has one decided advantage. He has no Hashemite clients, and neither he nor any of his active Ministers...

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Westminster Commentary IT is not a political commentator that is

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needed at the moment to chronicle the activities of the House of Commons, but a profes- sor of zoology assisted by a hyp- notist. The professor of zoology would have come in...

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'I THINK it would be almost true to say that

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the frontier of the United States is on the Euphrates.' Lord Salisbury. Pity all the Iraqi oil wells are on the other side of the river. . PHAROS

Experiments With Time

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By BRIAN INGLIS In my dream I recognised the place as an island of which I had dreamed before—an island which was in imminent peril from a volcano. And, when I saw the vapour...

A Spectator's Notebook

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IT IS ALWAYS a matter of astonish- ment to me that we should allow our Lord Chief Justice to be ap- pointed through the political spoils system, when there would be hell to pay...

THE BBC'S Middle East round-up on Saturday night was a

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notable project—but a sad disappoint- ment. It began well from Iran with an admirable interview of the Shah by Christopher Chataway, and ended well with another good interview...

THE PROGRAMME brought up once again the vexed question of

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BBC 'impartiality.' Mr. Chataway left us with the impression that everything in Iran is fine; but he did not interview anybody who holds the opposite viewpoint—possibly because...

DOES READING NEWSPAPER reports of preliminary proceedings prejudice the jurymen

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before whom the case comes up for trial? I doubt it. The Tucker Committee, which has been investigating the sub- ject, was set up on account of the Bodkin Adams case, where the...

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Don'ts for Diplomats

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By' DESMOND STEWART R1T1SH Embassies in Baghdad, Riyadh and .13Cairo will shortly be repaired or reoccupied. Not only new policies, but new ways of putting across their policies...

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Moleskin Waistcoats

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By STRIX ' drov e was not with particularly high hopes that I 'drove last Friday to Stetchworth, near New- market, to see the Game Fair organised by the Country Landowners'...

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Incident ONLY the tough- est Nationalists, Plaid Cymru's Storm Troopers, fought back at Cardiff Arms Park on Saturday when a sudden riot of plea- sure rolled around the ground....

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Rosa—By Any Other Name By DAVID CAIRNS NORMALLY one would not describe the Arts Council as everybody's favourite musical institution. But these are not normal times. Not they...


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The Ghost Goes West By ALAN BRIEN The Hamlet of Stepney Green. By t.. • logical cliff-hangers and a first-rate highbrow thriller it is. Until the middle of the eighteenth...

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Be a Clown By ISABEL QUIGLY Merry Andrew. (Empire.) DANNY KAYE'S new film Merry Andrew (director : Michael Kidd; 'U' certificate) has one comic point to make : that the English...

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Forty-Ninth Network? By PETER FORSTER HAVE we British or American television? Too often we seem to be the Forty-Ninth Network, and it would be wrong to shrug off the current...

Consuming Interest

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The Portable Box By LESLIE ADRIAN 1 was lunching in a restaurant when the first reports from Baghdad were coming through. Just before the 1.30 news headlines, an American at...

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A Doctor's journal

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A Child Goes to Hospital By MILES HO W AR!) EDICINE, in the age of mechanism, took little account of the patient's reaction to people (such as mother-in-law, the lodger or...

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SIR,—In his recent review of Dr. Wittig's hook. Mr. Karl Miller criticises him for not making more of David Hume, and for omitting to deal properly with the attempt made in late...

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The proceedings in the House of Peers, during the present session, have tended to sink the Aristocracy still lower in public estimation. The two parties' resemble the East...

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SIR,—Certainly, as your correspondent Bishop Kerr says, 'there is no need to multiply authorities,' for he has quoted none, and multiplying nought is an unsatisfying operation....


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Sui,—The amendment of naval titles and ratings is occupying the attention of the Admiralty; the altera- tions are said to he in the cause of brevity and clarity. I hear that the...

Letters to the Editor

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The Middle East Major J. A. Friend The Church of England and Divorce Rev. Nicolas Grahatn,CR Naval Nomenclature Cdr. H. P. Mead, RN The Scottish Tradition Oliver and Boyd Ltd....

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SOLVING THE SCHOOLS' PROBLEM SIR,—I write as both a ratepayer

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and a father of teenagers to know what support your readers would give to the following proposal. Since it has been amply proved in Germany, Scan- dinavia and elsewhere that...

TRAVEL BY NIGHT SIR,—The article on 'Travel by Night,' by

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Leslie Adrian, which appeared in your issue of July 11, recalls a journey made by my wife, her cousin and myself in a stock-type Vauxhall Velox in March, 1953. We left...

DOCTORS AND ADVICE SIR,—The feature 'A Doctor's Journal' is always

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in- teresting, sometimes on account of its dogmatic myopia. For instance, Miles Howard says, 'In some doctors, at any rate, the "irresistible impulse" prompts them to advise...


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SIR,—Generally I yield to none in my admiration for Taper's column. I share many of his prejudices, including a profound distaste for Marshal Big- Mouth Wilson. I have only...

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The Sovereign State B Y GEOFFREY BARRACLOUGH p ouncst, theory, we are commonly taught, is a continuous stream of thought, reaching back through converging channels to Greek...

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Head of Protocol : .

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RATHER too much has been made, since this book appeared in France some years ago, of Dumaine's shrewdness and of his grandstand view of French post-war history. In reality he...

Painted Cave

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A FULL account of Rouffignac and La Guerre des Mummouths has been eagerly awaited by the English-reading public since the announcement in late July, 1956, of the discovery in...

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Joyce and the Scholar

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Claybook for James Joyce. By Louis Gillet; translation and introduction by Georges Markow-Totevy, with a Preface by Leon Edel. (Abelard-Schuman, 16s.) .A FEW years ago I was at...

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The Big Time

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The Lawless Decade. A Pictorial History of a Great American Transition: From the World War 1 Armistice and Prohibition to Repeal and the New Deal. By Paul Sann. Picture...

Diplomatic Theorem

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The European Powers and the German Question, 1848-71. With Special Reference to England and Russia. By W. E. Mosse. (C.U.P., 50s.) LIVING amid the turbulent international...

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Cannibal Game Young Mr, Keefe. By Stephen Birmingham. (Collins, 15s.) The Law is the title of Roger Vailland's Prix Goncourt novel, and also of a game supposedly played in the...

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American Contrast

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Life at Happy Knoll. By John P. Marquand. (Collins, 10s. 6d.) The Seraglio. Py James Merrill. (Chatto and Windus, 15s.) • HERE are two American novels, one on the bright side,...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT That problem is first, how to make our pro- ducers pay their way and turn out films up to the highest standards of their craft; secondly, how to adjust the...

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M ASSON SCOTT, the paper mill engineers, have produced good results for the year ending March 31, 1958. Trading profits are up from £198,110 to £268,809 and, after deduction of...

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_ Solution on August 15 ACROSS Landor considered none was worth his (6) 4 Appointeed f(8) foreman? That must be a reli 10 A doctor takes plenty of time on the roundabout (7)...

Rolling Stock-Takers

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 439: Report by D. R. Peddy Competitors were asked to compose a Train Spotters' Anthem. LONG have I laboured under the impression that, in their spare...

Many years ago The Captain ran.a competition for the best

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couplet incorporating names of fatuous cricketers. l'he winning entry was: Fry, Poore Young Mann, Wood Fane play. But the Sharp Payne Burns Knight and Day. For the usual prize...


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ACROSS.-1 Gooseberries. 9 Meadow- rue, 10 Irate. I1 Ragout. 12 Pomander. 13 Eaeria. 15 Milliner, 18 Matinees. 19 Sweats. 2l Gallium, 23 Astral. 26 Cheat. 27 III-gotten. 28...