1 MAY 1959

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F OR a birthday party, it has not been very festive; at ten years of age the Council of Europe is still struggling not merely for recog- nition but for survival. In theory its...

- 7 — Portrait of the Week— MR. KHRUSHCHEV rejected the United States

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pro- posal for a reduction of nuclear-weapon tests by phases, and seemed to incline rather to the British suggestion of a rationed number of inspections. Mr. Bevan promised that...

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FRIDAY, MAY 1, 1959

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Psychologist's Nightmare

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By our Industrial Correspondent W HAT we have done at our conference,' said a building trade unionist this week, 'is to bring a lot of our inhibitions into the open.' As far as...

Beware of Interlopers By RICHARD H. ROVERE T ERE will, of

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course, be changes, and im- iortant ones, in American diplomacy now Christian Herter has replaced John Poster Dulles. The administration insists that nothing new in the way of...

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Pipeline Pipedreams

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By MICHAEL ADAMS CAIRO r-r HE first Arab Oil Congress produced no sub- stantial surprises and—largely for that reason —ended on a note of satisfaction strongly tinged with...

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Westminster Commentary

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IF there isn't going to be a spring election, how are we going to fill in the time between now and then? Or rather—for I take it that you and I will hardly be at a loss when it...

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MAY 3, 1834 THE French Chamber of Deputies has been occupied during the week in discussing the question relative to the occupation of Algiers. There is a strong repug- nance to...

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THE HOWL OF ANGUISH from the popular papers about Sir

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David Eccles's remarks in Hanover shows as little sense of proportion as Sir David has of tact. It was foolish of him to hang out our dirty linen in public, abroad; but he made...

THE BIRTHDAY TRIBUTES to Sir Thomas Beecham (eighty last Wednesday)

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do right to bring out the richness and diversity of the man, since that is one secret of his greatness as a conductor. But some of the press is offering a poor ha'porth of...

A Spectator's Notebook

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IN SAKI'S PORTRAIT GALLERY Of odious aunts there is one whose habit it was, whenever a child was naughty, `to impro- vise something of a festival nature from which the offen-...

EDITH HAITHWAITE was sent to Rampton Mental Hospital before the

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war. For years she worked all day on the sock-making machine (for I Is. a week); and cleaned and swept up the place at night after the patients were in bed. Two years ago the...

`THE PRESS COUNCIL,' Sir Linton Andrews says, 'has rebuked a

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number of papers.' Satan, I under- stand, is similarly in the habit of rebuking sin. So long as the Press Council is composed largely of the nominees of the men whose activities...

THERE ARE VERY FEW writers in journalism today with what

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I would call 'style' if the word had not some depressing meanings which cannot be asso- ciated with Strix. He was my immediate pre- decessor in 'A Spectator's Notebook' and,...

Printing Dispute

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THE current dispute between printing trade unions and the Master Printers has led to a limitation of overtime working. Some readers may find that, during thiS dispute, copies of...

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'NO ONE COULD have felt at all happy,' the British

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Medical Journal says, at seeing the names of the President and six members of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons advertised in the Spectator in connection with a...

I AM GLAD TO SEE that the Independent Tele- vision

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Authority has appointed a supervisor of TV advertising. It has long been notorious that advertisers can easily infringe or evade the code originally laid down, forthright though...

WHY, I WONDER, SHOULD the Queen be asked to visit

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an aircraft carrier which is so out of date that it is shortly going into dock for an overhaul lasting, it is estimated, for four years? And why, come to think of it, bother to...


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Gunmen burst into a Soho office yesterday evening. coshed a woman and two men, and escaped into the crowded streets with £2,000 in pay packets. One of the raiders was masked. A...

I HAVE ALWAYS DISLIKED the use which the medi- c4

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profession has made of leucotomy, not simply because the idea of altering people's personalities (even, in theory, for the better) by cutting up their brains is repellent; but...

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Strength Out of Weakness By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS T HE argument about

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the morality of the H-bomb a little obscures the question : what is the sense of it? It would be a disaster if the idealism of those who are against the bomb should allow those...

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Nun and the West

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By M. G. IONIDES L ORD BIRDWOOD had finished Nunes life-story* just before the revolution of July 14, 1958. It forms a valuable introduction to what then be- came, inevitably,...

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Poezzing at the Court

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By KENNETH ALLSOP THERE were twenty-one other denNalb names under the big black word JAZZETRY On the pro- gramme at the Royal Court Theatre on Sunday evening, but this was...

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Sophistication By ALAN BRIEN The Pleasure of His Company. (Haymarket.) — Gilt and Gingerbread. (Duke of York's.)—How Say You? (Aldwych.) — The Dutch Courtesan. (Stratford,...


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The Guernsey was not there alone: her com- panion was a beautiful white heifer from 'the only Chartley White herd in the world'--a cow with the Negative Look, white hide and...

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Woven Pinnacles By KENNETH J. ROBINSON THE American designer Charles Eames recently flew in—as they say—and told us how to make the most of the philosophies of great architects...

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Pilate at the Helm By PETER FORSTER Last week, for example, when all the news pro- grammes were scurrying around to get hold of people who knew either Margot Fonteyn or Panama...

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Black is a Colour By SIMON HODGSON HUYSMANS was always a bore, and Poe was a bore most of the time. Some have thought Odilon Redon a bore also. Sickert, most enthusiastic of...


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The Man Under St. Paul's By ISABEL QUIGLY The Doctor's Dilemma. (War- ner.) — Warlock. (Odeon, Marble Arch.) 'Do not try to live for ever. You will not succeed,' seems the only...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Boom in Babies By MILES HOWARD in the study of society) were few. Now some are to be found in a paper by Ronald Freedman and his colleagues in the Scientific American for...

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Consuming Interest

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Simplified Catering By LESLIE ADRIAN Since food rationing ended there has been a Welcome development in a section of the trade Which takes the form of concentrating on essen-...

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SIR,—As a regular reader of some fifteen years' stand- ing,

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I feel I can criticise you, in the words of Taper, for your 'flagrant and increasing political dishonesty' with regard to Africa. I have always taken the Spectator so as to get...


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SIR,—In the issue of April 24 Taper drew attention to the anomalous and possibly indefensible position of that 'lawyer with political affiliations,' the Attorney-General. He...

AIR RIGHTS Sta,—In a note on BOAC in 'Portrait of

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the Week' in your issue of April 24, reference is made to our plan to fly from San Francisco 'to Tokyo via Hong Kong.' The intention (in fulfilment of a long-standing...


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SIR, — Mr. Rosenn (April 17) quite rightly corrects the original number of Arab refugees, though his figure of half a million is probably erring the other way. He makes the...

And Now Nyasaland T. R. M. Creighton, Brian Freyburg The

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Law Officers John Lindsay Air Rights F. C. Gillman Palestinian Arabs Erskine B. Childers Sahara Oil Francois Caviglioli Easter Rev. Austin Lee Pour Prendre Congo Strix No Time...

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EASTER .SIR. —Mr. Richards seems to be the disputer over words.

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He makes an arbitrary contrast between 'his- ' .01 rical fact' and 'fervour-bred myth and symbol.' There are no 'historical facts,' there can only be im pressions, mediated...


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SIR, — With reference to the Sahara oil, as an Algerian Of French birth allow me to add the following com- ment : The Sahara desert is in Africa, NOT in France and by the time...

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THE NEW TOWNS SIR,—For fifteen months I have lived in

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the New Town of Hemel Hempstead. New Towns arc an important aspect of contemporary life, and presum- ably will increase in number, so it is important that it should be known...

SIR, —4 am convinced, from personal experience, that the people

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interviewed by Mr. Allsop about their reading habits (or lack of them 1) were indeed sadly typical, in spite of the references one sees from time to time about the large numbers...

IVO TIME FOR READING Sta,—The pity with Mr. Allsop's article

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last week, No Time for Reading,' at least as far as those in the publishing world are concerned, is that he asked all the right questions to all the wrong people. We already...


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SIR,—For some years past I have made weekly con- tributions to the Spectator. You feel, and I agree, that this corvee cannot go on for ever without impos- ing on producer and...

PRESS COUNCIL CASES SIR,—It seems a pity that Pharos did

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not explain in some detail what he meant when he told us he found nauseating (a favourite word of his) the 'odour of congratulatory self-exculpation' arising from the Press...


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SIR,—In his otherwise admirable feat of prehensilisa- tion, Patrick Campbell makes the serious error of suggesting that the Maestro would ever have been so meticulous as to file...

CALVIN SIR,—The birthplace of Calvin is NOYON (France) and not

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NYON (Switzerland). Crossword No. 1,038, April 3, 1959; 16 across (answer on April 17).—Yours faithfully,


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SIR,—As your correspondent, Colin Hands (Spectator, April 10) in his criticism of our article points out, it is certainly true that the present system of support, while giving...

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Toynbee's Greece BY HUGH LLOYD-JONES F OR Dr. Toynbee a 'civilisation' is the name of the unit which he likes to isolate from the rest of history, hypostatise by means of an...

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Word of Friends

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To Keep Faith. 13/ Mary Middleton Murry. (Constable, 16s.) TOWARDS the end of his career reviewers used to take a rise out of Middleton Murry. The wit did not quite come off,...

Lag Light GOETHE, Schiller and Thomas Mann—the long isosceles triangle

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stretches forward over a cen- tury and a half; in this posthumous volume of essays the only German writer of comparable stature to those two curiously assorted friends has his...

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Little Dali Daydream

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The Case of Salvador Doll. By Fleur Cowles. (Heinemann, 42s.) The Case of Salvador Doll. By Fleur Cowles. (Heinemann, 42s.) THE truth is there is no more a book of 360 pages to...

African Realities

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Central African Witness. By Cyril Dunn. (Gal- 1,' nci. 21s.) Tintoucai all the gathering quarrel between Rhodesia and London, the slang flying over from Africa,has called itself...

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Public Uses

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T. H. Huxley: Scientist, Humanist and Educator. By Cyril Bibby, with Forewords by Sir Julian Huxley and Aldous Huxley. (Watts, 25s.) GETTING through this short but often...

Talent and More

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Homage to Mistress Bradstreet. By John Berry- man. (Faber, 18s.) Poems. By Rex Taylor. (Hutchinson, 15s) EVERY one of these books deserves more attention than it will get here,...

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Zola, Gide and Mauriac

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The Art of French Fiction. By Martin Turnell. (Hamish Hamilton, 30s. net.) MR. TURNELL'S new book is a worthy and wel- come successor to his Novel in France. It is also in some...

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First Israelis

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IT looks as if the legends concerning modern Israel are going to be as numerous as those about the Davidic Kingdom or as those that surround the Second Hebrew Commonwealth of...

No Time for War

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THE first of these books, modest as it is in tone, is likely to leave you thinking. The misuse of science now makes it necessary to articulate a new and purely practical form of...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT Certainly the forward-looking chairman of Associated Electrical Industries, Lord Chandos, would not be against it. He has just warned his shareholders that...


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By CUSTOS A FTER a tremendous churning over in the volume of trade the 'bulls' seem to be gradually getting the upper hand in the equity share markets, as I thought they would....

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SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD No. 1,040 ACROSS.-1 Grieved. 5 Reel off.

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9 Nieman. 10 Towel-rail. 11 Afraid. 12 Gain time, 14 Tosca. 15 Endowment. 18 Correa:al°. 20 Nooks. 22 Caroline. 24 Bottle. 26 Subaltern. 27 Bride. 28 Attacks, 29 Tuxedos....


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ACROSS 1 The seaside photographer has to be pretty smart (6) 4 As the ivy on the inn sign might say (8) 10 Glued in? That's gratifying (7) 11 His call might be for soft silk...

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T HE interim statement for the first half of the 1958 trading year of British Insulated and Callenders Cables showed a decline in sales of £5 million. It is therefore a pleasant...