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M R. BEVAN was too quick off the mark in calling Mr. Macmillan's visit to Washington 'sterile.' Traditionally, it is dangerous to use this adjective until some months after the...


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North Atlantic Technical Organisation

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By JOHN B. WOOD T HE Washington Conference may at last lead to closer co-operation between scientists working in the military-weapon laboratories throughout the Western world....


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By RICHARD H. ROVERE New Yor k New Yor k A T the close of the second day of the Nov AT Macmillan-Eisenhower conference s ' an unidentified spokesman for the confere es told the...

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French for Shibboleth

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A rTER a month during which the whole French economy has twice been dislocated by tw enty-four-hour demonstration strikes for higher w ages, France is still without a...

Zhukov Disarmed

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By J. E. M. ARDEN T F the coup against Zhukov goes through accord- ' ing to plan it is bound to affect all of us. There has been a tendency in this country to look on the...

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Westminster Commenta

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hr did not seem strange that my taxi-driver should have had four heads, though I remember feeling slightly surprised at the fact that all the doors at Westminster were guarded...

Portrait of the Week

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THE most generally audible noise of the week (now that the Russian satellite's batteries have run down) has been a confused snarling from behind the Iron Curtain. Marshal...

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THE TRIALS OF two child murderers, Edwardson and Edwards, took

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place at the Old Bailey last week. In each case the proceedings lasted two minutes. No drama, no titillation, no human stories, no horrible details, nothing except pleas of...

MR. A. J. P. TAYLOR has been described by Lord

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Attlee as 'the well-known television star,' and a very good performer he is. Unfortunately, like other stars he does not confine his tele- vision personality to television. And...

WHERE inc murderer is obviously to some extent abnormal, the

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defence now has a difficult decision to make. Should it plead guilty, as both did last week, with the result that a sentence of life imprisonment is passed, which means that...

I AM INTERESTED to See that, so far, only one

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of the perfervid supporters of Mr. Colin Wilson's first book has stepped forward to review his second. Mr. Connolly, who last year enthused.over `Mr. Wilson's dry, quick,...

A Spectator's Notebook

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I AM not sure what it will mean, but the BBC's decision not to compete with the ITA for a mass audience must be right, if only because it has already lost the contest. But it...

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The Zims of Syria

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By PETER BENENSON A S the Cadillac from Lebanon leaps forward from the fourth frontier control at Syria's frontier, the first placard which meets the eye is an advertisement for...

LOOKING AT last Tuesday's Times I was suitably awed by

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seeing one of those dignified statements of principle for which Printing House Square is noted. 'What it [the House of Lords] lacks,' said the leader, 'is not so much legal...

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Yugoslavia—Uncommitted or Enemy ?

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By HUGH SETON-WATSON TE condemnation of Milovan Djilas to seven tin in prison was followed, within a few weeks, by the decision of the Belgrade Govern- ment to recognise the...

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Writers' Revolutio]

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By ZOLTAN SZABO A A YEAR ago, during the short but victorious .1,,.days of the Hungarian revolution, an A\ 0 (secret police) delegation appeared at the head - quarters of the...

be *pettator

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NOVEMBER 3, 1832 ECONOMY is one of the chief duties of a State, as well as of an individual. It is not only a great virtue in itself, but it is the parent of many others. It...

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Thoughts on Discontents

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By ROBERT LINDLEY rr HE uses of the law, according to Bacon as I quoted by Mr. Ormerod in the British Coun- cil's guide to the English Bar and Supreme Court Civil Litigation,*...

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City and Suburban

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BETJEM AN By JOHN M ANY authors, when one meets them for the first time, are comparatively unimpressive compared with their books. But Lord Dunsany, who died last week, never...

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Consuming Interest

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Hy LESLIE ADRIAN I FIND there is an answer to my grievance last week that sales staff are often ill-informed about the products they are selling. For many big retailers today,...

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SIR,—Mr. Donaldson's letter (October 25) has told us what his

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young men are angry about. This seems to include most of the cultural, economic and politi- cal organisations of this island, as at present consti- tuted. I wonder, therefore,...

PASSCHENDAELE SIR, —I read with interest Mr. John Terraine's excel-

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lent article on Passchendaele, and later the two letters —one from General Sir Douglas Baird and the other a reply from Mr. Terraine. I was really sorry to see two of my...

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SIR,—In his letter on angry young men (AYM), Mr. Donaldson

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was kind enough to furnish his readers with a few autobiographical particulars; in doing so, he commented that they might muddle Mr. Hollis. Well, they have certainly muddled...

SATELLITE DIPLOMACY SIR,—In your leading article 'Satellite Diplomacy' I am

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surprised by your underestimation of anti-Russian forces in the Middle East, your disparagement of Mr. Dulles's ability and your misunderstanding of the role and force of the...

Letters to the Editor

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Keeping up with the Rices Paul Van,ghatt, Hugh Davidson, Bernard Shattock, W. S. C. Copeman Passchendaele Lord Haig Knocking the Palace Lord Altrincham Satellite Diplomacy Hugh...


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SIR,—Mr. Christopher Sykes may not be a candid friend, but he is an exceptionally candid nephew. Those who have read his Four Studies in Loyalty Wil l recall the sadistic glee...

SIR,—All this talk about angry young men is rather tedious.

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You can only be angry when you are unable to do anything about a set of circumstances, e.g. caught for exceeding the speed limit, forgetting to lock the front door and having...

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SIR,—The Rev. J. G. Grant Fleming's letter invites many questions—such

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as Were not Hosea and his wife 'joined together by God'? The Church of England's position is clear. By canon law (reaffirmed in Convocation) her ministers should not remarry...


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Stx,—Mr. Amis says that Fanny Price's natural feeling of shame for her home was discreditable, especially as it was 'unmitigated by affection, understanding or even tolerance.'...


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SIR,—Mr. Grant Fleming's remarks on marriage and divorce are entirely misconceived, but this is par- donable as he appears to be a Presbyterian. The attitude of the Church and...


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SIR,—Coming from a Young Conservative, I was not sure whether the term 'rabid' was an insult or a compliment. At any rate, it could scarcely be applied to any Young...


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SIR,—Pharos was wrong last week in saying that the Television Act lays down that there should not be more than six minutes of advertisement in an hour. The Authority itself...


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Sia,—Tlsc Spectator of October 25 refers to 'the atti- tude of the Greek Government in supporting the Syrian charges against Turkey' (page 532). This was probably suggested by a...

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A Passion Play

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He Who Must Die. (Academy.) — The Forty-First. (Palace Theatre.) To simple people the division between life and art, between behaviour and performance, is slight, almost...

Contemporary Arts

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Moments of Truth THE most frightening moment on television last week occurred dur- ing an interview which Mr. Fyfe Robertson was carrying out in a girls' club on behalf of...

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Grand Opera

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THE signs in London and elsewhere during the last couple of years of a come-back, after long years of the cold shoulder, for old- fashioned 'grand opera' are being fulfilled...

Hebrew Dances

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The dancing is convincingly primitive with most of it based on obvious stylisations of the movements and occupational behaviour of war- riors, shepherds, husbandmen, etc. The...

The Outsider

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The Egg. By Felicien Marceau. (Saville.) M. MARcEnu's L'fEuf (together with Anouilh's Pauvre Bitos) was the outstanding success of last season's Paris theatre. It was witty,...

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The Coleridge Graffiti By KARL MILLER A L notebooks are hard to read. Coleridge's, at times, are gruelling.* The abrupt transi- tions are all right : 'The quick raw flesh that...

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Memories of the Blitz

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ONLY half a generation has passed since the Lon- don blitz turned the living arrangements of the capital, the slow development of centuries, upside down. Hundreds of thousands...

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Conrad and Sex

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THIS book is an example of a form of literary criticism which has become increasingly fashion- able during the last few decades. At some point during his study of a writer—and...

Scotch Gentry

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Parties and Pleasures: The Diaries of 'Helen Graham 1823 - 1826. Edited by James Irvine. (Paterson, 18s. 6d.) YOUNG Miss Graham, a gay, handsome, witty and intelligent girl,...

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Light on Darkest Africa

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David Livingstone: His Life and Letters. By George Seaver. (Lutterworth Press, 35s.) Sir Harry Johnston and the Scramble for Africa. By Roland Oliver. (Chatto and Windus, 30s.)...

New Novels

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ASIDE from its specific reference to (I think) brokerage, The Acceptance World was the perfect title for a novel by Mr. Powell. Acceptance of the existing arrangements and...

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Upon the Midnight. Edited by R. C. Bull. (Macdonald, 15s.)

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Haunting is not, so far as one knows, a crime, and so it may be that ghost stories have no place here, but room must be found to commend this anthology of the grue- some and the...

SMILING Doo Some dogs have a powerfully developed sense of

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smell which is said to compensate them for indifferent sight. Cocker spaniels hunt by scent and sometimes ignore the evidence before their eyes, as I have noticed on several...

It's a Crime

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Right for Murder. By Lionel White. (Board- man, 10s. 6d.) One of those Meek Little Men —they occur even in New York—gets himself Involved in the hi-jacking of his own firm's...

ROSE PLANTING November is the hest month for planting or

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moving a rose, the ground rarely being dangerously frosted and not often waterlogged. Clay soil may be thought to be the best grotind for a rose bed, but medium loam. rich in...

written, with some amused glances at the New York theatre,

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the ladies that adorn it, the neurotics that write for it and the rich polo- players that subsidise it. Well worth a curtain-call.

Maiden's Prayer. By Joan Fleming. (Collins, 10s. 6d.) Middle-aged Hampstead

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spinster is taken for a sucker by smooth-tongued spiv in a most pleasing and probable tale that is completely non-violent and yet continuously exciting. Miss Fleming goes on...


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By PHILIDOR No. 125. B. J. da C. ANDRADE (`Tablet,' 1957) BLACK (6 men) WHITE (,8 men) WHITE to play and mate in two moves: solution next week. Solution to last week's problem...

The Twenty-Third Man. By Gladys Mitchell. (Michael Joseph, 13s. 6d.)

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As that tiresome old trout Dame Beatrice Adela Lestrange Bradley becomes noticeably less grotesque and more human, her creator's backgrounds become ever more bizarre. This time,...

Burnt Offering. By Francis Richards. (Hutchin- son, 12s. 6c1.) Local

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bigwig of small New England community is fried to a crisp and the quiet New York captain of police goes into the problem of who did it almost under his breath. 'Francis...


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It has been noticed that jackdaws show great con- cern for a stricken member of their community and that, when this bird's condition seems acute, the rest put it out of its...

Country Life

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By IAN NIALL PADDLE-FOOTED birds, ducks and seagulls are fitting enough creatures in their natural element. Ducks make a slippery, slimy mess at the edge of a pond but not much...

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Dear Worried . .

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The usual prize of six guineas was offered for the original letter that might have prompted .`Miss Lonely Hearts' to publish this answer: '1 do not think that you did right....

SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD No. 962 ACROSS.-1 Temple. 4 Marauder. 9

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Minima. 10 Forcast. 12 Daylight. 13 Stroll. 15 Year. 16 Evergreens. 19 Restaurant. 20 Offa. 23 Silvia. 25 Pendulum. 27 Retraces. 28 Tundra. 29 Schiedam. 30 Leased. DOWN.-1...


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ACROSS 1 Vigil's not for long and held on instructions (8, 5). 9 Whether it will bloom is doubtful (9). 10 I'd make it move quickly (5). 11 They're all at Oxford (5). 12...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE economic debate will not, of course, end this week : it will be carried on throughout the country until the next election. The question is bound to be...

Speaking from the Chair

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THE GROWTH OF A GROUP I N the Hawker Siddeley Group are many of the oldest and most famous aircraft companies in the world. The Sopwith company and, later, Hawker Aircraft...

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By CUSTOS AFTER the great storm of selling, calm has settled down over the security markets on both sides of the Atlantic. The bear trend, of course, persists and will continue...