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B RITAIN, it was announced on Tuesday, is to ask GATT to regulate butter imports 'to secure a proper relationship between supply and demand by a reduction in the quantities of...

—Portrait of the Week— THE BERLIN CRISIS simmered on. There

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were more border incidents in the city. Russia accused the West of misusing the air corridors, in violation of the 1945 agreements, in order to allow 'revan- chists, extremists,...

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No 694 Established FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER I, 1828 1961

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Identification Parade

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rrilE scientific investigation of crime has made I enormous advances in the last few years; it is a pity that the investigation of the causes of crime has, largely owing to the...

Before the Beginning

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W ITH any luck, and a lot of cool heads, the action of the United Nations forces in Katanga might turn out to be the first real stroke of good fortune the hapless Congo has had...

On the Slide

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ne situation in Northern Rhodesia is de- teriorating more slowly than might have been feared only a few weeks ago, but it is deteriorat- ing none the less surely for all that....

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Unpacking after the Holidays

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From DARSIE GILLIE PARIS T HE holidaymakers are returning to a very uncheerful situation. There is the Berlin crisis to share with the rest of the world, but for the French in...

Quadratic Equations

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C OMING so soon after the ending of the Pan- American meeting at Punta del Este, the resignation of President Quadros of Brazil will not help President Kennedy's plans for aid...

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Berlin Waits

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From SARAH GAINHAM C EVE RAL things have now become clear about I./Berlin. The mildness and slowness of American reaction to August 13 make it clear that, whatever the words...

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The Anti-Marketeers

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By ANTHONY HARTLEY N ow that Britain has formally applied for membership of the Common Market those of us who welcome this step and have been urging the Government to it will...

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Imber and Salisbury Plain

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By GEOFFREY GRIGSON MBER is, or Imber was, until its people were I removed in 1943 so that it could be used as a battle-training area, the loneliest village of Salis- bury...

The TUC Purge

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By JOHN COLE T HE ninety-third Trades Union Congress at Portsmouth next week may well decide whether the centenary Congress in 1968 is to be an event of national and...

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Riding Down from Bangor

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B y D. W. BROGAN IDING down from Bangor in an Eastern train.' I was horrified recently in Washing- ton to discover that close friends of mine, about my age, had never heard or...

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The Churches

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Divine Differentials By MONICA FURLONG DEARLY love a bishop. Not, as it happens, any I particular one, but the general complexion of bishops, their colourfulness and...

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SIR,-1 see that one of our MPs is continuing his campaign to name doctors who are fined by Health Executives, but I wonder if he would name doctors who are fined for...


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Sue,—Frank Tuohy's introduction to this greatly gifted writer is as penetrating as might have been expected; but it contains some errors of fact, which should perhaps be...

The Unmarried Mother Brenda Leys Proscription by Prescription Alan Harrison

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The Lucrative Mystery Eric Goldschrnidt Gagarin—Si! Laurens Otter Malcolm Lowry John Davenport The Dollar Princesses Lord Esher Hire Cars Philip Binham The Bootleggers Garin...


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SIR,—When investigating the early days on inde- pendent television, Peter Forster found a ripe collec- tion of ironies. 'The Lucrative Mystery' listed among the curious...


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SIR,—May I point out that in the years before the Stalinists jumped on the unilateralist bandwagon, they voted for Gaitskell's multilateralism. Does Mr. Clarke know of any...

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THOSE ADVERTISEMENTS SIR,—Mr. Roy Brooks is shrewdly aware that unless

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an advertisement is read it is not an advertisement at all: it is only a waste of money. A. J. F. GILL ' 15 Upper Cavehill Road, Belfast, 15

SIR,-1 am troubled by Kenneth Allsop's contented acceptance, in the

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last extract of The Bootleggers, of the image of the Chicago gunman as a dead-eye dick. Thus he quotes a contemporary source, Pasley, on the training of Capone killers: 'It...


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SIR,—Perhaps you will allow me to make a small correction to Mr. Haden-Guest's reference to Monta- cute in last week's 'Portrait of the Week.' The paint- ings stolen from here...

SIR,—In Coming Events in Britain, issued by the British Travel

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Association, and elsewhere, there are innumerable advertisements urging foreign visitors to hire a car in Britain. Do they get one? While running a summer school for Finns in...


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SIR,—In 1962, the 150th anniversary of the novelist's birth, will be published the first volume of the Pil- grim Edition of the Letters of Charles Dickens. This is intended to...

SIR, — Loyalty to the vanished past prompts me to write to

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you a few words about Mr. Hesketh Pearson's superficial book, The Pilgrim Daughters. Your reviewer, Katharine Whitehorn, considers that one of the occasions on which Mr. Pearson...

SIR, — 'The history of any medical discovery—invari - ably opposed furiously as

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long as possible by the mass of the medical profession.' I am disturbed by Katharine Whitehorn's repetition of this old canard and correspondingly inclined to distrust the...

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Edinburgh Music

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Schoenberg and the Common Man By DAVID CAIRNS THE fifteenth Edinburgh Festival, the first of Lord Harewood's regime, has fir Loid Provost's foreword recent predecessors have...

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Edinburgh Theatre and Art

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Picnics on Lesbos By BAMBER GASCOIGNE THEATRE at the Edin- burgh Festival reveals a pungent trend towards what Aldous Huxley called `smellies.' In the first scene of Luther in-...

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Berlin Theatre

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Prophetic Irony By SARAH GA INHAM Sternheim was an ironist, and has therefore never been taken as seriously as his talents war- rant by his own people, who often fail to divide...


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The Real Thing By ISABEL QUIGLY Visconti Season. (National Film Theatre.)—The Naked Edge. (London Pavilion.) A RARE month's film-going is coming up for anyone within hailing...

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Houyhnhnm's Travels By BERNARD LEVIN mitt. quite recently I believed (consequent upon reading his City of Spades, but not the blurb) that Mr. Colin Maclnnes was a black man....

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An Unrebuked Brass Band

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The Age of Churchill, 18744911. By Peter de Mendelssohn. (Thames and Hudson, 42s.) Tuts is the first volume of a trilogy on Sir Winston Churchill's life and times. The author,...

The Survivors

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In a certain light the heroines Shine tawdry and brash, Women of few sins, Ophelia choked with river water, Desdemona with flesh. Their acceptance of the end was right, More...

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Mapping The Cosmos

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HOWEVER long our civilisation survives, it is unlikely that man will ever again live through four decades of the kind of astronomical drama which has been concentrated into the...

Uproar in Church

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The Whiston Matter. By Ralph Arnold (Hart. Davis, 21$.) IN the year 1842 the Reverend Robert Whiston was appointed by the Dean and Chapter to be headmaster of Rochester...

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Inanity Fair

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A PRIME need of our age is a new D u nciad, In ten years of Conservative rule metropolitan society has become so infested with rogues on the make and fools trying to be that a...

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Good, Bad and Chaos

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The New American Poetry 1945-60. Edited by 27s. 6d.) Collected Poems. By Ralph Hodgson. (Mac- millan, 21s.) THOM GUNN'S poems first began to be published and known in...

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Planning—By the Treasury

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT Is it just possible that one does not write for the heathen in vain? That even the uncon- verted take some heed of the gospel that the elect preach so...

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Investment Notes

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fly CUSTOS T HE prevailing opinion in the City is that equity shares can and should fall further. We are only just beginning to see the first signs of the biggest squeeze ever...

Company Notes

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T HE entry ot this country into the European Common Market will have no fears for Pasolds, manufacturers of children's clothing. The chairman, Mr. E. W. Pasold, and his co-...

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Keeping Fit By LESLIE ADRIAN A CORRESPONDENT Who wants to be able to take physical exercise in a gymnasium with- out having to pay fees to a health emporium for slimming...


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Mange BY K A THAR1NE WHITEHORN THE French Government's at- tempt to keep more people in Paris in August has apparently met with complete failure. There is nobody in town but...

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Thought for food

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In Brighton By RAYMOND POSTG ATE HALF A CENTURY ago there was a sort of predecessor of mine (so far as I can claim to be a public gourmet) named Colonel Newnham Davis. A few...