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Portrait of the week

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A national dock strike was called: in accordance with custom and practice, those dockers whose labour was least in demand were quickest to withdraw it. Felixstowe, Dover,...

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D oes Mrs Thatcher really think that the miners' strike will go away if she pretends to ignore it for long enough? Even if it does, it will go by a method which severely damages...

German muddle

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ur future doesn't depend on k_lwhether Herr Honecker pays us the honour of his visit,' the parliamentary leader of West Germany's Christian Democrats recently commented. An in'...

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Another voice

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Inglorious summer Auberon Waugh T here can be no doubt the great wet establishment in Britain has decided there is nothing to be gained, and much might be lost, by prosecuting...

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Mo more tales from Wivenhoe this week, because we spent the bank holiday with my daughter in the Warwick- shire village of Whichford, where my son-in-law makes the best garden...

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Reagan the comedian

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Christopher Hitchens Washington I n the memoirs of Ignazio Silone, which describe his mounting alienation from the communism of his youth, there is an anecdote of a visit he...

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Impotent veeps

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Nicholas von Hoffman Washington L ong before Geraldine Ferraro became the first of her kind to be chosen as a political astronaut for a major party, numerologists and other...

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The Koryagin family

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Galina Koryagin In his article last week, Richard West mentioned the case of Alexei Nikitin, the Ukrainian coalminer, who died early this year after prolonged incarceration in...

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Teaching them to beg

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Edward Theberton Dar es Salaam A mong the various African leaders whom western intellectuals affect to admire from afar, Julius Nyerere occupies a special place. He is thought...

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Close-knit parasites

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Richard West Durham B efore the start of the football season 1-1 on Saturday, it was predicted that trouble would break out between the fans from counties like Yorkshire, where...

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General Winter

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Peter Paterson A sudden vision of history as it might have been assailed me when Arthur Scargill the other day promised his men that General Winter is on their side. What would...

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The call of the West

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Roy Kerridge In this, the last of his four articles on the North, South, East and West of England, Roy Kerridge visits Devon and Cornwall. T came here for a holiday, and as...


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Gavin Stamp I t is most appropriate that the recondite subject of cottages of pise should have recently reappeared in this journal, for mud cottages were a particular...

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The death of Lord Ampthill is the most serious loss to this country which its Diplomatic Service could have suf- fered. He combined all the qualities which go to make a great...

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The media

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A master of wristwork Paul Johnson I n the obituaries of J. B. Priestley, his record as a novelist and playwright has L fully debated but no one has men- tioned what to me was...

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Here to stay Tt is when he turns to the

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management of /Lloyd's that Mr Hay Davison flexes his muscle. At the time of his appointment, some disaffected bureaucrat put it about that Lloyd's was appointin g a chief...

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Lloyd's refiner H i g h above Leadenhall Street at the summit of the City, the buildin g in pro g ress be g ins to look more like an oil refinery and less like a cucumber frame....

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Brute force?

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Sir: In his review of Christopher Hill's The Experience of Defeat (Books, 18 August) Eric Christiansen says: 'Levellers, like early Quakers, believed in brute force.' This is so...


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Moonie sadness Sir: Andrew Brown's article 'Moonies vs the Reds' (4 August) makes interesting reading, not least because he freely admits to be willing to accept Moonie...

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Sir: Paul Johnson in his strangely ambi- guous review of press comment on the Warnock Report (The press, 28 July), repeats the widespread error that abortion is permitted in...

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Sir: Now that Sir John Betjeman has popped his clogs, the search is on for the Greatest Living Englishman. Geoffrey Wheatcroft nominates Lester Piggott (Diary, 4 August), but...

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Sir: 'If Lobbs were to become the hat centre' (Diary, 25 August), then indeed the end would have come. Perhaps Mr Worsthorne was still a little dazed by the use of a...

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Sir: Colin Welch writes a good comment- ary upon Labour's new defence policy (Centrepiece, 25 August). The obvious question to ask of Mr Kinnock is: 'What are you going to do...


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The full list of institutions electing Trustees to the Soane Museum, mentioned in Sir John Summerson's letter last week, should have read: The Corporation of the City of London,...

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Something wild

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Peter Quennell The Ludovisi Goddess: The Life of Louisa Lady Ashburton Virginia Surtees (Michael Russell £9.95) N ot many years ago, Bath House, the last private house in...

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Eric Christiansen Warlords and Holy Men: Scotland AD 80-1000 Alfred P. Smyth (Arnold £6.95) St James's Catapult R. A. Fletcher (Clarendon Press £28) Prussian Society and the...

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Circles of hell

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Francis King A Cruel Madness Colin Thubron (Heinemann £8.95) A friend of mine, who eventually killed himself, used to say of his periods of clinical depression, when he would...

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Mount Ararat and back

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John Jolliffe Journey to Kars: A Modern Traveller in the Ottoman Lands Philip Glazebrook (Viking £8.95) Dhilip Glazebrook, author of four novels" and brooding over a fifth,...

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Geoffrey Wheatcroft In These Great Times: a Karl Kraus Reader Edited by Harry Zohn (Carcanet £12.95) U ntranslatable' is part illogical, part cop-out. Anything in words that...


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Man and Mendip

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Philip Marsden-Smedley The Mendip Hills: a Threatened Landscape Shirley Toulson (Gollancz £10.95) A t the entrance to Wookey Hole's main chamber visitors are shown what look...

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Lost world Christopher Edwards Twelfth Night (Barbican) J ohn Caird ' s production of Twelfth Night is a delight. It is a triumph of stagecraft, of acting and direction;...


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Rabbit hole revisited Richard Calvocoressi European Resistance to. Nazi Germany 1938-1945 (Imperial War Museum till 21 April 1985) M y generation was brought up on books and...

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Slow motion Peter Ackroyd Paris, Texas (`15'„ selected cinemas) the sounds of a single guitar, we se e the bareness of America; a weasel - faced man (Harry Dean Stanton) is...

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Esoteric Peter Phillips A s the summer months go by one notices how the record review col- umns become thinner and paler, until by August they are in an apparently hopeless...

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Ad nauseam Peter Levi Uor weeks I have been keeping a record of television advertisements, because one remembers a book for a long time and a play for longer, but one forgets...

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Truman Taki I 've rarely heard Gianni Agnelli, that most charismatic and charming of men , sound sadder over the telephone. We spoke last Sunday and it was the chairman of...

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Esprit d'escalier P. J. Kavanagh w hen we are young we are used to the sudden, inexplicable, verbal vio- lences of grown-ups — the swearing park- attendant, who thinks we are...

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Nothing doing Jeffrey Bernard M y typewriter keeps giving me re- .proachful looks and obviously thinks m having an affair with a pub. What dear Monica Electric de Luxe can't...

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No. 1333: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked for a letter of apolo g y to a country house host plausibly explainin g your discovery in an embarrassin g , bizarre and a pparentlY...


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In memoriam Raymond Keene T his week I g ive three brilliant samples of the play of the former world cham- pion Ti g ran Petrosian, whose premature death in Moscow three weeks...


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No. 1336: 'Ard lines Set by Jaspistos: Recently the Spectato r featured a competition for a poem on a Scottish subject. You are now invited to write a Cockney poem on a L ondon...

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Crossword 673

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£10 - or a copy of Chambers Dictionary, 1983 edition (ring the word 'Dictionary' under name and address) – for the first correct solution opened on 17 September. Entries to:...

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