20 MARCH 1953

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Ministers' Journeys

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The publicity attaching to the recent visit of Mr. Eden and Mr. Butler to the United States and Canada is becoming something of an embarrassment to the Govern- ment. The measure...


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Ill-considered statements to the Press can only hamper that smooth transition in the Sudan and the Canal Zone which is in the best interest of both Egypt and the Western Powers....

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Shots at Aircraft

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The search for common causes behind the recent attacks by Russians on the aircraft of other countries has not produced any result. Those qualities which, individually or in...

The Naumann Tangle

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It is necessary to try to understand why the Foreign Office should have put itself so completely in the - wrong as it seems to have done over the refusal to grant the British...

Another - Election for Japan

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When Mr. Shigeru Yoshida's Liberal Government fell on Saturday it was less a triumph for the Opposition of Socialists and Conservatives than for his enemies within' the Liberal...

A United Nations Deadlock

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As was feared, the United Nations Security Council has failed to agree on its recommendation to the Assembly of a candidate for the office of Secretary-General, from which Mr....

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W HEN a Foreign Secretary reports to the House of Commons

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on the first official visit of British Ministers to a new United States Administration, the occasion should he serious if not solemn—the more so when the British Ministers...

Changing Navies

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The First Lord of the Admiralty, by producing on Monday the spectacular figures of the strength of the. Russian Navy, succeeded in directing attention to a subject of first...

It has taken almost seven years to complete the circle

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from the first almost casual announcement by a Labour . Minister of Supply that a measure of public ownership would be introduced into the steel industry to the winding-up...

Next week's " Spectator " will be a special Spring

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Number, containing articles by Geoffrey Faber. lain Hamilton, Jacquetta Hawkes, Marghanita Laski and Philip Noel-Baker; a new poem by Cecil Day Lewis; and reviews by Sir Compton...

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M R. STALIN, the Dictator of Russia, is dead. Mr. Gottwald, the Dictator of Czechoslovakia, is dead. President Tito, the virtual Dictator of Yugoslavia, is enjoying unusual...

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It was, of course, very wrong of a gentleman of

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Hungarian origin to go to the Tate Gallery and smash the model of some- thing claiming to be sculpture (it is something new for a contrap- tion of wires to be styled that) and...

The May Week issue of Granta, I read, is to

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cost 2s. " as it will take the form of an anti-Coronation number." A mis- The May Week issue of Granta, I read, is to cost 2s. " as it will take the form of an anti-Coronation...

A brief visit to the exhibition of Coronation souvenirs, if

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that is the right name for the not very distinguished collection of objects—from ash-trays upwards—now visible at the Tea Centre in Lower Regent Street, has been almost...

I spoke last week of the trouble starlings are causing

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to an impotent humanity. Since then I have learned that humanity is not so impotent after all. I have also learned a new word, which is always stimulating. It comes in the form...


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I T looks as though there would be some difficulty about the proposed increase in Judges' salaries. About one point I imagine there will be general agreement. Having regard to...

I am not surprised that Lord Wavell should protest at

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the dilatoriness of the police authorities in regard to the issue of a summons against him for exceeding the speed-limit. The alleged offence—of course it is still only...

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Strains in Pakistan

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By SIR is T HE ills which religion, in Lucretius's sense, can be used to introduce are shown in the recent anti-Ahmadiyya riots in Lahore and Karachi. The Ahmadiyyas, apart...

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Trouble at the Tate

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By M. H.MIDDLF,TON T HE iconoclast who registered his protest against the main award in the International Sculpture Competition at the Tate Gallery last Sunday comes of an...

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Better Hospitals

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By W. 1. CARD "T,he Spectator," having offered prizes for the best papers on three medical subjects—Better Hospitals, Better Family Doctors and a Better Health...

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The Fashion Dictators

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By A. V. DAVIS t t this very moment," moans a fashion=writer at the premiere of Lanvin's winter collection. She is cover- ing the shows- for a chain of Los Angeles newspapers,...

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Pot and Gown By JAMES A. MACDONALD (Edinburgh University) T HE exigencies of their time have required many male undergraduates to acquaint themselves to some extent with the...

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Sinfonia Antartica; Romeo and Juliet. IF, as Mahler thought, a symphony mast be a world, then it stands to reason that we must be prepared for it to be no longer a symphony, in...


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Stop, You're Killing Me. (Warner.) Desperate Moment. (Gaumont.)—The Stars Are Singing. (Plaza.) MR. DAMON RUNYON'S immortal works are fairly well known in this country, but...

M. H. Middleton writes on modern sculpture in general and

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the International Sculpture Competition in particular on page 335.

Markova at Covent Garden.

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THAT much loved ballerina, Alicia Markova, is back again in London and dancing as guest artist at Covent Garden. Here, on Monday night, she opened her season with her most...

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He and She

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—I love you. What did you expect ? —Not that it would be like this. —And how else should it be ? —There was a strangeness in your kiss : You were not kissing me. She...

Sense of Responsibility

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The anonymous chronicler of the First Crusade Recounts the storming of a provincial town In Cilicia, among the Taurus mountains, And how the inhabitants were massacred, The...

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I fished, sorely troubled by hungry fingerlings, I admired a pair of fat little dippers—colley birds—that bobbed on the stones a little farther ahead, and then, because I...

Long-tailed Tits

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A string of long-tailed tits came pitching along the side of the wood from one thick tree to another. They might have been tied together. Three went on, and two remained in the...

The Flame-Thrower

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Often when I have come from the garden, after a day spent weeding or digging, I have smiled to myself at the recollection of a line of a poem I learnt at school: " You'll find...

Agricultural Progress When the binder had been in use for

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thirty or forty years, people began to say that they heard the corncrake less often. Shortly after the tractor came on the scene, with its half-a-dozen implements that have got...

Hydrangeas and Lilacs

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Prune hydrangea (paniculata grandiflora) towards the end of the month. To ensure that new shoots develop, cut out the old wood. Mulch the ground with clippings from the lawn....

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Sporting- Aspects

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Runners and Jumpers By,.I. P. W. MALLALIEU I N mid afternoon at the White City last Saturday, some ten thousand people found themselves staring intently towards the far end of...

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Report by Marghanita Laski According to the New Yorker, Sir Arnold Lunn collects " phrops," which are phrases which say the exact opposite of what they mean-- i.e. It's not the...


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Set by Richard Usborne Describe evocatively four of the following_ smells : one of the main tents at the Chelsea Flower Show on the third day during a thunder- storm ; a cricket...

tie e.4prctator, fRarcb 19:1), 1833 FINE ARTS

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Exhibition of. the National Institution THE NATIONAL INSTITUTION gets worse and worse. Setting aside some pretty landscapes, interiors, and so on, it is becoming a show-room...

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SIR , —I read with interest Americans in Italy by

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Isabel Quigly in your issue of March 6th. I was employed at the same headquarters, and during the same period of time as Miss Quigly, and I found that the majority of the...

Fuel Policy

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SIR,—I confirm all that was written by Mr. C. J. M. Alport, M.P., in his timely article, and believe that some amplification of his remarks will be of interest. It is hardly...


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Americans Abroad Sw,—Under criticism, it is natural to slang the critic back. Professor Craven finds, in my impressions of American tactlessness in Italy (recorded, on the...

SIR,—Havin g spent two war-time years in America among other bene-

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ficiaries of the. unbelievable American generosity to English" guests," I have every sympathy with Professor Avery Craven's indignant denial that obtuse provinciality is a...

'Sut,—Having spent some little time .with the Americans in North

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Africa, Sicily and Italy during the last war, I was very interested to read Professor Avery Craven's rejoinder to Miss Quigly's article. Although myself a great admirer of the...

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"The Dead Humanities"

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SIR. - -Mr. Green's article, The Dead Humanities, seems to overlook two important facts. The first is that every generation interprets the authors of the past anew, and finds...

Local Administration

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SIR, — Surely the most likely criticism which can be levelled against the suggested Government enquiry into the administration of local authorities is that this is'yet anothet...

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Slit,—One can understand, if not appreciate, Mr. A. L. Taylor

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rushing to defend his book, The White- Knight, from Mr. Derek Hudson's able review in the issue of February 13th. There was a knightly quality about Mr. Hudson himself as he...

Snt,—Mr. R. A. Henderson appears to have misread some parts

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of my article, and misapplied others. My main concern was with research work, not teaching; with the development, not the application in schools, of classical studies. On the...

The Ahmadis

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S,R,—Permit me to add a note on the two sects of the Ahmadis to which reference is made in your issue of March 13th. The Ahmadiyya movement took its rise in the village of...

The White Knight

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SIR,—Mr. Hudson appears to be calling up the reserves. • 1 enjoyed his letter very much, but must point out that I am not writing for the last generation but one, who, in...

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"Grand Peripatetic Ass"

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Edward Lear's Indian Journal: Watercolours and Extracts, 1873-1875. Edited by Ray Murphy. (Jarrolds. 42s.) THE truth is that plain, unvarnished diaries, even when they record...


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The Uncertain Future Prophecy of Famine. By H. J. Massingham and Edward Hyams. (Thames and Hudson. 12s. 6d.) FAMINE and starvation stalking the land of Britain in the not-too-...

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Unchanging RuSsia

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Journey for our Time: The Journals of the Marquis de Custine. (Arthur Barker. 16s.) IT is doubtful whether that frigid and enquiring French nobleman, the Marquis de Custine,...

Aristocrats of the Intellect

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IF it was not Oscar Wilde who first observed that one should choose one's parents with care, it certainly ought to have been. On the whole it may be said that he followed this...

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Goethe from a new Angle

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German Studies. Presented to L. A. Willoughby by pupils, colleagues and friends on his retirement. '(Blackwell. 42s.) THE enigmatic figure of Frilulein von Klettenberg dominates...

Donne and Milton

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DONNE is one of the few poets we can enjoy reading with a com- mentary. The compression of his thought challenges the pursuit of his digressive images. The grating of the rhythm...

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HAVE the market researchers ever attempted a breakdown of the circulation—the library-borrowing readership, that is—of our popular or critically esteemed novelists ?...

Very Small Talk WE are told by her publishers, among

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other very interesting and relevant pieces of information, that Miss G. B. Stern lives "partly . near the house where Kenneth Grahame wrote The Wind in the Willows." This, no...

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" IN all poetry there is an element of dramatisation,"

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says Professor Muir in his introduction to this small and compact anthology of Elizabethan lyrics. But that is only one of the many true and observant things he has to tell the...

Shorter Notices

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The Stratford Festival. By T. C. Kemp and J. C. Trewin. (Cornish Brothers. 25s.) MR. TREWIN quotes the Cornishman who went to Stratford-upon-Avon in 1769 to hear Garrick recite...

Tim Congregation of Spanish and Portuguese Jews from which the

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present Anglo-Jewish Community derives was formed in London in 1656, and one of its first tasks was the drawing up of a code of laws (Ascamoth) under which the Congregation,...

Tins book presents about three hundred, mostly minute-long, fragments from

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Debates in almost every year of the nineteenth century; it is not un"ce a series of regular scientific "readings. " Under such circum- stances personalities are...

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By CUSTOS AFTER a somewhat shaky start, due to inter- national tension and various adjustments necessitated at the end of the last account of the Stock Exchange year, the...

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