21 AUGUST 1959

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FT 5 HE course of events in Cyprus today is being I likened to what happened in Ireland after the Treaty of 1921; justly, as the parallel is close. Trouble has arisen for the...

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Britain and all points east continued. 4 phalanx of security men preceded him, presumably to en- sure that no irreconcilable Democrat would be lurking in the underbrush at...


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T HE Labour Party, we lamented last week, has allowed itself to be sucked into the Establish- ment; and the day our elegy appeared the Manchester Guardian carried a story about...

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Up And At 'Em

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r AT1ON A L prosperity goes up,' Lord Napier N says (justifying the decision of a Guards regiment to appoint a PRO), 'and Army recruiting goes down.' But is it as simple as...

Loss of Identity

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By SARAH GAINHAM VIENNA EOPLE who have lost or abandoned all they r had and who live on charity in barracks or camps are much like prisoners; they are entirely delivered over...

Latin-American Future

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R EVOLUTION in Latin America is not merely a matter of Dr. Castro in Cuba, or petty up- heavals in Honduras. The whole South American sub-continent and Mexico, and the umbilical...

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Masterly Inactivity

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By IAN GILMOUR I RAQ, like Nyasaland, is a police state. Even if journalists had as much freedom as in other police states, it would be difficult to know what was really...

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Westminster Commentary

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LAS - I week I was reviewing the reasons for voting Conservative at the next election. I found so many that I frightened myself half to death in the process, and some 6i my more...

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AUGUST 23, 1834 A (WNTLENAN who employs a great many hands in a manufactory in the West of England, in order to encourage his work people in a due attendance at church on a...

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THE vicroftiAN gas lamp-posts in many Chelsea streets are being

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replaced with modern electric standards, despite John Betjeman and 'Outrage.' The new lamps are out' of proportion to the houses and streets they will serve--the worst form of...

I HAVE BEEN CASTIGATED by Dr. Robert McCurdy for accepting

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the evidence of Sir Ronald Fisher and others that smoking is not the cause of lung cancer, in spite of the fact that Dr. McCurdy has demolished their case in his book Smoking,...

I SHALL BE SURPRISED, though, if the Establish- diem does

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not take another drubbing in the City Over Harrods, as it did a few months ago over Ilritish Aluminium. My first reaction to the news that the House of Fraser had made a...

I CREDITED World's Press News with being the first to

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report that during the ink dispute the national newspapers were allowed by the unions to get their ink from abroad—though the unions would not allow periodicals to be printed...

BERNARD SHAW was fond of pretending to be a plagiarist,

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claiming that he took his characters from Dickens and his long speeches from Moliere. I do not, however, remember ever seeing him admit to being influenced by Ethel Turner. Miss...

I SEE THAT THE FIRST of the Irish Brigade to

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inspect the Casement Diaries promptly put in an interim report to the effect that he believes them to be forgeries; but as he had only examined the early Congo diaries, which...

A Spectator's Notebook

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I WAS PUZZLED by Lord Boothby's assertion on the BBC's agreeable Tonight pro- gramme that Lord Beaver- brook is the only man in this country 'who has ever suc- cessfully...

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ECM SOME, TIME now 1 have noticed how— presumably because

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of the shortage of 'B' pictures —new films on general release are often accom- panied by foreign language films, usually French; and I have wondered how these latter, for so...

I mo TOLD THAT the Boundary Commissioners, impressed by Rutland's

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prosperity and low rates, arc interested. in amalgamating the little county with others into a unit. Not surprisingly there is opposition in Rutland where rates are low because,...

Violence or Defiance

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By T. R. M. CREIGHTON S iNcE it lost its independence some months ago the Central African Examiner has been a mouthpiece of the Federal Government; and in its current issue it...

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The Same Scar

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By DAVID WAINWRIGHT ' T HE last time I was in Germany, Wolf, who was then in his last year at school, was keen on football. His keenness was legendary even among his friends: he...

Prague Notebook

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By CYRIL RAY ONDON in 1948,' was how a local expert here, L o who knows both countries, summed up the economic - situation in Prague. Some of the country's best products in the...

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Le Son du Cor

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By STRIX 'A L I know about the enclosed,' writes my benefactor, `is that it was found on a tele- graph-post in .the Dordogne valley.' It is a folio- size, rather weatherbeaten...

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'NO BATHING TODAY TILL 12 A.M.,' proclaimed a notice at the Ruislip Lido; but to the casual eye things seemed to be going on much as usual. White sails scudded in the distance...


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Simulation in the Fields By ALAN BRIEN King Lear. (Stratford-on-Avon.) — The Aspern Papers. (Queen's,) Mats. MALAPROP accidentally hit off the phrase for Shakespeare's King...

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On Time and Place By CLIVE BARNES ON and on, up and up, the Royll Ballet last Monday skidded past another of the relentlessly periodic milestones in its career. With the...

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Alive and Kicking By DAVID CAIRNS MusicoLoGisis, one sometimes , feels, combine the functions of archaeologist and undertaker, unearthing forgotten mediocrity ''N110 . 4 only...

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The Pity Of It By ISABEL QUIGLY I'm All Right, Jack. (Leicester Square Theatre.) — Last Train from Gun Hill. (Plaza.) - Holiday for Lovers. (Carlton.) 'I DIDN'T laugh' could...


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Soviet SF By MAURICE GOLDSMITH H. G. Wells was a great SiF writer. Jules Verne was not. He was a superb SF writer. That is why he is so popUlar in the USSR. Between 1917 and...

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Saturday Night By PETER FORSTER SIR DONALD WOLF IT was in splendid form last Saturday for the adaptation of Hugh Wal- pole's famous Trollope-and-soda drama about a battle for...

Consuming Interest

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Gone to Pot By LESLIE ADRIAN THE stock-pot is the heart of 2 D 0: 7 well-run kitchen. But it may 1 4 / also be the breeding-ground for many dangerous bacteria. Mrs. Beeton's...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Virus and After By MILES HOWARD WHY have so many people felt miserable and below par these summer months? One reason is that we are passing through a second wave of the virus...

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SIR,--You naturally emphasise the friendly charact e r of the Provost of

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Wakefield's criticism. I had thought of writing you a letter about Taper & Co., but if I had done so it would not have been in such polite terms,—Yours faithfully, GEORGE...

The Establishment Game P. J. D. Wiles The Devlin Report

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. A. 1'. Chambers Con, or Lab.? Dr. J. Shael,le ton Bailey, R. E. Martin Mrs. Audrey Harvey, George Sheriff Film Finance Nicholas. Davenport John Oliver Hobbes Graham Greene The...

S1R,—I have read ,carefully the leader in this week's number

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and agree entirely with its general claim that those who occupy positions' of responsibility in the sphere of government are properly open to criticism on their decisions and on...


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SIR,—You would perhaps be entitled to claim that your recent unveiled hostility to the Conservative Party has been' well earned by its leaders. More- over, your readers might...


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SIR,—That the Government of Nyasaland had to act or abdicate is agreed between Mr. Justice Devlin and Sir Robert Armitage, and this is surely the essence of the matter....

SIR,—Taper calls the housing achievements of the Conservatives 'notable and

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constructive.' Certainly to have pretty nearly halved the rate of council building in the last five years is a notable achievement. Of course it can be argued that during the...

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SIR,—Mr. Kermode asks, 'Who now reads John Oliver Hobbes?' 1 certainly do, and I recommend in particular Love, and the Soul Hunters (a had title which disguises a witty book),...

SIR,—ln the early Eighties, my grandmother let a studio behind

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her house at 13 Edwards Square to Walter Sickert. Before he left he presented her with a large portrait of my father, then a boy of about five. His hair was dark, he was dressed...


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SIR,—In your issue of August 14 Pharos states that at the end of the recorded weather forecast which he received on the telephone 'there was a brief but audible guffaw from the...


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SIR,—But Fowler to the contrary notwithstanding. I still hate to see a gratuitously split infinitive


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SIR,—I've been in Germany and have only just seen Mr. Dominic Behan's letter about my review 'The Patriot Game.' At the risk of starting a mutual admiration society, I'd like...


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SIR,—The Boulting brothers—pretty petulant them- selves, I would say—complain of the nonsense talked about the film industry. Surely most of the ballyhoo about stars, their high...

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The Heart of Hampshire BY A. J AYER P ittLoSOPHY is not an easy subject, and Mr. Hampshire is not one of those who try to make it seem easier than it is. His new book* makes...


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The sky is a pale water-blue With the softest touch of gathering mist And ahead of us the road Twists and whitely climbs Across the Deli Orman plateau, A land of dry and...

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Poet's Face

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Portraits of Wordsworth. By Frances Blanshard. (Allen and Unwin, 50s.) MRS. BLANSHARD knows of eighty-seven portraits of Wordsworth—twice as many as anybody be- fore her—and the...

Bridling the Earls

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John Maitland of Thirlestane and the Foundation of the Stewart Despotism in Scotland. By Maurice Lee, Jr. (Princeton University Press: O.U.P., 48s.) THERE are two main themes in...

Iron Curtain Up

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Entertainment in Russia. By Faubion Bowers. (Nelson, 42s.) THIS book throws a rare and particular light on part of Soviet existence. And that is something we cannot have too...

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New Hands and Old

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Lucia Wilmot. By Mary K. Harris. (Chatlo and Windus, 15s.) A Breath of French Air. By H. E. Bates. (Michael Joseph, Its. 6d.) Miss HARRIS is a lively writer who hasn't quite...

Finer Music

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THE most substantial outward proof of Whit- roan's enduring vitality as a poet is the intensity of feeling with which both his defenders and de- tractors react to his poetry....

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT If one looks at a chart of the Treasury bill rates in the UK, the US and Canada it would appear that the Canadian Government began to take leave of their...

Big Sleep

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Lugard in Africa. By A. A. Thomson and Dorothy Middleton. (Robert Hale, 18s.) IT is sad that Britain is only beginning to learn about her African empire at the last hour before...


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ACROSS 1 Fastening in a tooth successful (6) 4 Storing the hose (8) 10 Alias N. Parker? (4, 3) 11 A stilish quadruped! (4, 3) 12 Puttee sale (anag.) (10), 13 Tax-man? (4) 15...

SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD 1,049 ACROSS. — 1 Overcame. 5 Slumps.

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9 Flanders. 10 Barred. 12 Sheds. 13 Aventails. 14 Treble chance. 18 Wheel- barrows. 2t Discredit. 23 Heads, 24 Loosed. 25 Hour hand. 26 Deemed. 27 Assegais. DOWN.-1 Offish, 2...

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By CUSTOS T HE equity share markets have been ignoring the holiday season and advancing to new high levels, checked only momentarily by the end of the account on Tuesday. At...

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H S. WHITESIDE AND CO. continue to ,expand their interests. In 1957 they acquired the Elizabeth Shaw group of chocolate makers, last year it was Maconochie's foods, giving the...