22 OCTOBER 1954

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Nehru in China

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China has for very many years attracted and interested Mr. Nehru. But his present visit is hardly a pilgrimage. To judge by his recent utterances—and indeed by the facts—the...


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T IMRE is not the slightest indication at the time of writing that either the Minister of Labour's appeal or the more sharply worded call to order from the TUC has made any...


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T HERE can be little doubt that it was Sir Winston Churchill who most enjoyed the reassembly of Parham ment on Tuesday. The knighthood and Garter conferred on Mr. Eden made...

Two Years of Mau Mau

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The emergency in Kenya has now been going on for exactly two years and the occasion was marked by a report issued by the Kenya War Council on the progress of operations against...

The Saar

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It was Dr. Adenauer himself who said that the Saar territory presented the perfect example of a problem demanding a supra-national' solution. Its problem is at all events one...

Obscenity and the Law

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After a retirement of five hours on October 18 the jury in the ease of The Image and the Search failed to agree upon a verdict, and Messrs. Heinemann the publishers, and Mr....

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HIS week's Cabinet changes have had the effect, no doubt particularly gratifying to the Prime Minister, of still further deepening the mystery about his own inten- tions. The...

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Poachers' Delight '

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The British contributions to the international sporting exhibition which opened at Diisseldorf this week are said to be impressive; they include the head of a red deer from '...

The incident at Omagh early last Sunday morning, when the

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Royal Inniskillings Fusiliers repelled a raid on their depot by a party of armed Irishmen, losing five men wounded in the process, is a curious freak of history. How long is it...

Patronage at Euston

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A reader writes to report his experience of what sounds like a minor racket on the railways. On October 11 he travelled to Manchester on the 11.45 from Euston. He got to Euston...


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0 F the men who have earned, or anyhow received, pro- motion in the Cabinet reshuffle perhaps the most interesting, and almost certainly the most single- minded, is Mr. Nigel...

An Alternative to Robins

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We shall soon all be facing once more the problems- economic, aesthetic, and social—in which Christmas cards annually involve us, and I am quite sure that I am doing everybody a...

A Question of Perspective

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It was not at first easy (his mother told me) to deduce, front the small boy's description of it as a play about a space- man,' the type of dramatic entertainment which his...

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True Conservatism

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BY HENRY FAIRLIE ESSIMISM, like misanthropy, is an essential part of the conservative mind, but Professor Michael Oakeshott's provocative article in the Spectator last week...

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The Killing English Roads

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By JOHNARLOTT T HREE thousand, nine hundred and ninety-three--one third of all the accidental deaths in England and Wales during 1950—were caused by road accidents. Foes all...

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For the Spanish Main

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By BERNARD FERGUSSON HE last time I went on board a troopship at Southamp- ton was as a subaltern seventeen years ago, when this same battalion sailed for Palestine. For the...

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City and Suburban

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T HERE is something so touching about the attitude of borough surveyors and parks superintendents towards ` amenities' that one does not like to be unkind about it. Yet there is...

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Windfall in Athens. (Cameo-Poly.)--- Bread, Love and Dreams. (Curzon, October 29th.) — We, The Women. (Cinephone.) Windfall in Athens has, it seems, hit Greece for six. For...


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THEATRE This latest example of the American musical, coming to us by the courtesy of Messrs. Cole Porter and Abe Burrows, turns into a rout the retreat which had already begun...

TELEVISION and RADIO Operation Fawcett LAST week the BBC lost

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its most experienced producer, Eric Fawcett, to the Rank Organ- isation. Not only because Rank is prepared to pay Fawcett what he is worth, but for the production facilities...

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SIR,-Mr. W. G. Fiske thinks that chi Kensington Society's part in saving Holland House has been over-estimated. In my opinion, he under-estimates it, and I speak as a former...

ART THE exhibition at the Institute of Contem- porary Arts,

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Collages and Objects, is really an exhibition of forty years of Dada art, even though it includes artists, from Picasso to Pasmore, who would disclaim the tag. The effect is...

Letters to the Editor

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THE DEEPENING CRISIS Sta,—The impression is given by Lord Hailsham, in reference to the Munich settle- ment, that the nine months gained by it were to our ultimate military...

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SIR,—In a world of little-buying money the serious weeklies are among the best value for a handful of pence. This is a worth jealously to be guarded. And one feels that Mr....

THE MUIRHEAD SOCIETY SIR,—Readers in the Midlands may be interested

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to hear of the Muirhead Society, recently founded in Birmingham to provide opportunities for philosophical discussion similar to those provided in London by the Aristotelian...

OXFORD UNION SIR,—Mr. Anthony Howard's remarks about the Oxford Union

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in last week's Spectator were revealing in more ways than one. It is comforting to know that even so polished a speaker as he has preliminary troubles of one kind or another,...

IN THE MOVEMENT SIR,—When will somebody write, print or read

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the poem that will make correspondence on the subject of movements seem a silly and idle time-waster ? It is time we stopped talking criticism, either in verse or prose, and...


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SIR,—A Mithraic temple has great interest for students of Christian antiquity, because Mithraism in some of its rites and sacraments bore an outward resemblance to Christianity,...

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An Injured Pigeon

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A woodpigeon was sitting in the road. When my attention was drawn to it I walked a few yards towards the bird. It toddled away at once, but there was something odd about the...

Swan Escort A happier encounter with birds was my journey

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in the company of a flight of swans. 1 was driving along a stretch of straight road when I caught sight of six swans coming diagonally across a field towards me. They were...

Country Life

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Foa a while I stood looking over a gate at a half-harvested field the other day. It was quite plain that the man who had planted the corn had given up the unequal struggle...

Unlamented Summer

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Summer is over at last. more than sixteen lines. Song of Thanksgiving of not It/seemed to me, as the mere setter of this competition, that its terms clearly called for...

`SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 245 Set by R. Kennard Davis

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England possesses a great number of Drinking Songs, but, as far as I am aware, no Eating Songs. For the usual prize of £5 competitors are invited to remedy this deficiency, in...

Autumn Beans

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Autumn-sown beans should be earthed up, having been sown in a fairly sheltered situa- tion to protect the plants from wind as well as severe weather. Beck's Green Gem is a...

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Compton Mackenzie

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0 N October 6 the seventieth birthday of the Society of Authors was celebrated and I was entrusted with the job of reading several messages from eminent seniors unable to...

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Buy One But Don't Try the current year. Over a

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hundred million pounds is now bein To Park It government has no serious plans for construction of roads to By GORDON WILKINS R EAD all about it 1 I hope you did, for some of us...

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The Why-Not School of Fashion

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By E.' ARNOT ROBERTSON W HY not wrap a man's woollen scarf—oh, so casuallY —round the shoulders of your strapless evenial, dress, by way of contrast ? Why not use rows of small...

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The Pool

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A boy gazing in a pool Is all profound; his eyes are cool And he's as though unborn, he's gone; He's the abyss he gazes on. A man searches the pool in vain For his profundity...

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A View of the Novel

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BY JOHN WAIN R. ALLEN calls his book* ' primarily an account of what the history of the novel in England looks like to someone who follows the craft of fiction himself,' but in...

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Hollywood Men

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The Public Is Never Wrong. The Autobiography of Adolph Zukor with Dale Kramer. (Cassell. 15s.) A Tree Is A Tree. By King Vidor. (Longmans. 18s.) UNFORTUNATELY Mr....

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Zinoviev, Kamenev, Stalin

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A History of Soviet Russia. Volume Four: The Interregnum 1923-1924. By E. H. Carr. (Macmillan. 30s.) A MAJOR historical undertaking of our generation is carried one stage...

Behind the Scenes

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A Diary with Letters,"1931-1950. By Thomas Jones. (O.U.P. 30s.) WE all have a spurious sense of intimacy with the great. We may never have met a prime minister but we know about...

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Two Generals

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From theDanube to the Yalu. By General Mark Clark. (Harrap. 21s.) Time two books are both about Korea, but that is all they have in common. General Dean's Story, told by...

Early Exploration

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Conquest by Man: The Saga of Early Exploration and Discovery. By Paul Herrmann. Translated from the German by Michael Bullock. (Hamish Hamilton. 30s.) PAUL HERRMANN set himself...

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New Novels

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The Time of the Fire. By Marc Brandel. (Eyre & Spottiswoode. 10s.6d.) THE first novel of Mr. Jarrell, poet, is the most exciting book out of America this year. Poet needs...

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Company Notes

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By CUSTOS THE bull market did not wait for a settlement of the dock strike to resume its merry up- ward course. Fired by the confidence of the Ford Motor Company, which is...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT EVER since Mr. Butler made his resounding speech at the Blackpool Conference in which he called upon the nation `to invest in success' the big investors...

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ACROSS: 1 Nimrod. 4 Frontlet. 10 Pinensm. 11 Lampoon. 12 Necromancy. 13 So-so. 15 Hcchaas. 17 Aileen!. 19 Stephen. 21 Titania. 23 Lear. 24 Alarm clock. 27 Catspaw. 28 Suffete....