23 JANUARY 1959

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—Portrait of the Week— PARLIAMENT REASSEMBLED and Mr. Mikoyan, when

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his aeroplane developed engine trouble over the Atlantic, very nearly broke up for good. There was renewed talk of a Summit Conference, and 59 per cent. of the United States...


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T is odd that the party leaders should feel the I need to Meet the People. Whom do they usually meet, one wonders? There is something seriously wrong somewhere if our leaders...

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Distribution Difficulties

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By our Industrial Correspondent U NDER the Distribution of Industry Act the Government offers financial help—loans, and in some cases grants — to people establishing or...

King and Chancery

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W ITH General de Gaulle President of the Re- public we are at last beginning to see how the Fifth Republic (the first to give itself a num- ber) is going to work out. This will...

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Anglo-Egyptian Agreement

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T HE agreement initialled here last week between Britain and the UAR did much more than settle the financial questions which had been in dispute since the Suez campaign more...

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Mikoyan in America

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By RICHARD H. ROVERE New York rTHE Mikoyan visit has been a strange and re- ", vealing affair. It was only last summer that Government people were shaking in their shoes at the...

Westminster Commentary

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AND SO, blinking the recess out of our eyes, we came back for what must surely be almost the last lap, if not the final one. The first ques- tion on the order paper, from a Mr....

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IT OCCURS TO ME that Mr. Randolph Churchill's intending candidature

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at East Bournemouth should be successful. If Mr. Nigel' Nicolson is unacceptable to many of the Bournemouth elec- tors because he was an opponent. of the Suez adventure, and...

WHEN, TALKING A month or so ago-about prostitu- tion, I

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said that if there had to be dirt I preferred it to be swept under the carpet, I was attacked by some correspondents for being illiberal. Others have criticised this journal for...

A Spectator's Notebook

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ISLANDS ARE NOT this Govern- ment's strong point. Cyprus, Malta, the Seychelles, Bah- . rein, Iceland have all been mishandled at one time or another. For once, things seem...

IN OUR OTHER Mediterranean island, government by Governor's Council is

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to begin almost immediately, and the leaders of both political parties, Mr. Mintoff and Dr. Olivier, are talk- ing violence. In the eyes of the Colonial Office, no doubt, Dr....

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SIR LINTON ANDREWS IS to be Chairman of the Press

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Council for ' only another six months. (This does not mean the end of his distin- guished editorship 'of the Yorkshire Post.) I 'do not know who will be his successor on the...

A FRIEND OF MINE was trying to buy Mr. Roy

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Jenkins's life of Dilke. He telephoned five book- shops in Central London. One told him that it was sold out and was out of print (untrue); one told him it was sold out and they...

Herbert of Harrow

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS S IR ALAN HERBERT is the champion of a num- ber of causes. With the majority of them I agree. With a few I disagree. About others I should like a little...

MISS IDA PUENTE The Perle Mesta of the Beat Generation

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Cordially invites you to The Year's most Exciting Prc-Christmas Party , 'Place: The African Room Time: 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. Date: Sunday, December 21st Continuous entertainment...

Ftesn.y there is a danger to personal liberty. Mr. Butler's

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Bill, the Council thinks, would give the police a chance to harry prostitutes even when they were not soliciting. But under the Bill the police will still have to prove...

A FORTNIGHT AGO I criticised the Government's proposal to set

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up new mental health tribunals, but apart from this its Bill seems to me to be admir- able. I was particularly interested to see that psychopathy is now finally brought within...

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Art in Oxford

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By JOHN HALE A N Oxford college,' hissed the man behind the A Action-stained forefinger, 'is a place where you sit with your back to paintings, and talk !' Suppressing the...

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Shades of. the Prison-House By ALAN BRIEN The Rose Tattoo. (New.) THE best parodies of Tennessee Williams are written by Ten- ) could be said that he writes nessee Williams....

Zbe bpertator

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JANUARY 25, 1834 By the vigilance of the Mayor and Magistrates of Exeter, nearly forty men, said to be members of illegal Combination Societies, were apprehended by the Exeter...


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sun. Friends, offspring and officials stamped gloomily on the platform and blew plumes of reassurance into the frozen air : `You'll be all right, Mum, don't worry.' 'I put the...

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Puccini's Demi-monde By DAVID CAIRNS But that is not quite the point. So long as Puccini stays on this plane and avoids preten- tiousness, he is excellent, a minor master....

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A Venetian Experiment By SIMON HODGSON THE survey of Mr. Graham Sutherland's work now on exhi- bition at the Arthur Jeffress Gallery is dominated by two large oils of Venice....

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The Elephant Man By ISABEL QUIGLY The Roots of Heaven.(Carlton.) —Anna Lucasta. (Gaumont.) I FIRST read Romain Gary's elephantine novel The Roots of Heaven for a film company,...

A Doctor's Journal

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Choosing a Child By MILES HOWARD THE adoption of a child is such a momentous step, for the child and for its parents, that (one could argue) society should pro- vide proper...

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Consuming Interest

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Cars Across the Channel By LESLIE ADRIAN A HOLIDAY should start the moment you have shut your front door. This is undoubtedly easier when travelling abroad by car than by any...

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MY DEAR GODSON, Thank you for your letter. I am delighted to hear that you have been elected president of the Inscrutables; 1 don't think they were going in my day, but now...

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Letters to the Editor

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Living Among Asians George Edinger A New Westminster? 'Wesitnonasteriensis' So You Want To Be An Audience Rennitt Gardiner The Church of England and Divorce Rev. W. 1. S....


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Slit,--The delightful article by Alan Brien on the implied state of seige which exists between audience and staff in many West End theatres is timely. It •is, as he writes, one...

A NEW WESTMINSTER? • SIR,-1 have only just seen your

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issue of December 26, but I hope it is not too late to write and say how glad I am that someone—Mr. Fitchen, of Hamilton, NY—has at last protested against the scheme to demolish...

99 Gower Street, London, W.C.1

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Euston 3221


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his somewhat turgid letter, that Dr. Welsby imagines that I have evaded the question at issue, as though 1 have need to evade any question about a matter in which I have the...

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SIR, —I have always thought that if any subconscious echoes were sounding for Sir Winston Churchill as he composed his famous '1 have nothing to offer you but blood, toil, tears...


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SIR,-1 have undertaken to write a biography, as yet unauthorised, The Private Life of John Gordon, and I should be , grateful to any of your readers for any unpublished letters...


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SIR,—The letter from the chairman of the Mental After Care Association pinpoints a very serious defect in the new Mental Health Bill. I have myself been campaigning in a small...


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SIR,-1 have read with concern the letters from Dr. Kitching and the Dean of York published in your columns and appreciate too the attention, albeit as yet limited, which the...


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SIR,—There is, I am sure, much to be said for the proposal that Mr. Peterson makes to require four `A' level subjects in the Sixth Form. Admittedly the standards at present...

SIR,—We have read with interest the article entitled 'Showing a

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Leg' in your January 9 issue. We would like first of all to congratulate you on a very incisive piece of writing on what is not altogether a layman's subjedt. We particularly...

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Mezzogiorno ... ••• Brian Inglis You See Me Old and Fat . . . Peter Mayne The Other Riviera •.• ... St. John Donn - Byrne Coach Touring ... Harold Champion Mezzogiorno - By...

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You See Me Old and Fat . .

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By PETER MAYNE HE journey will be long,' the driver said, I staring ahead through his windscreen at the mountains of Thrace and the track that dipped and disappeared and then...

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The Other Riviera

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By ST. JOHN DONN-BYRNL 0 NE spring morning in the early Thirties I was telling my mother of some droll incident when she stopped me. She said that I had told her this before....

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Coach Touring

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By HAROLD CHAMPION A solid-tyred, twenty-seater char-a-bane car- thee first British coach tourists to Switzer- land. The year was 1919; opulent travelling English milords were...

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Where to Stay

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The 1959 Farm Holiday Guide (Farm Holiday Guides, Paisley, 3s. 6d.) recommends a long list of farms in the British Isles offering accommoda- tion, along with caravan sites and a...

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The Burns Game BY KARL MILLER THE dark nights are getting darker, Burns's weather has arrived with its winds and rains and so—loud, deep and long—has his festival. The tables...

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The Ego and I

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The Plague House Papers. By Robert -Neumann. (Hutchinson, 21s.) The Plague House Papers. By Robert -Neumann. (Hutchinson, 21s.) 'I ALWAYS had had the gift of impersonating other...

First Audience

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The Barns Encyclopaedia. By Maurice Lindsay. (Hutchinson, 25s.) The Barns Encyclopaedia. By Maurice Lindsay. (Hutchinson, 25s.) NEARLY two centuries have passed since the...

Two Faces

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A History of New Zealand. By Keith Sinclair (Penguin Books, 3s. 6d.) THE British at home are mostly so little Empire . or Commonwealth-minded it is curious they should ever have...

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Aimless Weather

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4 1 E4 Sleepwalkers: A History of Man's Changing in I, Vision of the Universe. By Arthur Koestler. (Hutchinson, 25s.) thehl a world dominated for good or evil by natural...

Portrait of Architecture

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Architecture: Nineteenth and Twentieth Cen- turies. By Henry-Russell Hitchcock. (The Pelican History of Art: Penguin Books, 70s.) A FIRST reading of this phenomenal book is...

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Portraits of the Artist

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SINCE the apologetic strain in literattire entered a phase of dominance about a century and a half ago, the need to explain why art, against all the appearances, is a worthy, or...

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Babylon. By Albert Champdor. (Elek, 30s.) Sumptuously illustrated history of

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the Mesopo- tamian city, and its arts and crafts, from the days td . Hammurabi to those of Nebuchadnezzar. Not in itself a travel book, but any visitor to present- ( lay Iraq...


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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 464: Report by D. R. Peddy Competitors were invited to compose clerihews on words formed from initials, e.g.. WHO. NAAFI, ERNIE, SUNFED. A SUBJECT...


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Set • by Russell Edwards The public library borrower often makes "is choice on the basis of - the- first few words or a book. Competitors are asked to give the opening sentence,...

Behind the Lianas. By Henry Larsen and May Pellaton. (Oliver

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and Boyd, I8s.) The most un- affected sort of travel book, for the most un- affected sort of reader: Henry Larsen, a Swiss of Danish origin, had always wanted to visit French...

Expedition Everyman. By S. B. Hough. (Hod- der and Stoughton,'3s.

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6d.) Paper-backed primer on travel by small car or scooter, with caravan or tent, and invaluable to anyone trying to do Europe on the cheap, by whatever means, and especially...

Ends of the Earth

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ed A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush. By Eric Newby. (Seeker and Warburg, 25s.) Mr. Newby, already author of a splendid book about going to sea Under sail, walked out of a fashion...

The erivilege was Mine. By Princess Zinaida Schakovskoy. (Cape, 16s.)

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Not many people who lied from the Revolution return to Russia, and precious few princesses. The writer did so as the Wife of a Western diplomatist, fifty years to the day after...

Peacocks and Pipelines. By Elizabeth neaves. (Lutterworth, 15s.) Miss Balneaves

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took her camera and her clichés across Pakistan and India, from Baluchistan to Bengal, sketching and photographing the most poverty-stricken people, and their ancient customs,...

Buried Gold and Anacondas. By Rolf Blom- berg. (Allen and

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Unwin, 28s.) A journey to the Upper Amazon, looking for Pizarro's gold, and 'hiding snakes four times as big as a man; long- haired bird-eating spiders; and 'uncommonly savage'...

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By CUSTOS T o understand the wave of profit-taking which followed the publication in Monday's papers of the drop in the election chances of the Conservatives it must be...


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i nt le By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT THE bankers' thunder on the economic front, reverberating from their annual statements, has been stolen this year by the first issue of a...

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S TEWARTS AND LLOYDS accounts to September 30, 1958, disclose that there has been a heavy drop in profits of the home group of companies, but those overseas suffered only a 5...

Mergers and Mysteries

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The merger of UNITED DAIRIES With COW AND GATE can no doubt be justified on technical grounds, the first acquiring an important outlet • and the second much-needed cash and a...

Gold Shares

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There has been a fairly strong recovery in gol shares on the first signs in America that some Cor gressmen are dissatisfied with the price of gold. is true that so far they have...

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SOLUTION OF CROSSWORD 1,026 ACROSS. — I Patter. 4 Workaday.

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10 Tap-root. 11 Easeful, 12 Iridescent. 13 Ants, 15 Ice-caps. 17 Gathers. 19 Nascent. 21 Travail, 23 Clew. 24 Equestrian, 27 Messina. 28 Bravado. 29 Tintagel. 30 Dealer....


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Solution on February 6 I How to get juice from a coconut 29 A willing performer? (8) tree? (8) 5 Fashionable robe for the woman DOWN 23 'Mt, Love, could you and I with 10 Wound...