25 DECEMBER 1959

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Christmas Questions

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Set by NIACKENZIE STEWA . RT T HE questions are intended to test ingenuity as well as knowledge.' If you wish to test yourself, it is suggested that you write sour answers on a...

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Portrait of the Week— THE HEADS of the Western Governments,

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met in Paris and invited Mr. Khrushchev to meet them there in April, and to go on meeting them from time to time. The Geneva talks on the suspension of nuclear tests were...

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No. 6861 Established 1828 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1959


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I T seems a pity we cannot put a stake-fence around Christmas for a few years, as they do around worn patches in the London parks, with a notice saying 'Closed for...

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Turning the Turk

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UPPORTERS of the we-mustn't-interfere-in- other-countries'-internal-affairs theory may claim they have been lent some justification by the fate of the Turkish editors who have...

Plain View

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'P ROGRESS would be rapid,' Lord Montgomery r told Sunday Times readers this week in his Plain View of Apartheid, 'if the racial problem could be removed from the party...

Fly Now, Pay Later

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y RICHARD H. ROVERE NEW N'oRk T HE President in motion can be seen as a symbol of far more than the good will he has been seeking to spread and harvest. He is Ameri- can...

To Paris

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T 1113. Paris meeting produced all that could reasonably be expected—an agreement to in- vite Mr. Khrushchev to a series of summit con- ferences, with an agenda couched in very...

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Crusader in Cloud-Cuckoo-Land

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From MICHAEL ADAMS uru i i r O N January 6 'political activity' will be resumed in Iraq. That is to say, the political parties, Which have been in abeyance during the transi-...

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A Sp ectator's Notebook

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How To Die in Bed Tuts is the Age of the Common Pundit, in which a man can be asked to write his memoirs on the strength of having once appeared in a television pro- gramme....

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Come Here Till I Tell You

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S coop ! By PATRICK CAMPBELL H ow,' said the lady, having fought her way purposefully to my side through this fre,p- loading, literary bee, 'can you possibly make. U' result...

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SIR.—As the telephone-tapping controversy has broken out afresh, let me

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interpolate a few remarks on the gross unfairness of proceedings before com- mittees of Privy Councillors. As you are aware, statements made before these bodies enjoy a...

SIR,—Mr. Bernard Levin is wonderful! He devotes some thousands of

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words in your issue of December 4 informing us that public ownership is irrelevant. On December 11 he devotes some thousands more making out the best case for public control of...

ASKING FOR AIR ACCIDENTS SIR,—The voice of Major Oliver Stewart

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is one of the most respected in aviation journalism and it is with some timidity that we venture to suggest hit article, 'Asking for Air Accidents,' is misleading and mis-...

THE CYPRUS BASES SIR,—Your editorial comment on the Cyprus bases

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is particularly pertinent in view of their constitutional status. Our right to these bases forms an integral part of the treaty of guarantee between the United Kingdom, Greece,...

SIR,—Mr. Bernard 1.evin .(with whom my only dif- ference of

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opinion so far has been about his desire, on the principle of the freedom of the subject, to have the whole country ankle-deep in litter) should, I think (unless, as may well be...

Telephone-Tapping John Harvey. Patrick Alarrinan, The Cyprus Bases Richard Feildat

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The Monster of Piccadilly Circus Laurence Welsh, Richard C'lements, Wilfrid Tyldesley, Ann Fleming Asking for Air Accidents David Hollings, Peter Garner TV Tubes Mrs. Joan H....

Sus,—Bernard Levin has performed a national service in informing the

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public of the facts of the Monica site, an exposing the intricate and irresponsible negotiations between Cotton and the LCC. We live in Regency Victoria Square off Buckiraiham...

THE MONSTER OF PICCADILLY CIRCUS SIR,—Your contributor Mr. Bernard Levin

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is so familiar with the inside of other people's minds that he could with advantage have told a little more about the 'frustration and bitterness' among London County Council...

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SIR,—Christopher Hollis's article on 'Indeterminate Sentences' in your issue of November 6 deserves more than the solitary letter you published after it from J. D. Benwell about...

SIR,—Towards the end of his interesting reVieV 'of Lord Birkenhead's

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new book, Brian Inglis refers to `FE's' attitude on the subject of the succession of. Gordon Hewart to the Chief Justiceship. Lloyd George, he remarks, sought to appoint a new...

SIR—In an article by Simon Hodgson in the Spectator. December

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4. concerning the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition, he suggested that the artists who won prizes were put in a humiliating position in having to go to Liverpool to collect their...


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SIR.—Your correspondent Mr. Wyner, Press Officer to Mullard Ltd., would have been more convincing if he had given some statistics regarding the life of TV tubes, rather than the...


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SIR,—Monica Furlong, in her article 'Crime and Canterbury,' soft-pedals Dr. Fisher's recent remarks on adultery by saying that he suggested tentatively 'that the State might do...

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Occupational Therapy. By ALAN BRIEN Make Me An Offer. (New.)— Treasure Island. (Mermaid.) —The Amorous Prawn. (Saville.) Ii is not usually retnempered, even by Mr. Mankowitz,...


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At Your Local By ISABEL QUIGLY THE days when it showed a bit of oneupmanship to see a French film went long ago. Festivals flourish (a man I know who goes to them all barely...

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Siamese Twins By DAVID CAIRNS AT this rate even the old Wagnerites may take heart and look forward to having Grane restored to them (in stAte of Madame Leider's ilfRitient...

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Changing Guard By PETER FORSTER My private awards for the year would go to Paul Scofield for his Pirandello Henry IV (I still remember that awful cry, half-groan, half-howl,...

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Top Books of I 9s9 By JOHN COLEMAN I N an embarrassingly rich year, my first choice would unhesitatingly be Serge Gogov's Carita (Fujiyama Press, Tokyo, 10 yen : £5 in plain...

Christ in the Cupboard

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In the broom cupboard, swaddled in dusters, Susan enacts the nativity, kneels by Stovepolish tins and mechanical sweepers, , Clear-voices a carol, tuneful but shapeless,...

A Tribute to the Founder

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By bluster, graft, and doing people down Sam Baines got rich, but mellowing at last, Felt that by giving something to the town He might undo the evils of his past. His hope was...

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Land of Caves

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A Concise History of Modern Painting. By Her- bert Read. (Thames and Hudson, 32s. 6d.) Cubism 1907-1914. By John Golding. (Faber, 73s. 6d.) HERBERT READ'S book is an...

Goodness Gracious Living

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Aromas and Flavours. By Alice B. Toklas. (Michael Joseph, 21s.) NONE of the pleasures, none of the mere mitiga- tions, of civilised life is quite the same once the snob-sisters...

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Some Shakespearean Themes. By L. C. Knights. (Chatto and Windus,

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18s.) THOUGH the work of Professor Knights enjoys exceptional prestige, there isn't much of it. This is only his second book since the war, and, like Explorations, it is very...

Darwin and the Dartians

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TIiarv-rive years ago, the present reviewer, then a curious schoolboy, stood before an exhibit in the South African pavilion of the British .g4Wi pire Exhibition at Wembley. It...

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Ends of the Earth

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MISS FREYA STARK'S short and elegant Riding to the Tigris (John Murray, 21s.) describes a journey she recently made through the most inaccessible parts of Turkish Kurdistan to...

First Dreams of Red Square

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Socialism and Saint-Simon. By Emile Durkheim. (Routledge, 28s.) IN England the sociologist is a busy Nosey Parker filling in questionnaires with 'Yes,' No' and 'Don't Know'; in...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT IT is easy to imagine the scene in countless homes this season. The loyal toast has been drunk and looking round at the remains of so much wealth consumed...


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I .C.T. preliminary figures to September 30, 1959, are the first to be presented by International Computors and Tabulators since the merger between British Tabulating Machine...

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Sinking Fast By KATHARINE WHITEHORN THE dream kitchen as a popular myth is an entirely twentieth-century thing. In the Middle Ages you con- , 4}P. centrated on having the...

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Des gn

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Design for Obsolescence By KENNETH J. ROBINSON LAST week the Duke of Edin- burgh went to the Design Centre to choose, with a panel of judges, the most elegant pro- duct shown...

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Consuming Interest

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Holding the Baby By LESLIE ADRIAN W ANTED, by young couple wishing to enjoy rea- sonable social life, reliable and not too expensive way of having baby looked after...


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Solution on Jan. 8 ,‘CROSS I Comprehended. but struck all of a..heap 171 5 Conic to blows at hark luncheons'? (7) 9 Scoh.10.1 %; hen the assessment . DO'1■1 10 Naturally he...

SOLI: IION OF CROSSWORD 1067 ACR ISS. -- 1 1 rirhs, 4

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Fresh air. 10 Bailees. II Gluvert, 12 Extremists. 13 Tuhy. 15 Ast.etii. 17 Ahattis. Pt Keturel, 21 Nutter. 23 Main. 24 Riihherw . ..k. 2 7 itc:1%,in. CT, Croules. • • As...

Answers to Christmas Questions

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I. (a) Isosceles. (b) Hamburg. (c) The Stockton and Darlington Railway ran its first passenger train. tall calorie. (e) Harmony. 2. (a) Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc....