25 JULY 1981

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Portrait of the Week

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While Mr Reagan's emissary to the Middle East, Mr Philip Habib, held peace talks in Jerusalem, Israeli jets bombed targets in the Lebanon on four consecutive days, killing about...

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Political commentary

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A long, not very hot summer Ferdinand Mount 'Weren't you one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?' 'No, that was my brother. I wanted to ride with them. But they had four...

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Another voice

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On caning the handicapped A uberon Waugh Every Wednesday the Daily Mirror prints a most interesting column called Paul Foot Investigates, or possibly Paul Foot Reporting. In...

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The chink in Russia's armour

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Bohdan Nahaylo Last Sunday's curt message of congratulations from President Brezhnev to Mr Stanislaw Kania on his re-election as Poland's party leader barely concealed the...

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Mr Kania's surprise package

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Judith Dempsey Warsaw Mr Stanislaw Kania embodies the history of the Polish nation, which is one long saga of survival;he proved this week that he has an immense capacity and...

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Dirty tricks at the CIA

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Tom Bethel! Washington It was just like old times when commuters in the capital unfolded their Washington Posts last Tuesday morning and read that 'spymaster Max Hugel, the...

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Basques in one exit

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Sam White Paris Heralded as a major reform which will give a distinctive mark to the Mitterrand presidency. the de-centralisation plans announced last week by the Minister of...

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One hundred years ago

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London has been passing through a short spell of tropical heat. On Friday week the thermometer rose to 95 deg., and it did not decline below 88 deg. till Wednesday, since which...

Weekend with the Moonies

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Roy Kerridge Last year, while I was admiring the Peter Pan statue in Kensington Gardens, I was approached by a young couple with staring eyes. They opened the conversation by...

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The making of Leakey

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John Reader 'I believe . . . ,' said Richard Leakey, juggling fossils skulls like an experienced waiter with his arms full of awkward crockery. 'I believe . . . I believe . . ....

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The press

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Roy's small earthquake Paul Johnson There is nothing like an unexpected byelection result for raising Fleet Street's metaphor-quotient. Warrington, headlined the Guardian, was...

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In the City

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The BP success Tony Rudd The news that the huge BP issue was a success came slightly too late for noting in last week's issue. However the fact that the issue was a success...

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Police and public

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Sir: I am saddened by all the calls for, and talk about, further strengthening of police defence equipment and capability even to the extent of visored headgear and water...

Wales and the war

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Sir: Our attention has been drawn to a reference by Leo Abse, MP, in his review of K.O. Morgan's Rebirth of a Nation: Wales 1880-1980 (29 May), to the late Professor J. E....

Moo= matters

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Sir: I have filled out a Moonie personality test questionnaire and when I came back was told my personality was erratic and in urgent need of their attention. I can appreciate...

Sir: Peter Lloyd, in his airy dismissal of religion in

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his letter (18 July) about charitable status, unwittingly reveals his own creed. He is saying in effect: I believe in the state's infallibility in judging what is the public...

Muslim brothers

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Sir: Sasthi Brata writes (Letters, 11 July) that 'the Muslims introduced the wretchedly subversive notion that all men were equal in the sight of God.' What Mohammed did say...


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Sir: It is a sad thing to note that Brian Inglis believes in xenoglossy (18 July). It would be a sad thing to hear of any thinking person believing in so preposterous a notion,...

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Domestic war and peace John Stewart Corns Sonya: The Life of Countess Tolstoy Anne Edwards (Hodder pp.512, £8.50) After he had been married some 30 years Tolstoy came into a...

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Politics and the poet

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P.J. Kavanagh Native Realm Czeslaw Milosz (Carcanet New Press/Sidgwick & Jackson pp. 300, £8.95) The Issa Valley Czeslaw Milosz (Carcanet New Press/Sidgwick & Jackson pp. 288,...

No refuge

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Eric Newby The Last Wilderness: A Journey Across the Great Kalahari Desert Nicholas Luard (Elm Tree Books/Hamish Hamilton pp.222, £8.95) The Kalahari, an enormous tract of...

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My Prince and I

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Byron Rogers Settling Down James Whitaker (Quartet pp. 127, £4.95) Their Royal Highnesses Anthony Holden (Weidenfeld pp. 192, £7.95) Royal Weddings Dulcie M. Ashdown (Robert...

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Killer hero

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Paul Ableman Whale Jeremy Lucas (Jonathan Cape pp. 172, £5.50) This is the story of Sabre, a killer whale. Sabre is a fictional descendant of `Tarka, the Otter' rather than of...

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George Borrow Michael Wharton George Borrow died on 26 July, 1881. How many people read his books today? Very few, I imagine, though his name is no doubt remembered for its...

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Picasso's favourites John McEwen When Picasso died in 1973 his personal estate was valued at about £150 million. He left no will and eventually an agreement was reached...

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Some riches Mark Amory The Merchant of Venice (Aldwych) One Mo' Time! (Cambridge) One Night Stand (Apollo) There are those who, reacting against John Barton's reputation as a...


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Period piece Peter Ackroyd Quartet ('X', selected cimenas) James Ivory's Quartet is set in the Paris of 1927, although this is the Paris of the exile or traveller. The film...

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Revivalism Rodney Milnes Fidelio and Ariadne auf Naxos (Glyndebourne) Bernard Haitink has the reputation of being a sober, responsible, even phlegmatic musician, but his...


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Great stuff Richard Ingrams I hope that in the same way that we oldies can recall what we were doing when we heard the news of President Kennedy's death in 1963 all of us who...

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High life

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Libellers Tala The gutter press is after me once again. The first libel came in the Grovel column of Private Eye. In that infamous page I was described as a child molester, a...

Low life

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Workload Jeffrey Bernard The unemployment figure is quite disgust. ing and now a doctor in the north country says he's discovered a new illness he calls 'fear of...