25 JULY 1987

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Man with hornets' nest B ritish Airways made a surprise bid of £237 million for their arch-rival British Caledonian. The chairmen of the two airlines shook hands on the deal and...

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DISARMING MR REAGAN othing is easier than to find grounds of disagreement with the Presi- dent and few things would be more unhelp- ful.' Thus wrote Winston Churchill to one of...

IN THE past few days, a new telephone fault developed

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at the Spectator. Callers got a ringing tone when they dialled, but no answer. This was because there was no ring at our end. This fault has now been righted. Readers are...

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The lions of Labour's Left lie down with the lambs of the Right FERDINAND MOUNT N ot for the first time, one can only say that politics is a peculiar business. There we all...

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N othing more annoys journalists than the spectacle of ministers of the Crown flagrantly defying the dictates of justice, as defined in the leader columns, because of an...

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Reasons for not wishing to visit the Soviet Union AUBERON WAUGH A bout 25 years ago, when we were all rather younger, Mr Ferdinand Mount shocked me very much by saying that he...


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The Western powers are trying to assert themselves against Iran in the Gulf. But, as Patrick Bishop shows, they cannot stop its kidnapping and terrorism SHORTLY before he...

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Anatol Lieven on the controversial joint command of a brigade Bonn A BRIGADE is no vast military force. But some commentators in West Germany seem anxious to boost the image...

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Giles Mathews describes how his wedding to a Chinese girl caused problems ON Thursday we went to the Civil Affairs Office. Like most substantial buildings in Manchuria, this...

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Anita Braakner explains how she was used by Blunt and Wright MY indictment — and it is only thanks to the editor of the Spectator that I have a voice at all in this...

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Brian Inglis 'argues that Northern Ireland should be given a kind of independence THE 'talks about talks' which the Ulster Unionist leaders have agreed to have with Tom King...

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One hundred years ago

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YESTERDAY week, Dr Tanner in- sulted Mr Long in the lobby of the House of Commons. This is Mr Long's own account of the affair: — 'I had no intention whatever of offering the...

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Alexander Norman fears that the decision to change defence policy has been left too late NUCLEAR weapons, like French letters, are a fact of life. And just as contraception...

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Roy Kerridge on the last days of Dartington Hall IN THE 1950s, when I was at grammar school, I yearned to go to a free school where no lessons could be enforced and I would be...

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E. W. Swanton looks forward to the settlement of a row which has divided cricket SINCE Alan Gibson drew the attention of Spectator readers some weeks ago to cer- tain...


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Sunday Sports Bill — Wednesday, 15 July Lord Wyatt of Weeford: People are seldom more innocently occupied than in placing bets on horses. Those in- terested in the outcome of...

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Lord King hangs a pretty label on a privatised franchise CHRISTOPHER FILDES B ritish Caledonian has a toehold on the London-Nice route, and this has stirred British Airways...

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LETTERS Getting the message

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Sir: Recently I have been trying to get British Telecom to pull up its socks. Last August I received on a Monday morning a telegram that had been sent from Poland the previous...

400 per cent

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Sir: In your leading article (4 July) you state clearly, `Dr Gilmour thinks that the [sexual] abuse itself is increasing'. Clearly you did not consult me before making such an...


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Sir: A better candidate for the song that the Aborigines sing as they pace the outback (Diary, 18 July) might be the one popularised in England by Charlie Drake, the chorus of...


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Sir: Could you explain Mr Horovitz's reference (Letters, 11 July) to the inno- cents for whom Mrs Thatcher failed to intercede in the Falklands? As the mother of a serving...


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Some of the mud sticks Colin Welch PASSCHENDAELE: THE STORY BEHIND THE TRAGIC VICTORY OF 1917 by Philip Warner I t might be possible, particularly for those more expert than...

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Among the timeless stones what takes the eye Is a girl on a bicycle - Pink blouse, and black skirt riding up her thigh - Pedalling fast As if in danger in this place, Through...

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A voyage round my study

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John Mortimer DICKENS' WORKING NOTES FOR HIS NOVELS edited, with an introduction, by Harry Stone University of Chicago Press, £47.95 E . M. Forster once said with more than a...

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Sacrificing all in the pursuit of money

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Francis King THE JADE PAVILION by Martin Booth Hutchinson, £10.95 I n 1960 Paul Scott published a novel called The Chinese Love Pavilion. It is to such a love pavilion that...

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Out of the whirlwind

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John Jolliffe THE MEMOIRS OF ETHEL SMYTH abridged and introduced by Ronald Crichton Viking, f14.95 R eaders of these skilfully edited ex- tracts from her ten books will find...

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Palaces that resist interpretation

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Andrew Robinson THE RAJPUT PALACES: THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE 1450-1750 by G. H. R. Tillotson Yale, DO V isitors to India, as well as Indians themselves, are...

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Worth a mass of writing

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Euan Cameron PARIS: A LITERARY COMPANION by Ian Littlewood John Murray, £12.95 I threw myself on a bench,' wrote George Moore, recalling Paris during the 1870s in Memoirs of my...

Standing and Staring

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What is this life, if full of care, We have no time to stand and stare? —W H Davies To take time, now, to stop to think (From schedules dreary, strict and tight, Like office,...

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Dance Ashton's artistry Julie Kavanagh P eter Schaufuss is our most enterprising — and some might add, opportunistic — dance director. His coup this season was not only to...

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That Summer (Hampstead) Public Enemy (Lyric, Hammersmith) Culture clash Christopher Edwards A lthough David Edgar is probably best known for his adaptation of Nicholas...


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When words fail Peter Phillips T he 93rd season of Promenade con- certs was launched last Friday (17 July), with the Albert Hall looking more red and golden than ever. The...

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The Domingo road-show Nicholas Vincent P lacido Domingo is renowned for his desire to take opera to the public. A series of popular recordings, and more recently his...

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Pop music

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Into deep Waters Marcus Berkmann A nd now, as they say, back to the records. I've been listening to quite a few of these lately, often in an attempt to decode the album...

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Andre Masson (Hayward, till 27 September) Eileen Agar: A Retrospective (Birch & Conran, till 7 August) Surrealist survivors Giles Auty In response to the word 'Surrealism'...

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Kids' stuff Wendy Cope L ast weekend, hoping to find a new favourite programme to replace LA Law (ITV), I watched Miami Vice (BBC 1) for the first time. My hopes were pretty...


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Something Wild (`18', selected cinemas) Taken for a ride Hilary Mantel F ilm credits never cease to amaze. We all know about Best Boys and Key Grips, but is a set dresser...

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High life

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Well met in Tuscany Taki f this isn't the most beautiful spot in Europe, I'll not only announce my engage- ment to Andrea Dworkin, I'll even go through with it. (For any of...

Low life

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Writer's block Jeffrey Bernard T his week has been rotten so far and it is only Tuesday today from where I am sitting. Yesterday, I saw Anthony Burgess in Old Compton Street,...

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Home life

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Pushing the boat out Alice Thomas Ellis I did it again. I went on about the weather and it changed. The bread bin got waterlogged, and many people found themselves unable to...

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A first prize of £20 and two further prizes of. £10 (or, for UK solvers, a copy of Chambers Dictionary, value £13.95 — ring the words 'Chambers Dictionary' above) for the first...

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Tidying down Jaspistos I N Competition No. 1481 you were invited to reduce some blank verse of Shakespeare to banal heroic couplets in the manner of the 18th century. A...


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Fortune's favours Raymond Keene T he achievement by Nigel Short and Jon Speelman in jointly winning the Subotica Interzonal takes a while to sink in. After their flying start...

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Imperative cooking 0L) : sex in the vegetable garden

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. .7 n...11 4 Lik..; ,:"LigaLAPLJ INVITATIONS to dinner should always be treated with special caution in the summer. If your prospective hosts have a garden and He does the...

No. 1484: Strange encounter

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English-speaking inhabitants of another planet, having announced the time and place of their arrival, land in Britain and are greeted by an official deputation. A newspaper...

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