25 JULY 1992

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If you want a straight interview that will be £20,000 but if you want something kinky. . M r David Mellor, the Heritage Secre- tary, offered his resignation after the People...

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A juicy bit of scandalum magnatum, as they say in the tabloids SIMON HEFFER I n recent months The Spectator has pub- lished pieces about morality written by Cabinet ministers....

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DOMINIC LAWSON Spectator summer party every July. Few bother to send a thank-you letter, even those who were not invited. One person who is always invited, and always sends a...

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Some reasons for wanting a Democrat victory AUBERON WAUGH W henever the Democrat Convention in New York came up in conversation last week, it would have been hard to exagger-...

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James Buchan assesses the consequences of a remarkable fact: 90 per cent of new jobs created since 1970 have been taken by women AT LLANTRISANT, a place in South Wales where...

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Fitzroy Maclean defends his, and Churchill's, war record in Yugoslavia RECENT REPORTS from the Balkans lend relevance and topicality to Noel Mal- colm's intriguing article on...

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If symptoms

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persist.. . LAST WEEK, I did a clinic in the prison. As I arrived all eyes were upon me: I was the prisoners' hope of sleeping tablets, new shoes, unsupervised gym, an X-ray to...

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Hugh Massingberd laments the plight of our stately homeless, and suggests a remedy SCENE ONE: The Tree House (a Gothick structure perched up a Tilia platyphyllos) in the...

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One hundred years ago

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LADIES IN SERVICE Sir, — I have read with interest your article on 'Ladies in Service' in The Spectator of July 16th. May I be allowed to make a few remarks on the subject,...

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Digby Anderson is aghast at the latest craze among young people, and suggests a return to old values INCREASINGLY over the last few years, especially in the summer months,...

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Patrick Skene Catling reports on the festivities just concluded at the birthplace of Ireland's national vegetable Youghal DUBLIN HAS its horse show, Wexford its opera season,...

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Tabitha Troughton overcomes her shock, and learns to savour a barbaric ritual We had been warned. Saying of the month among the diplomatic community in the Moroccan capital...

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Stay tuned, folks! See Al run! See little Al get run over! T h New York e craven instinct of politicians to remake themselves into whatever they think the people want gave...

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Making the Commons a house of ill repute PAUL JOHNSON N o: I am not writing about Mr David Mellor, but the fact that Members of Par- liament have gone off on the long holidays...

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Smoke gets in our eyes, and fear gets into the markets CHRISTOPHER FILDES S moke drifts into the theatre, bearing with it a faint, acrid smell. Then the manag- er bounces...

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Sir: John Gummer's article contains inaccu- racies, one of which

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needs correction straightaway. He states that 'any reservations about the ordination of women would exclude [men] from the episcopate for ever', and he goes on to allege that...

Sir: John Gummer fears an Anglican split through the existence,

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as he alleges, of a `scheme to permit the ordination of women'. What scheme? Ordination is already permitted to women in the Church of England. The Canons of 1969 (section D)...

LETTERS Cosmic exclusive

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Sir: Mr John Gummer's article (The worst of church times', 18 July) has inspired a response from Archbishop Cranmer him- self, which I thought you should see: Good Gummer, It...

Brutal frankness

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Sir: I am sure that Sir Robert Rhodes James is correct in writing that he ghosted all the most interesting sections of the late Lord Kilmuir's memoirs (`Night of the long...

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No comment

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Sir: Your panegyric on Sir Michael Richardson ('A handshake too far', 27 June) sadly omitted one of the remarkable statements of the year (made by Sir Michael to the Financial...

Sir: I take a much more kindly view of Noel

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Malcolm's article on Yugoslavia than do your correspondents Andrew Hayward and Annette Street (Letters, 18 July). It pro- vides a useful corrective to the received wisdom that...

Expert witnesses

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Sir: Noel Malcolm's article 'How Britain blundered in the Balkans' (11 July) is both accurately researched and timely. It should have been clear to Fitzroy Maclean that Tito was...

Amazing grace

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Sir: The Director of Christian Aid (Letters, 11 July) says that the 'patience and forbear- ance of . . . the ANC [in the face of apartheid] is a miracle of grace'. I quote from...

The rest is silence

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Sir: I enjoyed your 3 Pointless Things To Do This Week (Classified, 11, 18 July). Here are 3 more: 1.Read the Guardian. 2.Telephone J.D.Salinger. 3.Visit a Trappist monastery...

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Fitful sparks and old flames James Michie CURRICULUM VITAE by Muriel Spark Constable, £14.95, pp.213 I determined to write nothing that cannot be supported by documentary...

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At the Carrickmore Festival

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The thing I tripped over was a man on the pavement. I reached out my hand to his hand automatically. It was dirty and hard with energy. He refused to rise but held on. Well,...

A mystifying bestseller

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Penelope Lively KAHLIL GIBRAN: HIS LIFE AND WORK by Jean Gibran and Kahlil Gibran Canongate, f17.50, pp. 456 A re you familiar with The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran's best known...

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Digging up the family plot

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Charles Maclean VERY OLD BONES by William Kennedy Ming, £14.99, pp. 292 I n his campaign of 1926 to gain wider recognition for the work of Ernest Hemingway, Scott Fitzgerald...

Taking refuge but little comfort

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Molly Keane THE ROAD AHEAD by Christabel Bielenberg Bantam, £14.99, pp. 195 T he Road Ahead, sequel to The Past is Myself, is written in the same deceptively quiet style as the...

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Striking images of anonymity

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Bryan Robertson MAGRITTE by David Sylvester Thames & Hudson, £45, pp. 352 F orget the images for a moment; the supreme merit of David Sylvester's magis- terially selected and...

Let It

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A morning like this in your face, Winter gone, winter with a last kick, Dare me or go back by the fire, Wind pinning back feathergrass for The sun to rape it, cumulus voyaging...

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Our Burgundian inheritance

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Merlin Holland GREAT DOMAINES OF BURGUNDY by Remington Norman Kyle Cathie, £30, pp. 286 PULIGNY-MONTRACHET by Simon Loftus Ebuty, £19.99, pp. 256 O nly if you are rich or brave...

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The road to Greene Knowe

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Judy Taylor MEMORIES by Lucy Boston Colt Books, £14.95, pp. 340 I t would have been no surprise at all to have been celebrating Lucy Boston's 100th birthday this year with her...

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Brave actions never want a trumpet

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Andro Linklater THE BLOODY GAME: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MODERN WAR edited by Paul Fussell Scribners, £19.95, pp. 830 WRITERS ON WORLD WAR II edited by Mordecai Richler Chatto &...

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Flint-hearts and arrowheads

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John Jolliffe PITT RIVERS by Mark Bowden CUP, £24.95, pp. 198 B esides reaching the rank of Lieutenant-General, Augustus Lane Fox Pitt Rivers (1827-1900) created unique...

A selection of recent paperbacks

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Non-fiction: Elizabeth I by Anne Somerset, Fontana, £8.99 Nancy Mitford by Selina Hastings, Paper- mac, £9.99 A History of the Arab Peoples by Albert Hourani, Faber, £9.99 The...

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Art Light in our darkness James Hamilton looks for a hero to defend the cause of touring art exhibitions I n February I wrote about the threat posed to the funding of...

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Tribute to Edward Bawden (Fine Art Society, till 31 July) Georg Baselitz (Tate Gallery, till 1 November Cultural conundrum Giles Auty L ast week I wrote about the art of...

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Peter Pan (`U', selected cinemas) Beethoven (`U', selected cinemas) Dog days Mark Amory chool's out and so is adult entertain- ment (though I may be wronging Noises Off, a...


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MusicalMusical low profile Robin Holloway he revived Almeida Festival, modest T after the dotty, hit-or-miss prodigality of its earlier phase, now aims to concentrate upon...

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Murder by Misadventure (Vaudeville) The Dybbuk (Barbican Pit) An Inspector palls Sheridan Morley T he Inspector paused on his way out of the stalls bar. 'I think it's a...

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High and dry Alistair McAlpine T he bottom has almost fallen out of `gilt-edged' goods — the paintings, furni- ture and silver that everybody said at the time would hold their...

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Only connect Martyn Harris L ooking for the link is a vice of review- ers, but television is about cacophony rather than connections, so perhaps all one really needs is the...

High life

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The English disease Taki W hen I wrote last week about men losing their aggression after making love, I forgot to mention Edward Heath. Here's a man who has probably never...

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Long life

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Power of Persuasion Nigel Nicolson It was a sweet view — sweet to the eye and the mind. English verdure, English culture, English comfort, seen under a sun bright without...

Low life

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Standing joke Jeffrey Bernard I was eating my weekly intake of chicken in orange sauce in the King the other day when Christine, the lovely lady from Hong Kong who owns the...

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IF I STOP by an unknown restaurant,' wrote the great French chef, Fernand Point, 'I always ask to shake hands with the cuisinier before the meal. I know that if he is thin, I...

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Private enterprise Raymond Keene I have formed a theory about the relative failure of the English team at the recently concluded chess Olympiad in Manila. It is this. In...


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Damned by praise Jaspistos I n Competition No. 1737 you were in- vited to write a review of an imaginary book, whose enthusiasm is far more likely to turn the reader off than...

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A first prize of £20 and a bottle of Graham's Malvedos 1979 Vinta g e Port for the first correct solution opened on 10 Au g ust, with two runners-up prizes of £10 (or, for UK...

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Barmy about Boycs Frank Keating GEOFFREY BOYCOTT is back in the box-seat at Headingley. He has taken to the microphone with just as assured a certainty — and even more of a...


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Dear Mary.. . Q. Our daily, whom we value and adore, has begun to give us presents in the form of what she calls 'ornaments'. These objets Include things like two-foot-high...