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S ix men watching Ireland beat Italy at football were shot dead by 'Loyalist' terror- ists in a bar in Loughinisland, Co. Antrim; they were all Catholics, though the bar was...

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The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LL Telephone: 071-405 1706; Telex 27124; Fax 071-242 0603 RUSSIAN ROULETTE W hile war looms in the Korean penin- sula and British...

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But he sang in his chains like the sea SIMON HEFFER F aced, somewhat unexpectedly, with having to write my last political column for The Spectator, I find I have become...

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To secure for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry and the most equitable distribution thereof that may be possible upon the basis of the common...

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In celebration of an English man of letters AUBERON WAUGH A I read through the list of those who had attended Anthony Burgess's memorial service at St Paul's, Covent Garden,...

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On the eve of the European Union summit in Corfu, Tim Congdon argues that Britain's future, like its glorious past, lies in freedom to trade as a nation state with the whole...

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Simon Courtauld discusses torture and other essentials with the 86-year-old victor of the Battle of Algiers Montargis WIVE les Paras! Vive la Coloniale! Vive la France!' The...

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Modern children are thought to be uniquely lazy and wicked. But, says Marlyn Harris, they have always been like that A FEW WEEKS ago Ralph and Denise Bulger appeared on...

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If symptoms persist.. .

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BLESSED ARE the pacemakers, for they shall inherit the heart. A patient entered my room last week and asked in a panic whether he needed a pacemaker, or even a heart...

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Martin Vander Weyer comes up with a task to keep the Prince of Wales fully occupied for the next seven years THERE IS a date approaching which offers the Prince of Wales the...

Mind your language

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PRETTY in pink, perhaps; but, even more than most colour words, pink is a pretty problem. A reader asked if the origin he had been taught for the flower pink was correct: — that...

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One hundred years ago

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IT IS evident that the Archbishop of Canterbury is rather unfortunate in the reports of his speeches at the National Society. On Tuesday, he declared that he never had said at...

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Elisabeth Dunn argues that the death of Weekend Man, heralded in these pages, will leave the countryside devoid of its biggest joke West Milton, Dorset NEWS OF the demographic...

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From condemned playground to compulsory cohabitation in one generation PAUL JOHNSON C il Connolly was an ugly child from a far from distinguished and not particularly wealthy...

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Cut and cover

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THE ACTION now shifts to the Chancel- lor's end of town. The seasonal cries of ministers protecting their budgets tell us (hat it is public spending time again, with the Cabinet...

Cross Channel

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MY HEART goes out to poor old Channel 4, labouring under the burden of paying a dividend to ITV. Two former chairmen, Edmund Dell and Lord (Richard) Attenbor- ough, have been...

More fruit and nut

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DEAR BAFFLED, Throgmorton Street: Help is on the way. The Stock Exchange's regulatory adviser on continuing obliga- tions is worried about a company called Arlen. He wrote to it...

Courage and style

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I FIRST MET Jocelyn Hambro (who died at the weekend) when he gave Hambros' first press conference. Thirty years ago that was a dashing thing for a family merchant bank to do,...


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Burning, scratching, blood and bandages it's H.M. Government's stock CHRISTOPHER FILDES T his is a fine time to tell us that cats suffer from sunburn. Rub a high factor sun-...

A slight case of dysergy

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SYNERGY IS a deal-maker's word, mean- ing that two plus two can make five, with the right accountant. Dysergy came to the world of oil when Lasmo bid for Ultramar. Stretching to...

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In praise of Greats

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Sir: Sir Raymond Carr, reviewing the new history of 20th-century Oxford (Books, 11 June), writes that 'Greats, once the glory of the arts faculty, is in decline.' If one...

LETTERS Where is death's sting?

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Sir: I was recently a witness for my newspa- per at the execution of a murderer in Huntsville, Texas, and I would like to dis- agree with almost every word of William Cash's...

Rich pickings

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Sir: Martin Vander Weyer vilifies an entire profession because one head-hunter charged him £20,000 for promoting an appointment (The sky's the limit, old boy', 18 June). How...

Ignorance of bliss

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Sir: It is surprising that the fastidious Fred- eric Raphael should perpetuate one of the great common misapprehensions of English letters (Books, 18 January). 'Foie Bras to the...


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`Cursed is he that removeth his neighbour's landmark' SIMON JENKINS County Britain was once Tory Britain. The Saxon shrievalties and Tudor lieu- tenancies, the great county...

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Tackling chaos with gusto Rupert Christiansen STENDHAL by Jonathan Keates Sinclair-Stevenson, £20, pp. 445 T he only unhappiness is a life of boredom', wrote Stendhal, in a...

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My enemy has written a bad book

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Julie Burchill ART AND LIES I t is always best to show your hand where our old friend Mr Green Eye is concerned. Envy is not an epic thing, unlike its kissing cousin jealousy....

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Wandering between two worlds

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Nicholas Harman NO MAN'S LAND by George Monbiot Macmillan, £17.99, pp. 224 N ostalgia sells best when spiced with indignation. George Monbiot mixes them skilfully. He laments...

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We walked out in high wind today Through Harpford Woods, March daffodils All knocked about and trees asway Like masts at sea and stormswept hills Like ocean rollers all around...

The old age of Sir Walter

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Caroline Moore THE RAGGED LION by Allan Massie Hutchinson, f15.99, pp. 240 I shall be reading the other reviews of The Ragged Lion with even more than usual curiosity, for I...

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Unflinching in the face of disaster

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Anita Brookner MOTHERS' BOYS by Margaret Forster Chatto, £14.99, pp. 313 I n the annals of contemporary fiction Margaret Forster scores a comfortable beta plus. She deals...

Novelist and president

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Tony Gould A FISH IN THE WATER by Mario Vargas Llosa Faber, £17.50, pp. 532 I n the Daily Telegraph on 2 January 1989 the Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa stated baldly...


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Now she has gone closed in a jar as paper rustles round seeds. For fifty years she has lived alone with her husband and child by the London streets. Now she is free to fly...

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A prance to the music of time

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Nicholas Coleridge SOME HOPE by Edward St Aubyn Heinemann, £13.99, pp. 168 he concluding volume of Edward St Aubyn's slim trilogy about rich, unhappy people is as finely...

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A selection of recent paperbacks

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Fiction: The Last Word by Paul Micou, Black Swan, £5.99 The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields, 4th Estate, £5.99 Caesar by Allan Massie, Sceptre, £5.99 Memories of the Ford...

Carry on writing

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Jonathan Coe THE KENNETH WILLIAMS LE I' LERS edited by Russell Davies HapperCollins, £18, pp. 307 S ince the publication of his diaries last year, it has become impossible to...

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The Proms Three farts and a raspberry Simon Heifer believes the Proms should always be the premier festival of British music hen Henry Wood founded the Proms in 1895 it was...

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Aida (Royal Opera House) Blame the heat Rupert Christiansen I blame the weather. Over the first night of the Royal Opera's new production of Verdi's Aida hung a stifling...


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R.B. Kitaj (Tate Gallery, till 4 September) Ian Van Wieringen (Corbally Stourton Contemporary, till 4 September) The age of insouciance Giles Auty T he big benefit of a...

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Shopping (`18', selected cinemas) Beverly Hills Cop 3 (15', selected cinemas) Shopping with a twist Mark Steyn A fter Four Weddings and a Funeral, four ramraids and a riot,...

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Sweet Bird of Youth (National) The Queen And I (Royal Court) Hamlet (Open Air, Regent's Park) Kings and Queens Sheridan Morley S omething is stirring down in old Ten- nessee...


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The happy philosopher Robin Holloway F or many centuries much great philoso- phy has placed music high in the scheme of things. For the Greeks it was an image of order and...

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Rose English (Royal Court and touring) Ghosts out of time Sophie Constanti I 've forgotten what the word tawdry means — possibly because I've become it,' opines Rose English...

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High life

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O.J. rules O.K. Taki here has been saturation coverage over here of the 0. J. Simpson case, For any of you unfamiliar with Simpson, he is a Bobby Moore type figure to the...


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Home alone with my books Martyn Harris T he low point for this column came some two and a half years ago when I men- tioned Upstairs Downstairs as an example of BBC middlebrow...

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Low life

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Axe sport Jeffrey Bernard T here has been, and still is, a surfeit of sport at this time of year, and now, after Royal Ascot and the second Test Match, I fear that I am in for...

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Long life

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Just a minute Nigel Nicolson M ost elderly people dislike being pho- tographed. Few of us age so beautifully as Elizabeth Longford or Stephen Spender, and vanity is the last...

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• • *,* The Savoy Grill I HAD ACTUALLY intended to go to the Atlantic Grill this week. That I ended up in what is probably the most famous Cisat- lantic grill rather than in...

Correction: In last week's receipt for elder- flower syrup, we

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inadvertently left out the amount of water to be boiled. This should have read 2 pints.

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• COEWLI DI LIU SPAIN'S FINEST CAVA SPAIN'S FINEST CAVA Dream ticket Raymond Keene AFTER MUCH VACILLATION, the two British grandmasters, Nigel Short and Michael Adams, have...


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Children's corner Jaspistos IN COMPETITION NO. 1835 you were invited to write a poem for children begin- ning 'I wish I were a(n) . . Chesterton's triolet went: I wish I were...

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No. 1838: Elsewhere, otherwhen

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You are invited to write a review of a production of a well-known play which has been eccentrically set in a time and place far from the author's intentions. Entries to...

Solution to 1162: Mind them!

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Unclued lights are words abbrevi- ated in Chambers to '13' (across) and `q' (down). First prize: Dr E. Wylde, Stowmar- ket, Suffolk; Runners-up: H. Tho- mas, Felixstowe,...


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i j GRAHAM 'S PORT I CROSSWORD J W.& J . GRAHAM ' S PORT 1165: A load of tripe! by Doc A first prize of £25 and a bottle of Graham's Malvedos 1979 Vintage Port for the first...

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Going for gold Frank Keating IRELAND'S resplendent defeat of Italy in the soccer World Cup's pipe-opener fur- ther emphasised the sad absence of Eng- land in the competition....


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Dear Mary.. . Q. Over the last year I have made rather a lot of appointments with my GP for things that turned out to be false alarms. I recog- nise that I am something of a...

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Volume 272 January—June 1994 • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Indiana University • • • • • • ft DEC 1 2 1994 • •• • • • Library **••••••••••* RI '^ Published by...

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Using this Index

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Arrangement of entries Entries are arranged in letter-by-letter alphabetical order, i.e. spaces between words are ignored. Thus the entry 'Redgrave, Michael' precedes 'Red...

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Index for January-June 1994 Subjects and Titles A Abbe de Choisy, The, The Transvestite Memoirs (Trans R.H.F. Scott), 18 Jun 36(R) Abse, Leo, Wotan, My Enemy, 21 May 33(R)...