25 OCTOBER 1980

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The new English literature

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The new English literature The award this week of the Booker Prize to Williamn Golding, for his novel Rites of Passage. marks the welcome recognition of an English novelist...

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Nearly drowned man surfaces

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Political commentary Nearly drowned man surfaces Ferdinand Mount The melon-fac.e pfeers rouln1d the door wnith the old hallf- siliulf. halt-evpcish expression on it. Mr (...

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Notebook Colonel Gaddafi is a major shareholder in La Stampa, the Italian newspaper which has links with the London Times. This is because he is the second largest shareholder...

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Somerset's universal pig-sty

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Another voice Somerset's universal pig-sty Auberon Waugh 'Bovine. philistine nonsense . was how NIr Matthew Waley-Cohen, a senior and respected member of Somerset's Education...

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Reagan loses the initiative

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Reagan loses the initiative Henry Fairlie W14ashilngtofl Alrnost all elections develop their own and Often unexpected life, because in the end they tell us something which we...

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The angry electorate

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The angry electorate Nicholas von Hoffman Wtas/I ingi8tOnl The atmosphere here is of spring come too early. of a humid wind blowing before anybody wants it, the kind of air...

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The new Berlin wall

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The new Berlin wall Tim Garton Ash Berlilz No one predicted that East Germany would start buryilng inter-German detente on the da\ after the West German election. The shocked...

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An Australian episode

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An Australian episode Uavid Butler It was a connoisseur's election. No great iSsues were at stake and, in the end, the incumbent government got back with a comfortable...

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The collapse of the prisons

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The collapse of the prisons Jennifer Monahan The prison officers' action, now in its third week, is causing heavy loss of revenue from the prisons' industrial workshops, which...

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Mrs Thatcher's good fortune

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In the City Mrs Thatcher's good fortune Tony Rudd The latest economic news is good for the Government. The country is currently earning large surpluses on its balance of...

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When Scotland came to Rome

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When Scotland came to Rome Sir: I was rather surprised at Alexander Chancellor's reference to Macbeth as 'unloved' (Notebook, 18 October). What mediaeval sources there are seem...

The joys of fidelity

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The joys of fidelity Sir: Mr Auberon Waugh has it nearly right (18 October). When the Pope declared that husbands who look lustfully at their wives commit adultery in their...

A moderate filly

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A moderate filly Sir: One must hope that Mr St John Stevas's filly, Empress Carlotta (NoteboOks 11 October), fares better than her namesake. She reportedly went mad after being...

The licence to print

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Letters The licence to print Sir: Mr Tony Rudd's admirable proposal to sell off the Bank of England (11 October) leaves out of account the Bank's best business and most...

Old Contemptibles

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Old Contemptibles , Sir: I was surprised by Peter Nichol'S assertion that 'tbe"old contemptibles'lived on because of a misinterpreted phrase froml the German emperor' (18...

Phrases and slogans

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Phrases and slogans Sir: The rhetoric which no doubt finds favour with Mr Enoch Powell's constituents in South Down is insufficient in the Spectator ( 1 October). Most of your...

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Counting our Blessings: Reflections on the Future of America Daniel Patrik Moynihan

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Aggressive moderate ha. Murray Rothbard Counting our Blessings: Reflections on the Future of America Daniel Patrick Moynihan (Secker £7.95) the Publishing industry has been...

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Ways of Escape Graham Greene

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Restless wanderer Richard West Ways of Escape Graham Greene (Bodley Head £6.95) This second volume of (iraham (reene's memoirs is largely composed of introduCtions he wrote....

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Maria: Beyond the Callas Legend Arianna Stassinopoulos

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Bubble and squeak Taki Theodoracopulos Maria: Beyond the Callas Legend Arian- "1a Stassinopoulos (Weidenfeld £8.50) Maria Callas was without doubt one of the greatest opera...

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Fellow Travellers of the Right: British Enthusiasts for Nazi Germany Richard Griffiths

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Soft on Hitler Hugh Cecil Fellow Travellers of the Right: British Enthusiasts for Nazi Germany Richard Griffiths (Constable £12.50) One day early in the second World war,...

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The Venetian Empire: A Sea Voyage Jan Morris

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Lost empire ?M J.G. Links The Venetian Empire: A Sea Voyage Jan Morris (Faber £9.50) There was little that the Venetian Empire had in common with the British Empire...

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Earthly Powers Anthony Burgess

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Life and times Francis King Earthly Powers Anthony Burgess ( 'Hutch- inson £6.95) Anthony Burgess has always been brilliant at beginnings. 'It was the afternoon of my 81st...

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Arabella Tosca Lucia di Lammermoor

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Too many trees Rodney. Mines Arabella (Coliseum) IOsca (Theatre Royal, Glasqow) Lucia di Lammermor (Covent Garden) Jonathan Miller's production of Arabella for the...

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The Importance of Being Earnest (Old Vic) Enjoy (Vaudeville) The Romans in Britain (Olivier)

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Theatre Insights Bryan Robertson The Importance of Being Earnest (Old Vic) Enjoy (Vaudeville) The Romans in Britain (Olivier) Worthing is hardlv renovvned for wit orsparkle...

The Blue Lagoon

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Cinema Soft porn Peter Ackroyd The Blue Lagoon ('AA' selected cinemas) This is. the poster tells us. lone s nat IUre intended it to he': the film credits are in ai...

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Television Flaptu re Richard Ingrams 1-lw to convey to readers my intense excitement and delight when walking iollrnfully through the drizzle down Shaftesbury avenue last...

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Postscript Caged Patrick Marnham If there were a successor to Jonathan Swift alive today he might make something of a comparison between the modern prison and the modern zoo....