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NUCLEAR INEVITABILITY T he superpowers' supposedly 'historic- al' joint statement issued last week pro- claimed their intention to 'pursue as the first priority the reduction...

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Hoping that nothing much will come of the agreement FERDINAND MOUNT `A historic turning point'? Not bad, but it needs a bit more oomph. 'A victory for common sense' then? No,...

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CRAIG BROWN L ast week at the Liberal Assembly I wrote in the Times conference sketch that David Steel's adviser Mr Richard Holme looked like the kind of bogus major who cons...

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Heartbreaking expense of municipal bed and breakfast AUBERON WAUGH T hey wash in the usually cold water of the room's small sink, piled high with dirty plates,' wrote John...

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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard finds his neighbours sunk in poverty and apathy that no one knows how to solve Washington I HAD been warned. Nobody leaves their car for more than a...

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Paul Barker meets the men who sleep out in London RATSO lives in what he calls, wryly, Tennis Court Boulevard in Lincoln's Inn Fields. He has big eyes and a scarred forehead....

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Alexander Norman asks what an INF agreement will do to the balance of military power in Europe Fallingbostel, W. Germany GENERAL Crosbie Saint, commander of 111 US Corps,...

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Michael Trend on Mr Livingstone's plans for power at Brighton and beyond WRITING in the fourth century BC, using an image taken from nature, Aristotle repeated the following...

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Gavin Stamp argues that Mercury should make use of Telecom's rejected boxes THE news that Mercury Communications Ltd are applying to be allowed to operate a public telephone...

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THE electricians have at last given us what will prove an invention of infinite- ly more utility than the telephone — a writing telegraph. The telephone is absolutely useless...

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Roy Jenkins pays tribute to the zest of Christopher Soames, who died last week CHRISTOPHER Soames was a man whom it was difficult not to notice but easy to misjudge. The...

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Naming the Gulf

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Sir: I must correct you (Diary, 15 August). The Times has not recently banished the name of the Persian Gulf under Arab pressure. Quite the reverse. Under Amer- ican influence...

Mosley contra Mundum

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Sir: In the war against the criminal Nazi regime, `no British interest was involved'! (Diana Mosley, Letters, 5 September.) Only a fool or a Nazi fanatic could think such...

Too much corpsing

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Sir: Since John Huston's death I have read three of his obituaries, two of which gave different versions of Huston kneeling by a corpse and exclaiming variants of the phrase...

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Outstanding event

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ability in the matter of opening dictionaries, but in mine glasnost is listed under glas or eye, not golos or voice. Anne Kirkness 55 Hyndewood, Bampton Road, Forest Hill,...

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Sir: Noel Malcolm was delightful about Radio Moscow (`suspicious behaviour', 5 September) but surely the Russian for `voice' is golos? The word glaznost must derive from glazur...

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A real minx, this one

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Alastair Forbes TEARS BEFORE BEDTIME by Barbara Skelton C hatting flirtatiously in Montparnas- se's Dome on their way to their first 'sweet night and adorable morning' (Cyril...

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A Sociologist

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Your concern to preserve identities of immigrants suggests a man who cares. And yet, Professor, not a single word about the natives slowly losing theirs. Raymond Tong

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Shepherds and other high-level experts

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Deryla Murphy OVER THE HIGH PASSES: A YEAR IN THE HIMALAYAS by Christina Noble Collins, £12.95 O n every continent they are proliferat- ing; in the most unlikely corners one...

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The making of a member of The Group

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Succumbing to an inferior complexity

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Anthony Daniels ANTHILLS OF THE SAVANNAH by Chinua Achebe Heinemann, £10.95 W ole Soyinka once spoke of Chinua Achebe's 'unrelieved competence'. It seemed to me a peculiarly...

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The violence and drama of India

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Anita Desai KINGDOM'S END AND OTHER STORIES by Saadat Hasan Manto, translated by Khalid Hasan Verso, £11.95 T hose whose idea of India is taken from her art and literature, the...

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Personification of a nation's tragedy

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J. Enoch Powell LORD LLOYD AND THE DECLINE OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE by John Charmley Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £18 T he break-up of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the first world...

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Evelyn Jo11 THE NATIONAL GALLERY COLLECTION selected by Michael Levey National Gallery Publications, 04.95, f9.95 T h e National Gallery was founded 163 years ago; for 35 of...

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The necessity of learning Greek

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Hugh Lloyd-Jones ERIC, 1963-1986 by Eric Mitchell Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £14.95 T his handsomely produced book con- tains a collection of the writings of Eric Mitchell, a...

Naming Horses

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Good Apple, a name for a horse? (The stress comes first, As you'd say Godalming, Doncaster) Good Apple — and people smile. They'd like Red Prince, Firebird, Gold Touch. `Good...

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A Cornish scholar

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A. L. Rowse WILLIAM BORLASE by P. A. S. Pool Royal Institution of Cornwall, Truro, £14.95 O ur leading authority on archaeologic- al matters, Professor Charles Thomas, tells...

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Indian films Demons and courtesans Anatol Lieven urges Westerners to sample the colourful world of Indian popular cinema in a new television series J ust as in the...

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NY Art Now (Saatchi Gallery, till February) Donald Baechler (Mayor Rowan, till 2 October) Confounded chic Giles Auty W ithin radical art circles in Britain, the standard...

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The Goddess is pleased Last Saturday at Southwark Cathedral, one of the great masters of Indian classical music, Imrat Khan, gave a concert of devotional ragas on sitar and...

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Macbeth (Lyttelton) Banzai Macbeth Christopher Edwards T his production of Macbeth, by Yukio Ninagawa, marks the arrival of the Japanese at the National Theatre's Inter-...

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Hope and Glory (15', Odeon Haymarket) War of liberation Hilary Mantel D irector John Boorman was six when the second world war broke out, and he remembers the moment of the...

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Eastern approaches Rodney MIInes O ne or two eyebrows have been raised at the English National Opera's staging Stephen Sondheim's Pacific Overtures and hoping to generate some...

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Water sports Taki A Athens s everyone who has visited this hell-hole during the last 15 years or so knows, the `nefos' is the permanent cloud of noxious fumes that hangs over...


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Ghoul appeal Wendy Cope A drunken man is being buried alive in a graveyard. This is a bit much, so I go and get another cup of coffee. By the time I come back it's the...

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Home life

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Cat brought in Alice Thomas Ellis T his is for the attention of Matthew, who is currently travelling round Ireland (or maybe he's gone somewhere else by now) talking to people...

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Keeping the peace Jeffrey Bernard Peace. It is heady stuff to contemplate. How on earth can you stop the brain from teeming? I thought I had found it momen- tarily yesterday...

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ONE visit to L'Ortolan (0734 883783) in Shinfield, just outside Reading, and my faith in English restaurants is restored. Responsible are John Burton-Race and his French wife,...

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Montreal memories Raymond Keene C ontinuing my series on the great tournaments, I come to Montreal 1979, which was billed by its organisers at the time as the outstanding...


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Genre horrible Jaspistos I n Competition No. 1490 you were in- vited to supply an opening page of the type of book you most dislike. `Alexandra Pavlovna Karasikov sat in her...

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Burgundian glasnost

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BURGUNDY is not easy to get to know. Only in parts of Germany and Alsace are strips of vine-land so intricately divided up among families themselves so intricately ramified. The...

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