29 APRIL 1966

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Portrait of the Week

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THERE WAS intermittent spring sunshine, at last; it was National Nature Week, moreover, with cuckoos and swallows celebrating the observance across the land; even the...

IN PARLIAMENT the Speaker ruled that it was not out

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of order for a member to sleep in the Chamber, and Mr Wilson announced that talks would begin between British and Rho- desian officials, although this would not of course...

THE ARGUMENT of the week concerned Lord Moran's serialised memories

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of his years as Sir Winston Churchill's doctor: Mr Ran- dolph Churchill denounced the publication, so did the Lancet, and the Establishment frowned disapprovingly. More pirate...

One Cheer for Europe

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irr is easy for a journal whose basic atti- Itude to the Government is critical to fall into the habit of finding fault for its own sake. This must be avoided. Sir Alec...


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Mr Brown's European Adventure By ALAN WATKINS E next Labour government,' wrote Mr Desmond Donnelly in the Daily Express of July 4, 1963, 'could lead Britain into the Euro-...

Ode to Mr John Bird on his Temporary Retirement from

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the Television Screen Thou wast not born for death, immortal Bird. No angry protestations get thee down. The voice we heard at half-past ten was heard Some weeks ago, I...

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The Will of the People From SARAH GAINHAM BONN N OBODY outside the Central Committee of the Socialist Unity party of East Germany knows just what Walter Ulbricht had in mind...

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Men of Power

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By IAIN MACLEOD HAVE always regarded Philip Swinton as a I wise man. He was one of the two men (James Stuart, now Viscount Stuart of Findhorn, was the other) to whom I would...

The Kremlin Talks to the Vatican

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From DEV MURARKA MOSCOW T HE thaw between Moscow and the Vatican first began to appear under the late Pope John XXIII. The most dramatic sign of this was the award of the...

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April 28, 1866 On Thursday night Mr. Gladstone announced, u)th a sang - froid highly creditable to his nerves, That as the division on the Franchise Bill would be taken on...

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Spectator's Notebook

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M R WILSON has done well to start talks at the official level with the Smith regime, as Mr Selwyn Lloyd urged on his return from Rhodesia before the election, and as the...

The Glyndebourne Set Lord Cromer, we are assured, is relinquishing

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the Governorship of the Bank of England at his own request. Equally, I've little doubt that he wouldn't have made this request had the atmosphere between him and the Government...

Old Moore Dept About the only thing Ladbroke's don't make

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a book on these days is the Budget. So here, un- sullied by thoughts of immoral gain, is my rash guess for Tuesday. Taxes will go up by £165 million. There will be 3d. on the...

Boofy on the Box The idea of making a start

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on the televising of Parliament by admitting the cameras in for the Queen's speech was a good one, but it's clear that it has left MPs as divided as ever on the merits of the...

What the Doctor Heard Like Mr Truman Capote, Lord Moran

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clearly had to wait until his victim was dead before he dared to publish. The result is a gossip columnist's dream, and will no doubt offer prospects of highly profitable...

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The Theatre of Cruelty By JOHN WELLS L O OKING back at the front page of the News of t he World for April 17, it is very easy to imagine that one is reading a playbill for...


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Olympia Comes to Swinging London By KENNETH ALLSOP rr ‘HOSE absinthe-green paperbacks always used 1 to have on the back cover in dwarf type `Not to be sold in the USA or UK.'...

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Brien: Evasions of Cowardice-1943-45 T he extracts have been taken without a struggle and under heavy anaesthetic, from the diaries of Dr Cretan. Dr Cretan became Brien's...

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Liberty's Muddy Fountain

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Sul,— Isn't the answer to the question raised by Mr Ludovic Kennedy in his Moors Murder article simply that any harm done by the detailed reporting of such horrors arises not...

In Defence of Oxbridge St R,--As a Redbrick arts student

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who has read Bryan Wilson's defence of Oxbridge, I have to admit that he underlines a dismal truth. Oxbridge seems to have a healthier academic attitude than Redbriek. After...

Ten Per Cent

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S.IR,—Nigel. Lawson is quite right. None of the ques- tions on the Ten Per Cent Census is all that imperti- nent; but the threat of-a £10 fine certainly is. I have nothing to...

II,FPIE5 Ira From: Angus Wilson, George A. Wheatley, A. Earley,

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Peter Knight, John Buchanan, Peter I. Smith, Ruth Christine Price, A. C. Arthur,. Air-Commodore M. W. Palmer.- G. S. Taylor, 'Felon,' K. Treeby, G. S. Marr, John Tasker, Robert...

Snt,—I would like to congratulate you on Anthony Burgess's splendid

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analytical piece (April 15) on Evelyn Waugh; at the same time 1 am somewhat disturbed over Alan Brien's account of his baiting of Waugh at White's. It was not very nice of him...

BBC Impartiality

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SIR,—A 'Revue de la presse britannique,' wasbroad- cast three times in the BBC French Language Service . on Tuesday, March 29. The contents were listed in • my letter which you...

Sta. Ludovic Kennedy has my admiration for his conclusions in

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his article on the Moors Murders. But, whether intended or not. I detect a slight revulsion in the effect he feels full reporting may have on what he calls 'young (and old)...

A Thought from South Africa

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Sta,—If Mr Wilson breaks bis word again and uses force in Rhodesia, will he please give us an assurance that his two sons will be among the first to go and fight? RUTH...

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Sig.-May I suggest as a Whitsun present you should consider

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the recording by Noel Rawsthorne on Liverpool Cathedral Organ in the HMV Cathedral Organ series? This would: (a.) provide an excellent test for Mr Heath's stereo equipment; (b)...

Stabat Mater

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SIR,-12 is interesting to realise from references in your columns that Rossini's Stabat Mater is exerting once again its 'riveting grip.' Fifty or sixty years ago it was a great...

Homo Bureaucraticus

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Sig.-Terence Bendixson's excellent suggestion (April 15) of building offices around courtyards with windowless walls (or possibly double-glazed win- dows) overlooking heavily...

Faugh, by Strix

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SIR, -If Mr Pine would have his readers believe that. he knows anything whatever about shooting he halt better avoid such phrases as 'leading shooters.' ROBERT HARTMAN' Pedor's...

Holy Wars?

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SIR,-Mr C. B. Cox writes of Dr Leavis's Wars.' Will he kindly supply readers of the srecrmeai with details of the causes to which he alludes and. say why he finds them so...

Smoked Out

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SIR,-Leslie Adrian (April 15) might find it interestiak to ask the Tobacco Research Council this ques- . tion : 'If it is the residual sugar of the flue -etiriak peCuliar to...

SIR,--I have read and enjoyed Strix for years. Clearly' he

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is a man of intelligence, integrity and a kindly' nature. I am unable to reconcile this with the pleastini' he apparently derives from an obsessional staugliter. of small birds....

The Scandal of Parkhurst Jail

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SIR.-Such hissing and shrieking from Mr Wheatley and others! Apart from Miss Lahr, whose imprison- ment was apparently .brief, nobody seems to have actually been in jail. I...

SOLUTION TO CROSSWORD No. 1218 ACROSS.-I Buffers. 5 Springs. 9

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Saracen. 10 Rapallo. 11 Cut up rough. 12 Hour. 13. RHA. 14 Spelling-bee. 17 Queensferry. 19 Nod. 20 Eden. 22 Elbow-chair. 26 Testate. 27 Mattock. 28 Dinmont. 29 Ringers....


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ACROSS 1. Talking point? (10) 6. Hold this case (4) 10. 'The world's great age begins anew, The golden - return' (Shelley) (5) 11. It would seem not to exist, its unimportant...

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Doctor and Patient Dr Zhivago. (Empire, 'A' certificate.)—Moran- A Suitable Case for Treatment. (Carlton, 'A' certificate.) D AVID Lean is a good academic director who collects...


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O1'ERA Nearly Everything in the Garden By CHARLES REID rrHAT a woman who has reached maturity j should renounce a lover of seventeen for his romantic good and greater...

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Mirocosm T HE most beautiful show in London is the miniature retrospective of paintings by Mira at Marlborough Fine Art. It begins with a huge picture of brightly coloured...


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Aplomb D esert Island Discs is one of the most lissom ,old warriors in the Broadcasting House Old Guard—what. one asks can be the secret of its persisting sappiness? Certainly...

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Coward Fear A Song at Twilight; Shadows of the Evening t and Come into the Garden Maud. (Queen's.) N ob. Coward's Suite in Three Keys is really more of a twelve-tone job. At...

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The Great American Nightmare By TONY TANNER AT 3.33 in the morning, there's only people lying wide-eyed in bed, wrongdoers creeping close to the walls, and Nightclerks sitting...

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Extraordinary Regiment

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The Better Half. The Emancipation of the American Woman. By Andrew Sinclair. (Cape, 42s.) Women on the Warpath. The Story of the Women of the First World War. By David Mitchell....

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Enduring Saturday

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By ANTHONY BURGESS E VERYBODY'S starting-point for a Samuel Beckett anabasis is Waiting for Godot; many, alas, get no further than that terribly lucid charade, bogged down in...

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Her Name Like the Hours

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Blodwen, Her name like the hours meditates a mood, The sea bursts banks of the sun; Blodwen. Each letter a song that ends on an echo of wings. She takes a snapshot of the tide...

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The Return to Unity

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Reformation and Society in Sixteenth-Century Europe. By A. G. Dickens. (Thames and Hudson, 35s.) TODAY there appears to be every chance that many future historians will consider...

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Drenched, I climb the churchyard wall while there is a little light still, looking for shelter. I have no business here. My tread is in the hiss of fallen apples; under and...

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Black Dada Nihilismus From M. L. ROSENTHAL T HAT part of the white population of the United States that is willing to learn is now going to a segregated school. That is, Negro...

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Unchanging Guinness

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FICTION in lending libraries is often selected by weight—'a nice light book,' something really solid'—and there are worse methods of classi- fication. Judged by this standard,...


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The Generation Between Of the Farm. By John Updike. (Deutsch, 16s.) THERE is nothing more rewarding than to watch an admired writer grow in stature; in ever- deepening...

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Cloak and Dagger

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Ar a time when James Bond, The Man From UNCLE, Amos Burke Special Agent, Danger Man, and a host of other fictional spies are the popular favourites, Sarkhan seems certain to...

Flying Corps Flash-back

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How strange it is to look back to the early military aircraft and their pilots and to read again of the Pups and Camels and Triplanes and SE5s of the 1914-18 war and of the...

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The Voyage So they set sail. Like frost she felt

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his skin Close on her windows. And their cold wheeled womb Was gliding in From darkness where the fog was night and spume With a storm coming soon. His hands in gloves Dark on...

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The Sunday People

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After the dolour of bells The place was shut. Though, at certain intervals, Noises squeezed out Through venerable walls; Then all was quiet Before faint vocables Told they were...

The Golfing Years

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By D. W. BROGAN T ot: note of the second volume* of General Eisenhower's presidential memoirs is struck by the dedication to his grandchildren, in which he expresses the hope...

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1 E EcaHun n

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A New Governor By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT AST week the lively City column of the Daily Mail carried this extraordinary statement in ig black type: 'More than guessing money is o...


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Investment Notes

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By CUSTOS riOPPER shares again dominated the equit ‘,../market this week after the rash decisio of the Rhodesian producers to sell at Londo Metal Exchange prices. NCHANGA,...

Computer Analysis

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Computers have brought many refinements t the work of the investment analysts. I see tha one firm of brokers has produced a list of corn puter 'rankings' which may be defined as...

Company Note

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By LOTHBURY M R Val Duncan, chairman of the Rio-Tint Zinc Corporation, gives a detailed accoun of its activities during 1965. He comment strongly on the long-term effect of the...

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Factors contributing to Adverse Results DR. DENIS REBBECK ON CONDITIONS AND PROSPECTS THE eighty-first Annual General Meeting of Harland and Wolff, Limited will be held in...

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Dog's Breakfast By LESLIE ADRIAN The Petfood canine cans that I identified were Pal (another bingo offer on this label), 'liver rich' Lassie, 'pedigree' Chum, and Chappie....


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By PHILIDOR No. 280 W. A. SHINKMAN (Detroit Free Press, 1884. wurre to play and mate in three moves; solution next week. Solution to No. 279 (Andrade) : Kt— Q 8. I ... K—K 4 ;...

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To the Barricades!

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By STRIX I cannot remember what I was in quarantine -or, nor imagine why, if I was in quarantine, none of my three younger brothers was too. But anyhow I had not gone back, for...


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Reginald Nlaudling on the Budget One year's subs( ri orlon w the 'Spectator': f3 /5s. (including postage) in the United Kingdom and Eire. By surface mail to any other country:...