29 JUNE 1985

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P olice investigating the Brighton bomb- ing arrested five people in Glasgow; this led to the discovery of a time bomb in a tourist hotel near Buckingham Palace, meant to...

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THE news that 'Pop', the senior group of prefects at Eton, is to be deprived of its independence, is extremely sad. Pop is self-electing, a survival from the better age of...


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EEC SPENDING GROWTH: HOWE, BUT WHY? I f the Foreign Secretary, Sir Geoffrey Howe, is to be believed, Britain entered a new era in its relations with the EEC on Tuesday night....


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WHATEVER the shortcomings of the EEC they are as nothing compared with those of Eastern Europe's 'economic com- munity', Comecon, which also holds a summit meeting this week....

We offer our congratulations to Raymond Keene, the Spectator's chess

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correspon- dent, on being awarded the OBE in the Birthday Honours List. The award is for his services to chess, rather than to the Spectator, but he deserves one for both.

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How to bet at Brecon and Radnor BRUCE ANDERSON F or the past few days, parliamentary candidates, MPs and journalists have been struggling to remember the difference be- tween...

Charles Moore will resume his column next week.

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T here are few political fates more harrowing than to be a candidate fighting a by-election. You are on constant display, as you are not at a general election. You are...

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Prince Philip decides to take a hand in the government of the country AUBERON WAUGH Oddly enough, I had just received a similar report from my younger daughter about living...

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Michael Howard examines how we should respond to the Strategic Defence Initiative, this week promoted in Europe by Vice-President Bush PERHAPS the most remarkable aspect of...

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Charles Glass on relations between the Western press and Amal Beirut TWO WEEKS ago, before the hijacking of TWA flight 847, there were not enough Western journalists here to...

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Christopher Hitchens on the American public's two-minded reaction to the Beirut hijacking Washington A HELLISH week for America, and a ghastly week, too, for those who like...

One hundred years ago

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THE recent disclosures about the traffic which supplies Queensland with the labour wanted for the cultivation of sugar do not give a very encouraging view of Native chances in...

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Ambrose Evans-Pritchard on the Sandinistas' efforts to make Nicaragua Marxist Managua IN THEY came: Comandante Daniel Ortega, President of the Republic, striding forth in his...

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Ferdinand Mount observes the contrast between loutish players and gentle crowd 'I DON'T care how long we have to wait, Fiona, I'm not going back to Bishop's Stortford until...

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The press: Paul Johnson on Murdoch and Maxwell's other interests THE correct relationship between a news- paper owner and those responsible for the editorial policy of his...

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Printing money

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INVESTMENT managers, who hate hav- ing to think for themselves, are in for some unwanted exercise next month when Carl- ton Galleries comes to market. This is the new name for...

Bacon slicers

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TEXT for the Cabinet tax-cutters, as they wrestle with the consolidators: 'For their merchants, if they flourish not, a kingdom may have good limbs, but will have empty veins,...

Poisoned barb

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CHARACTER sketch at a City luncheon table: 'Yes, he's the El Cid of the market — leading his troops into battle, dead for 30 years with an arrow in his back.' No, not who you...


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Worse than the Crown Agents can it be possible? CHRISTO PHER FILDES T he dust settles over Threadneedle Street, and the Bank of England can be discerned, battered but in...

Texas poor

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THE luckless shareholders in L. Texas Petroleum (Deep in the heart of Texas': City and Suburban, last week) have now heard from their company, though not to their advantage. A...

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Sir: In congratulating Mrs Thatcher (Another voice, 22 June) on having in- cluded a number of Jews and Negroes in her Cabinet, I should, of course, have written four Jews and...

LETTERS The English disease

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Sir: In an otherwise comprehensive selec- tion of newspaper and magazine cuttings that put the blame for Liverpool's decline as a port on the dockers and working classes,...


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Sir: Followers of the 'Low life' column may be interested to learn that she who would drown in Mr Jeffrey Bernard's eyes is normally a woman of discretion. However, realising...

Body lines

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Sir: Writing on the bodyline controversy, my friend Mr Richard West mentions the way in which English cricketers on tour in Australia could expect 'beery and very explicit...

Sir: In his incomparable story, The White Company, Sir Arthur

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Conan Doyle has young Alleyne go to the rescue of an elderly Italian painter of glass, one Agosti- no Pisano. Pisano has been rudely handled by a group of archers and says to...


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Chaos and laughter in Nkrumah's Gold Coast COLIN WELCH 0 n what would have been Klemper- er's 100th birthday, BBC2 re-broadcast a film of him, already 78, conducting Beet-...

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Old Hem, the sea and a kid brother Patrick Skene Catling WITH HEMINGWAY: A YEAR IN KEY WEST AND CUBA by Arnold Samuelson Severn House, .£16.95 THE DANGEROUS SUMMER by Ernest...

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A reputation established by a wife

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Shirley Robin Letwin TROUBLED LIVES: JOHN AND SARAH AUSTIN by Lotte and Joseph Hamburger University of Toronto Press, £30 F or some time now, we have been getting the...

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Contents of a large wainscot chest

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Peter Quennell HORACE WALPOLE'S MEMOIRS Edited by John Brooke Yale, 3 vols, f65 W hereas some men remain childish all their lives, others appear to become middle-aged in spirit...

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Travelling too light

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Allan Massie SO FAR FROM GOD by Patrick Marnham Cape, 0.95 SUNRISE WITH SEAMONSTERS by Paul Theroux Hamish Hamilton, £12.50 T here is something pretty depressing about...

The Possible

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In meadow grass the crickets call for mates. Their high, insistent bowing scores the air, and like the keenest scores, it orchestrates a mood. The moonless night displays a rare...

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In the Garden

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I am bitten by the thorns of the roses. They hang about my jacket in a fierce clutch of claws, invisible and catlike. My knuckles are a red astronomy. Such stars, such stars,...

Frequent smiles at

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Pym's No. 1 Francis Kin g CRAMPTON HOD N ET by Barbara Pym Macmillan, f8.95 I f, like E. M. Forster with Maurice, a novelist suppresses one of his works be- cause its time...

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Auberon Waugh: genius and madman?

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Heartbreak Hotel to Graceland

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Simon Blow ELVIS AND GLADYS by Elaine Dundy Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £12.95 W hy do stars so often seem to have proverbially unhappy lives? One really wonders if stardom is worth...

All at sea in London and Cornwall

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David Sexton FOREIGN LAND: A NOVEL by Jonathan Raban CollinslHarvill, £9.50 T hree years ago Jonathan Raban wrote an article in the Sunday Times about learning to sail — 'a...

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Glyndebourne New-found joys Jeremy Lewis T he first time I went to Glyndebourne was in about 1960, when I was in my late teens. Walking round the gardens before the...

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Andre Previn Music Festival (South Bank till 30 June) Reprieve for an orchestra Peter Phillips 0 ne has to admire the people who planned the Andre Previn Music Festival. I...

Peter Ackroyd is ill.

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A move to Cork Street Alistair Hicks A ccording to popular myth, every- body and anybody is capable of discovering artists. Indeed Tariq Ali, in his recent Channel 4...

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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Regent's Park) A measure of magic Christopher Edwards T he search continues for a bigger and better excuse why weekly copy cannot be delivered to...


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Overdoing it with roses Ursula Buchan T he end of June is the time, par excellence, for overdoing it in the garden. Not, that is, overdoing the work, although there is plenty...

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Another look at China Peter Levi H ow impotent television makes one feel. The confident predictions of the weatherman make one lose hope of the weather ever altering, and the...

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Home life

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The way to Wales Alice Thomas Ellis I know the way to Wales. I'm not sure that I could find my way to Leicester Square unless I took a taxi, but I know the way to Wales...

High life

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Snobs and yobs Tali S ome fellow I've never met or heard of told a friend of mine that I was a terminal snob. My friend, like a good Englishman, shrugged and asked him why he...

Jeffrey Bernard is in Tunisia.

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Trust the speaking voice P. J. Kavanagh T here used to be a feature in the Reader's Digest called 'The Most Un- forgettable Character I Have Met'. Perhaps there still is. The...


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No. 1378: Ungallantry Set by Jaspistos: You are invited to write a poem (maximum 12 lines) beginning, like Leigh Hunt's famous one, 'Jenny kiss'd me when we met', but...

No. 1375: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked for a Nutter's Short History of the World. I think G. K. Chesterton once said that the distinguishing mark of the lunatic is that he...

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Fairy tales Raymond Keene H aving demolished Hubner in Ham- burg, Gary Kasparov went on to Belgrade to face the Scandinavian Grandmaster, Ulf Andersson. Andersson, it will be...

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Crossword 714

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A first prize of 120 and two further prizes of £10 (or a copy of Chambers Dictionary, value £11.95 — ring the words 'Chambers Dictionary' above) will be awarded for the first...

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Bordeaux '84 IF THIS report reads more like a stock- market analysis than a wine column, don't blame me: the subject is Bordeaux, and as everyone knows, Bordeaux is not just...

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Volume 254 January — June 1985 Published by The Spectator, 56 Doughty Street, London WC I N 2LL

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Index for January - June 1985 Subjects and Titles

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A Abercrombie, Nicholas, Stephen Hill and Bryan S. Turner, The Dominant Ideology Thesis, 19 Jan 24(R) Aberdeen, the Marquesses of, 16 Mar 28(R) Abortion: the anti-abortion...