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4t T = T E must not," said Mr. Bevin on Monday, " leave things to chance again." He was referring to the improvisation which went on in June to mobilise the United Nations to...

oodbye 1952 ?

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It has for so long been the custom to regard the year 1952, in hick Marshall Aid is due to come to an end, as the dies irae of e European economy, that the direct beneficiaries...

Transatlantic Warning

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The last days of the eighty-first Congress have shown American politics at their worst. The excuse is the November elections, which affect all Congressmen and one third of the...

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AFTER KOREA E VER since the Korean campaign began it has

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been necessary for the non-Communist world to keep two distinct sets of problems in mind. There was first of all the physical task of defeating the aggressors. In this case the...

Before Margate

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The annual conference of the Labour Party is always more a matter of moods and men than of thought or argument. When this year's conference meets at the beginning of next week...

The Printing Dispute Again

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The negotiations between the London Master Printers' Association and the London Society of Compositors have again broken down, and this , ieek's SPECTATOR has had to be produced...

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Peering into the obsaire and (as some hold) menacing future,

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I have to admit that the question, " Will I ever see a giant panda again ?" is not, among the many imponderables ahead, that to which 1 most ardently desire an answer. It does,...


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O UR rulers are said to be contemplating the imposition of another capital levy. I never did understand economics, and now that they are married, not very happily; to political...

I sympathise with the correspondent who, in a letter published

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in these columns last week, criticised the complex nature of the duties now laid on parish councils with regard to the surveying and main- tenance of rights of way. Few rural...

Another thing I would like to have defined are the

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social services. What are they ? Where do they begin and where do they end ? They are generally spoken of as though, like a - well-balanced fleet or a set of chessmen, they...

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Stalin's Sideshow By PETER FLEMING / N the map-room somewhere underneath the Kremlin (for I am sure that there is such a place, and almost equally sure, from my experience of...

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New Light on D. H. Lawrence

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By HARRY T. MOORE I N D. H. Lawrence's native Nottinghamshire people speak of a man's origins as his " come-from." It is surprising that so little is known of Lawrence's own "...

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The White Dancer

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SHE was the solitary white dancer, she who is always moving away, slowly away on flawless feet, circling the grey and curving sound, with small flutter of pas de bourree as her...

Purity and Refinement

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ByL, G. LOON I T is always a little unfair to make literal translations into English from the formal phraseology of the East. However, " The Commission of Purification and...

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At Home Again

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By J. P. W. MALLALIEU, M.P. M Y way to the Leeds Road football ground crosses the Beast Market where blackened slums once stood and where today nothing stands because the...

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Time's Telescope

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MEETING this day a thousand years compressed Is not a mean adventure. Ministers And kings, in full authority still dressed, Might share this vision of the universe And thereby...

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IT has been instructive to compare the performances of the La Scala company with those to which we are accustomed in this country, and that has been possible since we have heard...


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CINEMA K Gone to Earth." (Rialto.) WRITTEN, produced and directed by Messrs. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, the adaptation of Mary Webb's loamy novel, Gone to Earth,...

"Vie *pectatorr" ioeptember 28th, 1850

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MISCELLANEOUS THE boats of the fishermen at Scarborough have been so loaded within the last few days with herrings, cod, and salmon, as to make fish attainable almost for...

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Surtax Manners

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SIR.—The experience of Strix with the Accountant General (Cashier), who sent back a renewed demand note in place of a receipt for surtax paid, is one which is probably familiar...


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Dogma and Fact sui,—The able and interesting letters from your correspondents on the definability of the Assumption invite one to carry the matter deeper. heartily agree that...

S1R.—Sir Henry Bashford asks in what sense Catholics believe Our

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Lady to be in heaven. We believe that her glorified body is in heaven in the same sense as Our Lord's glorified body is in heaven. He will find that sense aptly defined in the...

SIR. —In the matter of the Assumption is there not the

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view of the man in the street who suggests that, if Our Lord did not bring His Mother to Heaven, there may be doubt whether He took the same way Himself ? As an Etonian I was...

A Village School

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SIR, —It is to be hoped that A. C. Scupholme's article, Village School, will not be taken as typical of the schools down for closure. No one would regret the disappearance of a...

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In . My Garden These are unpardonable comments, much too abstract,

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especially at a time of year when work in the garden should be as nearly a whole-time affair as the breadwinner can contrive. This is the month for thinking ahead, studying the...


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LINGERING, the other day, on the National Trust land on the Chiltern Hills where Cymbeline once camped, I looked north across the wide plain of Aylesbury, with the sun going...

Bonne Nuit

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Sra,—I was glad to have confirmed the authorship of the poem quoted in your Competition No. 33 as being that of Alfred de Musset. I find in a French grammar book, not only the...

Looking Toward the Sun Sun-dazzled, perhaps, by that evening experience,

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a moment of Wordsworthian intimacy with the personality immanent in nature, I drove across country to Radlett, in Hertfordshire. The journey was enriched by speculation about...

. SIR,—Reading Mr. Atkins's interesting article on the Spectator naturalists

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I am reminded that my mother, who was a niece of R. H. Hutton, used to tell me that the more improbable animal stories sent to the Spectator in his day were attributed to...


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SIR,—In the difficulties of production of the Spectator for September 8th I did not see a proof of my notice of new novels, and a variant crept in for which I must apologise to...

46 Country Life "

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Silt.—As Mr. Atkins rightly points out in his charming article, school- mastering was not the proper occupation for Sir Wiliam Beach Thomas. But it was as a master at Bradfield...

Steel and the Referendum

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SIR,—In his speech on the steel issue Mr. H. Morrison said that he " guessed :' that 2,600,000 Liberal or Radical voters would have approved the nationalisation of steel. This...

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Report by Mervyn Horder Chocolates, presumably, will one day come off the ration again, this time for ever. A prize was offered for an account of this event os it might have...


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Set by Barbara Worsley-Gough A prize of f5, which may be divided, is offered for "Lines on the Prospect of the Festival of Britain" (not more than twelve of them) in the manner...

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/ N the decade after the first war there was not much writing about architecture and no really good writing at all. March Philipps's The Works of Man and Geoffrey Scott's The...

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Authors in the Mountains

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Scholar Mountaineers. By Wilfrid Noyce. (Dobson. r as. 6(1.) UNTIL recently the term mountaineer has meant a man who lived among mountains. Although many of our ancestors had...

Reviews of the Week

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Battling Bason Fred Bason's Diary. By Fred Bason. (Wingate. 8s. 6d.) FRED BASON was born in Walworth in 1908 and has lived in Walworth to this day. An only child of...

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Nothing New Under the Sun

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MR. LAMB'S useful collection of passages from the literature of education demonstrates the terrifying sameness of problems and solutions throughout the centuries. Lily in 1512...

Sinners All

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" EVERY social advance," says Mr. Perkins, " is capable of being snisused." He illustrates this by pointing out that as soon as people could write and had a little extra money...

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Love Story. By Ruth McKenney. (Hart-Davis. z 2s. 6d.) Miss Rum MCRENNEY'S autobiography has the charm of foreign - ness. The customs of Greenwich Village sound every bit as...


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REBECCA WEST once put up a plea for the " long-short " story, the nouvelle of some 20,000 words. It was, she said, a length that seemed natural to many writers, and it was a...

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As the printing dispute is again causing difficulty in the production of the Spectator, readers may find it helpful to have their attention drawn to certain important new books...

THE " SPECTATOR " CROSSWORD No. 599 to Book Token

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for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first corte , i solution of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesdqv October loth. ACROSS 1. He doesn't...

trim four essays in this book should be read only

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by those who Nave already some acquaintance with the Zen system. In the first Professor Suzuki considers at some length the Koan exercise, by which some fanciful paradox or...


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By CUSTOS AFTER the setback which followed the outbreak of the Korean war, it is now. a case of about-turn in the stock markets. Nervous selling has ceased—even in gold...