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BREAKING DOWN THE WALL I F there were any fears that

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President Ken- nedy, shaken by recent world events, had been won over to the talk-tough school of thought, his speech to the United Nations Assembly has banished them. It...

—Portrait of the Week

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IN MS ADDRESS to theUnited Nations, President Kennedy proposed 'a ban on transferring the con- trol of nuclear weapons to non-nuclear States (as !t might be Germany). He stood...

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Caudine Forks

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r‘N the face of it the decision of the Six to IL/open negotiations with Great Britain on its entry into the Common Market without requir- ing a memorandum setting out the...

Federation without Jamaica ?

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By A. L. LATHAM-KOENIG J AMAICA has decided to sever its links with the West Indian Federation, three years after it came into existence, following the recent referen- dum in...

On August 13 Herr Ulbricht, under Soviet orders, began to

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seal off the one remaining escape route from East to West. It was an event likely to rank with Sarajevo, as one of the decisive moments of history. Yet surprisingly little...

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The Conferences

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1. Bless Relaxes By BERNARD LEVIN IT is, I feel, significant that I was charged twenty-nine-and- six in Princes Street for a pair of braces, on the first morning of the Liberal...

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2. Prospect for Blackpool By ROY JENKINS, MP N OWADAYS very

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few people in the Labour Party seem to like Blackpool. It takes a long time to get there, the sea front is hideous, the hotels are inadequate and it is the one place where the...

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Dementia Americana

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By ROD MACLEISH O N one of the highways leading south from Washington a big sign blinks out of the dusk . 'SHELTERS! COMPLETE! $295!' This flew addition to the cluttered...

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The Hour After Midnight

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AFRICA! By COLIN MORRIS My particular destination was Chingola, the most northerly of the Copper towns, perched on the Belgian Congo border, built around Nchanga Mine, the...

Colin Morris went out to Africa in 1956 to become

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a minister in the North Rhodesian Copperbelt. He describes his experiences there in The Hour After Mid- night' (from which this extract has been abridged), to be published on...

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Snt, - -Regretfully I must quarrel with David Hol- brook ('Down the C Stream,' September 22), all the More so since his formal recognition of 'streaming' as anti-social and...

SIR,—There is all too much truth in most of what

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Mr. Holbrook says, but he does not show clearly why it is that the Beloe Report is being 'accepted with a shrug.' It is not only accepted but welcomed by at least four types of...

SCIENTISTS FOR EXPORT SIR, — Mr. Benjamin Spear tells us that the

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'minor flood' of scientists emigrating from Britain to the United States is 'an export achievement of which no one can be proud.' Why not? I should have thought that British...

Public Schools W. A. Barker Down the 'C' Stream Peter

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Dean, Arthur Blackwell Scientists for Export George Watson, Glyn Morgan CND Desmond Donnelly, MP, Alex Comfort Coal Imports Race or Colour E. A. LI. Morgan John A. Raven E....

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CND Slit,-11 venture to trespass upon your space to launch

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the national appeal for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (USSR) Committee. The object of the Committee is to organise and to help to finance a demonstration in the Red...

RACE OR COLOUR SIR,—Certainly it is most important to publicise

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all cases of discrimination. Yet one leading newspaper apparently does not think so. Last week a Tottenham JP censured an English girl from the bench for consorting with a...


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Boase, speaking ex cathedra from the De- partment of French Studies in the University of Glasgow, informs me that the 'most important fact' about Robert Kemp's Scots translation...

SIR,-1 wholeheartedly endorse the sentiment ex- pressed by Benjamin Speal

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in 'Scientists for Export' last week when he stated : The case for university reform is overwhelming.' I recently had occasion to inquire of four different universities—one...

SIR,—There is one point about our recent demon- stration which

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has been insufficiently stressed. nitwits who imprisoned Russell, who went base over Perhaps it does not need stressing. The elephantine apex down the booby-trap the Committee...


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SIR,—Translators, especially Russian ones, will sel- dom agree on any particular point of interpretation. I do not wish to deal piecemeal with Mr. Magar- shack's fretful...

COAL IMPORTS Sia,—In your leading article on Dumping you com-

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ment upon a number of aspects of the British and European fuel situation. 1 doubt whether many people who are intimately concerned with European fuel policy would share your...

THE CENTURIONS Sia,—I may be mistaken but I was always

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given to believe that the whole idea of using so much of our resources on armaments to protect us from 'World Communism' was that certain values we possess, such as 'freedom of...


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SIR,--No--what we said was that fresh fish was not so fresh fish, because no frozen fish was frozen in this country as fresh as it should be. Director and Secretary Consumers.'...

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Dublin Festival

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Shem, Ham and Siobhan By BAMBER GASCOIGNE Saint Joan of the Stock- yards. The Voice of Shem. The Passion of Peter Ginty. The Temptation of Mr. 0. North City Traffic Straight...

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Max Ernst By HUGH GRAHAM Few artists emerge unscathed from the one-man exhibition. Weaknesses barely perceptible in a single work glare out from half a dozen shown side by...

Cinema —

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Beauty and the Bourgeois By ISABEL QUIGLY Web of Passion. (International Film Theatre, Westbourne Grove.)—The Wastrel, (New Victoria.) 'Tuts is the original "young man of...

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Opera The Chevalier at Bay

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By DAVID CAIRNS INVOKING 'the historical point of view' is the last ditch defence of musicologists. The phrase has a mortuary sound; it means the music has no vitality left to...

Peter Forster is on holiday

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The Crazy Boatloads By BRIAN MOORE H is - roRY has not quite repeated itself. When one reads of the passionate, naive manifes- toes in Malcolm Cowley's 'literary odyssey of...

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A Fatal Giraffe

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IT is, perhaps, the distasteful and uninspiring appearance of current politicians, not to men- tion their inability to express their thoughts and their clear ignorance of...

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Little Br other

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James Anthony Froude, 1818-1856. By Waldo Hilary Dunn. (0.U.P., 35s.) TIME, which pardons Paul Claudel, has not yet managed to forgive James Anthony Froude the nastiest set of...

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Dawn Chorus

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The Dawn of -Civilization. Edited by Stuart Piggott. (Thames and Hudson, 8 gns.) SOME may consider this portable museum too bulky, though it is no bigger than a brief-case, to...

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A World of Things

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The Law Shop. By Leo Townsend. (Heinemann, 18s.) The Window. By Alasdair Clayre. (Cape, 16s.) AT this time of year, when the fiction mills are working three shifts a day to...

Justifying the Devil

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MILTON wrote Paradise Lost to 'justify the waYs of God to men.' A difficult and necessary task Professor Empson maintains. A God who creates man foreknowing that he will fall,...

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Hall-mark of a Wages Policy

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT In the second of his revealing articles in the Economist, Sir Robert Hall makes it clear that he has been giving unpalatable advice for years. One wonders...

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Laisser-Faire to Joint Affair

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DOUGLASS the Steelworkers' Union) F ltom the very first page of his new book, Mr. Burn is provocative : 'Investment policies which give best results in the long run, do not win...

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Company Notes

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O NCE again Associated British Foods re- ports record levels of sales and profits for the year ended April 1, 1961 Sales increased by £20 million to £163 million and profits...

Investment Notes

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By CU.iTOS T HERE is little to tempt the bulls back into the market, except speculation on an early cut in Bank rate, which the experts do not expect. Some industrial reports...

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Consuming Interest

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Fit for Dogs By LESLIE ADRIAN There is a strong resemblance between the look, smell and taste of certain of these canned meats for pets, and the so-called canned stewed steak...

Tlionht for Food

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Excursion into Americana By RAYMOND POSTGATE can remember is that in which he selected for Praise as the highlight of American food- enterprise what I had already picked on as...

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Postscript . • •

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When I refer to the sensational gossip-monger- ing papers, let us be clear as to which they are. The Daily Express gave the story seventy-nine lines and one single-column...