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Portrait of the week

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M rs Thatcher addressed the nation on the 'Jimmy Young Show' and announced that the Coal Board would never surrender. The search for mediators in the dispute gained urgency as...

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Moral pitfalls I n a speech at West Hartlepool, the Bishop of Durham, avoiding what he called '. . .the usual cant and compliment', had denounced the miner, for striking and...

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Conviction politics

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'There are now at least two sitting MPs who have recently been convicted of quite serious crimes. Dr Roger Thomas, the Labour MP for Carmarthen, was found guilty of a sexual...

A Futcha 4 Britun

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B y the standards of Sun readers, Anthony McQuone is a genius, not least because he can quote Shakespeare. 'To be or not be' he says; and 'Now is the winter of our discontent'....


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P resident Mitterrand and Chancellor Kohl looked solemnly embarrassed as they stood holding hands on the field of Verdun last Saturday. After all, in north-, ern Europe grown...


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W as it illegal? Was it cruel? And where did they get the sheep? Last week's e mbarrassment in Roehampton has brought out the worst in both countries concerned: the sentimental...

We are sorry that Charles Glass's article `La Sale guerre'

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(15 .September) was wrongly ordered. The fifth and sixth para- graphs should have followed the paragraph which was printed ninth.


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Another voice

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Gathering the threads Auberon Waugh O ne never knows quite how seriously one should take the acid rain scare. Looking out over the Somerset country- side, it is hard to see...

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N ormally I get ideas, or whatever you wish to call them, for this diary, while walking. But having just developed gout, walking, or rather limping, has become a full-time...

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The King and the Colonel

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John Ralston Saul he King of Morocco has just proved, 1 yet again, that he is the world cham- pion in creative political opportunism; whether measured by longevity or skill....

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announces another fiendish Treasure Hunt In keeping with the tradition of recent years, the Spectator is launching — in the 13 October issue — another extremely difficult...

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Terrorism's capital

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Charles Glass Beirut D o years after the departure of the LO from Beirut, Baalbek has super- seded Beirut as the ostensible terrorist capital of the world. Shi'ites have...

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Gromyko's dialectic

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George Szamuely H appy days are here again! This week, Mr Gromyko pops round to see Presi- dent Reagan; and even as he does so the air is thick with talk of future summits...

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Greene's jests

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John Sutro Monte Carlo O n the occasion of Graham Greene's 80th birthday I am attempting to summarise some aspects of a friendship which, starting through our mutual friend...

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One hundred years ago

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The American Presidential campaign is this time a most miserable business. So equal are the parties, that every American not bemused by party feeling admits that the result...

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My Arnhem orders

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William Deedes L ike so many famous battles of the past, Arnhem after 40 years has become a rich field for the 'if only' sort of arugment. There has been a lot of it about this...

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Clear light of Daytime

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Alan Rusbridger H ello and welcome. . . . Good news about young Prince Henry. Do you approve of the name? (Cheer). Good, good. Well, today a change of tack.' Sarah Kennedy,...

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The Press

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No more cleft sticks Paul Johnson T he fear among some journalists that the bingo war may mean a reduction in the professional quality of newspapers obviously has some...

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City and

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Donald's duck Mothing is more valuable, in financial 1 markets, than to find someone who is reliably wrong — which is another reason to worry about Donald Regan, Secretary of...

Rope Trick

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The bank loan of the week involves Michele Sindona — 'God's banker' before Roberto Calvi took over the account. Sindona is being lent by the New York jail where he is serving 25...

Oliver's travels

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T he strange case of the wandering Oliv- er has taken a new twist. This is the celebrated biscuit invented in Bath by Dr Oliver, who said that, eaten in moderation, it was good...

Silent sufferers

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T he biggest victims of financial fraud do not seem to have any ideas about the way their exploiters should be prosecuted and tried — or, if they have, are too shy to put them...

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The US economy

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Outguessing the market Peter Brimelow Lake Lanier, USA A ny ny eort to understand the United has to begin with its enormous size and physical abundance. One day recently, I...

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Who's in charge

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Sir: I am not generally a friend of boring letters, but at the risk of sounding like Mr Pooter after the Lord Mayor's reception, I should like to point out that I am not, as you...

Breaking the mole

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Sir: Your contributor P.J. Kavanagh (Post- script, 8 September) asks for a remedy against moles. I have. in my long time, tried many elaborate schemes for disposing of these...

John Stewart Collis

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Sir: I have been commissioned to write the biography of the late John Stewart Collis. I would be grateful to hear from any of your readers who can help me with information or...

Peking and pinyin

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Sir: The pinyin version of Peking is Beijing (re Geoffrey Wheatcroft's Diary, 11 Au- gust); the word in Chinese means 'North- ern Capital'. Several years ago the Chinese...

Owen and the Belgrano

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Sir: Simon Jenkins is wrong (`Raising the Belgrano', 22 September) to link David Owen with Neil Kinnock's name in deman- ding a Committee of Enquiry into the Belgrano. I know...

Sir: If Mr Kavanagh wants to get rid of his

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moles (Postscript, 8 September) he should buy one of those toy windmills that spin round on the end of a stick. You plant the base of the stick in the mole's run; and when the...


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Bank statement Sir: Bruce-Gardyne's article of 8 Septem- ber purports to comment on my views on the international debt situation. Unfortu- nately, every material assertion of...

Cry for help

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Sir: As one who reads your journal on the principle of 'know you enemy' (male chativinist snobs) could you please inform me who are Lobbs (Diary, 25 August)? Dr Maureen...

Adam's rib

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Sir: According to Jeffrey Bernard (Low life, 22 September) Sibelius said to an (unnamed) Observer reporter: 'Tell them I have a big prick.' According to my late father, Kenneth...

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Sergeant Chuchu's guest Patrick Marnham Getting to Know the General Graham Greene (Bodley Head £8.95) I n the winter of 1976, Graham Greene, who was living in Antibes,...

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The hidden Eliot

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Peter Levi T. S. Eliot Peter Ackroyd (Hamish Hamilton £12.50) w hen the lost Waste Land manuscript seemed to have surfaced late in his life, T. S. Eliot was depressed by the...

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Man in a grey suit

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A. N. Wilson Kenneth Clark Meryle Secrest (Weidenfeld & Nicolson £12.95) F or some reason, I found the Civilisation programmes on television irresistibly amusing. Doubtless...

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Turbid dream

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Francis King The Tiger Lisa St Aubin de Teran (Cape f8.95) T ike Somerset de Chair, Amber Blanc° d I White and Fredegonde Shove, Lisa St Aubin de Teran should be the sort of...

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Who was to blame?

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Richard West The Quality of Mercy: Cambodia, Holocaust and Modern Conscience William Shawcross (Andre Deutsch £12.95) S ince the fall of Saigon in 1975, the Osubject of...

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Peter Quennell Jane Austen's Family through Five Generations Maggie Lane (Hale £11.50) G oing up or going down in the world seems often to haVe an equally bad effect upon the...

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Price of fame

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Patrick Skene Catling Automatic Vaudeville: Essays on Star Turns John Lahr (Heinemann £8.95) J ohn Lahr, a talented American writer in exile in London, son of the late Bert...

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Clown with a camera Daniel Fuson T he Victoria and Albert Museum is about to recognise the remarkable talent of a most unusual man. The name of John Deakin (whose photographs...

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The dark forest Peter Ackroyd The Company of Wolves ('18', Odeon Leicester Square) rr his is a film which at once creates an 1 atmosphere of mystery, as a respect- able...

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Noble ethic Christopher Edwards Othello (Lyric Studio, Hammersmith) H ow seriously can we take the play Othello? I don't mean how convincing is it as a study of jealousy. The...

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West meets East Peter Phillips A ccording td the latest edition of Grove's Dictionary, the English rul- ing classes in India 'did nothing' for native music all the time they...

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High life

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Silver cloud Taki I was looking forward to a ball in Cheshire "that promised to have every eligible sweet young thing in the UK in attendance but it was not to be. The God...


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High marks Peter Levi he BBC was close to its best. The Last 1 Night of the Proms (BBC1), elegantly conducted by Kenneth Johnson from the front row, was an orgy of good...

Jeffrey Bernard is in Barbados.

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No. 1340: Worse than Rowse Set by Jaspistos: You are invited to trans- late a passage of Shakespearian poetry (please quote source) into a barbarous form of contemporary...


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Dust P.J. Kavanagh I t came to me on the Nile my pass- Port lied/ Calling me dark who am gr e y . . . .' said Louis MacNeice. This has l happened to me yet, though I daresay...

No. 1337: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked for a tribute, in verse or prose, to grace the memorial to a departed pet. A huge entry, proving that foreigners are right either way:...

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Consolidation Raymond Keene A fter the tempestuous events of Games 2 and 3, the following two world championship games ran a considerably quieter course. In Game 4 Kasparov...

Solution to Crossword 674: Geese 0 a a intaa u

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a . a . aCHE REINCIOA T 0 0 0 u E L. ai3n a go WWI awl log la sig lia R II M E A N N E la 0 Ell 0 U 0 U N It E K 0 Ada NillijON JON E FJD R U ill R ROLF N NI I E...

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Crossword 677

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Prize: £10 (or a copy of Chambers Dictionary, 1983 edition, value £10.95 — ring the words 'Chambers Dictionary' above) for the first correct solution opened on 15 October....

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Imperative Cooking: Chickens

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T ucy's dinner parties have two major defects. Both, in their way, involve chickens. First, there is the kissing busi- ness. Her guests arrive hard on each other's heels and...

Books Wanted

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A NUMBER OF PEOPLE by Sir Edward Marsh, and 'Soviet Chess: Chess and Communism in the U.S.S.R.' by D. J. Richards. M. Russell, Dungrove Farm House, Tarrant Gunville, Blandford,...