2 APRIL 1954

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BOMB QUESTIONS ne objects of the many questions which have

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been asked in the House of Commons about the hydrogen bomb' tests now proceeding in the Pacific, questions e assured that it will not be misused. There is a great deal to be...

Beyond Indo-China

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While the French and Viet-Nam forces slog it out against their Viet-Minh besiegers at Dien Bien Phu, the wider implica- tions of this local struggle are at last beginning to be...


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NO. 6562 FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 1954 PRICE ld.

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See-Saw in Egypt

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The Egyptian see-saw has come down for the moment on the side of Colonel Nasser and military dictatorship, leaving President Neguib and his proposals for a return to parlia-...

Headache in Honduras

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The enquiry by Sir Reginald Sharpe Q.C. into the connec - tion between the crypto-Communist Government of Guatemala and the People's United Party (PUP) in British Honduras has...

been linked.) In France, the date for an Assembly debate

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has now receded beyond the 'Geneva Conference, so that there will be nothing, at that meeting, to prevent the French from having their arm twisted, if the Communists try to link...

A Dangerous Frontier

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The situation along the Israel-Jordan frontier is highly dangerous. An explosion there will not only set the Middle East on fire, it will rock the Western Alliance. Britain,...

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Zebra s and Gobbledygook ti.N .0 one outside the Ministry of Transport

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is likely to imagine f u o at the new pedestrian crossing regulations, which come into ti o r ce on July, 1st, can be anything but a very minor contribu- e " ---if a...

T he Economy and the Budget The Economic Survey 1954 shows

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that the past year has been 1:1°I ne production both showed a healthy trend: The main weak ae of reasonable progress for Britain. Overseas trade and i„,P a t was the...


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VENTS last week-end and at the beginning of the Par- -1 liamentary week tended to heighten interest in the state- ment on the hydrogen bomb that Sir Winston made on Tuesday....

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S INCE 1947, exports to Communist countries from NATO countries, Western Germany and Japan, have been subject to detailed controls. In 1950, the United States followed this up...

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Post-mortems on Aintree

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There is only one way to eliminate the risk of horses (or their riders) being killed in the Grand National, and that is to abolish the race. If you shorten the course, the event...

Toning It Down

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The other -day a Roman Catholic Bishop, in a " Lift Up Your Hearts " broadcast, suggested that there was religious intolerance in Northern Ireland; the Prime Minister of...

, Those who pursue fame must have been saddened by

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the l atest Mass Observation experiment, in which 1,000 men and Women were invited to say what they knew about Sir Edmund nillary, Dr. - Kinsey, Senator McCarthy, Mr. Gordon...


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OSTAGES, who have not played much part in recent wars, may have some importance if there is another one. At the very beginning they would not be hostages the technical sense;...

The British, for some reason, are rather good at ruses

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de guerre, and in the last war the ultimate success of Allied .ttrategy owed a surprising amount to the various tricks which r i , er e practised upon the enemy. The story of...

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The Army and the Atom

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By PETER FLEMING T O what extent should the knowledge that the enemy possesses a stockpile of atomic bombs modify the tactical training and the equipment of your own land forces...

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Selling Our Churches,

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BY JOHN BETJEMAN N Easter Sunday the last service will be said in the little Church of St. Peter, Windmill Street, Piccadilly Circus. The Bishop of London has sold the site to a...

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The Race for the Job

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$y JEROME CAMINADA 'Johannesburg W HILE Parliament and the nation in South Africa, and at times the world outside, hotly debate what is to be done about the non-European in the...

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Conflict of Wings. (Leicester Square.)— Make Haste to Live. (Gaumont.)—The Pearl and The Sea Around Us. (Rialto.) A GROUP 3 production, directed by John Eldridge and written by...


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W ith . , fidelity certain elements of locality t i k season. Lanyon is, indeed, a naturalist, b t e lt his naturalism is of a peculiar sort to itiza observ e d in much modern...

The Pearl Fishers. (Sadler's Wells.)

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Delilah or The Pearl Fishers, Sadler's Wells's two last choices. Gounod's Mireille, Delibes's Lakme, Bizet's Djamileh and Mas- senet's Jongkur de Notre Dame could all be a...

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,v-PL6553 ; Christmas Oratorio (a) 0 1 ,)00 01/2/3, (b) V.PL7713; Mass in B

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y 4, ° ," (a) C 33CX1121/2/3, (b) V.PL8063. is markedly superior, and the instrumental colours are more warmly reproduced. There are some exceptions—the fascinating accom-...

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BILLY GRAHAM Sia,—Thank you for the service you have rendered

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by giving a positive line on the historic event which the Greater London Crusade certainly is. But, amid all the Press reports, Graham's previous visits and the backgroud to...


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SIR,—You take me heavily to task in yo leading article this week for postulatin hypothetical circumstances in which tb United States might employ atomic weapo Beyond the fact...

TORMENT FOR AUTHORS SIR,—Miss Arnot Robertson has written about the

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things we overhear; what about the things we oversee 7 About 35 years ago I was going down Whitehall on the top of a bus, looking idly into the first floor windows of the...

&Hers to the Editor

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SCIENCE TEACHERS SIR, —I am sure that university staffs will be grateful to you for publishing Stephen Toulmin's valuable discussion on what we are to do with fewer science...


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SIR,—The gentle art of making fun of ,t 116 passport people is well worth pursuing. rs ° 4 Gallop's date of birth has ranged over t",, centuries, but surely the answer to " Born...

SIR,—I wonder what Miss E. Arnot Robertson —(' Torment for

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Authors,' March 26th)— would make of the following sentence, over- heard in a bus by a friend of mine: " I washed it for her when she was born and I washed it for her again when...

Sot,—In an attempt to relieve Miss Arnot Robertson's torment may

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I suggest that the mysterious conversation she overheard, in which beds were referred to as slippery little things' may possibly have been connected with oyster beds 7—Yours...

TRANSLATIONS OF SCRIPTURE SIR,—Your correspondent in the issue of 19th

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March and under the title A Third Jubilee, says that he has " heard rumours that a group of translators are working on a modern Eng- lish version (of the Bible), and that it...

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SIR,--it must have been with feelings of deep pity and indignation that all lovers of animals read the account of the Grand National in which three horses were killed and...


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S ni ,-- -Your annotation presents a provocative, but somewhat confused picture, of a compli- cated problem, which, with its limited r esources, the country has not as yet been...

SHAKESPEARE'S DAFFODILS The usual interpretation of " take the winds

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of March with beauty " seems to be that the winds were very taken with the daffodils but the New Temple Shakespeare goes further- " The winds of March are not only capti- vated;...


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was written when he was obsessed by Verdi, and of Hoist's first dramatic works which suffered from a similar obsession with Wagner, Mr. Martin Cooper says: " Bizet and Hoist...

ONCE, when I was troubled by mice stealing the newly-sown

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peas which I had neglected to treat with red lead or paraffin, 1 foolishly set two or three mousetraps among the twigs that were to cover the young pea shoots and caught not...


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Siit,—Your Strix should check his facts before printing a damaging statement that the drama- tic critic of the Daily Express "having pre- sumably seen I An a Camera at Brighton,...

,,, 8111 ,—In your issue of March 26th, Mr. Cyril Connolly suggests

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that as a symbolic gesture of solidarity, European frontiers remain corn- Pletely open for one day between Belgium and Luxemburg. May I point out to him that all passports and...

My companion opened his flybox to show me a neat

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little fly tied by one of the masters of fly-tying in our locality. This fly, he said, was the answer. It was not an ordinary Imitation but something so good that it fooled...

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Starting Begonias

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Begonias can be started now by bedding the tubers in leaf mould with care being taken to see that they are protected from frost The tubers should not be completely covered , and...


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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 213 Report by Allan 0. Waith Advertisements for giving up smoking usually recommend some "harmless, soothing and cont . pletely reliable substitute,...


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Set by J. M. Cohen PRIZES Lorsque tant de clarte passe devant ses Qu'elle tombe eblouie au fond des fleurs, de celles Qui parfument son nid, son ante, son sommeils Et lustrent...

Mongoose Wanted

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It seems there are ways of getting rid of grey squirrels in one's house other than by using wire-netting or burning brown paper as a correspondent suggested last week. Two other...

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Holiday in Spain BY ISABEL QUIGLY P EPE was barefoot, shaven headed, and twelve years old, his sister fourteen and much like my idea of a Canterbury pilgrim. On the first of...

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Compton Mackenzie A P RIL is the loveliest name in English, Latin, French, Italian or German that any month in the calendar possesses. Under the influence of its beauty some of...

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Looking at Words W HEN I say to my niece, " What is SER-KER-EH- NER-EH ? " she replies without a moment's hesi- tation, " Scene." How she does it I do not know. I marvel...

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The Wicked Motorist By GORDON WILKINS NE of the depressing features of life in Britain, par- ticularly noticeable when one has been abroad for it, time, is the sterile...

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Birmingham Looks Down By J. P. W. MALLALIEU J UST as Liverpool looks down on Lancashire, so Birming- ham looks down on the Black Country. Birminghath's skilled workers affect...

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You think me cold, and say I am conceited. Though this is true, why did you have to tell? The underflends of pride that were defeated Are given access to the loving self When...

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Malraux's Law of Metamorphosis By PHILIP HENDY T HAT now grandiose word Art still has for its first gloss in the dictionary the modest word Skill. The meaning of the word has...

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Matthew Arnold in 1954

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By GEOFFREY TILLOTSON E ARLY this century when Quiller-Couch noted that 111 5 poet Arnold " was not popular in his own time '', 1 1 ,° slammed down his hand on the future,...

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Quanta and Determinism

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The Revolution in Physics. By Louis d' Broglie. (Routledge Kegan Paul. 18s.) THE noble family of de Broglie has in this generation produced t\ men of high distinction in the...

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The Conjurer's Apprentice

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sleeve, including the critic's watch. Vt. Candide, he says, is ' irritable '; the poetry of Laforgue somewhat Shrill and mean' ; two detestable opinions. On the subject of...


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English Children's Books, 1600 to 1900. By Percy Muir. (Botsford . 42s.) LOCKHART tells of the nicknames Scott had for the two BallantYll! printers. John was Rigdumfunnidos and...

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It's a Crime

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194 5, gives an explanation. Characters—a sulky adolescent with a taste for running away from home, a decayed Fascist intellectual, some assorted Scots—are plausibly...

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Bird Books

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The Birds of the British Isles. By D. A. Bannerman. Illustrated by George E. Lodge. Volume One: Corvidae, Sturnidae, Oriolidae, Fringillidae. (Oliver and Boyd. 45s.) s ea-Birds....

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New Verse

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Life Arboreal. By Ewart Milne. (Peter Russell. 9s. 6d.) longing falter. Consider this verse: • When first he rose to see the sun He pricked his cars with leafy grace And ran...

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P roletarian Episode in Russian Literature, 1928-1932. By Edward J. Brown.

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(O.U.P. 36s.) rot ° frt. eial Soviet History of Contemporary Literature contains the til c ,„",‘,v'ng sad little epitaph. "During the 1920's neo-bourgois ti "us were felt in...

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Arbiter of Fashion

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So Far. By Hardy Amies. (Collins. 15s.) 40 trouble with people who write books professionally is that they p raa lle tking else; the trouble with people who do not write books...

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New Novels

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Fahrenheit 451. By Ray Bradbury. (Hart-Davis. 9s. 6d.) An Impossible Marriage. By Pamela Hansford Johnson. (Mac- millan. 12s. 6d.) Soldier Adrift. By L. Steni. (Heinemann....

New Books on Gardening

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Figs Out of Doors. By Justin Brooke. (Hart-Davis. 7s. 6d.) Two new volumes on town gardening will certainly attract many wil e find urban horticulture a depressing task. When...

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Other Recent Books

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IT is always to be expected that a Connoisseur publication will present, attractively, first- class photography of choice collector's pieces. Here, in selection, range,...

Chinese Art. By Judith and Arthur Hart Burling. (Thames and

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Hudson. 42s.) THE art of Chinese painting is the use of the blank space. The authors of this book have shown their admiration of that technique by not hesitating to attempt, in...

A Handbook to the Life and Times of St. Theresa

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and St. John of the Cross. By E. Allison Peers. (Burns Oates. 21s.) THE contribution of the late Professor Peers to the study of religious and cultural life of Spain in the...

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Company Notes

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By CUSTOS THE publication of an encouraging new Economic Survey and the strength of special features (like the irrepressible Glossies) caused the industrial share markets to...


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NICHOLAS DAVENPORT By THE American recession keeps popping in and out of the Economic Survey for 1954 so frequently that we must assume that Mr. Butler is much more worried by...

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u O nnn o MEMOU0M UMW aMMMO MMMUS m ODUR ME MIJIG ii0 M =002 WEIDOMOO G Emommmii Emmen The winners' of Spectator Crossword No. 774 are as follows: First prize to GROUP CAPTAIN...


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snixiits Two prizes are awarded each week - n book token for one guinea aml a copy 01 the De Luse edition of Chambers's Twentieth t'ep- /toy Dictionary These will be awarded to...