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INDEX FOR JANUARY-JUNE, 1959 A Abbcy National, 89 (F) Abbey Theatre. Dublin, 804 (A), 892 (L) Abdication, 460 (LA) Aberdare, 689 (A) Abrahams Publicity Holdings, 487 (F) Ad...

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T HE wholesale liberalisation of European currencies last weekend is refreshing proof that the European countries ean,,after all, work together. After the bickerings of the...

—Portrait of the Week

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rms, stored up over the paperless days of Christmas (though New York's three-week news- paper strike has come to an end), poured out in a torrent. Lord Mountbatten became...

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Times Out Of Mind

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By RICHARD F OR two weeks now, the men who put the New York newspapers on the street have been on strike, and New Yorkers have had to rely on radio, television, word of mouth...

Leaning on Pinay

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By DARSIE GILLIE Paris T HE General's doctrine has always been a tough one, a doctrine of sacrifice. This is the biggest difference between himself and the neo-Gaullists,...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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MR. MICHAEL FOOT is one of the best liberal controversial- ists in England, but in the letter in our correspondence columns this week he seems to have misinterpreted Mr. But-...

LORD MOUNTBATTEN is widely—and probably correctly—regarded as having Leftish sympathies.

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Many Tories find it hard to forgive him for his part in the transfer of power in India. So Mr. Duncan Sandys can be congratulated on ignoring prejudice, political...

THE HAMPSTEAD EVERYMAN celebrated its twenty- fifth birthday on Boxing

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Day. It opened in 1933 with what must have sounded the crazy idea of running itself 'on Film Society lines, reviving and presenting the best films, long or short; available from...

I AM SURPRISED that Mr. Foot thinks Mr. Butler's Bill

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unjust. It seems to me no more unjust and a lot more sensible and honest than the present law. It is merely giving effect to the proposition that you cannot stamp out...

MR. FOOT further says that 'it cannot be just that

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a woman should go to prison for a crime which she can commit only with the connivance of a man who gets off scot-free.' Obviously prosti- tution could not exist without the...

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Tile POPULAR PRESS is often criticised for salacity, which the

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Beaverbrook papers can—and frequently do—claim not to dabble in. Indeed, last Sunday's fortieth-birthday issue of the Sunday Express quoted Mr. John Gordon's edi- torial...

SIR LINTON ANDREWS accuses me of doing my best to

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discredit the Press Council by arguing that 'newspaper proprietors, managers and jour- nalists all want' the existing abuses to continue, and 'have created the Council to...

Middle East Mythology

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By IAN GILMOUR MHERE has recently been some amusement and I alarm expressed because President Nasser ap- peared, in an interview with an Indian journalist, to take the notorious...

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Maltese Deadlock

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS rrIl4E Maltese have gone home without their I conference even having met. The excuse for the failure to meet was Mr. Mintoff's refusal to sit down at the...


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JANUARY 4, 1834 THE Prussian Government has made great progress in establishing its plan for the Commercial Con- federation of Germany. There is to be an exemption from duties...

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Wire THE CLOWN was still wear- ing a woolly dressing - gown over his sequins. The white goat, Omo, with only a walk-on part, was playing 'up like a star per- former. former. A...


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Across the Border By ALAN BRIEN Macbeth. (Old Vic.)—Cinder- ella. (Coliseum.) — King Charming. (Lyric, Hammer- smith.) Macbeth is the greatest play ever written about...

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M u s i c

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Derriere-garde By DAVID CAIRNS As I write, London music lies deep in seasonal torpor. The Albert Hall, shocked into silence, is recovering from the Chelsea Arts Ball. Ballet...

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Thumb-nose Sketches By ISABEL QUIGLY The Great Dictator. (London Pavilion.)—The Last Hurrah. (Gaumont.) Parisienne. (Curzon.)—Secrets of Life. (Studio One.) I NEVER saw...

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Consuming Interest

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H P.V. By LESLIE ADRIAN Curious, and wondering why nobody in the showrooms or offices of the Gas Board had ever tried to sell me this service, I telephoned several maintenance...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Paranoia By MILES HOWARD As I journey to and fro about London, and look at my fellow- citizens, I often wonder how many of them have delusions of persecution. The curious...

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Implications of an Incinerator 'D

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By STRIX r OR sawdust, as for poetry, there is a limited market. More of both are produced than can be sold. But here the analogy between them ends. Sawdust is waste, the...

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SIR,—Mr. Browning will doubtless derive no small satisfaction from my

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inability to suggest a way of changing an unnatural perversion into a natural one : the semantic aspect alone would defeat me! But does this automatically mean that homosexual...

PRESS COUNCIL MOINES SIR.—Pharos does his best once more to

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discredit the Press Council. He has used a fine array of con- temptuous terms. He talks of 'the Press Council's prating,' of 'Fleet Street Moguls.' of fl'nging around the...


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SIR,—France against Europe indeed! If, as you say, France's external debts have to be paid, then the only country likely to do this is Germany in order to sustain her Common...

WOLFENDEN DEBATE SIR,—The Government proposes to drive prostitutes off the

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streets by threatening them with imprisonment. would have thought that anyone concerned about the humanity of our laws would have been sufficiently alarmed by this proposition...

SIR.—How can Mr: 11 - over :ng justify the use of 'pervert'

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as a synonym for 'homosexual'? The Con- cise Oxford Dictionary gives: 'pervert, . . . lead 'hstray (person, mind) from right opinion or conduct' Mr. Browning, and many others...

SPEED RECORDS SIR,--Mr. Donald Campbell has announced that he and

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his team will make another ,attempt to raise the land speed and water speed records. What a pity this great fund of courage and engineering skill is not now directed into a more...

Letters to the Editor

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York Minster The Dean of York Speed Records Admiral Sir W. M. James Wolfenden Debate Michael Foot, Joyce A spland, Derek Parker France Against Europe The Earl of Plymouth...

99 Gower Street, London, W.C.1

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Euston 3221

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SIR,—'Antidisestablishmentarianism' and 'Praeter- transubstantiationalistical' have each in turn been cited

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as the longest word in the English language. I do not profess to know the word which could legitimately claim this distinction (it is doubtful whether either of those mentioned...


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SIR,—Anthony Thwaite, in his review of Robert Con- quest's valuable anthology of recent poetry from the Communist countries, suggests that the book ought to be stocked by...


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SIR,—I do not wish to obtrude upon you any view about this problem, but I venture one comment on the observations of Pharos, who is one of a very large company who write about...

SIR,—When are we going to hear about Leslie Adrian's schooldays?—Yours

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faithfully, R. G. 0. PRICE Savage Club, 9 Carlton House Terrace, SW I [Soon.—Editor, Spectator.]

S1R,—In his lively notebook Pharos says that various bodies finance

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the Press Council to 'ensure that it does not make a nuisance of itself to Fleet Street,' and because 'they might otherwise be faced with a very different type of Council with...

SIR,—I recently spent a few days on a cursory exam-

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ination of the University College of North Stafford- shire, and have been observing Dr. Flew's claims for it with interest. It must be conceded that Keele is an interesting and...


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S1R,—Professor Flew asks : 'Is Dr. Hethmings sure that it is possible to maintain parity of esteem be- tween General and Special Degrees if the same university offers both?' I...


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letter of December 19, asserts that 'there never has been Canon Law in the Church of England' and that the claim of Convocation that it is legally possible for it to make canons...

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Second Nature BY FRANK KER MODE M ODERN poetry and criticisms have made us all familiar with the notion that art is not so much an imitation of nature as another nature; and...

Superman on the Riviera

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Looked tough, was tall and permanently bronzed (1 should guess Berkeley, do not quote me, though) Not an ounce above the statutory weight, Two hundred pounds, most of it bone...

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Cruel Talent

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IN Russia it has been the critics and the scholars rather than, as in the West, the creative writers who have had most to say about Dostoyevski, although Maxim Gorki's...

High-Minded Empire

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The English Utilitarians and India. By Eric Stokes. (O.U.P.; 45s.) Tuts able book is of far greater topical interest than might appear at first sight. Although it stretches out...

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Stopping Short and Running On

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Cadenza: An Excursion. By Ralph Cusack. (Hamish Hamilton, 18s.) READING this collection of anecdotal and sensual reminiscences by a very Irish Irishman is an enjoyably...

Puccini's Line

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Puccini: A Critical Biography. By Mosco Carnet•. (Duckworth, 70s.) A GOOD many years ago I came across an article by Dr. Carner on Puccini's early operas. I have used it...

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Letter to Lord Kinross

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MY LORD, I have lately been much diverted by a volume of essays and descriptions (entitled The Candid Eye) in which your Lordship, emulating the ingenious M. Voltaire, portrays...

Wilfred Owen's Photographs

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When Parnell's Irish in the House Pressed that the British Navy's cat- O'-nine-tails be abolished, what Shut against them? It was Neither Irish nor English nor of that Decade,...

Johnson at Confession

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The Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel John- son. Volume 1: Diaries, Prayers and Annals. Edited by E. L. McAdam, Jr., with Donald and Mary Hyde. (Yale University Press and...

Tawney's Equilibrium

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Social History and Literature. By R. H. Tawney. (Leicester University Press, 3s. 6d.) Social History and Literature. By R. H. Tawney. (Leicester University Press, 3s. 6d.)...

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Tim title of Christopher Hill's book, reviewed on December 19,

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should have read Puritanism and Revolution.

Bandits Ten, Vector One-Six--Oh

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OLIVER STEWART'S survey of air warfare ranges from the balloons used in the siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War to the ICBM. The best part of the book is the history...

Important Digs

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History Unearthed. By Sir Leonard Woolley. (Benn, 30s.) SIR LEONARD WOOLLEY, who has himself done so much to unearth history by digging up the past, here gives us summary...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT The position in Paris before Christmas was so fantastic—so it seemed to me on a brief visit—that one felt certain that either farce or tragedy was...

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By CUSTOS T HE gilt-edged market responded buoyantly to the new convertibility and as this market had recently been neglected I think it should advance further. In fact, unless...


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ACROSS, - 1 Distaffs. 5 Framed, 9 Cut-purse. 10 Astral. 12 Cantata. 13 Nilotic. 14 Head-foremost. 17 Water-courses, 22 Nemesis. 23 Gcraint, 24 Ercnow. 25 Observer. 26 Kisser, 27...


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ordinary shares, now only 31s. 6d. and yielding 8.4 per cent., if the hoped-for trading improvement materialises which seems to be indicated for the steel industry generally....

SPECTATOR CROSSWORD No. 1,025 Solution on January 16

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ACROSS 1 Herrick urged that they should be gathered while the going was good (8) 5 Six by nine-and-a-half inches (6) 9 Do they sparkle on the Seven Sisters Road? (8) 10 'Neither...

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On a Short-lived Diary

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 461: Report by Pan The usual prize was offered for not more than /6 lines of verse entitled 'On a Diary Deceased in Early Childhood.' I HAD expected...

A prize of six guineas is offered for an original

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elerihew on any member of the numerous family of words made up from initial letters, e.g., WHO, NAAFI, ERNIE. SUNFED. Entries, addressed 'Spectator Competition No. 464.' 99...