2 JUNE 1984

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1984 t Portrait of the4eek

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Librani 'T'en people were killed, 33 injured, by an 1 explosion of methane gas at a water sta- tion near Lancaster. The London stock market saw its biggest fall for ten years,...

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The silent minority y outh, personable manner, pretty wife, sense of humour, smart suits, videos with pop stars, vasectomy — Mr Neil Kin- nock has been working hard to convince...

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Breaking the banks

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I t is unfortunate that Continental Illinois, the eighth largest bank in the United States , was not allowed to go under. t uilowing the $4.5 billion whip-round by the other...


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W hoever becomes Poet Laureate should s urely be someone who can versify When the occasion demands. He need not be the greatest poet of the age (past l-aureates seldom have...

Land use

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I f anything of England's green and pleasant land is to be saved from the on- ward march of the developers, we need, the most fervent libertarian would probably agree, to have...


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Another voice

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Tomalin inter turdos Auberon Waugh O n Sunday Mrs Claire Tomalin, Liter- ary Editor of the Sunday Times, joined the thrushes' chorus of contributors to that newspaper's arts...

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I have always found the nickname of nignog applied to blacks a friendly one, or at the worst no more derisory than frog, Par nmY, paddy and so on. School was the Place, and...

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Swedish motherhood

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Andrew Brown Stockholm/Helsinki T he Aminoff story had something for everyone who hates Sweden. Many of the details were unclear, but the meaning and the significance of the...

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The suffering south

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Charles Glass Jezzine, South Lebanon T here was a time when the drive from Sidon to Beirut, if negotiated by a reckless Lebanese taxi-driver, took just over half an hour. But,...

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Our Lady of Yugoslavia

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Richard West T hecameramen of the world, who gave such publicity to the Winter Olympics at Sarajevo, to Torvill and Dean and the rest, have so far ignored the happenings which...

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'Compromise with reality'

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George Walden 'R eality,' Jules Romains once observed, `is always on the right.' Mrs Thatcher has never doubted it. Choleric French drivers, who now wind down the window to...

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Birmingham's brass

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Gerda Cohen S orry chaps, but I really did like Birmingham. Heaven knows why. Maybe it's the time of year, quickening, or the contrast with dingy arrogant Oxford where I caught...

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The press

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i Anatomy of an epistle aul Johnson T he story is told that, on one , i occasion when Randolph Churchill was holding forth in characteristic fashion — t w a-s a weekend...

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In the City

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Doomsday talk Jock Bruce-Gardyne I s it time to wave goodbye to the great bull market of the Eighties? As they packed their bags for the Whitsun weekend after an unnerving...

One hundred years ago

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The strong opposition which the Representation of the People Bill en- counters is due much less to any dread of the people than to the mortification of two classes which...

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Why old Reagan went

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Sir: Regarding that geriatric warmonger Ronald Wilson Reagan ('Culchies and radicals', 19 May), the reason why his great-grand-father left Ballyporeen was his impregnation of a...

French leave

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Sir: 'Do you realise that in France they have however-many-it-is more public holidays than we do?' hears Alan Watkins at dinner parties and in saloon bars (Diary, 12 May)....

Patrick Jenkin's axe

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Sir: I must add a further class of Co nservative to those listed by Neville Beale ( Letters, 28 April) who oppose the abolition 13 , f the GLC and the metropolitan counties. 't...

Before Newmarket

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Sir: It might be unconscious, but there is in Simon Blow's amusing article on Newmarket ('Newmarket's old brigade', 12 May) a slight whiff of anti-Arab patronage. That the Arabs...

Not Bingo

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Sir: Please inform your distinguished Centrepiece writer Colin Welch (26 May) that it was not Bingo Little who rediscovered his mislaid fiancee at the Empire Exhibition but...

The other Peregrine

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Sir: I am sorry that I unthinkingly disturbed Mr Worsthorne's prenominal pre-eminence (Diary, 26 May). I once sat between two other Peregrines at school and have been quite...

Sir: If Alastair Forbes thinks that Alexander Chancellor, in his

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role of TV critic, 'really must brush up his English Sight reading', may I suggest that he himself could well brush up his grasp of English Syntax. Indeed, after reading — for...


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Stern rebukes Sir: I know I am not the first person to Point out that part of the Spectator's appeal Ls the clarity brevity and wit that are , characteristic of most of the...


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Sir: I feel compelled to correct the totally erroneous account of the events at Oradour given in Francis King's review of The Pork Butcher by David Hughes (Books, 5 May). I...

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Normandy's horror Colin Welch I n vain 25 years later I searched with my son for the brickworks and the nearby wood in which, in June 1944, I was introduced to my new platoon....

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Cyrus or Chaplin? Gavin Young The Pride and the Fall: Iran 1974-1979 Anthony Parsons (Jonathan Cape £8.95) W hat can we do?', the Shah murmured in a distressed way as we...

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Arthur's answer

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Eric Christiansen Chivalry Maurice Keen (Yale University Press 12.95) urke thought that the age of chivalry came to an end in 1789, or thereabouts. Others, that it was killed...

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A lexander Haig first attracted attention in this country in 1973 when, with a distinguished military record behind him, he was summoned by a beleaguered Richard Nixon to become...


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We announce a Grand Scottish Poetry Competition. Messrs John Walker and Sons Ltd, the noted distillers, have with great generosity offered to donate the prizes. It will...

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South from Ronda

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Simon Courtauld Andalucia Nicholas Luard (Century £9.95) b uring the early 1920s, Gerald Brenan vi • lived for four years in the mountain llage of Yegen in the AlMiarra...

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Crazed sex

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Harriet Waugh Stanley and the Women Kingsley Amis (Hutchinson £8.95) A fter a decade of novels about down- trodden women striving for identity in a society that relegates them...

Books Wanted

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THE SPLENDID FAIRING by Constance Holme. M. Sharman, 135 Vaughan Rd, Stotfold, Hitchin, Herts. EDWARD CARPENTER: books by or about Carpenter (1844-1929). Later editions...

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Critic's charm

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George Clive Introduced by David Cecil The Man and his Writings Desmond MacCarthy: (Constable £9.95) T here are five collections of Desmond MacCarthy's writings, and rione of...

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The umpire's tale

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Andrew Robinson The Haunted Mind Hallam Tennyson (Andre Deutsch £12.95) "This intriguing, courageous auto- ". biography was conceived under threat. Towards its end, one reads...

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Step by step Giles Gordon Serjeant Musgrave's Dance (Old Vic) Golden Boy (National: Lyttelton) Forty Years on and Oh, Kay! (Chichester) B red' tplates are buckled on in John...


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Freak show Peter Ackroyd Where the Buffalo Roam (' 18 ', Classic Chelsea and ICA cinema) T he credits describe it as 'a movie based on the twisted legend of Dr Hunter S....

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Paradox and protest Giles Auty A rule of paradox applies in art wherebY conscious striving for effect all to ° easily produces the exact reverse of the de- sired result. Thus...

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High life

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War cry Taki If this wer New York e a more just world, people like J ane Fonda would not have been allowed ir? Perfect their sun tans on Memorial Day. alas, it is not, thus...

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Low life

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Party spirit Jeffrey Bernard T he past few days have been a bit of a thrash and it's got to stop. Starting tomorrow it's all going to be different. But my birthday party and...


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Altogether nearly P.J. Kavanagh Excus e me, is this the I--:/The man was angled forward,weigPublich on front foot like M. Hulot. ?: `No,' said the large barmaid, 'this is...

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No. 1323:Short ballade Set by Jaspistos: You are invited to write a ballade of 20 lines (two stanzas of eight lines followed by an 'envoi' of four lines), with a maximum of...

No. 1320: The winners

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Jaspistos reports: Competitors were asked for a dialo g ue, in verse or prose, between Rea g an as Petruchio and Thatcher as Kate. It was fun for me to g o back to The Tam- ing...


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Anti-blockade recently in this column, hi g hli g hts a key q uestion i n modern opening theory. After 1 d4 NM 2 c4 e6 many White players have been turnin g away from 3 Nc3,...

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Crossword 660

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Prize: £10— or a copy of Chambers Dictionary, 1983 edition (ring the word 'Dictionary' under name and address) — for the first correct solution opened on 18 June. Entries to:...