30 MARCH 1945

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W ITH the death of one whom we have found it hard to call by the name and style of Earl Lloyd George, a great, if to some extent a controversial, figure passes from the stage....

The Arab Pact of Union

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The signing of the pact of union of the Arab States at Cairo last week set the seal to a remarkable movement which is of profound significance for the Middle East. It is a...

Food in Western Europe

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It is deeply disturbing to the people of this country to know that Paris, Brussels and other towns throughout France and Belgium have actually suffered more from shortage of...

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Slaughter on the Roads

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Parliament will certainly have to consider the question of road safety, on which an interim report of a specially appointed Com- mittee was issued last week, before the liberal...


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Success in the post-war export trade will depend on knowledge of foreign markets and of the needs and tastes of foreign consumers. We can no longer depend, as so often in the...

Lord Wavell in London

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The arrival of Lord Wavell in this country necessarily raises hopes. It may possibly raise them too high, for it is clear that the Viceroy has come to London at least as much to...

Facts about Houses

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In the two-days' debate on housing last week Mr. Willink and Mr. Duncan Sandys disclosed facts which at least make the position a good deal clearer than it was. The former has...

Feelers in Poland

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Weeks have now passed since the Yalta agreement on Poland, and among other reasons for speeding up the negotiations is the fact that it is extremely desirable that Poland should...

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G OOD FRIDAY and Easter Day are no mere emblems. They commemorate facts in history, fixed and dated in Roman history as well as in Jewish by the name of the Governor Pontius...

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T HE comparison drawn by Field-Marshal Smuts on Monday evening between Earl Lloyd George and Mr. Churchill as war-leaders is one on which history may more fittingly pronounce...

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By STRATEGICUS It is against this background that Field-Marshal Montgomery Launched the 21st Army Group on Friday night. Kesselring, who has come North with some such role as...

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By SIR RICHARD LIVINGSTONE F ROM this year, April the 1st will call up other ideas than those usually associated with it. The most important Education Act • in our history...

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By SIR ARTHUR SALTER, M.P. p OSTERIM is selective in its nomenclature. It chooses the name associated with the events that give a claim to enduring fame in preference to the...

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By PROFESSOR C. M. YONGE From such relatively inefficient mechanisms evolved the perfec- tion of movement displayed by the modern squids. With loss of the constraining influence...

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By HAROLD NICOLSON 0 NE of the lessons which we ought to have learnt from the last war, as from this war, is that courage or timidity have little to do with physical type. The...

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ONE swallow may not make a summer, but two, combined

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with clement weather and good news, may well indicate that spring is not far behind. A fortnight ago the Chelsea Music Club, which was always one of the most enterprising of the...


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" Student Nurse" and "Steel." For future release.—" Soldier- Sailor." At the London Pavilion.—" Music for Millions." At the Empire.—" Here Come the Waves." At the Plaza. THE...

WHY will dramatic critics persist in treating the " book

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" or " plot " of a musical play as if it had any real importance? It can only be their insensibility to music, dancing, personality and visual effects that causes this obstinate...

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Sta,—I was much interested in the article on "Children Without Homes" —as the increase of illegitimacy is one of the major home problems of the war. My suggestion to help solve...


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Sig.—Most people wil 1 be in sympathy with the idea of war memorials which have a practical as well as a sentimental value. A -great deal of stained glass has been destroyed,...


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SIR, -.-Criticising my recent contribution on the "Foot Plan for Coal" your correspondent "D. B. Marshall" assumes that four state owned coal mines in Holland with an annual...

Sist,—It may interest your readers to know the views of

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youth on War Memorials. At the last meeting of our National Members' Council, the members unanimously agreed that War Memorials should take the form of youth hostels, clubs,...


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Snt,—I am sorry, but I fear the Duchess of Atholl is just wrong when she writes that "it is only in matters of procedure that the agreement of at least...

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Sut,—Thank you for prompt delivery, by your publishers, of two copies of the pamphlet entitled as above, which makes very interesting reading and which will, I think, be widely...


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SIR, —The fallacy in the arguments put forward in Sir Angus Watson's letter to you on March 23rd is the assumption that home produced food is dear food. Reorganisation of...


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Sta,—May I ask the privilege of a few lines in your paper to expre,s - the concern of Bristol, and many other Development Committees,- at 3 grave injustice which threatens...


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Siu,—The writer of the -letter headed "Fraternisation" in yoUr issue of March 23rd appears to overlook- two facts of some importance: (r) Fraternisation after the-last war in...


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SIR,—Much has been written in the Press lately about the desirabilit5 Of obtaining as quickly as possible an adequate supply Of the right type of teachers to enable the...


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SIR,—Having spent many happy days in company with the engaging confraternity of Mexican muleteers, I write to protest against Mr. Harold Nicolson's comparison of the cries with...


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SIR,—" No one cares for the nurse, only for her hands to lahour." This cri de coeur from an experienced sister-tutor seemed to be denied by the next letter opened. It contained...

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The Art Curator's Dream

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Dismembered Masterpieces. By Thomas Bodkin. (Collins. 12s 6d.) Wins remarkable but not unexpected eloquence Professor Bodkin pleads for the re-union of what he calls...


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A San Francisco Text Book The Price of Peace. By Sir William Beveridge. (Pilot Press. 6s.) SIR WILLIAM BEVERIDGE, WhOSC labours promise to equal in number those of Hercules,...

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The Fall of Singapore

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GENERAL BENNETr commanded the Australian Military Force in Malaya. He escaped after the surrender of Singapore and has not apparently been given a new command. He has thus been...


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A Bell for Adano. By John Hersey. (Gollancz. 8s. 6d.) To say that Mr. Aldous Huxley's, new novel, Time Must Have a Stop, is a disappointment is, on the face of it, ridiculous....

India's Future

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The Future of India. By Penderel Moon. (Pilot Press. 5s.) READERS of Penderel Moon's brilliant book, Strangers in India, will turn with interest to his latest work on the...

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The Geography of World Air Transport. By J. Parker Van

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Zandt. (The Brockings Institution, Washington). (Faber and Faber. 5s.) HEMISPHERES, says Dr. Van Zandt, are what you make them, and there is nothing sacred about the division...

With Wingate in Burma. By David Halley. (Hodge. 7s. 6d.)

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IN this book Sergeant Tony Aubrey, of the King's (Liverpool) Regiment, tells of his experiences with Wingate's first expedition into Burma. Mr. Halley's part in the making of...

Service Pay. By Captain Russell Grenfell;R.N. (Pyre anclSpottiswoode. 10s. 6d.)

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CAPTAIN GRENFELL has written an illuminating book on the pay of the fighting services. He ought to have omitted his historical intro- duction, for it will be found quite...

Arnhem Lift: The Diary of a Glider Pilot. (Pilot Press.

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5s.) Shorter Notices THIS little book is the best description of action by an actual com- batant that this present war has produced. One looks to it in vain for an account of...

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The winner of Crossword Puzzle No. 314 is MRS. R. COOMBE, Park View Hotel, Rickmansworth.


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[A Book Token for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution of this week's crossword to be opened after noon on Tuesday week, April Toth. Envelopes...

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Watchwords. By Major-General J. F. C. Fuller. (Skeffington. 12s. 6d.)

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INTO this volume General Fuller has collected fifty short essays, most of them written for the popular press. All of them are provocative and incisive and the collection is...

COUNTRY LIFE Progressive Bees On' this subject, it is one

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of the oldest sayings that one swallow does not make spring. So far as I remember, Aristotle quotes it from an author old in his time ; but we may take animals as' well as...

THAT some d'slocation in the order of the chapters of

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the Fourth Gospel has taken place has long been recognised by scholars and various attempts have been made to restore the original sequence. The hypothesis that the confusion...