3 AUGUST 1991

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T he European Court of Justice over- turned British law and allowed foreign- owned vessels to fish in British waters and use British quotas. Fears were voiced over the future...

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Tiptoeing over the threshold of the Common European Home NOEL MALCOLM U ntil Monday evening of this week, Her Majesty's Government had a policy on European defence. It was...

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I have become rather tired of the postur- ing of Imperial Chemical Industries, which has been going on for some months now, since Hanson had the temerity to purchase 2 per cent...

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Watch out for Mr Heseltine's green shirt brigade AUBERON WAUGH With these documents also came a leaflet gloating over the new Antarctic Treaty (which apparently binds its...

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European pornography is being beamed into used to keep out Japanese competition IT IS SAID that Mrs Thatcher was basical- ly worried about three imports from Europe: foreign...

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Stephen Handelman on the great nation of Ukraine and its urge for independence Kiev PRESIDENT George Bush's brief visit to Kiev on the way home from this week's Moscow summit...

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Dennis Deletant returns to a welcome from the much changed Moldavia `AND vat do you zink of Ceausescu's fan- tastic erections?' The question was fired at me in booming tones...

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THE OUTLAW Michael Heath

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John Simpson meets Yasser Arafat twelve months after his friend invaded Kuwait Tunis . THE HEAT in the hotel room wrapped round me like an unwelcome blanket, but shortly...

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Sandra Barwick on the declining numbers of children in the richer nations MY paternal grandmother, who married before the first world war, produced six children, of whom four...

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Gavin Stamp wonders if Jocelyn Stevens is the right man to head English Heritage THE NEWS that Jocelyn Stevens, Rector of the Royal College of Art, may be Lord Montagu's...

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Janine Di Giovanni investigates the Jesus Army, which is taking over businesses and souls in Northamptonshire THREE dead bodies turned up in rural vil- lages near Northampton...

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Wilfred De'Ath found that the months he spent awaiting trial were not quite what he expected ON 7 October 1990 I was arrested without explanation in a hotel room in Southsea...

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If symptoms persist. . .

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The prison hospital trusty, a pleasant and polite murderer, knocked on my door last week. 'Coffee, doctor, sir?' he asked. `Yes please,' I said. 'Black, no arsenic.' Still,...

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the latest invasion of privacy THE ABSENCE of a privacy law in this country has many sad consequences. Among the worst is the way in which it allows the media to wreck the...

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BCCI — losers weepers

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THIS was the week when the affair of the Bank of Credit and Commerce Interna- tional began to slide into farce. In New York, the district attorney conjured head- lines from the...

. . . money down the drain

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I HAD not thought of Mapp and Lucia as a handbook of municipal finance, but I now see where councils like Western Isles learned to borrow money in the market and re-lend it to...


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Recovery but, this time, there's no going back into debt CHRISTOPHER FILDES R ecovery? The City assumes it, the Chancellor proclaims it, the Confederation of British Industry...


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CAN it be that John Major, the best public relations man the Standard Chartered Bank ever had, is giving his old firm a helping plug? There it was, plain to see, at the news...

Money off the screen .

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I AM sad that Channel 4 cannot afford to keep Business Daily on the air. It was my cue for opining on Fridays — looming out of your television screen to call the Abbey National...

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Brighter British

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Sir: How thankful the people of Gibraltar must be that the United Kingdom Govern- ment has a greater regard for the Declara- tion of Human Rights than have the writers who...

Twelve-tone letter

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Sir: In 'Down with dodecaphony' (Music, 6 July) Herbert Lomas aimed at producing some sort of evidence for what has been presented as a 'natural' rejection of dode- caphony,...

A place in heaven

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Sir: I am very sorry that Monsignor Gilbey has misread or misunderstood my inter- view with him (Letters, 20 July). He did have an opportunity of reading it and correcting it...


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. Indulging the Old Lady Sir: Though I share his nostalgia for the waning power of the raised gubernatorial, eyebrow, I think Christopher Fildes (`Tumbling the Old Lady' 27...

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Shiva Naipaul was one of the most gifted and accomplished writers of our time. After his death in August 1985 at the age of 40, The Spectator set up a fund to establish an...

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Hurrah for Aunt Mary

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Sir: At long last I am delighted to see that you have got rid of that tiresome bore Wallace Arnold. For some time now this self-styled wit has been writing one and the same...

Whatever next?

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Sir: In the 17th century, a Highland Scot defined his 'country' as the land within the horizon of the surrounding hills, inhabited by people whom he knew by name and lineage and...

Vive la cuisine francaise

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Sir: I have great respect for the British and their ways. However, I really could not let A. N. Matthews's well argued but erroneous defence of Britain's food in comparison to...

Handsome dog

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Sir: Why does John Charmley use the word `revolting' to describe my bulldog, Bosun, who adorns the jacket of Phillippe Daudy's book Les Anglais (Books, 13 July). Mon- sieur...

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BOOKS T he Mountbattens occupy an exception- al niche in 20th-century

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history, receiving the same kind of treatment accorded to royalty or superstars: public adulation, pri- vate denigration. Scandal swirled just below the surface of their lives,...

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`the brighter visions brought music . . . Ivor Gurney

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Lapwings in display salute the earth they're swishing to with a three quarter roll list as a fencer's wrist; and it's in that image your song takes me - above all, the cadence....

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Old-fashioned and full of charm

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Anita Brookner LETTERS FROM CONSTANCE by Mary Hocking Chatto & Windus, .£13.99, pp.215 hen women were virtuous, women wrote novels like this. I realise that this statement...

Books are no compensation

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David Nokes N o paradox in Swift's long career as preacher and polemicist, satirist and hoax- er, is more teasing than his assumption of the role of 'Hibernian patriot'. In...

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Trying too hard

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Beryl Gray GEORGE ELIOT: COLLECTED POEMS edited by Lucien Jenkins Skoob Books, f9.95, pp.481 o n 1 January 1865 — that is, a little under halfway through her career as a writ-...

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Benefiting from a military point of view

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Jasper Griffin THE PUNIC WARS by Nigel Bagnall Hutchinson, £19.99, pp. 355 I t is a mark of a civilised society when its military men read books; much more so when they write...

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Awe in the presence of ordinary things

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A.N. Wilson BOUND UPON A COURSE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY by John Stewart Collis The Alastair Press, £12.95, pp.217 J ohn Stewart Collis died on 2 March 1984, the age of the century. A...

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The Ginger

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A quart of ginger-beer in a 'stone' jar (A salt-glaze jar) with a glassy black screw top, Red rubber ring, shoved in a saddle-bag Then ridden bumpily up a hill in Montgomery....

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0 ne of the more unlikely places in which I might have imagined writing this week's article is Heathfield Hospital at Ayr in Scotland. I was on a brief working holi- day in the...

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The Proms

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Home and away Peter Phillips T he planning department at the Proms has launched this year's series with a suc- cession of 'home and away' concerts. This well-worn formula...

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Papal pageantry Roderick Conway Morris I taly's prime minister, Giulio Andreotti, had to appeal to his defence minister last month for the loan of 2,500 conscripts, not to...

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The Boys From Syracuse (Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park) The Manchurian Candidate (Lyric Hammersmith) Twin delights Christopher Edwards T his production of The Boys From...


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The Rocketeer (PG', Warner West End) Edward Scissorhands (PG', selected cinemas) Shear entertainment Harriet Waugh T he holiday season continues with another parent-and-child...

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Windsor soap John Diamond t's summer and the earnest documen- tarists and the gay young things from Light Ents are all, respectively, in Tuscany and Ibiza, leaving the field...

High life

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Out west Taki T he only town I missed during my Odysseus-like peregrinations of last month was Ithaca, New York, where a noodle- brain I plan to give a knuckle sandwich to...

Martyn Harris is on holiday.

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New life

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Saved by the gong Zenga Longmore A the reader may or may not remem- ber from last week, we left Uncle Bisi gloating over the contents of my Jamaican friend Mrs Starman's...

Low life

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Down by the riverside Jeffrey Bernard am writing to you from the eighth floor of a block of flats halfway between the House of Commons and the Tate Gallery. I can even see...

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Sweetness and light

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AUGUST, a very fine month for feasts. St Alphonsus Mary de Liguori, a great preacher; St Eusebius of Vercelli, starved to death in his own home by the wicked Arian emperor...

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12 YEAR OLD SCOTCH WHISKY COMPETITION Discoveries Tom Castro I n Competition No. 1687 you were in- vited to give a description, tinged with disapproval, by a historical or...


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T he Sicilian Defence is Black's most aggressive, ambitious and popular counter against 1 e4. Conventional wisdom used to hold that if Black Could survive the White attack he...

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A first prize of £20 and two further prizes of £10 (or, for UK solvers, a copy of Chambers English Dictionary — ring the word `Dictionary') for the first three correct solutions...

Solution to 1017: Outlandish Four unclued ights, like 41 +

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27, are countries, and the other unclued lights, like 28 + 15, are anagrams of these countries. Winners: Dr A. G. Cox, Kingston upon Thames (U0); Mark Hennes- sy, Dover...

No. 1690: Logodaedaly

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You are invited to write a poem (maximum 15 lines) with a lavish use of rare words (e.g `fulvous', 'cleasil', 'magma' etc), enti- tled either 'Sunset' or 'Accident'. Entries to...

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At Leeds, in the first Test match, Pringle made a defiant 27 in over two-and-a-half hours; at Lord's in the second his 35 took an hour and 50 minutes; at Trent Bridge he was...


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Q. I have never been able to bear any kind of whistling, be it tuneless or tuneful. I now find that in my new job I am sitting virtually next to someone who whistles. It is...