3 MAY 1957

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I RISHMEN are quick to point out that, contrary to the still general impression in Britain, 'Ulster' and 'Northern Ireland' are not synonymous terms. When Ireland was...


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Cut for Partners

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T un mental deforestation that afflicts Foreign Offices when they come to deal with the Middle East is reducing the State Department to increasing aridity. The contradictions of...

Equity Intelligence

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MORE than 3,000 professional actors are unable to make a living on the stage.—Daily Sketch, April 29. NINE THOUSAND entertainers don't make a living from The industry.—Daily...

Swearing-in Styles

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By a Correspondent New Delhi O NLY photographers were allowed into the chandeliered ballroom of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the former Viceregal lodge, for the swearing-in ceremony of...

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John Charles. Intelligence (contd.)

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THE John Charles charm has won all Italy. Even his future team-mates of Juventus have welcomed King John, as he is known, with heart - warming en- thusiasm.—Daily Express, April...

Portrait of the Week

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WHILE the workers of the world have been demonstrat- ing their May Day solidarity in the usual way it has not been a noticeably good week for agreement between their leaders....

Inflammable Intelligence

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ACTRESS Belinda Lee's long fair hair was acci- dentally burned yesterday. . . . She has to dive on to a four-poster bed. She dived—and a ringlet of her hair fell across a...

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Cyprus Conversation Piece

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Mr. Charles Foley,. the Editor of the Times of Cyprus, has decided not to proceed with his appeal against his conviction on a charge of infringing the Emergency Regulations....

Westminster Commentary

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Now Mr. Fisher was, as far as is known, the only member to suffer such an indignity that evening. But he was by no means the only mem- ber to take part in that (for him, at...

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EXACTLY two hundred and fifty years after the political union

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of England and Scotland a report on Relations between Anglican and Presbyterian Churches (S.P.C.K., 3s. 6d.) has been published. Without denying the existence of considerable...

No doubt the Home Office will try to argue, as

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it has done before, that Casement ought not thus to be put on trial a second time. But as Mr. Christopher Hollis has pointed out in the Observer, it is not Casement who is on...

IN HIS STIMULATING book, Battle for the Mind, Dr. William

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Sargant describes how 'false con- fessions are sometimes elicited quite unknowingly' and suggests that this is the explanation of Timothy Evans's confession at Notting Hill Gate...

BEFORE PUBLISHING Guy Burgess's article we re- ceived a request

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to send it for vetting by 'Security.' I would have thought it a safe assumption that any disclosures Burgess had to make would have been made six years ago to the Russians,...

Several reasons have been put forward by the Home Office

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to justify its refusal to permit an inquiry. The diaries, it has been argued, are not a fit subject for a public investigation. But nobody has suggested that the investigation...

A Spectator's Notebook

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THE LAST TIME Guy Burgess's name appeared in this journal was at the end of last year when he wrote a letter to the Editor suggesting that the Spectator was a puppet of the...

THE HOME OFFICE also has a shabby record in con-

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nection with the Casement Diaries. I cannot really feel that either. Alfred Noyes's The Accusing Ghost (Gollancz, 15s.) or the two articles by Mr. Mont- gomery Hyde in the...

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FOR YEARS disciples of Alistair Forbes have looked for his

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political commentary in the same place in the Sunday Dispatch: at the bottom of . the left-hand middle page—the only thing in the paper worth reading, except, occasionally, for...

CALL IT NERVES, call it newsprint-indigestion, call it what you

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like. Glancing up from my paper on the bus the other morning, my eye fell momen- tarily on my neighbour's. A brief glance took in a head-and-shoulders picture of a man, and a...

How ? or Why ?

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By HUGH MONTEFIORE T T is becoming a commonplace to be told nowadays that science is elbowing out religion and that Christianity is an old-fashioned fairy story that is being...

tmaxlco CITY students are, it appears, threatening to burn five

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buses in retaliation for one of their 'number being injured by a careless driver. This is what the Marxists Would call 'direct action,' and is capable of indefinite extension....

A Prisoner Came to Breakfast Intelligence

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A 'NICE young gentleman' knocked at the door of 36-year-old Mrs. Janet Williams's house yesterday. Daily Express, April 26. MRS. JANET WILLIAMS, 37, was cooking. Daily Mail,...

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Kilbarry was Here

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By FRANK LITTLER O NE way of discovering that Badminton is actually a place-name is to get lost in the horse latitudes. This opportunity occurred again last week when the...

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Escape Story

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By GUY BURGESS (This article is referred to in 'Spectator's Notebook') S IR WtNgroN CHURCHILL once described the difficulties involved in crossing the floor of the House....

Disaster in the Gironde

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By CYRIL RAY r OUR weeks ago I was invited to luncheon at the Château Monbousquet, near St. Emilion, an estate which grows one of the best of the robust wines of that region...

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W HICH is the most attractive cathedral city in England? Considering how little, com- paratively, it is mucked about by ugly outskirts and glaring shop fascias and modern...


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By STRIX Mr. Monks is one of those writers who believe that sentences like ' "Your journey wasn't really necessary, Dudley," quipped Somerville' and 'Admiral Cunningham rode the...


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People will go to considerable trouble to live in The 'right' postal district. These are in order of magnificence : WI, SW3, SW1 (this is rather let down by having Pimlico ia...

CENTENARY The centenary of St. Johns Church, Montreux,' whose appeal

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I see is being launched this week, makes me wish that the Church of England would publish a book illustrating Anglican churches in Europe and telling us the times and types of...

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Consuming Interest

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Gin and Tonic By LESLIE ADRIAN rin HE customer,' we used to be told in the 1930s, I 'is always right.' One of the objectives I would like to set myself is the restoration of...

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Points from Letters Surgeon, speaking of Our Lord's Crucifixion, says

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that 'every detail of the story suggests that a wounded victim' in some way survived. He knows little of the physical facts of Roman crucifixion, (1) Nails were driven through...

SIR,—Surgeon's theory is, of course, a very old one. But

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is it not more fantastic than the belief of the orthodox? Presumably Joseph of Arimathwa spirited Christ away without the knowledge of the disciple. Otherwise the whole story of...

SCR,—I think that most naval officers who took an active

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part in the war at sea will have read Mr. Kennedy's .strictures on Admiral Pound with some repugnance. No doubt mistakes were made—it could hardly have been otherwise when so...


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SIR,—Surgeon's theory of the Resurrection is the old theory of Venturini. Of that Mr. Morrison wrote in Who Moved The Stone?, 'I include this suggestion here more for the sake...

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Letters to the Editor

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Admiral Pound Sir Robert Boothby, MP Vice Admiral J. W. Durnford Easter Morning Christopher Hollis, Sir Charles Jeffries, Rev. H. M. J. Burdett, Rev. E. Oliver Sutton and...

SIR,—Miss Strachey in her letter refers rather oddly for the

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printer does) to I Gal. xii, 16, meaning of course Gal. i, 12, 16 as showing that St. Paul did not question the Apostles about the Resurrection. But that is precisely what he...

SIR,—The letter from Surgeon is impressive at first sight, but

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the matter needs to be looked at a little more closely. We must face the fact that the only documentary evidence for the incidents described in the Gospels (and the Acts of the...

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SIR,—I was astonished to read Mr. Robert Hancock's vicious and vulgar attack on Mr. John Osborne in the pages of the Spectator. Does he really imagine that such trivia as...


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SIR,—Your readers will be interested to know that Henri de Montherlant's Desert Love, which was the subject of a letter from me in your paper, will now be published at the end...


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SIR,—The Government, by its complete refusal to negotiate with the doctors on their remuneration, is alone responsible for the sorry state of affairs now existing—a state of...

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Ulster and Her People Northern Ireland: Asset or Liability? A Southern Viewpoint Revived Area The Sudden Pack The Political Scene Sources of Pride • ST. JOHN ERVINIE m...

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Northern Ireland: Asset or Liability?

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By MONTGOMERY HYDE, MP N ORTHERN IRELAND, as a separate area of government within the political framework of the United Kingdom, came into existence in 1920. The Go v ernment of...

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A Southern Viewpoint

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By BRIAN INGLIS F IVE years ago it was comparatively rare for anybody in Southern Ireland to recognise that Northern Ireland had any right to exist. Partition, it was assumed,...

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Revived Area

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By C. F. CARTER* n EOPLE often think of Northern Ireland as a r depressed area, after the pattern of the 1930s, which has unaccountably remained depressed in the prosperous...

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The Sudden Pack

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By W. R. RODGERS . HE wild life of a well-tilled countryside flourishes flourishes only in its hedgerows, just as the older parts of a country's lore survive under cover of...

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The Political Scene

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By W. M. MAY, M P F IFTY years ago the political scene in Ireland was dominated by two parties—the Unionists and the Nationalists—who were engaged in a grim struggle on the...

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Sources of Pride

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By J. A. THREEPWORTH I is probably true to say that no visitor to 'Northern Ireland, however short his stay, can avoid learning a little of the history of this small but...

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Jazz and Swing

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formative and complete. An expensive purchase, but just the thing for those who take their jazz seriously. Dixieland fans would be well advised to buy Bob Crosby and His...

Contemporary Arts

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Full of Horrors The Balcony. By Jean Genet. (Arts.) —Tea and Sympathy. By Robert Anderson. (Comedy.) — Titus Andronicus and The Comedy of Errors. By William Shakespeare. (Old...

-1 " Classical Records—II (RECORDING COMPANY : D, Decca.) ORCHESTRAL. To

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Bruckner's Fourth Symphony some time ago Knap- pertsbusch has now added the less familiar Fifth (both D). Each occu- -pies three sides, with a Wagner piece on the fourth. The...

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The Assembly Line

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THE guilt I was feeling about my recent neglect of ITV was fotified by missing Warhead, Peter Hunt's feature on defence which every critic who saw it thought first class. The...

Old Faces Funny Face. (Odeon, Leicester Square.)—Designing Woman. (Empire.)—Friends for

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Life. (Academy.) — Drango. (Lon- I don Pavilion.) — Obsession. (Continentale.) THE history of fashion could I suppose be written from the faces of fashion models, whose life...

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The Chief BY D. W. BROGAN M R. DE VALERA has just become Prime Minister of the Irish Republic again. The Irish people have voted not only for the only effective symbol they...

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The Desert and the Sown .

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A FEW years ago the American Mission to Under- Developed Countries (Point IV) was engaged in ploughing up stretches of the Jordan desert and constructing water catchments, in...

Spanish Churches

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THIS book arrived in time for the writer to start reviewing it on Easter Sunday. It evokes memories of the Domingo da Gloria in different Spanish towns. Easter Sunday in Toledo...

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You Can't Believe Your Eyes. By Joan Fleming. (Collins, 10s.

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6d.) Prettily put-together piece con- cerning death over dinner; how it looked to all present; and who had really done it. Convincingly contemporary London background and some...

End of Chapter. By Nicholas Blake. (Collins, 12s. 6d.) Authors

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must often imagine murder in a publisher's office—if only of a fellow-author. Mr. Blake polishes off a horrible woman writer, very elegantly and readably as to his own prose, a...

Twelve Girls in the Garden. By Shane Martin.

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(Collins, 10s. 6d.) 'Figurine' for 'figure' suggests an American author, but all else about this highly literate and enjoyable thriller, set in Chelsea, Bloomsbury, Athens and...

The Crimson in the Purple. By Holly Roth. (Hamish Hamilton,

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12s. 6d.) Murder in one of those New York theatrical dynasties; rather a talkative plot—but good talk. Miss Roth has con- structed tenser tales than this, but she is as sen-...

Boiled Alive. By Bruce Buckingham. (Michael Joseph, 12s. 6d.) This

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publisher's crime novels are so elegantly printed as to add 10 per cent. or so to the readability. So this may not be quite so good as I think it is, and perhaps there are too...

What Rough Beast. By John Trench. (Mac- donald, 10s. 6d.)

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Teddy-boy goings-on in a cathedral town, where a canon is framed. The author enjoys his dislike of modern youth of the obstreperous lower orders, and his ignorance about...

It's a Crime

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Escape and Be Secret. By Charles Gibbs-Smith. (Heinemann, 15s.) Escape-through-the-Iron-Cur- tain sort, set in Vienna, the mountains, and the very best postal districts of...

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A Jury of Angels. By Bill Strutton. (Hodder and Stoughton,

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12s. 6d.) Immensely civilised and satisfactory first attempt at the atom-scientist-on- the-run formula—full of style as well as of sus- pense, set in the seedier parts of London...

Far East

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The Far East in the Modern World. By F. H. THESE three massive books, all of which deal with the recent history of the Far East, contain between them 1,766 pages. They are...

Dead in a Row. By Gwendoline Butler. (Bles, 11s. 6d.)

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Murder in a London 'neighbourhood on the way up . . . between the smart and the slum . . . even its smartest purlieus had a raffish quality.' So it is as much an amused and...

New Novels

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WITH disrespect to neither place of origin it could be suggested that Three Lives is a typical English novel and Peyton Place a typical American one. By some people the former...

Gownsman's Gallows. By Katherine Farrer. (Hodder and Stoughton, 12s. 6d.)

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Were it not for far-fetched plot—an undergraduate connives at burning of body rather than be wrongly suspected of running over it; complicated harking-back to French...

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Icy Mountains

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The Last Kings of Thule. By Jean Malaurie. (Allen and Unwin, 21s.) WE get an awesome impression of the incredible physical quality of Greenland; a subcontinent as big as Western...

Recent Reprints

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Novnr.s, ETC. Dent's Everyman's Library: The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, with new introduction by Roy Harvey Pearce (6s.). Dent: The Water Babies, by Charles...

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WONDERFUL WORMS 'The mystery of the cairns really is no

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mystery,' says a Chichester reader who evidently rejects the theory that halictus bees made the holes in a Hampshire correspondent's gravel path. 'I have repeatedly seen the...


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'You know Charlie, the jobbin' gardener? Proper know-all, 'e was. Well, 'e always works at Miss M's, weedin' the paths, The old lady used to tell 'im what to do, but 'e always...


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By PHILIDOR No. 100. W. A. SHINKMAN (1881) BLACK (5 men) WHITE (6 men) WHITE to play and force Black - to mate him in two moves: solution next week. For No. 100 I have chosen...


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Garden pests high on the list of enemies in the vegetable plot are cabbage, carrot and onion flies. Prevention is about the only course open, and useful dressings are calomel...

Country Life

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By IAN NIALL APART from somewhat ineffective co-operation which I gave the local pigeon club this year, it is a long time since I did any serious shooting. When 1 did I used to...

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Quods, Lolls or Lurches

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The usual prizes were offered for a table of measures for any abstract feature of modern life, e.g., bureaucracy, sex-appeal, lifemanship. THERE was, in fact, quite a lot of...

SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 377 Set by Blossom The usual prize

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of six guineas is offered for a set of verses (not exceeding a dozen lines) suitable for publication on May 24 (Empire Day). Entries, addressed 'Spectator Competition No. 377,'...

Vie 6pettator

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MAY 5, 1832 THERE is a design at present entertained of a general Congress of the Princes of Germany, to meet at Berlin, for the purpose of deliberating on the internal affairs...

The Clergyman .and the Dentist

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REPORT ON OVERSEAS COMPETITION No 2. By Allan M. Laing Competitors were asked to supply the missing story of the clergyman and the dentist, mentioned by Bernard Shaw in a...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT • 'EcoNomisrs disagree on what is going on' was a recent headline in 416 . ; The New York Times. If intellec- tuals who are trained to interpret facts and...


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By CUSTOS AFTER their very sharp advance there was good reason why the 46 security markets should come back . a little on profit taking and consoli- date their gains. The rise...

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The cinema industry got little more than half the relief

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of tax it wanted from the Chancellor, but a E61 million saving is not to be despised. About LI 1 million goes to bring the film produc- tion fund up to £31 million and the...

Beer consumption has been rising this year and beer shares

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too. In fact, many shares are at new high levels. For an investment in breweries it is not now necessary to go outside WHITBREAD, Which is pursuing its policy of acquiring...

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ACROSS . It doesn't sound a very sporting way to get your bird (8). A little light next the couch, in a round lamp (6). Garment designed to keep the Scot humble? (8) Increase...