4 AUGUST 1973

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It is a matter of time, and not much of

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that — a week or two, no more — before the formal recognition of the collapse of the American-backed regime in Cambodia takes place. This event has been recently'described in...

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Maiming the Government

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T b h , e latest nosedive by sterling, and the devastating results of the Von and Ely by - elections, not to mention the publication of ,"eWs about a report (officially denied)...

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Rival Bibles

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Sir: Richard Luckett's words about the " rough and Aramaically barbarous Greek " of St Mark are very relevant to a paper which I am at the moment preparing for a Biblical...

it looks specious, 'arty,' modernistic; with-it commercial advertising is much

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given to the same kind of ' verse' — or used to be. But, in my own view, versifying of any kind which is not actual prose, is unsuitable to the fundamental utterances with...

1922' myths

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Sir: Patrick Cosgrave's review-article on the 1922 Committee July 28, was characteristically trenchant, I hope it is not pedantic to point out a few historical errors. The...

Capp's Watergate

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Sir: Al Capp's interpretations of the Watergate affair and its ramifications have in your July 21 issue fallen to the level of caricature which, perhaps, is the best that could...

Clockwork Orange

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Sir: This is a belated letter to 0 13 4 you for printing Mr Spring's article your July 14 issue. So many arguments about art toe lli l are based on an illogicality. People 011...

Sir: Alexander Walker's cornmentsl: the article, 'Who Killed David Manus'

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are predictable but not rejl'. ly relevant to what I actually wrot.er He states there is some confusion 0 % 74 whether Palmer, the murderer McManus, saw the film ClochW°';„...

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vereignty and EEC

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Sir. r am sure I am among a majority ?f . Your readers who have been pray' r ig for the first constructive move to sa ve Parliament being reported in Your columns. It was...

Tibor Szamuely

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Sir: The foundation of the Tibor Szamuely Memorial Prize was announced some weeks ago, under the distinguished sponsorship of a variety of figures from the literary, academic,...

Generous publishers

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Bookbuyer ' does neither more nor less than justice to those publishers who don't pay royalties on time (they probably blame pachydermatous computers). Where he — and probably...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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I, for one, am delighted at the Liberal Party's by-election successes. Apart from anything else, it serves Central Office right. The Tory Party brass in its wisdom sought to...

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The hour come round at last?

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Patrick Cosgrave Anything can happen now. That is the fundanlental lesson of the Ely and Ripon by-elec11 °ns. And, under the sour verbal defences of F abour and Conservative...

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A view from the bridge (1)

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Wilfrid Sendall For some odd reason, possibly biological, a man who has done more than twenty - five years in a job gets a licence to tell his col leagues that " things ain ' t...

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, Naught for your juggernaut

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Hugh Dykes Some badly-thinking people might believe tight now that there would be little to choose, in terms of intrinsic undesirability, between giving every traffic warden in...

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The Presidential tapes

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Louis Claiborne President Nixon has now put forward the extreme claim that he is absolutely immune from a judicial summons. To borrow his vocabulary, that is " wholly...

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Relig ion

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Symbol and reality Martin Sullivan Less than 4uu years ago men believed in an immovable flat earth and a three-storied universe. W hen Copernicus and Galileo, both Christians...


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Whose benefit? John Linklater The Secretary ot State for Health and Social Security has recently issued a circular (HM(73)8) for the guidance of those employed in hospitals,...

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Juliette's weekly frolic

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I've never gone in for marriage myself, but just now there's a lot to be said for having Maurice Zilber as a husband. He, in case you were asleep, drunk or generally...

Country Life

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Hare racing Peter Quince Strangely enough, the hare is the only wild animal in these islands which ever shows much willingness to challenge man. It is a paradoxical...

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Richard Luckett on a distinguished disaster The Oxford Anthology of English Literature' IS some four and a half thousand pages in length. The two volumes of the paperbound...

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Penetrating the mask

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Simon Scham a Talleyrand: A Biography J. F. Bernard (Collins 0.95) Perhaps it is not entirely accidental that the smile curling on the lip of David's profile of Talleyrand is...

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The lesson of the master

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Kingsley Amis Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke (Gollancz C2.00) At fifty-six Arthur C. Clarke is still the leading science-fiction writer of his generation. generation ',...

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Ideas and vulgarities

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Peter Nicholls The Embedding lan Watson (Gollancz, e2.20) To Your Scattered Bodies Go Philip Jose Farmer (Rapp and Whiting, £2.25) The hero of The Embedding, as with most ot...

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Bill Platypus's

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S F Paperbacks Bowing to the demands of an importunate literary • editor, Platypus has taken up with science fiction this week. And first a familiar name, John Wyndham. Coronet...

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Q ueen of

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trades Peter Ackroyd Resurrection William Gerhardie (Macdonald £2.95) The Roaring Queen Wyndham Lewis (Secker and Warburg £2.10) The English novelist's home has always been...

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Inside the conglomerate

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Hugh Stephenson The Sovereign State — the Secret History of /TT Sampson (Hodder and Stoughton £2.95). Mr Sampson has written an extraordinarily readable book at extraordinary...

All in favour

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Tony Palmer The Revolving Door, Mervyn Jones (Quartet Books £1.50) Anonymous Venetian, Giuseppe I3erto (Hodder ant Stoughton £.115) For Whom the Cloche Tolls Angus Wilson and...

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Crime compendium

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If women are equal nowhere else, they are more than equal in the world of modem crime fiction. At the top of the heap, of course, are the two great Dames — Ngaio Marsh and...


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Bookend Publishers who write books may, as Arthur Koestler once, suggested. be like cows in milk bars, but they have never allowed the simile to sour their appetite. Company...