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INDEX FOR JANUARY-JUNE, 1957 SUBJECT INDEX A A for Angel B for Bed (New Lindsey), 212 (CA) Abode of Love, The, Aubrey Menet). 184 (R) Abroad: Travel Stories, (ed.) Alan Ross,...

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.THE leaking of an Eisenhower-doctrine for the Middle East so soon after Mr. Nehru's visit to Washington was probably rather more than coincidental. The avoidance of all refer-...


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The Man Who Has Everything

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By RICHARD H. ROVERE New York READERS of American periodicals have in recent years become accustomed to gift advertisements that beg attention with the heading 'For the Man Who...

Outlook for 1957

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THE year 1957 offers yet another chance—perhaps the last—to strengthen the British economy in a manner which will last. In spite of the shortage of petrol and fuel oil, and...

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Clouds Around Mt. Troodos

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THE long lines of Canberra bombers, with their Officially, the old town of Nicosia, as all the black and yellow Suez markings, 'have gone from towns in the island, is out of...

Test Match Intelligence ENDEAN was bowled by an all but

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unplayable ball from Statham that pitched about middle stump and bit off. Daily Telegraph. December 29. ENDEAN and Taylor both played inside straight balls. Sunday Times,...

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Portrait of the Week

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IN THE fortnight that has elapsed since our last review, the weather and a gratifying lull in the maelstrom of inter- national affairs have left plenty of time for an agonis-...

Air Pilots and Accidents

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By OLIVER STEWART NEW ways of assigning responsibility for aircraft accidents are needed. This was shown by the extraordinary statement made in the House of Commons by the...


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Tim Berliner-Ensemble came, was seen, and over- camc.—Mr. Kenneth Tynan's Theatrical retrospect in the Observer, December 30, 1956. THE Brechtian Berliner Ensemble has come,...

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IT IS NOT only clubs which have been affected by

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Suez. The odd condition to which some MPs have been reduced was well illustrated by a letter to The Thneslast Saturday. 'It probably sounds bloodthirsty . . .,' wrote Mr. R....

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THE GREAT RENTS that have recently been torn in the

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Iron Curtain make the news from Russia more understandable. But I still find it inordinately tantalising. The Plenum of the Central Committee sat over Christmas. But as on...

A Spectator's Notebook

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THE HONOURS LISTS have become as hazardous to their organisers as giving a party. Just as people who are not asked to parties are irritated more than those who are invited arc...

their project of schools broadcasts in the spring, even before

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they had appointed somebody to direct them. It is true that AR wanted to wipe the eye of the BBC, which is starting schools TV programmes in the autumn: but what harm in that?...

TI1E FIRS r INKLING I had that the Atheneum is

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not altogether what it is thought to be was when, a few months ago, I was sown a letter to the editor of this paper, written on the club writing paper and signed `Twelve Members...

Compton Intelligence TRYFIELD stretched forward, bent down and held the

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ball aloft in his right hand, claiming a catch. Compton seeing this walked out and it was when he was on his way that an appeal was made by the' ielding side. Daily Telegraph....

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Looking-Glass Men

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By WILLIAM DOUGLAS HOME Jr is of course traditional for British authors to lead a life of semi-contemplation during their first visit to Hollywood. Mr. Evelyn Waugh, it will be...

Crime and Deterrence

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By LORD TEMPLEWOOD THIS is a book* that will soon run into four thousand pages and cost a small fortune. Lest the ordinary reader should be appalled by these astronomical...

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Government by Old Etonians

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By CHRISTOPHER HOLLIS IT is an oddity of English society that we should combine democratic institutions with a pro- foundly inegalitarian educational system, and it is an even...

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Miser Catulle

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Poor fond Catullus; fruitless longing. slay, And count for ever . lost what lost you see. Once brightly shone for you the glorious day, And once where you went. gladly there...

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The Sterling Area

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By JOHN WOOD THE remarkable thing about the sterling area is that it survives. Unable more years than not to pay its way, lurching from one crisis to the next, the fashionable...

An Interpreter's Diary

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By CONSTANCE McNAB AT the station I am met by a Churchillian but female figure in WVS uniform, followed by another with the courtly manners of a Chinese mandarin. 'You are the...

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City and Suburban

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By JOHN BETJEN1AN BEING a citizen of London, I naturally rather look down on Westminster, just as people from Oxford are as nice as they can be about Cam- bridge. But' 1 was...

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It is at last possible to travel about London quite quickly in a bus. Or at least it would be possible to do so if the London Transport Execu- tive could shorten the time a bus...


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After Westminster Abbey, the Ritz—or at least Westminster's nearest approach to it. I crossed to see the interior redecoration done by the Methodists to their Central Hall, that...

Poaching on Squire Betjeman

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By STRIX ALTHOUGH I have often pondered deeply about what name to give to a dog, and occasionally about what title to put on a book, I have never been concerned in the naming...

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Consuming Interest . . .

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. . . By Leslie Adrian FRYING TONIGHT I . WAS listening to an argument the other evening, not for the first time, about bread. Somebody had complained that you cannot get...

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SIR,—One should not laugh away too readily the rather Jaborious

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cleverness of Mr. Czdslaw Jesman's letter in your issue of December 28; for it covers a deal of irrelevancy, ignorance, rudeness and sag- gestio falsi. Surely you do not wish to...

Spectator CoMpetit ion for Schools

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THE Spectator offers three prizes of eight guineas each in a competition open to boys and girls at school in the United Kingdom. Entries should he in the form of An original...

Letters to the Editor

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The Despised Doris Davy, Julian Howell Smith, William F. Pickard, Malcolm Murray-Brown Crisis in Medicine R. Leather, M.D. Comprehensive Education R. A. Cooper Rats and...

was deeply interested in the letter-of Czeslaw JeSman (Spectator, December

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28). Unfortunately, anyone who has lived in Egypt for any length of time knows that his criticisms of members of the , British Forces while stationed out there arc abso- lutely...

Stn,—I think that Mr. Inglis is mistaken in referring to

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a crisis in Medicine., for any crisis therd is, is developing in the Auxiliary Medical Services, which are struggling for increased status, and are attempting to make themselves...

SIR,—On the evidence of such resentment as he displays in

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his letter to the Spectator on December 28, few will dispute that Mr. Czeslaw Jesman is endowed with some unlovely traits of Character-- ingratitude, ignorapce, bigotry and the...

99 Gower Street, London, W.C.1

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Euston 3221

CRISIS IN MEDICINE SIR,—Under the above heading Brian Inglis writes

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in your issue of November 30: 'Recent wonder drugs have tended to go sour on the community after a few years' use.' That this view is shared by the medical profession is shown...

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HEROD SIR; I have read with interest Bishop .Wand's re-

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view of Stewart Perowne's Hero./ the Great in your issue of December 21; but think he may at one point at least have confused Herod who slaughtered the Innocents (reigned 37 tic...


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SIR,—In your last issue you refer to the demand of .four-fifths of_ the population of Cyprus for union with Greece, and you assume that demand will con- tinue. Could you devote...


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SIR.—In my recent letter to your journal I attributed opinions to Mr. Nigel Nicolson. MI', which he does not in fact hold. As he is himself engaged in battle with his local...

A NAME FOR SOUTHERN IRELAND SIR,—The. Irish friends, of Pharos

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are surely un- reasonable. 'The Republic of Ireland' is too much of a mouthful, too long for headlines and itself misleading, since the republic does not in fact include all...


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SIR,—Is not Mr. Hollis a - little hard on the Evangelical Newman? St. Teresa and St. Francis of Assisi speak in the strongest 'terms of their sinfulness, but would he accuse...


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SIR,—Lord Pakenham; in his recent review of The Story of Ireland. draws attention to the fact that 'per head of the population there are roughly three times as 'many people in...

tie 'pectator JANUARY 7, - 1832 HIDDEN TALENTs.--A gentleman once intro- duced his

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son to Rowland Hill, las/letter, as a youth of great promise, and as likely to do honour to the university of which he was a member. 'But he is slq.' added the father, 'and...

RATS AND POISON Stit,--The suffering involved in the poisoning of

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rats and mice is as considerable as in more controversial forms of pest control; hence it is worth surmounting our aversion to vermin sufficiently to discriminate between more...

COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION SIR,--The Headmaster of Shcrborne, in his letter of

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December 29. says that incentives which cause the pupil to apply himself to the disagreeable for an evidein gain, such as a State scholarship,' di) not operate in the years...

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AT the end of the ninth voluine of Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians there is an elaborate table, 140 pages long, listing year by year from .1400 to 1954 all note, and...

Contemporary Arts

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The Art of Iudia THE Winter Exhibition of Indian art at the Royal Academy in 1948 was one of the most valuable and exciting shows to have been held in London since the war, but...

Christmas Joys

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THE usual Christmas spate of theatrical jollification, seasonable and unseason- able, on ice or off, leaves this member of the public at least with the hot shivers. However,...

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Testy Babe

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Batty DWI (London Pavilion.) 'lBaan Doll, ylnow they's no torture on earth to equal the torture which a cold woman inflicts on a man that she won't let touch her? No tor- ture...

Watching Brief • Timmtv., is a Ray Bradbury story about

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a man who is arrested because he is the only Arson, in a city of the future, who is not watching tele- vision. I recalled this in the grocer's last week when the man next to me,...

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The Dwarf of Genius BY J. H. PLUMB FIRSTLY, a salute to the Oxford University Press! For many years now they have been producing superlative editions of the letters of the...

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Fritto Misto, or Fried Micks

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BY D. W. BROGAN DAVID CROCKETT THE MAN AND THE LEGEND. By THE AMAZING OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN: The Life and Exploits of an Impresario. By Vincent Shcean. (Weidenfeld and Nicolson,...

The Wizard War

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DIE SECRET WAR 1939-45. By Gerald Pawle. (Harrap, 18s.) ftlE Wizard War was the expression used by Sir Winston Churchill to describe the ceaseless struggle waged from 1939 to...

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FOR SOME WE LOVED: An Intimate Portrait of Ada and John Galsworthy. By R. H. Mottram. (Hutchinson, 21s.) WHEN Hugh Kingsmill visited Oscar Wilde I, beyond the Styx he asked for...


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THE PROBLEM OF KNOWLEDGE. By A. J. Ayer. (Macmillan, 18s., and Penguin Books, 3s. 6d.) LOGIC AND KNOWLEDGE: ESSAYS, 1901-1950. By Bertrand Russell. (Unwin, 25s.)...

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THE COMPLEAT IMBIBER. Edited by Cyril Ray. (Putnam, .25s.) THE GOOD TEMPERED PENCIL. By Fougasse. (Rein- hardt, 20s.) MY HUSBAND CARTWRIGHT. By Olivia Manning. (Heinemann, 12s....

Naval Occasions

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DISCHARGED DEAD. By Sydney Hart. (Odhams Press, 13s. 6d.) Graf Spec by Miehael Powell is the book of his film, ?'ire Battle of the River Plate, which is not to be confused...

Human Faces

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POUR WORTHIES. By Wallace Notestein. (Cape, 18s.) THERE are two Professor Notesteins. One is the meticulous, austere, somewhat forbidding editor of seventeenth-century...

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Phoenix Re-kindled

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THE DARK SUN: A Study of D. H. Lawrence. By Graham Hough. (Duckworth, 25s.) THIS is the first major critical book on Lawrence to aim actively at completeness. It is also...

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Mediaeval Churches

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WITHIN the limitations described below, the latest • addition to the monumental Pelican History of Art is as authoritative, as widely scholarly, and as thorough as may be...


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ACROSS. 1 They are not likely to be walking to a wake! (13) 9 No more equestrian exercise astride? (9) 10 Rivet attention on the fountain (5). 11 Charlotte's the girl for...

Know Your Enemy

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AN exceptional number of rewarding books on Soviet matters has appeared over the last few months. Soviet Attitudes towards Authority, by Mar- garet Mead (Tavistock...

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By CUSTOS Tut week started with a fine marking-up on the Stock Exchange of some very select shares. I refer particularly to the electrical-power hares and the oil shares...


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turned on the United States in the hope of economic as well as political salvation. It is certainly true to say that if America booms, the sterling area, supplying so many raw...

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Princeton University, or to be more explicit, Dr. Gerald Eades Bentley of Princeton, says Alistair Cooke, American correspondent of the Manchester Guardian, has found Walton,-...

Country Life

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BY IAN NIALL IT is hard indeed to think of anything that aptly marks the New Year in the country, for seasons have no fixed relationship to the calendar. At 'New Year the ranks...


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Moonrise last month, at the time of the full moon, hardly gave darkness time to settle, and there was a brighter sky in the hours of night than there had been some afternoons....


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Broad beans are often sown in October, but it is a good plan to follow up with a second sowing in January to ensure' a continuation of the crop. Beans are sown in double rows,...

Mens Sana In Corpere Sano

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Certainly, Lean-shanks, you have forced the pace— In the bath, your body shows it; and you have The right, considering your shrunken hams, To rock 'on that notorious seesaw,...


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A. M. SPARKE (2nd Prize, Good Companions, 1919) BLACK (7 men) WHITE (9 men) WHITE to play and mate in two moves: solution next week. Solution to last week's problem by...

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composed a descent . of six verses in five languages 360,' 99 Gower Street, London, WC1, by


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more ruthless with eight. This coming year I think I'll be ( I shall spend all the money I possibly can With self-restraint admire tIER hats I shall smile at the man with :...

Competitors were invited to submit an extract from a Constitution

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for Earth Travel by a Martian. recommendation of a prize of £3 3s. to J. H. member of the two large, linked, triangular land two hours of contact with Earth men should be...