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INDEX FOR JULY-DECEMBER, 1958 A AA and RAC, the, 550 (A), 584, 615 756 (L) Abbey Theatre, The: Cradle of Genius, Gerard Fay, 622 (R) Aberfoyle Plantations, 594 (CN) Acton,...

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Portrait , of the Week= P rim invasion of Britain by

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Soviet forces caused I less excitement than one would have expected; no hydrogen bombs were dropped on Moscow, and the United Nations was not consulted. Indeed, rather larger...


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T HE fuss about the alleged political bias of Granada has obscured a more important development in the television world. Last week the Independent Television Authority awarded...

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THE calm which settled over Cyprus, Greece and Turkey during the first ten days after the announcement of the Macmillan-Foot plan has been broken by a series of shooting forays...

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Holding Firm

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n aoDucnoN and employment in Britain are still I hi g h, thou g h this is hardly the impression one gets from some newspapers. And durin g June the sterlin g countries added a...

Marxist Contradictions

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N the Sino-Soviet bloc we now seem to be faced 1 with a combination of the violence and treachery of Stalinism and the irresponsibility and adventurism of Khrushchev. In the...

Westminster Commentary

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WHAT the Sultan of Muscat was doing in the Distin g uished Stran- g ers' Gallery for the debate on Cyprus it is not difficult to deduce; the terms in which the Mother of...

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A New Deal for the Small Farmer

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By JACK DONALDSON I N February an article in this journal forecast that the farm price review would be a tough one and that its changes would bear so hardly on some small...

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A Spectator's Notebook

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THE POMPOUS LANGUAGE in which the House of Commons Privileges Com- mittee clothed its recommendation that no further action be taken in the London Electricity Board case...

THE BBC SEEMS, under the impact of ITV's com- petition,

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to have lost its sense of proportion en- tirely. Mr. Sid Caesar, the latest—and by no means the most distinguished—American comedian to appear on its screen, received £3,000 for...

IT IS SAD that the plan for turning Archer's bombed

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Church of St. John's in Smith Square into a concert hall seems to have fallen through. It has been rejected by the London Diocesan Fund. However, Sir Hamilton Kerr, MP, Lord...

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HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING with some astonishment Mr. Malcolm Muggeridge's accounts

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of China in the Sunday Pictorial. What is saddening about them is the sort of thing which Mr. Muggeridge thinks proves the regime to be admirable. I am all for giving credit...

John Bull's Schooldays

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At Mr. Gibbs's By ALAN PRYCE-JONES M 1 , parents kept forgetting to send me to a private school, since the First World War gave them something more interesting to think about....

IN I1S leading article on Monday the Daily Express had

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this to say about the Archbishop of Canterbury. I quote the passage in full: DEEDS AND WORDS Dr. Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury, speak- ing last night about receiving...

IT IS REPORTED from Budapest that a further so- called

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trial is taking place of a group which in- cludes Mrs. Rajk. Few people can have suffered more from Communist meanness and treachery than this unfortunate widow of the man who...

tje Opectator JULY 6, 1833 THE vote of the House of

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Commons on Tuesday last, by which Mr. HUME'S motion for a new House was rejected by a decided majority, virtually declares that one half of its members are generally regardless...

'rum ARCHBISHOP has a curious capacity for saying the wrong

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thing, as in his remarks about Arch- bishop Makarios last week. But he also has a large capacity for saying the right thing, as The Arch- bishop Speaks, Selected Addresses and...

FROM THE current issue of Encore: In the extract from

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Who's Who in our last issue, the Earl of Scarbrough was incorrectly described as President of N. Yorks County Scout Council. The Earl of Scarbrough is, in fact, President of the...

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Sex and Politics in Britain

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By CHARLES CURRAN p OLITICIANS in Britain today are like pigeon fanciers or stamp collectors. They have be- come private groups of devotees, absorbed more and more by...

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Per Ardua

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By STRIX a ro sir,' said Nanny when I came in, 'there's Wan aeroplane been flying round the house ever so low. Why, I could see the man's arm.' In a modern flying machine it is...

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Margarine of Smartness By ROBERT ROBINSON For Adults Only. (Strand.)—Alt! Quelle Folic (Winter Garden.) —The Moscow State Variety Theatre. (Golders Green Hippo- drome.) IN For...


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Bolts - THE SALESMAN was a tall, dark, spidery man with an air of melo- dramatic sincerity. His bright little eyes were dog-like. The kind of dog which sits slavering at the...

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Desi gn

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Angry Young Architects J. ROBINSON . By KENNETH IT was bound to happen. At last we have a body of angry young men who know what they are angry about. They are not all very • •...

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Trying Too Hard By ISABEL QUIdLY The Brothers Karamazov. (Empire.) OF all novels The Brothers Karaonazov seems to me the least filmable, for it is so much more than the sum of...


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Young Pros and Old Antis By PETER FORSTER It needed to be seen in context. This exposition and examination of the development of Stanis- lavsky's teachings by the contemporary...

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Consuming In terest

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The Clean-Clothes Jag By LESLIE ADRIAN No one, I am surprised to learn, is more delighted by our enthusiasm for drip-dry, non-iron, wash-in-a- minute fabrics than the laundry...

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A Doctor's Journal

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Measuring Your VF By MILES HOWARD p ERHAPS the most important characteristic of the human organism is one that is difficult to measure and to study : vital force. It isn't...

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SIR. — Dr. Vidler rightly quotes me as pleading for 'a non-doctrinal, truly national Church,' but he adds with peculiar nastiness that such a Church 'is just what Hitler...

SIR,—The article you published last week by Brian Inglis on

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'Pay As You View' seems to neglect one argument that would appear to rule out this method of conducting a third television service. There is only a limited number of wavelengths...


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SIR,—Taper, writing on June 27, ventures into the realms of agriculture. He may well be right that 'Bagpiper's Tump, which I swear on the ashes of my ancestors is in...

Letters to the Editor

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it Pay As You View Gordon Mcl vor Anglican Spring Cleaning Lord A Itrinchant TaPer and the Farmers Major). D. Summers Royal Show Dilemma Michael Gavin 'lack and White in...

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ISIS AND THE ISIS SIR,--Alas, in taking Strix to task

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for his remarks on his, Mr. James MacGibbon gets very wide of the mark when generalising about undergraduates today. First, he would have you believe that students here regard...

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SIR,—I read the letter on racial problems in Rhodesia with great interest. Your correspondent seems to me to have fallen into the usual habit of the ex-colonial when talking or...

SIR,—Mr. Christopher Hollis combines surprise that others should not understand

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him with an equal determination not to have any 'notion' (his word to me) about what his critics are saying. As a man of your contributor's years, as a graduate in theology and...


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SIR,—In 1945, a Quaker relief team started a small domestic training school in Salonica for Greek girls from villages near by. Every year since then, twenty girls have started a...

SIR,—There seems to be some misunderstanding on both sides of

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this controversy. The ancient Roman calendar knew nothing of a seven-day week, which was not officially recognised until Christianity was established as the State religion in...


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SIR,—Thc solution to the Royal Show dilemma, so ably described by Robert Hodge, is surely this : no more Royal Shows, either permanent or peripatetic. Instead, the Royal...

THE DEATH OF 2nd LIEUT. BROWNE' SIR,—Although witless, unlovely, loutish

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and doubt- less fools, we, as fellow archetypes of all that Mr. Michie sensed he had gone to war against, are prompted to remind him of that ancient military. truism that an...

SIR,—G. K. Chesterton said that the great glory of England

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was that if it were decided tomorrow to burn a heretic at the stake a man would come along who knew how the faggots should be arranged. And here is Professor Bain with his in-...

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The Good Life

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Nothing of profit to be got So poor-bare to wind and to rain, His spirit gone to patch his boot, • The hermit returned to the world again. 'Revelation's a burden not to be...


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The Hateful Profession BY KINGSLEY AM IS I F Gissing were alive today he would not find many people around who satisfied his require- ment of the novelist : that he should have...

Two Poems

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GHES By TED HU Crag Jack's Apostasy I do not desire to change my ways, But now call continually On you, god or not god, who Come to my sleeping body through The world under...

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Highest Candle

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The Romantic Assertion. By R. A. Foakes. (Methuen, 16s.) SOME people think we should learn to do without the term 'Renaissance' because the more closely one examines it—and such...

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Men of Substance

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LONG, long ago, when we used to call the Civil War 'the Puritan Revolution,' we thought that the parties called 'Presbyterian' and 'Independent' were divided by disagreements...

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Sensibility and Science

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The Immense Journey. By Loren Eiselcy. (Gol- lancz, 16s.) TtlE position of biology today is a peculiar one. On one of its frontiers lies chemistry, where radical advances in...

Come In or Stay Out

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The Decision to Intervene. By George F. Kerman. (Faber, 50s.) MR. KENNAN's theme is Soviet-American relations fl'om January to August, 1918. During these months the great...

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Rabelais Plus

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LOUIS WILKINSON first met J. C. Powys in 1901. Mr. Wilkinson is now in his late seventies, Mr. Powys in his late eighties. These letters were written between 1935 and 1956, and...

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Poor Noll

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Oliver Goldsmith. By Ralph M. Wardle. (University of Kansas Press and Constable, 25s.) My dear A, Thank you for sending me this to read for you. First let me say that I am in...

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Eastern Shores

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The Morea. By Robert Liddell. (Cape, 25s.) Early Sites of Christianity. By Peter Bamm. (Faber, 21s.) Jerusalem. By Michael Join-Lambert. (Elek, 30s.) THE surprising thing about...

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The Great House

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By D. W. BROGAN A COLLEAGUE of mine has reported that, exhausted after examining, he began to read The Later Churehills* and was held like the wed- ding guest; he just had to...

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Mosquito Smitten With Love

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'Bear with harmonious lament' the Bad behaviour of this flighty football player, Who now is bent, like an intent gazelle, Over the sole and perilous well of life. Rigged out in...

Labour Colony

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Katorga. By Bernhard Roeder. (Heinemann, 21s.) MR. ROEDER'S account of life in Soviet labour camps is one of many in the last few years, and the conditions he describes are...

Perverse and Florid

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Memoirs of a Tattooist: From the Notes, Diaries and Letters of the late 'King of Tattooists' George Burchett. Compiled and edited by Peter Leighton. (Oldbourne, 15s.) THERE is...

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The Modern French Novel

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BY W. W. ROBSON RENCH literature today lacks the commanding classical prestige it once had. It was French critics who first taught us that criticism is vain without the concept...

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Present Indicative Clerks in Lowly Orders, by Stuart Mitchel, is very much a contemporary novel; its yellow Gollancz jacket suits it well. That is not a snide way of saying...

A Hero of Our Time

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The Hunt for Kimathi. By Ian Henderson and Philip Goodhart. (Hamish Hamilton, 21s.) DEDAN KIMATHI was,by any standards, a cowardly and superstitious brute. The Mau Mau, of...

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„Someone from the Past. By Margot Bennett. nre and Spottiswoode,

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12s. 6d.) Pretty and Pr omiscuous Bohemian young woman is bumped :l r) and not quite so pretty and promiscuous girl end sets out to discover by which of a string of rmer lovers....

Murder on Delivery. By Spencer Dean. (Board- fl, 10s. 6d.)

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Mr. Dean goes in for department- lore devilries, a little sensationally this time, but W ith some fascinating background stuff about the rice of Soviet-grown sables in New York...

The Mercenaries. By Jon Manchip White. (John Long, I Is.

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6d.) A couple of bravoes are hired to smuggle one of Peron's ministers and his Mistress out of Argentina; this is an adventure tale, of escape through the jungle. The characters...

The Whipping Boys. By Guy Cullingford. The Whipping Boys. By

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Guy Cullingford. ammond, 10s. 6d.) Adolescent hooligans in ,onglish provincial town are suspected of elderly b aby-sitters's death from fright. The youth-club b ackchat doesn't...


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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT BEFORE the economy can be given a boost it is quite clear that the Chancellor must have one first. He is altogether too shy and modest. He is hiding too...

It's a Crime

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Maigret and the Old Lady. By Simenon. (Hamish Hamilton, I is. 6d.) Another of the master's scenes from French provincial life—Normandy, this time, with Balzacian characters set...

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By CUSTOS T HE gilt-edged market is coping very well with the summer rush of new issues and in spite of the appearance this week of a £4 million loan for Jamaica in 6 per cent....

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T HE BRITISH & COMMON WEALTE SHIPPING CO. LTD. The Chairman, Sii Nicholas W. Cayzer, presents stockholders will excellent figures in this well-produced, illustrate( report. He...

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ACROSS.-1 Watch-dog. 5 Cobweb, 9 Pevensey. 10 Petrel. 12 Tariff. 13 Fettered. 15 Gladstone-bag. 18 Copper-glance. 23 Plastron. 24 Crater. 26 Reeded. 27 Capacity. 28 Dotted. 29...

SPECTATOR CROSSWORD No. 999 Solution on July 18

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3 4 5 6 7 Nothing to pay on the containers 8 19 (11 ) zo A grin from the haymaker ? (3) 13 That bearded chum in U.S.A.? z z (4) 15 L'Iltrut ? (4, 6) ACROSS Fashionable garb...

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The practice of singing in the bath appears 0 be,

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widespread, but so far, I believe, no one hos composed a special song for the occasion. For the usual prize competitors are asked to supply a suit' able bathroom ballad. Limit:...

The Seven Ages of Woman

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 435: Report by Papoose A prize of six guineas was offered for a companion piece to the seven ages of man in As You Like It, describing the seven ages...