6 AUGUST 1954

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• ;:sf unnecessary human misery in which these are only four random items ? There is very little to choose, so far as these Infortunate victims are concerned, between cold war...

Tasks in South-East Asia

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Mr. Nehru having immersed himself in the task of setting in motion the international supervisory commission for Indo- China, the stories concerning his coldness towards the...


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The TUC and Germany

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In its summary of the agenda for this year's congress the Press department of the Trades Union Congress gives only the briefest of mentions, low down in the list, to the seven,...

Massive Manpower

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If the West had had more men under arms the Indo-Chinese story might have known a very different ending. It had been estimated that anything between six and ten divisions would...

The Basic Tie

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The second assembly of the World Council of Ch LirJtcs which is to open at Evanston, Illinois, on August 15, is being preceded by separate assemblies of Anglicans and Presby-...

Science Teachers

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The recently-published report on The Shortage of Science- Teachers certainly underlines the increasing seriousness of the problem, but does not go very far along the way towards...

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W HAT is happening to the position of the Western Powers in the Middle East ? Some people describe the process as ' the opening of a new chapter in our relations with the Arab...

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Patronage at Piers Court Mr. Evelyn Waugh, who lately intervened

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in The Times correspondence about the difficulties confronting young artists with the suggestion that patrons still had a part to play in this context, has set an example which...


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A SOLDIER who understands the sea and sailors is on paper the right man for Malta, and General Bob Laycock is in practice the right man for any job requiring determination,...

A Galaxy of Open Minds Television is, in intention at

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any rate, a form of entertain. ment, and entertainment is a highly specialised business. I doubt if it would have occurred to anyone except the British to place the Independent...

If you look out of the window,' my colleague said,

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you will see that there are a certain number of children in your car.' I looked out of the window and saw a large crowd of old women, young women and children (but no babies)...

Salt In Our Wounds As I drove along, a solitary,

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unidentified and obviously eccentric small insect flattened itself on my windscreen. In an ordinary summer one's windscreen is speckled or even blurred with entomological...

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The Strange Case of Dr. John

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HE first major political scandal in the history of the p ir Federal Republic of Germany will probably be discussed for many weeks to come at home as well as abroad. For it is,...

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Scots Stormont Rejected

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ByALEC STURROCK I T is unlikely that the Report of the Royal Commission on Scottish Affairs, published last week, would have been compiled had it not been for nationalist...

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Chatillon, Vix and the Vase

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By DARSIE GILLIE C HATILLON-SUR-SEINE was one of France's many charming little old towns until bombs rained on her in 1940. The water conduits were smashed, the whole centre of...

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CINEMA • Valley of the Kings. (Empire.)—The Beachcomber. (Leicester Square.)— Indiscretion. (New Victoria and Dom- inion.) Wax Egypt so much in the news it is edifying to be...


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SCENES from Don Giovanni on the stage at Glyndebourne last week clearly indicated that if opera is to be made acceptable to television audiences it will have io be through...


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The Wooden Dish. By Edmund Morris. (Phoenix).—The Duenna. By Richard Brinsley Sheridan. (Westminster.) 'DOMESTIC drama'—the words strike a chill to the heart of the most...

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WHEN the water level of the stream falls, the force

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of the current is reduced and, in spite of the flow from one level to another, there are pools where a sort of stagnation takes place. Between one rainfall and the next a...

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Headmasters in Conference

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SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 231 Report by D.. R. Peddy The BBC recently broadcast a series of programmes under the title 'Schooling 1954.' Com- petitors were asked to suppose that...

Patches of Grass

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We have in all, in our small garden, five patches of grass. They are on the slope of a hill and, with the exception of one patch, I put them all to grass myself. They are not...

Of all the dogs I have ever seen in action,

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the movements of a pointer please me most. It is perhaps the *ay they tread and lope from one clump of undergrowth to another and the way they carry their tails until the moment...

SPECTATOR COMPETITION No. 234 Set by Allan ' 0. Waith

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An American ballad, 'The Big Rock Candy Mountains,' gives a picture of life in a tramp's utopia: 'In the Big Rock Candy Mountains You never change your socks, And the little...

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, 6111 .—Strix, in his article on ' Crichelitis,' and ,

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is threatened by bumptious bureaucrats. It is the implacable threat of remorseless personal publicity for their misdeeds, and is equally effective against Hitlerian civil...

Sta,—In your Issue of July 23 an article on the

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above subject refers to a principle of Government policy held by the Socialist Government and before them quietly held .by all civil servants who had to do with the disposal of...

PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP SIR,—In his excellent article Mr. Wilkins stresses

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the difficulties of a car owner when he has actually obtained his new car, but hardly mentions his previous tribulations. Perhaps the story of Mr. X may be relevant. Early in...

Letters to the Editor

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REMEMBER CRICHEL DOWN SIR, The lessons of the Crichel Down affair have been splendidly set out and illustrated the articles and correspondence of your last two issues. As Sir...

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JAPANESE MILITARISM SIR,—In your edition of July 16 (in '

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A Spectator's Notebook') there appears to be a remarkable assumption that there is no danger of a great upsurge of militarism in Japan. The writer goes on to say that volun-...


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ing when you know that their condition is likely to prove fatal.' Mr. Cameron's article appeared to me to be intended to be a defence of this statement. Mr. Cameron now says I...

COAL SIR,-1 should like to comment on some of the

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points raised on domestic heating in Miss Sheila B. Mason's letter in your issue of July 23. It is, I am afraid, asking too much of all modern solid fuel appliances to expect...

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VENUS OBSERVED Because this fact is not generally known, daylight

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sightings of Venus have often caused public alarm, and are known to have been responsible for many of the ' flying saucer' reports of recent years. Incidentally, the statement...

SIR, Mr. John Fox's letter in your issue of July

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9 sets out many of the desirables in the present situation, but does not mention how official propaganda on the one hand and official practice on the other seem to be in...


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Sta,—In your comment on the Report of the Royal Commission on Scottish Affairs you ask why the State Church of Scotland is not represented in the House of Lords like the State...

SIR,-A lot of my fellow-citizens seem to be authorities and

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have written to me arguing Englishmen are very very rarely snobs. Quite some Englishwomen are; the husband- pushers in particular. In England snobbery, if any, is found chiefly...

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F b . /

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Compton Mackenzie I F a visitor from overseas, or for that matter from Scotland, Wales or Ireland, asked you to nominate the English county that could provide him with the most...

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1. What is the capital of?

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a. Albania. d. Wales. b. Alaska. e. South-West Africa. c. Indonesia. 2. Who wrote the following lines and what is the next line in each case? a. She sent the gentle sleep...

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Euphonics v. Crakes By JOHN ARLOTT W ISDEN, contemporary chronicle of our cricket, is constantly revised as a work of reference. Since ' 1933 the ' Births and Deaths of...

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' We need heroes, heroes,' muttered the old Grammarian, Plutarch's text and the jumping Dolphin of an exquisite lamp Mirrored in his eyes. Outside, the cold Wind worried the...

Torch-bearing slaves shed on the weathered queen soft light, When

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Sotades the courtier gravely rose, Bowed deeply, and proceeded to recite The epigram her royal pleasure chose: The Graces myrrh-anointed touched the Queen; Her hair, a shower of...

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All Metaphor CIAIN HAMILTON • T HE poetry of Yeats continues to assume authority. As the years pass and the critics, in growing numbers, get on with the business of teasing out...

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Russia's Danubian Empire. By Gordon Shepherd. (Heinemann. 21s.) The Threat

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of Soviet Imperialism. Edited by C. Grove Haines. (Johns Hopkins. $5.) THE old saw that wars are lost by the side that uses the strategy, weapons and conventions of the war...

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Changing Society

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Social Mobility in Britain. Edited by D. V. Glass. (Routledge & Kegan Paul. 36s.) Social Change in South-West Wales. By T. Brennan, E. W. Cooney and H. Pollins. (Watts. 21s.)...

To and Fro

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Nunamiut. By Helge Ingstad. (Allen and Unwin. 21s.) Anahuac. By Marc Chadourne. (Elek. 18s.) Café Select. By Sven Auren. (Eyre and Spottiswoode. 10s. 6d.) FEW seem to travel...

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Short Stories

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The Wild Honey. By Victoria Lincoln. (Faber and Faber. 12s. 6d.) nurse; the subject turns up again, predictably, in Victoria Lincoln's The Wild Honey, a collection of stories...

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Regency Gold

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IN 1936 Dr. N. M. Penzer published a fascinating book on the Harem of the Grand Seraglio at Constantinople. It remains the standard work on that intriguing and delightful...

The New Order

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Hitler's Europe. Edited by Arnold and Veronica M. Toynbee. (O.U.P. for R.I.I.A. 63s.) Documents on International Affairs, 1939-1946. Vol. II: Hitler's Europe. Edited by Margaret...

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Readers Galore

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The Holton Readership Survey 1954. (2 guineas.) THAT every second adult in Britain reads the News of the World is, I imagine, no surprise to anybody; but it may give a passing...

New Novels .

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The City Called Holy. By Maurice Callard. (Cape. 12s. 6d.) Shut Out the Light. By C. S. Jackson. (Eyre & Spottiswoode. 10s. 6d.) The Governor's Wife makes uncomfortable reading...

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THE author of this book is a member of the

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Bavarian royal family, at present earning his living as a freelance journalist. Like other German royalties, he did not enjoy favour under the Nazi regime and spent the last...

Cricket My Happiness. By A. A. Thomson. (Museum Press. 12s.

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6d.) A CRICKET book, publishers appear to have decided, must carry the word 'cricket' in its title. So, in the last five or six years, cricket has been, for different writers,...

THE English have much the same attitude towards literary criticism

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as towards politics; they see it as a series of practical decisions with little or no background of prescriptive theory. The occasional discussions about 'method' among English...

THE full, various and often contradictory life of Daniel Defoe

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is most interesting in itself and capable of a number of interpre- tations. But after reading this latest bio- graphy I look forward to reading another where the events of the...

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By NICHOLAS DAVENPORT Now that I have had time over a rainy and depressing Bank holiday to think out the principle of 'directors' options' I am con- vinced that it is wrong and...

Company Notes

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By CUSTOS IT is possible that the bad weather has kept more people at home or work than is usual but the feature of the holiday season this year is that it has made little or...

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