7 AUGUST 1953

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D. W. BROGAN: Senato FRANCIS BOYD: Patients as e People DESMOND

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HENN: The Calgary Stampede TOM HOPKINSON: Dickens and Ellen Ternan J. P. W. MALLALIEU The Goodwood Cup

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The Subversive Food Parcels

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At a railway_ station in East Germany the police made a little man, who only a few minutes before had been clutching his parcel, stand up and address the crowd on the wickedness...


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It would be easy to embark on an argument as to which comes first, German settlement or relief of international tension. But it would be a mistake. It is always difficult to...


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Canada's Choice

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The Canadian federal general election (polling on Monday) has been comfortably dull in its preliminary stages. This is almost entirely because the Liberal Government's long and...

Haute Couture

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Christian Dior, it seems, is a man misunderstood. For a week the jackdaws of the fashion world pecked and chattered and quarrelled about the length of his hem line. But all the...

The IRA Marches on

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The recent discovery of 108 rifles and 18 automatic weapons in a van at Bishop's Stortford fits into a wider pattern of events. There have been vague rumours of an organisation...

Cairo Circus

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On Thursday, July 30th, Mr. Tayeb Hussein, the Pakistan chargé d'affaires in Cairo, held a dinner party which may turn out to have been a major diplomatic event. Around his...

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T HE surburban trains held up outside the London termini, with a lighter load of workpeople than usual, to allow the seaside excursions and boat trains to get away, are a symbol...

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I N case anyone is in danger of forgetting what a beguiling institution the human race is, I summarise some reports of its recent behaviour; they all appeared in the same paper...

Siren Songs Most of the advertisers in the New Yorker

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seem to go on the assumption that it is read by relatively sophisticated Americans. There is no harm in the British Travel Association departing from this premise, and trying to...

A Nice Change Whether or not the pen is mightier

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than the sword, it is for the next two weeks incumbent upon me to wield the latter; so in the next three issues of the Spectator Strix's place will be taken by Glaux, which as I...

Basic and Supplementary Rummaging the other day in a drawer,

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looking for some- thing which I did not find, I came across some old petrol coupons. My first impulse was to throw them away. Though by nature improvident, I have enough sense...

Honour "The British were given a place of honour directly

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facing the tribune on which stood the President of the Rumanian People's Republic." (The Daily Worker, reporting the World Youth Festival in Bucharest.) All this, and Everest...

August 4th, 1914 The French nursery-maid gave us our tooth-brushes

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with a strip of pink tooth-paste spread out on the bristles. I saw to my amazement that she was crying; it was an unprecedented ?thing for a grown-up to do. We were too shy to...

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Patients as People

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By FRANCIS BOYD I T would be easy to become despondent about the future of the health service. Actions brought in the courts against hospital authorities have been regarded by...

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Senator Taft

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I T is a commonplace and an erroneous commonplace to assert that there is no room in American politics for the man of good family. It was never true and is not true now, as the...

R o nd o Thrown the moon between child and girl the toy

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in the sky as still as a dream the dream that is round as a toy balloon as round as a hoop that swallows the moon. The moon thrown between girl and woman the mouth in the sky...

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Stampede Time

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A LTHOUGH Canadians are as proud of their country as the citizens of other lands, their task in focusing this particular sentiment is by no Means an easy one; the intransigence...

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The Bayreuth Festival

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By JANET LEEPER W IELAND and Wolfgang Wagner, grandsons of Richard Wagner, who have shouldered the Bayreuth Festival since it started again in 1951, have had the courage to...

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A Room

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By JACQUETTA HAWICES H ABITUALLY I think of myself as a person happiest out of doors in country with some wildness in it. Yet I know I should be miserably at a loss without my...

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The mixed summer shows are with us again; the art schools go through their paces. Most important of these latter displays is the exhibition, mounted with considerable panache by...


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THEATRE Carrington, V.C. By Dorothy and Campbell Christie. (West- minster.) THE moral of the tale is that life as a regular officer is hardly worth living if you have a wife of...


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The Glass Wall. (London Pavilion.)—She's Back on Broadway. (Tivoli and Astoria.) IN The Glass Wall Hollywood takes a heavy thwack at the U.S. immigration laws and, as is so...

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Green Potatoes Work in the 'garden at the height of

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summer is endless. Weeds grow overnight. The hedge sprouts after every shower of rain and the lawn rises like magic. With so many weeds spreading in the kitchen garden, it was...


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The Rambert Ballet. Sadler's Wells. AT the moment, there are three companies dancing in London, and although the most modest in size is also—at the Sadler's Wells Theatre—the...

Barrel Strawberries

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Strawberries can be grown quite well in a barrel that has a number of two-inch holes cut in its slats. It takes up very little space, and with the help of a few sticks can...

The Morass

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Cattle have trampled the banks of the stream until they are com- pletely brpken down and, once past the pool where the cows are in the habit of standing, swishing their tails at...

Stick Cutting While I was cutting hazel sticks, lopping them

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off and trimming them with a hedging knife, it began to rain. The first drops spattered on the hazel leaves and on my uncovered head. At the same moment I discovered a thousand...

New Works by Berkeley and Arnold.

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lon those who spend the rest of the year listening to music in the Festival Hall a return to the Albert Hall is bewildering; and any composer whose work has a first hearing...

IN my childhood a farmyard chicken was a resourceful bird.

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It gleaned the stackyard, it picked the midden, and it nested when it could without detection, and sometimes brought off a brood of chickens from a nettlebed or a roll of old...

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Vie ftertator, aticouSt GO, 1853

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HER MAJESTY has again visited the camp, and witnessed the evolutions of the new body of troops at . present assembled there. Nor has camp life been lacking in its _ordinary...


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Set by Alan Wykcs Readers are to imagine themselves concerned with the formation of a society for the abolition i of television. A letter designed to attract the maximum number...


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Report by Horace Wyndham Readers of bygone best-sellers have often wondered what their authors would have thought of these books if they, instead of the professional critics,...

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Sporting Aspects

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The Goodwood Cup By J. P. W. MALLALIEU I N the middle distance there are rounded hills, tufted with chimps of trees and worked into patterns of green and yellow and gold by the...

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Three Literary Prizes

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SIR,—To mark the twenty-first anniversary of its publication, Adam, an international monthly review, is glad to announce that, thanks to the generosity of a few old subscribers,...

Safety First

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Sta,—Motor-cyclists should certainly be compelled to wear crash helmets, but why stop there ? They are not the only members of the road-using community who invite...

SIR,—The very term "privilege in education" implies an astonishing fact.

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There exist in this country two educational systems: one, very , much the greater in size, with the intellectual talent of over ninety per cent. of the nation's children...


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Privilege in Education sitt,--It is, I imagine, common ground that, in the Ideal State every child should receive the education best suited to develop his or her powers to the...

The Way of Michael Scott

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SIR,—What Mr. Michael Scott and those who have supported him in your correspondence columns seem not to realise is that the European communities In the Central African...


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SIR,—I have been a reader of your excellent journal for quite some years now and I have always recommended it strongly to my friends in many countries. I have noticed the...

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Books of the Week

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Charles Dickens and Ellen Ternan By TOM HOPKINSON 0 N April, 3rd, 1934, readers of the Daily Express noticed with astonishment an article on a literary theme. Their surprise...

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Chinese Puzzle

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MANY people who want to know the truth about China find it difficult to steer a course between the official hand-outs of the New China News Agency and the questionable reports...

Sex-War Sociology

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The Fon and his Hundred Wives. By Rebecca Reyher. (Gollancz. 16s.) THE FON or Bncom, who would daily sit on his mountain-top throne outside his village of Laakom, was (and...

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Japanese Outlook

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SOME miles from Tokyo, among the villages, one of the liveliest and most resourceful schools in the Fat East attracts many visitors. It IS called Jiyu-Gakuen, or The School of...

Game Without Guns

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The Overloaded Ark. By Gerald M. Durrell. (Faber and Faber. Animal Heaven. By Alastair Scobie. (Cassell. 25s.) South African Eden. By Lieut.-Col. J. Stevenson-Hamilton....

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Spanish Gleanings

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Spring in Spain. By MacKinley Helm. (Gollancz. 18s.) Gatherings from Catalonia. By John Langdon-Davies. (Cassell. • 21s.) IF slim, unshadowed Italy has been the spoilt child...

A Man of Parts

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Letters from Graham Robertson. Edited with an Introduction by Kerrison Preston. (Hamish Hamilton. 30s.) IN 1931 the firm of Hamish Hamilton launched their first book, Time Was ;...

New Ncivels

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Honey Out of the Rock. By Barbara Collard. (Eyre and Spottis- woode. 10s. 6d.) • "Ha realised," says Madame de Born of Freddy Stirmer, who lay awake at night contemplating his...

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The French Reviews

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The appearance of no less than four new French literary reviews since January of this year, at a moment when our local Cassandras are still bewailing the decease of Horizon,...

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By CUSTOS IN the last few days stock markets have put up a surprising show of activity. Buyers are coming in more readily, and equities are returning to favour. Recent...

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Solution to Crossword No. 740

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lA Book Token for one guinea will be awarded to the sender of the first correct solution opened after noon on Tuesday week, August 18th, addressed Crossword. 99 Gower Street,...