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Relief and foreboding

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Relief and foreboding The initial reactions must be relief and foreboding. First the relief. Hyperbole should be avoided. but Mr Jamnes. lmmy Carter has surely been the most...

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The lovable old menace

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Political commentary The lovable old menace Ferdinand Mount He voted for Silkin . . he didn't. . .well, he said he was going to. . . he wouldn't say he had unless he had,...

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Notebook One person who will he pleased at Ronald Reagan's victorv is his old frienrd Mr- lan MacGregor, Chairman of the British Steel Corporation. Mr MacGregor believes that...

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The CBI's 'only way'

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Another voice The CBI's 'only way' Auberon Waugh I never thought that I would miss Sir John Methven, the last Director General of the Confederation of British Industries, who...

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The humiliation of Carter

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The humiliation of Carter Henry Fairlie Washington Well, I did say that, if Governor Reagan, Wvon he would win big. But not even his rnfst enthusiastic and convinced...

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Why Reagan won

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Why Reagan won Nicholas von Hoffman Washington The television said it was a conservative tidesweep or tide or trend, but the election was more like a national coin flip. The...

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The laughing revolution

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The laughing revolution Tim Garton Ash Warsaw 'We demand registration for Solidarity', the Posters still proclaim all over Gdansk. BUt Someone has added with unchanged...

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Russia: the fear of contagion

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Russia: the fear of contagion Bohdan Nahaylo The Russians are clearly worried that recent events in Poland may have repercussions within the Soviet Union. On 20 August the...

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Fair play and the Revenue

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Fair play and the Revenue Geoffrey Wheatcroft nII Venice once, three condemned prisoners Were being marched to execution, to underg death by one of the refined tortures Which...

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Capitalism and the big steal

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Capitalism and the big steal Jack Trevor Story Shoplifting is one of the very few excitements left. It is a way of climbing mountains in vour own town. 'I did it because it...

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The defence business

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In the City The defence business Tony Rudd The ghost of Sir Basil Zaharoff. who was the greatest of all arms salesmen, stalks the markets. For in a world of industrial...

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Guarding against tyranny

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Guarding against tyranny Sir: Replying to Mr Maycock (1 NOVeOl' ber), and at the risk of being charged with splitting hairs, may I submit that it is the Queen in Parliament who...

The new English literature

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The new English literature Sir: It is all very well to pontificate in Y0" leader (25 October) on the virtues ol English writing, but it was perhaps to expected that you could...

Sighting an editor

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Letters Sighting an editor Sir: Byron Rogers's article on editor hunting - 'In search of William Rees-Mogg' (I November) - recalls a sighting of a cdistinguished editor of the...

Living cathedrals

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Living cathedrals Sir: I like Mrs Warehouse's story (20 September) of her small nephew in front of Leslie Durbin's Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Ripon Cathedral - how he called...

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The Stretchford Chronicles: 25 Years of Peter Simple Extracts from the 'Way of the World' column of the Daily Telegraph Selected by Michael Wharton; illustrated by ffolkes

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Books The funniest writer in England Richard West The Stretchford Chronicles: 25 Years of Peter Simple Extracts from the 'Way of the World column of the Daily Telegraph...

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the Tennyson Album Andrew Wheatcroft Tennyson: The Unquiet Heart Robert Bernard Martin

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Ripped open A.N. Wilson The Tennyson Album Andrew Wheatcroft TOutlede P£10 50) ennyson: The Unquiet Heart Robert 13ernard Martin (Oxford £12.95) Who said that reading the...

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Edwin Lutyens by his Daughter Mary Lutyens

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Sad genius Gavin Stamp Edwin Lutyens by his Daughter Mary Lutyens (Murray £12.95) Lutelns is a name even to those who have no interest in architecture and have probably...

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The Past Neil Jordan

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Visionaries Francis King The Past Neil Jordan (Cape £6.50) To recreate the past is always, in some measure, to invent it. This is the basic theme of Neil Jordan's boldly...

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The Price The Provok'd Wife

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Arts Light relief Bryan Robertson The Price (Shaw Theatre) The Provok'd Wife (Lyttelton Theatre) A first rate company, well directed by Anthony Cornish, is providing...

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Cinema Roman follies Peter Ackroyd Caligula ('X', Prince Charles Cinema) Even if the Romans in Britain were appallingly vulgar, as the latest dramatic evidence suggests, on...

Not surprising

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Art - Not surprising - l John McEwen anhle number of shows now opening, running t, csing makes this a sharp-shooting In't the Serpentine Gallery (till 16 B ennber and then...

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Right to know

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Television Right to know Richard Ingrams I am glad to see that Robin Day's Question Time has been brought forward now to the reasonable time of 10.15, but it is still far too...


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High life Seriously Taki Although Edmund Wilson was by MOst accounts not the nicest of men, he Is nevertheless almost a hero of mine. He was very important to people like...

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Low life Bliss Jeffrey Bernard Ihere was a harmless spread in last week's tlh Y Express which caught my eye and eT Summoned my gall which was headed beaU HAPPINESS Is ... and...

Bee news

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Postscript Bee news Patrick Marnham The world of bees was recently rocked to its foundations by the news that Brother Adam, the bee king of Buckfast Abbey, had been robbed...