9 MAY 1981

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The martyrdom of Mr Sands

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In the end, nothing moved him: not the appeal from the Pope's special envoy and private secretary; not the visits of Mr Blaney, Miss Sile de Valera and Mr O'Connell from the...

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Political commentary

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One-step Prior? Ferdinand Mount As the devil alone knows, there is something alarming about a beautifully dressed individual appearing in your sitting-room and asking for your...

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The fine church at Bere Regis in Dorset contains, among other attractions, the tombs of the Turbervilles, a great Dorset family whose name was adapted by Thomas Hardy for the...

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Another voice

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Crime and punishment, contd Auberon Waugh Rereading my essay of last week, written under the influence of a high fever, I seem to spot an element of confusion not to say...

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Giscard pays the price

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Sam White Paris Immediately it became apparent that the Communist vote had dropped by five per cent and Giscard's by an equal amount compared to his 1974 score, Mitterrand's...

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Glare but not gloire

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Peter Ackroyd 'The late run to the French capitol may have undeceived my countrymen in very many particulars, on which distance, the illusions of imagination, and the glare the...

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The Warsaw Spring

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Tim Garton Ash Berlin Poland in Spring. The nation is in ferment. Discussion groups have bloomed across the country like April crocuses. On the shop floor and in Catholic...

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One hundred years ago

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The dinner of the Royal Academy, held this day week, was a sufficiently brilliant one, Sir Frederick Leighton, as usual, showing a singular tact and judgement in his choice of...

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The Reagan hot gospellers

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Nicholas von Hoffman Washington For a few days last week Americans were talking about Britain and things British. In part the Prince of Wales's visit was responsible: needless...

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Sweden: the machine stops

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Andrew Brown Gothenburg `The Royal Swedish Envy' is a byword here: Like most of the things that Swedes are proud of, it is difficult for a foreigner to understand, but on...

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A party pulled two ways

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Geoffrey Wheatcroft Johannesburg Never say never and never say dull. These are the first maxims to be inculcated at the obscure schools of journalism where many of us will no...

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More matter, less art Paul Johnson A few weeks ago in Stockholm I was told that a Swedish university now offers full honours-degree courses in 'Arts Administration'. Not...

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In the City

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Farewell St Piran Tony Rudd One of the longer drawn out sagas of the City is about to come quietly to a close. Sufficient shareholders of the Cornish tin mining conglomerate,...

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Ways of teaching Sir: Your leading article, 'Learning to think' (25 April) would have been printed ten years ago had the facts which you deplore been known outside the world of...

Feline felony

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Sir: Like your reviewer A.N. Wilson (25 April) I hate inaccuracy. You and he should note that the major in J.G. Farrell's Troubles does not murder the Majestic Hotel's cats...

Non-voting shares

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Sir: I refer to the leading article in last week's issue on the subject of local government, the content of which I found to be excellent. I would, however, like to expand on...

There and then

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Sir: Am I alone amongst your readers in wondering why the Spectator is not a bit closer to the here and now? In the front half last week, your correspondents write from Belfast,...


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The exchange between Richard Ingrams and Hans Keller makes me wonder whether Mr Ingrams saw my programme, Bartok's Breakthrough, which was given a repeat showing during BBC TV's...

Distinguished bishop

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Sir: The Bishop of London cited by Mr Colin Brown (Letters, 25 April) was presumably Charles James (not William) Blomfield (bishop 1828-56). Equally distinguished as a classical...

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Festivals 81

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The show still goes on Rodney Aldnes The recession, does it bite? Not all that noticeably on the festival scene. While planning committees must have been experiencing hideous...

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One big unhappy family Richard Cobb The Long March of the French Left R.W. Johnson (Macmillan pp. 345,120). This is a professional book about the highly skilled, elaborate...

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A shoddy little fantasy

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Paul Foot The Chariot of Israel Harold Wilson (Weidenfeld & Nicholson pp.406, £14.95) A wry Arab scholar once pointed out that Palestine was the perfect place for the...

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Anthony Storr Dorothy L. Sayers James Brabazon (Gollancz pp. 308, L9.95). Dorothy Sayers belongs to that large company of creative people who wish to be remembered for work...

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Red menace

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A. N. Wilson A Summer in the Twenties Peter Dickinson (Hodder & Stoughton pp. 254, £6.95). Tis sixty years since was the sub-title of Waverley. It is the perfect distance from...

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Sow's ear

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John Stewart Collis Autobiographies Sean O'Casey (Macmillan, 2 vols., £15 each). The Irish genius is seen best when the light of comedy is thrown upon squalid characters and...

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Ordinary life Peter Ackroyd Head Over Heels ('A', Screen on the Hill) I could hear the cliches echoing through my head as I watched it — at last, a love story without false...

Theatre I

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Firbank on ice Duncan Fallowell Crispin Thomas, courtesy of the Nottingham Playhouse, is currently appearing in a one-man show at the Ritz, an impersonation of the early 20th...

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Theatre II

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Stalemate Wilfred De'Ath Outskirts (RSC Warehouse) We are in 1969. The mise-en-scene is a rubbish dump overlooking Crystal Palace. Two teenagers, Del and Bob, talk too much...


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Missing links Richard lngrams Since taking leave of Times readers, Bernard Levin has popped up again on the box with a new series of interviews, beginning on Saturday with the...

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High life

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So vain Taki New York When Al Capone was advised by his henchmen that the Feds were closing in, and that he should flee to Canada, he screamed: 'Canada, I don't even know what...

Low life

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Goodies Jeffrey Bernard The very peak of culture, the greatest literary event of each spring is the publication of the Weidenfeld and Nicolson New Titles Spring List. This...