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IT MAY BE APPROPRIATE to open with a quotation, and who better to pull the curtains than Viscount Eccles who once made a very wise statement If a man has good manners and is not afraid of people, he will get byeven if he is stupid. Ministers did not make encouraging remarks like that when I was...
A LIBRARY that moves towards becoming an information centre mirrors those attempts made in the political sphere to construct a community out of a fragmented reality, rife with escapism. Mircea Eliade, in discussing the myth of the lite, calls the fragmentation which modern, man experiences part...
NO TRIBUTE to the gallant R. M. Ballantyne could have been greater than the action of the boys of Harrow School who, upon receiving the news of his death in 1894, spontaneously decided to start a collection so that a monument might be erected to perpetuate his fame. To them, as indeed to so many...
A YEAR OR TWO AGO there came into my hands a manuscript book about Edinburgh in the 1790s written in his old age in 1854 by a certain John Howell. This book, which had been sent by a relative, proved to be of great interest both topographically and as a record of social life, and was eventually...
AS WE RETREAT ever deeper into ourselves from the chaos around ussecurity chains on each door, I spy peepholes obtained on mail order through Exchange and Mart in the upper panels, antirape courses for women the latest thingit is the mildest of consolations to notice that in the world of the...
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