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It seems to me

WRITING in the Lon-

don "Daily Mail," Vincent Mulchrone ap- proves the decision of the B.B.C to drop its - only

woman news reader on television, Miss Nan Win-


Mulchrone, admitting that

Miss Winton is attractive in

voice and appearance, says that British viewers simply cannot take nèws seriously when it is read by a woman.

He advises a man who doubts this to test it by ask- ing his wife to read a news item about the Congo. If it

is true-and I think it is-that women are not born to be news announcers, the reason may be that so much of the news of the world is desperately, fantastically absurd.

Men discuss international disagreements and situations in Algeria, Laos, Cuba, and the Congo as if these were rational problems.

When a woman thinks about what goes on she can only marvel at the immense, crashing stupidity of mankind.

Here we are in a world whose inhabitants between them have enough brains and scientific equipment to solve the pressing problems of all nations, to allay hunger and disease, to elim- inate the envy that breeds wars. And those brains and equipment are at any time likely

to be turned to mutual destruction.

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IF the above sounds neither amusing

nor novel, it is because last week I had a couple of days off.

They were pleasant days, part of them spent in the sort of household jobs that are enjoyable once in a while-turning out cupboards, for


But they are jobs which leave the mind free to brood, and that is one of the great hazards

af housework.

Far from being feminist in outlook, I don't

think for a minute that women would make a

better job of running the world.

But I doubt that on the whole they are given to such self-delusion as many men.

The other night I saw a television interview with the British Prime Minister, Mr. Macmil- lan. He and the three men interviewing him all used the phrase "nuclear deterrent" (for nuclear weapons) with the greatest solemnity. This, indeed, is the kind of absurd euphemism

that women find it hard to mouth.

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ARRESTED last month in California,

Jackie Coogan, the charge, drunken- ness. News reports described him as "the 46-year-old former child star."

What a burden for a man to carry all his

life-"former child star."

(Which reminds me. I hope you've been reading our current serial, "What Ever Hap- pened To Baby Jane?" on that very theme. If ! you have been, you won't be disappointed in

the last instalment this week.)

Child stars don't seem so numerous today. But there are a few boys with guitars who in 20 years' time may figure as "former teenage


OF all the performer in

Alan Seymour's ne* play, "The One Day 01 The Year," which opt red at the Palace Theatre last week, my favorite was Nita Pannell as thc mother.

I use the word "favo ite' rather than "best" bec luse

this Elizabethan Trust produc- tion of a first-class Austr lian play is beautifully cast.

Ron Haddrick. as the W >rld War II veteran at odds vitt his student son over the w orth

of Anzac Day is superb. W . J so is Reg Lye as the original Anzac.

But it was Nita Pannell as Mum, buffei be<H tween two generations, who stirred me moslM In a, predicament familiar to mothers, heiH silences were as expressive as her lines.

A couple of critics made the reservation thatH she was "stiff." I think they must move ex-H elusively among lithe young women. '! heyH failed to recognise what any woman can -thtH symptoms of sore feet and an aching l ack, H occupational burden of hundreds and thous indsH

of mothers and housewives.

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SHOWING the aviary he helped dt signH

for the London Zoo, Mr. An.onyH Armstrong-Jones told pressmen that thc cage was intended to give the birc s as much freedom as possible while allowing the public a good view.

I wonder if Mr. Armstrong-Jones refl cted afterwards on the double edge of these v îrds.

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TN America some companies now pro

vide lunch and entertainment at si are

holders' meetings. Announcing the ar wal meeting of the Chesapeake & Ohio ail road in America, the president add d a postscript: "It is worthy of note that tiree couples who met at last year's me ting

have since married."

She passed a note ('twas unsecured Inquiring: "Are you well insured? ' He liked her looks, and furthermov On forthright females set some st or

She, for her part, had certain vieu t (From studying financial news)

That sent her searching for the lair Of a prospective millionaire,

The which, she reasoned, might be foud At company meetings, which was seid Alas, it's true, there's many a slip He only owned some modest scrip,

But when he said, "You'll do me, kid, I'm making a takeover bid,"

She answered yes, and-happy end They'll soon declare a dividend.