Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week

Magazine article The Spectator

Portrait of the Week

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Mrs Melita Norwood. a Communist 87-year-old great-grandmother living in Bexleyheath, Kent, was revealed to have spent 40 years, under the code-name Hola, giving nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union; though the authorities have known about this since 1992, she has not been prosecuted. The information was given to the security service by Vasili Mitokhin a KGB archivist who defected in 1992; he also claimed that there had been plans to disrupt the investiture of the Prince of Wales in 1969 and to maim Rudolf Nureyev after his own defection. Mr Michael Portillo confirmed that, despite having admitted to `homosexual experiences', at least during his time as an undergraduate at Cambridge, he wanted to stand in the by-election for the seat of Kensington and Chelsea left vacant by the death of Alan Clark. Mrs Clark said her husband had not become a Roman Catholic, but the priest who reportedly received him into the Catholic Church said he had. The headline rate of inflation fell to 1.1 per cent in August. the lowest since July 1963; the underlying rate was down by a tenth of a percentage point to 2.1 per cent. Mr John Taylor, the deputy leader of the Ulster Unionists, withdrew from the talks under Senator George Mitchell reviewing the Good Friday Agreement. Wellcome, the pharmaceutical company, withdrew from building a planned 10 million science park near Cambridge because of government reluctance. The High Court prohibited the trustee in the bankruptcy of Jonathan Aitken from selling personal letters belonging to him. A woman succeeded in giving birth to triplets even though one of them developed in a Fallopian tube, and thereafter grew in her stomach cavity on the outside of her womb.

MILITIAS backed by Indonesian soldiers burnt and looted the whole of Dili. the capital of East Timor, and drove the people out, into the countryside or over the border into West Timor. …

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