FeininineForurnt CONWAYA I ,THANK you, Bill Igoe. for your blistering tenancy of Feminine Forum. And thank you. too, for taking such a keen interest in us poor wemen. Was it possible that you tmeaked in to that WOIllell'S Confer01100 :WO sat, :I duel innate; the hisaiee Lakin' notes? You certainly didn't read those speeches in the pages of Toe Caiator te. Waimea, because undue pressure of spare that week practically crowded them out. Yes. That must have been it. You got in disguised as a woman town councillor, piling up invective and scout in seerca and getting both very nicely off your chest in two weekly iitstalments. Well, we regard that interest as a compliment acid it i5 a big step in advance of the nice masculine creatures who look tolerantly on women's conference and murmor something about a lot of silly women chattering!
• While tins verbal nor'easter was blowing I was Mi a short holiday swallowing great gulps of the southwester that roared over the English Channel. I was amazed to see doughty octogeoariaas pitting their feeble resistance against the 75 miles-an-hour wind and nonagenarians crouching in their batlichairs doing the sanie. At the other end of the age scale you could hear the shouts of children above the roar of wind and waves revelling in the majestic apectaele of the sea boiling and crashing. Wit all 'knew that mimes were being bounced about the in-shore like bubbles and that it would be just too bad if one decided to go off in our vicinity. Brighton came off rather badly with hundreds of pounds worth of damage and broken windows all .along the front. While I was away I managed to catch up on some of the books Which the literary editor had been leaving on my desk for several weeks. And now I will let you have the benefit of part of my perusings. First there is The Chriltian FrLLIiily and the Servile State, by J. Clifford Gill—a Staples Press product, priced two shillings. Mr. Gill looks with misgivings on the encroachment of the State on the duties and tights of parents. He saye: " They " (the children) " arc gradually being usurped by the State and the humanitarian nature of much legielation blinds us to the seriousness of the situation. The State should defend the family, but its
defence begins to resemble Hitletie cle
ft:sax eit I:Seamark.' To resit/re the family as a basic social pnit is an issue, he concludes, on which the most extreme Protestants will co-operate with Roman Catholics. Mr. Gill covers the ,sues or family disintegrolion vets" thoroughly end the book ;should commend itself specially to course, s.e, gi youth clubs and, of o to individual readers who want some " ammuoition " when signing with the Philistines!
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Anthony Ludovici's The Four lbws • eV Health (Heath and GratiS IOU 1 id., 10S, 6d.) 1 iiild a ratite] astonishing new thought. He is talking about the "three nutritive meals a day" habit which he condemns and he says: " Owing, however, to the deplonibie influence of Christianity, which has persistently associated foodstuffs other than meat with holy and fast days. a conviction has become firmly rooted in modem mankind, particularly among the poorer and more ignorant classes, that only steaks, chops and cuts from the joint are food at all. All the rest ineheding. if you please, even fish, by having been consistently relegated for centuries to holy and fast days, are regarded as inadequate for the keeping of body and soul together!"
Poor Christianity bas been blamed for many things and now it gets knocked for six by a dieticien. However, I thank Mr. Ludovici for one amusing moment. It is when he tells
us that the word 11. Menu has its, origin in the layout of the bill of fare used in the inns and hostelries of about the time a the Thirty Years' War. The heading ran, " Man esse nicht tibefmtissig," (Don't eat too mach). Now it means Eat all you can afford."
And while on the subject oh food. a
correspondent writes: `a It is sad to see food left on plates in tea-shops. is it because the food is distasteful?" My guess is, Yes.' These last few years have brought out the worst in public cooks with very few exceptions.
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THIRD book is a neat, cornprehensive old concise little pro duction of the Natiorial Council of Social Service (price half-a-crown) entitled Enterniin Yourselves. It's a goldmine of information to all interested in amateur mueic, drama and the arts —and the important legal side is not forgotten.