October 27, 1986

A ROYAL BLUNDER 2223
WORLD/COVER

A ROYAL BLUNDER

To his Chinese hosts, the remarks appeared to be both tactless and ill-timed. While chatting—privately—last week with a group of Scottish students in the central city of Xian, the Duke of Edinburgh described Peking as “ghastly.” He added that if they stayed in China too long, the students would go home “with slitty eyes.”
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ESSAY

The hard lessons of Reykjavik

Predictably, the Reykjavik summit has unleashed an intense debate about its wisdom and its outcome. But the most important need is to draw the appropriate lessons for the future. Too many Reagan administration spokesmen are extolling the “agreement” they claim was all but consummated, thereby supporting the Soviet fiction that the President’s Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI) was the principal obstacle to an historic breakthrough.
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SPORTS

A tough act to follow

The man known as the “little general” stood on the steps of the California Angels’ dugout last week, his arms folded across his chest. For the past 24 years Gene Mauch— his nickname derives from both his diminutive stature and his tactical approach to the game—has been considered the best manager in baseball never to win a pennant.
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Q&A: TIMOTHY FINDLEY

The mystery of violence

With the publication this month of his sixth novel, The Telling of Lies, author Timothy Findley, 55, makes a significant departure from his previous works. The creator of The Wars, a novel about a Canadian fighting in the First World War, and Not Wanted on the Voyage, a modern retelling of the legend of Noah’s Ark, has written his first murder mystery.
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BUSINESS/ECONOMY

Battle for a retail giant

The operation began on Aug. 1 at the New York headquarters of Allied Stores Corp., the fourth-largest operator of department stores in the United States. The unwelcome visitor in the office of Allied chairman Thomas Macioce was Robert Campeau, the flamboyant chairman of Campeau Corp., a Toronto-based real estate development company.
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THE UNITED STATES

Warring with words

Like missionaries they fanned out around the world to spread the word. U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, who just the day before had called the Reykjavik summit “a great disappointment,” told North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) leaders in Brussels that in some ways it was “a tremendous success.”
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CANADA

Toward a new Atlantic strategy

The Prime Minister was late. Leaving his limousine behind, Brian Mulroney had chosen to walk the four blocks from his hotel to Charlottetown’s historic Province House. There, over lunch, he was scheduled to meet the premiers of the four Atlantic provinces to discuss a new federal strategy for addressing the region’s economic woes.
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COLUMN

Bracing for the apocalypse

From time to time, the suspicion becomes overwhelming. The jig is up for us—especially in North America, but not exclusively. As a people we have been so bad, so selfish, so thoughtless, so just plain stupid that any minute the skies are going to open up and a Big Voice is going to say, “You bug me!” or whatever Big Voices say under the circumstances.
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Bell’s $206-million bill

For six weeks this summer the austere, windowless room in the Hull, Que., office building was the setting for a debate over hundreds of millions of dollars. The event was an inquiry at the headquarters of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) into the huge profits earned by Bell Canada, the country’s largest telephone company.
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COLUMN

Beyond the Washington influence

When you walk across the moors, the clouds scudding in and the turf plush underfoot, you think you’re in a scene out of Wuthering Heights. One imagines Heathcliff emerging from the copse of trees on the rise of a hill. This is not the stern beauty of England at all, but a remnant of England, the fox-hunt country of Virginia, a reminder of times past.
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