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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Snlurdoy, December 9, 1971 THE UTHMIDGI HHAtO 31 I (lounlcss publishes details My DAVE 11U11PIIKKYS din-aid's London UllH'illi) LONDON The red double-! decker hus lhal is as much a svmhn! of London as the To-.vcr of London and Big Ben 's on the way out. If Ihe trouble-! plagued plans nf London Trans-1 port go through, the familiar d'ltihlc deckers will be gone; by the end of the decade. 'Meanwhile the best brains at London Transport, are being ap- i plied lo the serious problems that arise when Ihe sight so fmiiliar to visitors is no more. The double decker draws to the stop. The, straight and some- times very long queue in double file! almost instantly dissolves. Everyone P'les in within about 30 seconds. The "clippie" or lo be formal conductor, yells loud- ly something that sounds like dings the Iwll twice and away they all (69 when full) go. The scene has been typically London since horse-drawn car- riages were replaced by motor double deckers. The queue was always well-ordered and polite until the bus came. Just for fun when I was first in line 1 seme-times stood well away from Ihe slop under Ihe partial shelter of a wall. This con- fused the natives, uns u r e whether I was waiting for the bus and too English lo ask. They would loiter about the vi- cinity alternatively regarding the open road and myself bur- ied in my Daily Mirror. (This tabloid, with big black her.d- is well suited lo the vagaries earlv morning Irip to the markets would occasionally talk to each other. And a bowl- er-hatted Rent could be seen to mutter after p. 10-minute wail. But the mood was usual- ly ouiet. passive. With the ar- rival of the hus it changed ab- ruptly. It suddenly became ev- Love story of Lloyd-G ery man and woman for them- selves. Experier.ced queucrs ollen ignored the line complete- ly, wheeling rapidly along the j outside and through an, opening at Ihe rear of the open en-1 trance. This could he an essential j tactical move during rush as not are fi'led. Like a farmer at. the gale the would li-rd through as many as latk..ns permited. No standing was allowed upstairs, although with a lax conduclor it was sometimes possible to pretend lo he taking a seat until you were two or three steps a'ong the line and the crisis had passed. Sometimes when space allowed only one or two out of 30 shivering commuters, the ar- rival cf the bus brought out an instant dispute, leaving M be- hind ill-humoredly trying Ui re- i group themselves for the next assault. But once that straight double line was broken it was almost impossible to achieve much more than a free-for-ail. Incidentally what the con- duclor was really yelling as you I leapt aboard was a helpful cau- tion to "hold very tight Since many passeng- ers were unseated as the driver sped away failure to get the i message cculd result in passen- I gel- and belongonings strewn down the centre aisle or onto i another unappreciale passen- ger's lap. For all its headaches, the i London system was ideal for ASPHALT TOLLESTRUP Construction Co. Ltd. SAND and GRAVEL PHONE 328-2702 327-3610 lowing traffic lo flow with cssc. If the buses arrived reg- ularly complaints were few. Now London Transport is phasing in one-man buses, both single and double-deckers. But these double-deckers arc not the old familiar landmarks. If they are symbolic of any city it is Belfast where they have been hijacked and burned by the ter- rorists, familiar lo newspaper readers throughout the world. These one-man wonders have been pressed inlo service by cost conscious trf.nsil systems in most large British cities, i "Make no mistake about, a Ixmdon Trans port spokesman, "people complain i about the bloody awful service ask us lo bring back the I two-man bus, but if it weren't for the new one-man bus we wouldn't have a bus service at all on some routes." By f'AItOI, KKVVKIIV LONDON (CI'i The love story of the demure young s e c r e t a r y and the white- haired cabinet minister, later to leatl Britain in wartime, was one of the best-kept se- crets of the cer.lury. The veil was partly drawn back in when Countess Lloyd-George, Ihe former Frances Slcvenson, published her autobiography of a life bound up for 41 years with David Lloyd George, the "Welsh Wizard" of Britain's Liberal party. The picture is fleshed out with fascinating detail in Frances Stevenson's recently- published diary of her asso- ciation with Lloyd George, whom she eventually married in 1943, two years before his death. In her bcok, Lloyd George, A Diary, published by Hutch- inson, the countess, now 88, begins her story in 1914. This was two years after she had accepted a job as secretary to Lloyd George at the treasury "on his own terras, .which were in direct conflict with my essentially Victorian up- as she remarked in the earlier volume. When they first came to- gether, she was 24 and Lloyd George, then chancellor of the exchequer, was 49 and mar- ried with four children. The pair managed to spend occa- sional weekends together. ENDURING ROMANCE In April, 1917, by which time Lloyd George had ousted Herbert Asquilh as prime minister and war leader, Frances Stevenson solemnly pledged lo end her own life il Lloyd George 1 have any children of his to claim me." As a love story, it was re- mark ably enduring. She turned down an offer of mar riage from a wealthy, titlet admirer although at that timr (here seemed little hope tha Lloyd George would ever b a pencil and a pen, lepiesenting the skills of writing and There'? a place for every conceivable area of artistic expression in ARTS Al.lVi: v.ith emphasis on the- new. the novel and the interesting f l-f- newiy completed Kinsmen centre and other performing cenires throughout Flare Square will b2 staging or- chestral nuir-ic. choral works, band concerts and special shows. There'll be live performances ot modern music, drama and cianc- and anpeaianres by show business personalities. The variety ol displays will intrigue and delight you will) actual dem- onstrations-ind opportunities to participate. Trtearlsof painting, ceramic-- sculpture, silversmithmg. wood carving, en- j'.ravine, oilier skills you probably never even knew existed all will come vigourously all re. There's most probably a place for you, too. It you, or your club or association, feel you can make a contribution, we'll be dclip.litcd to scsat: wiih you. The moro creative your plans or ideas, Ilia bciler this fantastic show will be. But act now! Remember, The D.riil'iition Stampede extends from July Gtli to July 15th, so ARTS WIVE 1972 is just thirty-one weeks away! I 1 limMiaiiHIIMl FLAKE SQUARE COMMITTEE ght on backstage politics anil -e often vicious country- ouse gossip that went on, for Joyd George was apt to un- ur'den himself to Frances at ritical moments of his car- er. Of Winston Churchill's soar- ng ambition, the Welsh politi- ian once snapped: "He would make a drum out of the skin f lu's own mother in order to ound his own praises." NEVER QUARRELLED' Yet Frances recorded at the ime that Lloyd George and Churchill "love each other and have never quarrelled hroughout." Later in the dinry, she noted that Lloyd Seorge had little use for his fellow Liberals and thai his elosest friendships had always icen with Tories like Church- ill. The devastating inscnsiliv- ity of some First World War commanders has rarely been more sharply illuminiatcd than in Ihe diary's record of a comment by Field Marshal Lord Kitchener, Ihe war min- ister with the sweeping mous- tache whose pointing finger on recruiting posters summoned the youth of Britain to the trenches. Kitchener was discussing with Lloyd George and an- other cabinet colleague. A. J. Balfour, the battle of Nc-uve Chapclle in 1913. comnlainhiR that Field Marshal Sir .lolin French had been wasteful with his ammunition. Balfour asked what Ihe casualties were and Kitchener replied they numbered men. "But it isn't the men I he added. "I can re- place the men al once, but I can't replace the shells so easily." Large gaps in the diary, which, is edited by historian A. J. I'.' Taylor from the manu- script in London's Reaver- brook Memorial Library, tin- el of century DKVK.T. iSACKKIP.MI) Tlr.- relates, however, how Lloyd (jc-erge hung up a litifie map "f the British Km- pin- in the cabinet room in order lo impress Irish leader Kamon do Valcru with the might of the imperial power lie was This evidently backfired, bocj'iisc Lloyd George p.'cc'icled to de Valera-ac- curalclv horror that would ensue if war broke out in Ireland as a re- sult of their lailurc to agree, de V'alera became healed and exclaimed: "This is a threat ci coercion.'' The Irishman may have got the measure of the Wc'lhman, for at one point Lloyd George declared in exasperation to the cabinet that if the Irish people refused lo accept the treaty there was "only one thing lo be reconquer Ireland." According to the diary, Lloyd George at times de- spaired of keeping de Valera to Ihe facts of ths discussion. He also described the Irish lender as a man with the "most limited vocabulary" he had ever met. Caught between the unyield- ing postures ot de Valera's rebels in the south and the Protestant leader James Craig in Ulster, even Lloyd George with his mercury-swift mind and dazzling powers of persuasion and arm-twisting had to admit defeat on Ire- land. The partition comprom- ise he settled for still keeps Ireland on the boil. I I'lcrcaitk oitd. INSURANCE IS JUST NOT PART OF OUR BUSINESS -IT IS OUR ONLY BUSINESS Phone 327-3009 CONN VAN HORNE JACK WARBURTON 507A 7th STREET SOUTH Governments lift big 3 auto boycott WINNIPEG (CP) The gov- ernments of Manitoba and Sas- katchewan have decided to lift their year-old boycott of the big three'' automobile manu- facturers, and will likely buy- cars from Ford, General Mot- ors and Chrysler lo update gov- ernment fleets Ihis year. Manitoba's Public Works Min- ister Russell Docrn said in an interview the boycott has been lifted in view of the prices suh- milted by ll'.c firms in response to lenders for about 250 cars for the Manitoba government. The boycott ,was initiated at a meeting 'of the three prairie premiers last December in re- sponse to an announced with- drawal of fleet discount prices. Mr. Docrn said lie has been in consultation with his Saskat- chewan counterpart, Public Works Minister Everett Wood and reached agreement on -general principals in regard to pricing and policy." He said Alberta, which gives its civil servants a mileage al- lowance on their private cars instead of building up a large government fleet, has not been actively involved in the boycott. Mr. Docrn said it is difficult i lo determine whether the big I three have actually reinstated j previous flcel discounts because of the difference in models called for this year. The prov- ince hopes lo buy more com- pact models. However, the government was satisfied bids submitted by :'ie companies were in line savings under the previous fleet discounts. Last year, tenders for 72 new- government vehicles were re- jected by the piwincc because of the cancelling of the floel discounts and .Japanese models were bought to meet, urgent re- j placement needs. The Manitoba government buys about I.OCO new vehicles a year for its departments and crown corporations. rtlltKGO CIWISTMAS ri.OHKNCK. Mass. lAP) Lncien Pepin family is foregoing the UMliil exchange of Christmas gifls lo send toys, elolhos, vitamins and ollu-r sup- plies lo Ml orphans in South Vietnam. Mrs. Popin said Iho project was prompted by their soldier-son Hornard. who first visited Iho orphanage in .Inly while stationed nearby. Most of the orphans were falhored by American servicemen and arc oared for by Homan Catholic nuns. Fact is we're the largest, most experienced snowmobile manufacturer in the world. Here's why! 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