Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 9, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Ireland represented by guttersnipes Thursday, Ncvimbtr THI IfTHBRIDGI HEMIB By Shaun Heicon, Winnipeg commentator for publications A funny thing happened to me on the way from t h e studio. This crowd gathered on a New York street and walked behind me and my agent and my publisher and one or two others in the same general category yelling naughty words and jibes and iasults. And I said to myself, said I, "This makes me feel at home. It's just like being in Belfast." This was the way of it: Book Reviews I agreed to appear on the David Susskind show because I have a new book coming out in the spring. It is called The Whore-Mother. The whore-moth- er is Ireland in the person in the book of a widow call- ed Kate Burke. The book is about this Kate Burke, and Johnny McManus and several ether characters. in the book and their relation to a man called Pat Powers who is an IRA psychotic. My usual pub- lisher refused to publish it on the grounds that it is "too bru- tal, cruel, sadistic which indeed is what one could say about Pat Powers the IRA. So it went to another publisher who has xeroxed copies circu- lating in New York while the text is at the printers. And I was asked if I would come down and debate the Great Old Question with a group of other His spear was never broken "Bernard Shaw: His Life, Work and Friends" by St. John Ervine (Longman Can- ada Limited, G28 pages, It takes a big book to tell the life story of a man who lived more than 94 years, wrote ahout 50 plays and many other works, was a brilliant music critic, an even more brilliant drama critic, a critic of books and paintings, and was exten- sively involved in politics considered by many as the founder of the British labor party. This is a reprinted edition of a book first published in 195G. It is mainly for G.B.S. buffs of which there are, no doubt, many. Although the detail is diffi- cult to follow in early pages where the author charts the ancestors and parents of Shaw and some of his associates, St. John Ervine writes with a con- siderable knowledge of life which makes the book more than the biography of one man. Ervine, 27 years younger than Shaw and a friend for more than 40 years, has also written biographies of Parnell, General William Booth and Oscar Wilde. Of Shaw, he says "I felt an affection for him that was proof against all mischance or misunderstanding." Mystery on mystery "For Fear of Little Men" by John Blackburn (Richard Clay, The Chaucer Press, 191 FEAR of Little lien is a story of the occult, set in the Treflys valley in North Wales. John Blackburn builds his story around the legend of Allt Y Cnicht, the Hill of the Knight, and its legend of an an- cient evil mountain people who were massacred by the villa- gers' ancestors three thousand years ago. The eeriness of the tale comes from the way in which the weird happenings and suspic- ions occur in the midst of such realities as pollution, road acci- dents, and the death of a Rus- sian defector. The story is told through the actions of a young bacteriolo- gist and his wife, with mystery piled on top of mystery until the last revealing chapters. The creepy ending should be saved until the reader isn't by himself at midnight, unless he's one of those who thrive on scar- ing themselves nearly to death. MARLENE COOKSHAW What makes the work such good reading is. that Ervine in- cludes a thorough look at the shortcomings of G.B.S. in addi- tion to the author's many as- pects of greatness. He tells of Shaw's love We, his coming of age as a man of letters and his uncommonly wide variety of acquaintances. Ervine admits early in the book that he disagreed with Shaw over politics. He notes that Shaw believed that a dis- ciplined democracy was only likely to be achieved through the efforts of exceptional peo- ple a belief which led to an unfortunate attraction to the idea of dictators. The careful checking of in- formation and the intimate knowledge of Shaw and his times makes this a valuable addition to the already large number1 of books on the subject. It is written in 195 short epi- sodes and can be opened and read at any place. Ervine acknowledges that the greatest tribute to G.B.S. has been paid by G. K. Chesterton who said: "this shall be written of our time: that when the spirit who denies besieged the last citadel, blaspheming life itself, there were some, there was one especially, whose voice was heard and whose spear was never broken." GREG McINTYRE Irishmen on the Susskind Show. I said yes. Those present apart from Susskind were an IRA propa- gandist by the name of O'Toole an IRA propagandist by the name of Father Sean McMan- us, an Ulster Protestant by the name of Reynolds, a British official by the name of White and this here poor Prairie boy. Father McManus, by the way, is a very young man and, three weeks ago at the time of writ- ing, he was shipped off to Am- erica by his church authorities on the assumption that he could do less harm to Ireland in New York than he was doing in Ireland. He is, in other words, a political priest who says that the men Provisional IRA de- fector Maria McGuire called killers without conscience are in fact "good men." Well, the pattern was set early. I heard from outside the building that we were to have a large audience for the taping. The New York IRA were out- side in force, handing out leaf- lets, pinning buttons on peo- ple's coats and generally be- having the way they do. So when the priest spoke the au- dience cheered. When I spoke they let me get one sentence out and started to drown me out. And it went on like that for the entire duration of the show one-and-one-half hours. They were determined that no- body would be heard but the IRA. It became necessary, and that right quickly, for me to address not Susskind and the others but the audience and to tell them what they were and are liiely to be. Susskind appealed to them every now and then but the only way to deal with them is to tell them directly in precise and simple words just what they are. This brings a brief silence. Unfor- tunately, what poor mutilated Ireland needs from both sides is a long and sustained silence and a longer season of peni- tence that would in time make quiet sane conversation possi- ble. There were not many Ameri- cans in the audience. It was rather like the occasion at the Humanities Society at the Uni- versity of Winnipeg last winter when they came in strength to make themselves heard, and left a disagreeable and quite false impression of Irish charm on the non-Irish minority in the audience; for this lot by their ways defame a country they can never speak for. On this New York occasion Americans there to hear a dis- cussion moved out from among what they thought were quite menacing Irishmen only to find out the lot they moved among were even worse. A man in this position who has read the man- uscript of my book said to me afterwards, "I felt when I read the book that what you said about the IRA was true. But I didn't realize how true and how terrible till I saw these people tonight. They're manic." They were. Shouting, grimac- ing, baying insults, making strange crying noises a little nun punching one angry little hand into the other, shrewish women yelling they booed when Cardinal Conway was mentioned and hissed when the Irish minister of justice, Mr. O'Malley, was mentioned (he appealed to Irish-Americans to stop sending money to the IRA) and when it was all over, a group of large American men came up to me and suggested that since the IRA were gath- ering in the corridors outside the studio, I should leave in their sheltering midst for my own safety. I declined this honor, explaining that people of this ilk were no danger to me so long as I could see them; it is only when they are hidden that they are dangerous. The Amer- icans looked around and de- cided that this was probably right. And so I walked with my pub- lisher and my agent and the film-rights agent and my pub- lisher's publicity agent through the crying press and all that touched our ears were the words. And since the thing was really quite funny, I found my- self laughing. A very good-look- ing Spanish woman stepped out of the mob and walked beside me and this made me very happy because I really do love Spanish women and this one was a dilly. "Good, she said happily, "the American people will love you." I thought: This is very likely the only chance I'll get, so I kissed the dear about 40, I'd say and passed into the street. There were more of them out- side IRA, not lovely Spanish ladies and they were joined by the ones inside and together they moved up the street be- hind us, jeering, crying, call- ing naughty words and com- mending the cause of a united Ireland to the sidewalks of New York by the elegance and charm of their behavior. Some Irishmen different and more representative stamp stood aside, looking ashamed, as if their country was being repre- sented and misrepresented by its guttersnipes. And another man up the street who had also seen a xeroxed copy of the novel and came to hear the discussion stopped me he was with two Hindu gentlemen and said: "I see now what you're at in your book. My God aren't they Poor Ireland. There is one other little thing the IRA might do for me to commend this book about them to the great American book- buying public. They were shout- ing during the taping, "Wait till we get your book and indeed I am happy to wait. Just do it right when you do it. Stay on the sidewalks of New York till the book is in the bookshop windows, then all you need is a brick or two Please? Act for me and for poor suffering Ireland as a kind of visual aid for the truth of what this book says about you, and if you could burn a few copies in T i i., j s Square? It's very little that I'm asking of you And it's for Ireland. 'Crazy Capers' Heidelbetg Heidelberg begins with Canada's pure spring water lo give it a naturally refreshing lastc... a bright, satisfying taste you'll litid in no other beer. And the refreshing taste of Heidelberg is so easy to enjoy, beer after beer. Welcome to Heidelberg. Naturally refreshing because it's the one brewed from pure spring water. The growing energy crisis From the Great Falls Tribune Sitting out here in Montana, with new oil and gas wells being opened up every week and with electric power in good sup- ply, it is hard to realize that the energy crisis, instead of being a possibility in the distant future, already is here so far as the country as a whole is concerned. Stephen D. Bechtel, a San Francisco cor- poration executive, told delegates to the American Gas Association convention in Cincinnati recently that the problem is unsolvable, "unless The Bechtel declared, depends on the factor of public awareness. If the people of the United Stales could be shaken into awareness of the problem, then they and their political representatives might buckle down to the job that has to be done, he said. The problem is that for 20 years the American people have been consuming more energy than they were producing. Voices crying in the wilderness, warning cf the impending doom, went unheeded. These are some specifics of the nation's energy supply, as outlined by Bechtel: Do- mestic gas production, running about 56.5 billion cubic feet daily, is three billion cu- bic feet short of demand. By 1935, when domestic supplies will have increased to CD billion cubic feet daily, demand will have soared to 100 billion cubic feet a day. Only half of the 30 million barrels of oil which will be needed each day can be produced domestically; the other half will have to come from the Middle East and Africa, but such extensive importa- tions of oil, and also of liquified gas, would shoot the foreign trade deficit up to US billion a year. Here are some alternatives suggested by the Californian: less waste in both produc- tion and consumption; increased utilization of coal (in which eastern Montana price increases for both gas and oil, to attract more capital into expensive business of exploring for and developing new production; increased reli- ance on nuclear power; development of new technologies for extracting oil from shales and tar sands; and, for the next cen- tury, perhaps, harnessing the sun's energy. Meanwhile, the public must face the pros- pect of still higher gas and gasoline prices, and hope that nothing goes wrong polili- cally in Africa and the Middle East. Other alternatives were brought out In En interesting environmental exercise by students at Utah State University at Logan. Assuming that oil and gas cannot be im- ported and that a practical way of harness- ing the sun's energy has not been develop- ed, what next? A speaker suggested such steps as abolishing jet air travel and snowmobiles; restrictions on and possibly prohibition of air conditioning hi summer and a cutback on heating in winter. Spelled out, the latter would mean such things as closing off the upstairs or the bedroom wing, and keeping the thermo- stat a couple of degrees lower. This is not a pleasant prospect by current notions, but the pioneers, who had no electricity, no furnaces, appear to have been happier than some of their descendants profess to be. Costly marriage quarreh WASHINGTON For the first time, it has been conclusively proved that the United States loses 34 million man-hours of work each week due to fights between husbands and wives. Prof. Heinrich Applebaum of the Institute for Advanced Marital Development has just completed a study on marriage dis- putes and their effect on the gross national product. "My Prof. Applebaum told me, "indicates that production is affected even more by domestic fights than alcoholism." "How can that "For some reason, which we still have not been able to determine, the Ameri- can wife prefers to start all fights with her husband at bedtime. These fights, which last on the average of two or three hours, prevent the man from getting any sleep. The next day he is completely useless at his job, causing accidents, grave errors in bookkeeping and making horrible decisions in a groggy slate of mind." "That's I admitted. "We suspected it all Applebaum said. "But now we have the data to back it up. This is a case history of a typical American couple in Detroit whom we fol- lowed through from dinnertime one even- ing to lunch the next day: Saxby came home at 6 p.m., had a dry martini, watched the evening news and then shared a delicious dinner with his wife and three children. After dinner he took a bath, read the evening paper and watch- ed the Dean Martin Show. The wife did the dishes, caller her mothec, took her bath and read a chapter of 'The Godfather.' At exactly the Saxbys turned off the light. Mrs. Saxby said. "Good night, dear." have an early meeting tomorrow with some subcontractors to discuss a very import- ant matter." Mrs. Saxby said. ''Bood night, dear." Five minutes later Mrs. Saxby asked, "Why don't you ever talk to Saxby who was just dozing off responded, "You never talk to me any more. You have an awful lot to say to your friends, but you don't have anything to say to "I talk to Saxby said, getting a good grip on his pillow, "We talk all the time." "But you never say anything. You don't talk to your children, either. As far as we're concerned, you're just a boarder here." Saxby rolled over on his stomach. "You're right, I should talk more to all of you. Good night, dear." "That's typical of Mrs. Saxby said, lighting a cigarette. "You think you can just end a discussion by saying I'm right. It doesn't wash anymore. You won't even talk to me now." "I'd love to talk to said, "but it's midnight and I have this meeting with the subcontractors tomorrow." "Of course. Your work is so much more important than your home life. Why don't you just move into the office and forget about Saxby started punching the pillow. "Look, I tell you what. Why don't 1 come home early from work tomorrow and we'll discuss it "I want to discuss it now. Tomorrow it might not bother me." The case history said the Saxbys stayed awake until three o'clock in the morning discussing not only why Saxby didn't talk to his wile but also an old girlfriend that Saxby had before he was married, s> questionable joke Saxby had told at a din- ner party the previous week, a poker game Saxby had gone to a year ago and the fact that he had missed his 17-year- old daughter's birthday party when she was three years old. The next morning, according to the case history, Saxby was so sleepy he made a mistake on the subcontracting job, and three months later the Ford Motor Co. had to recall 1 million cars. (The Los Angeles Times) THE CASSEROLE Now RELAX, Miss Toddy- 1 undntand you were let down last time. Canadian immigration authorities are taking steps to deal with "tourists" they suspect of planning to slip and settle down illegally in Canada. Their latest tech- nique is a "shake-down" of suspects as they arrive at the airport, in which they are re- lieved of passports, certain tickets and any money the immigration inspectors consider to be in excess of what a vacationer really needs. So far, citizens of Jamaica and Haiti have been the ones to receive this special attention. One awaits with interest the first instance of its application to n plane-load of tourists from the United Stales. Has the Purily Dairy really moved to a new planet as ihc sign in ihe window of their former Third avenue premises at- tests? The sign which has boon amusing motor- ists and pedestrians reads. "Moved lo new planet." We think it should read, "Moved lo new plant." Most of us, when we look at election re- sults, are contenl lo know who won and who lost. Not so Ihe political pundit, who must study the results minutely, note and explain all the changes, calculate the per- centages, identify the trends. When these insightful gentlemen are pon- dering the most recent results, they should not overlook the most impressive per- centage-wise change of all. In the last parliament, Grace Maclnnis was the lone woman to adorn an otherwise all-male gathering; this time, five women were elected. Who else gained 400 per cent? Jay walking Is one of Ihe local pastimes. There's a fine for those who happen to be caiiRhl, but most offenders aren't appre- hended because they are sensible enough to look around for n policeman before they start across (he Jay walkers lake 3 tood look in both directions and most incinrisls, particularly in the downtown area arc considerate. They slow up or stop fur tlic ofttvlinp pedestrian, wave him on his way, and ihcii proceed. 11 would appear sensible in somp of tho downtown areas, where fairly loiu; Mocks exist, to have cross walks where pedestrians can legiti- mately cross tho street.