MEN ONLY VOL. 67. No. 265 JANUARY 1958
In this era of mechanical moons whirling through space above our heads at thousands of miles an hour, the essential values in life are apt to become considerably warped. Thoughts have turned inevitably to the fresh wondrous achievements of Science - that is understandable and, whereas some minds have weighed the possibilities of travelling through space to distant planets (the normal, familiar planets we have learned about in school), others have been concerned about the emulatory exercises in destruction that these developments seem to forbode. They should serve, in fact, to reassure us. The whole business of war has become too suicidally destructive for any nation dare to engage in it: from that, at any rate, the world may for the time being take comfort.
Scientific evolutions of this magnitude inevitably require the amplest resources that only the mightiest nations can provide; and, very foolishly, in recent years we have come to regard ourselves as occupying but a small island on the edge of Europe. It is a false angle from which to view our position - for it is not true. Britain, head of a great Commonwealth, which numbered only four Dominions ten years ago, has today ten separate nations within the fold, some of them vast both geographically and in terms of population, all of them equal partners with tremendous potentialities. Never before in the world's history has a union of this size been known; and the magic of the union, the links that bind one section to the rest, are apparent to all who reflect on the thoughts that stir those who live near or far from the centre. What they recall are the little homesteads, the low, rounded hills, the pleasant, smiling fields that are our England. Plus, of course, the cementing majesty of our monarchy. One or two of late, in voices of unutterable stupidity, have mocked at the Queen, making meaningless noises that cannot affect her mighty prestige, because the nations of the world, ours as well as others (as was seen during Her Majesty's visit to the United States of America), recognise her grace and charm and her selfless dedication to duty on behalf of her country and her people.
Britain strands at the threshold of a fresh new era of greatness, and it will not be long before this is evident to the world.
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Cocktail lounge: A half-lit room, full of half-lit people.
Robert Q. Lewis.
On Other Pages
So You Want a Pub?: by "Outside Manager" 13
Photo Feature: Welcome, Little New Year!:
by Cardew Robinson 16
Penny Criminals: by Anthony Lejeune 22
Nature's Speed Aces: by Robert Woodall 27
Photo Feature: Good Resolutions 29
Britain's Tough Tobacco Tycoon 33
Paris Letter: by Jean Qui Rit and Peynet 41
Cover Close-up: Girl with the Golden
Touch: by S.L. Solon 49
Ungentlemanly Conduct 55
Service Slanguage: by Leslie Hunt 61
THE LIE DETECTOR THAT LIED:
By A. Anders 65
When Clubland Reigned Supreme 74
Slightly Off the Rails: by Phillip Blake 79
Myrtle Speaking: Play the Game:
by George Maracco 83
People in the News: by George Houghton 89
Junkanoos: by Richard Kent 95
The Man Who Changed Your Mind 99