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Sunday, January 2, 1977
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THE OBSERVER, SUNDAY 2 JANUARY 1977 Sheikhs go wild for Wilton by SUE ARNOLD SALES frenzy reached such a pitch last week that one department store slashed the price of ear-piercing from 5.50 to 4.50. 'Hope that's all they're slashing,' said a woman nervously waiting her turn. All the London shops fes-tooned with sales placards report record figures. Deb-enham's said that on the first day they were 70 per cent up on last year. Midway through the morning they had to stop the escalators because of overcrowding. After three frenetic days, sales staff seemed on the verge o collapse. ' No, I don't think we have got 400 Royal Albert dinner-plates left in stock but I will look,' said a wild-eyed china department assistant. The millinery cashier in Peter Robinson's said it was a war of nerves. Simpson's in Piccadilly are doing a roaring trade in cashmere sweaters marked down from 26 to 16, with customers buying a dozen at a time. The French and Germans are top buyers . here many stores now advertise their sales in Continental newspapers and tour operators arrange package trips. Middle Eastern shoppers seem to prefer the bazaar atmosphere of Oxford Street. Not only are Arabs big spenders, they're big hearted about trifling details like VAT discounts and small change. 'That's 281.50, sir,' said an assistant wrapping a battery of cameras for a heavily robed gentleman. 'So there's 18.50 change to come.' ' No matter,' said the son of the desert. ' Please direct me to the freezers-' Large stores provide interpreters covering most languages. But, for instance, if someone wants an interpreter in an obscure Hindi dialect there's bound to be someone in the basement who speaks it,' said a Sel-fridge's official. 'Actually,' he added, ' in the basement they speak precious little else.' An Edgware Road carpet warehouse is confident that desert palaces this year will bp lined with wall-to-wall Wilton and Axminstev instead of Persian rugs. Foreigners are certainly the money-spenders. An American bought 400 worth of blue jeans in an Oxford Street store, and nearby t w o Chinese gentlemen vying for the last knocked-down cricket sweater had to be forcibly separated. One person who was not offering any reduction, but nonetheless doing cracking business, was the resident palmist at Self ridge's, Madame Gina. There were six people, four foreign, two British, queuing outside her tiny cubicle. Was it really worth 1.50? I asked an elderly Australian. 'I went to a palmist in Sydney last year,' she replied, ' who said my husband would leave the house one day soon and never return. A month later he had a stroke and died in hospital.' 'Good heavens, how old was he?' I asked. 'Ninety two.' she said. At this point the curtains of the cubicle rattled sharply open and Madame Gina said would we stop talking as she couldn't concentrate. Why was she not offering a sale price ? ' My prices have remained firm for three years,' retorted Madame Gina. ' Can you tell me anything else that has.' Sales frenzy in London: No I don't think we have 400 Royal Albert dinner plates left in stock.' JANE BOW Hi I'm sorry, there A GERMAN pottery importer rang up a factory in Stoke-on-Trent last week and was surprised to discover that there was no one to talk to but a watchman. , - 'Is England at work or not?' he asked the local Chamber of Commerce, 'In principle, yes,' he was told. It was a good question. The shipyards were silent. The mills were still. The production lines of Dagenhatn and Coventry were not producing. Cranes and bulldozers were abandoned on construction sites throughout the land. And yet, during the gap between Christmas and New Year, Britain was 'in principle' at work. That quaint national pretence is now an annual event. Every year" it becomes increasingly difficult to sustain. It is kept up mainly by selfless effort by key personnel manning telephones at head offices. At the National Coal Board's headquarters in Place, London, for example, a voice insisted that everyone there was at work. But how many collieries were they supervising ? ' Well, four, at the moment.' The remaining 244 in Britain had opted to take their statutory colliery rest days. 'You've got to- keep this thing in perspective,' insisted the Engineering Employers' Federation. ' No one is steal- by PEARSON PHILLIPS s nobody here ing time off. .People are just taking their " floating days." Ifs part of their entitlement. We don't shut up shop in . the summer like all those Continentals.' This defensive: tone was much in evidence. ' My chairman and the deputy chairman are both in, anyway,' claimed a proud voice from Court-aulds. Admittedly,- in the divisions there might well be a factory closure situation.' But' it was ' economic nonsense to open a mill for just a few days.' .' Members of some of the blunter organisations like the TUC made no pretence at being, in their office. But, the Civil Service went in for the full front office charade. Answering his own phone (' My secretary is on planned leave'), a friendly senior Whitehall man confessed that only about half his departmental colleagues were in. ' When you have 32' days' annual leave to get through it is inevitable that some of it should pile up and need to be taken at the end of the year. It's all planned with superiors well in advance. You don't have" to worry, there are enough of us here to cope if someone presses a button.' ' One Government department where buttons were being pressed last week was the Department of Employment, Callaghan rules out poll in 'tough' 1977 by ADAM RAPHAEL THE Prime Minister yesterday ruled out an early general election and warned that 1977 would be 3 tough year, with unemployment continuing at an ' intolerably high ' level. In a New Year message which pulled no punches, Mr Callaghan said that the next 12 months was a time for maximum unity and effort. 'Let us put behind us the unnecessary diputes, the scrimshanking and the sloppy management. Let future historians look back on 1977 as a pendulum year in our history; the year when the people of Britain found themselves 'Never let us forget that we are much better-than we think we are and, although we are not the biggest in the world, when we put our minds to it we should be the best. In a warning to the Labour Party, Mr Callaghan said there was a vital need to build up membership,., strengthen its organisation and stop efforts by small dis ruptive groups to take over local parties. The Prime Minister, made it clear that as far as he was concerned 1977 was not to be an election year.- In the past, Labour Gov ernments had prepared the way for success only to have it snatched out of their hands at a General Election by others who reaped the benefits. Mr Callaghan said he expected investment to increase this year and the pound to stabilise, 'I have to say that unemployment will continue to be intolerably high in this country as it is overseas, but I undertake that the Government will bena every effort to create conditions both at home and ahroad in which the number of those without work can be reduced.' Mini-sub lost A Pakistan Navy midget submarine with eight men aboard has been lost in the Arabian Sea 1 Aladdin's Cave in E.C.2!!! OPEN TODAY 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. TUESDAY - THURSDAY 9.30 a.m. 6 p.m. TOMORROW 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. FRIDAY 9.30 a.m. - 3.15 p.m. VAST NEW YEAR ORIENTAL CARPET SALE WE HAVE A WAREHOUSE FULL OF BARGAINS. WE EXPECT PRICES OF NEW STOCK TO BE 50 HIGHER. WE OFFER HUGE REDUCTIONS ON OLD STOCK OF 1S - 60. BELOUCHI PRAYER & SADDLEBAGS RUGS (NOMADIC) Usual Red. Price Price e.g. Prayer 4' 9"x3'0" 55 33 Bag 3'6"x1'10" 76 54 CHINESE Plain Washed Self Embossed Many designs and colours . Silky pile e.g. f'6"x2'3" 12'0"x9'0" 35 320 21 225 , Gold & Red Large Consignment ol Brown, AFGHANS , . Many shades and sizes (Heavy Grade) e.g. Gold 4'1"x3'4' 92 Gold 10'4"x6'7" 490 Gold 13'0"x9'10" 670 54 220 420 KASHGAI. SHIRAZ & AFSHAR PERSIAN e.g. SHIRAZ 8'0"x5'2" 190 AFSHAR 5'3"x3'10" 269 KASHGAI 9'6"x6'3" 950 80 188 888 KASHMIR CARPETS & RUGS e.g. Tree ol Life 5'4"x3'2' Hunting 6'4"x4'1' Medallion 9'0"x6'0' Part-silk Arch Design 6'8"x5'1" ; 255 390 670 1370 164 239 450 950 CHINESE Washed Super Carpels & Rugs Usual Red. Top Grade Price Price Aubusson and Floral Designs e.Q. AUBUSSON 4'0"x2'0" 98 69 AU8USSON 9'0"x6'0" 694 430 BEIGE 10'0"x7'0" 870 620 AUBUSSON CIRCLE 9'0"x9'0" 991 790 AUBUSSON 12'0"x9'0" 1288 860 LARGE SIZED FINE PERSIAN CARPETS In beautiful Medallion and all over Designs. Many pieces signed. Difficult to replace. e.g. GORAVAN 11'0"xB'0" TABRIZ 15'1"jc1V4" Fine MESHED Signed 12'8"x10'0" Fine KERMAN 12'2"x9'8" 800 450 1400 725 4100 2900 4300 3100 TOP-GRADE FINE PERSIAN RUGS e.g. TABRIZ (Herati Des) 4'8"x3'4" 520 320 ' Fine old JOSHAGAN Medallion 6'0"x4'0" 820 465 QUM Part-silk anel 6'8"x4'5" 750 490 ISPHAHAN (Hun ing) 5'3"x3'5" 2100 1350 KERMAN (Mille-Fleurs) 8'0"x5'0" 1400 950 Fine Old KASHAN (Medallion) 6'9"x4'4" 1800 950 QUM Embossed Pure-silk 5'10"x4'2" 4300 2900 WF?arr?BiI'can be sxrhanned at anv time. The above are only a small part of our vast collection which we can offer to the public at ore! : reductions at our large warehouse. We buy old rugs. Large carpels available. Mwy Sthw wra io8, o Nine old and new KASHANS. TABRIZ ISPHAHANS and CAUCASIANS, etc. F.nnn Hoiiurioc a,rannH tn anv oart of UK or abroad. A deposit secures any carpet. I CAST PAHMNu SUriUMTa ru nuuun i r i-i.iww OPEN AGAIN NEXT SUNDAY NEAREST UNDERGROUND : OLD STREET STATION DUVAL CARPET CO. LTD., 6870 Leonard Street, London EC2. Tel: 01-739 7596: (Oriental Rug Traders since 1927) t ZP Approach from Gt. eastern St. which was disconcerted to find itself under attack for giving everyone so many Christmas and New Year Bank Holidays. In. bars and golf clubs people complained about the draconiari measures which restrained them from going to work. , But it's traditional to give Bank Holidays on working days,' protested a Ministry spokesman- ' It was the banks and finance houses who asked us to fix. the" New Year Bank Holiday oh Monday rather than last Friday. They said they needed the week after Christmas at work to, do their year-end accounts.' ' Over, then, - to the City Was it full of people adding up columns of figures last week? 'NO,', said' a London Chamber of Commerce' man. 'On Wednesday, the- place was so deserted you would have thought King Kong had been sighted at 'Liverpool Street station.' ' ' In the Stock Exchange on Thursday a party of visiting Germans peering censoriously, down from the gallery outnumbered .the members visible on the .floor.,. Shares were climbing,: though! ' .' It's because there's, so little , business about,' explained a stockbroker. ' Someone buys some stock and all the other shares start, leaping ' about like .neglected, puppies.',' But .those who did help-to shore up last week's illusion and .travelled to '-work in the metropolis got some kind of rewarding experience. 'It was a glimpse of paradise,' said one commuter. 'People smiled at each other. There were empty seats on the rush-hour trains from Blackheath for the first time anyone can remember.' -.'; Grim V normality is due back on Tuesday, the fourth day of 1977; ' " Anyone with ' lingering guilt about the length of his break can take comfort from the latest statistics of the International Labour Office. They' show that British wbr.kers enj6y fewer statutory holidays than- almost anyone in Europe.. ' " . What the , statistics don't show is-'that we Have:a clever way 'of making them lastV , Rainbow again by GEORGE BROCK ABOUT 3,000 rock fans packed . into the Rainbow Theatre, Fihsbury Park, last night when the bizarre architectural "fantasy vibrated to the. sound of music for the first time in two years. ' Built in 1930 as the Fins-bury Park Astoria, the Rainbow had been, successively a variety hall, cinema and rock concert hall. . It was shut down when the- last!, tenants couldn't find the money to: keep its .mock Moorish decor up, to the standard 'required by .the. Protection Order on the building. Last week the foyers of scarlet and gold were full of scurrying men wearing buttons reading ' Rainbow Rocks Again' and making last-minute adjustments to 'the mosaic fountain.- the piece de resistance in he . audi-; torium itself is "a stucco Spanish- ' village, ' complete with palm trees. The three- opening nights feature the British rock group Genesis, whose promoters sold- out each concert two- months ago after receiving - 80,000 enquiries f6r; 9;000 seats. Tonight, the Rainbow's new boss, Alan Schaverein, is hosting a party tor i,zuu guests, in-. eluding Elton John and Paul McCartney. -Apart from a bank of runway lights for extra illumination and a smoke machine, the visual extravaganza from Genesis is the four-coloured laser- light pattern, controlled by computer. On Friday over a. dozen men from the GLC inspected the backstage hardware to make , sure that the eyes of the ' audience are protected. Safety precautions . have included the; removal of some original ceiling reflectors made out . of baked bean cans. -. . How to smell out blast risk by a Staff Reporter AS SCIENTISTS continued investigations into the causes of explosions last week in Bristol and Brentford, British Gas issued further advice to householders returning from holiday. Anyone smelling gas should immediately f Put out cigarettes; do riot I use matches or naked flames; do not operate electrical switches. Open windows and doors to get rid of flie gas. Make sure the gas does not come from a tap that has been left on accidentally or from a pilot light that has blown out. If that is hot the cause of the smell, there is a gas. leak. So turn off the gas supply at the meter, and telephone the local gas service centre (or get someone reliable to do so). . The number is under " Gas " in the local telephone directory. Do not start using gas again until the leak has been repaired by a competent person. If the gas cannot be turned off at the meter, or if the smell persists, phone ' the local gas service centre immediately, stressing that it is an emergency. Again do hot start using gas until the leak has been repaired by a competent person. And : please , be public spirited. If you; should smell gas in the street; report it to the gas emergency service without " delay. J Mir anid Mrs: Eric, Pearson, whose flat was destroyed by the explosion in Brentford High Street, were 'told on Friday that Hounslow Council would find them alternative accommodation.! The Pearsons had booked into a hotel in Kew after originally being told by council officials that they would not be rehoused. The fish patrol steams off by ANDREW WILSON THE frigate Rhyl sailed from Portsmouth yesterday to patrol Britain's new 200-mile fishing limits with a crew recalled from' New Year's Eve parties and several sailors still ashore. A Royal Navy spokesman said, ' I don't think it's a case of sailors, with party hats and hangovers, but it was all done in a bit of a hurry.' The Rhyl's sister ship, HMS Falmouth, should have gone on patrol with the frigates Hardv and Berwick but was prevented by a faulty, oil pressure pump. She will relieve the Rhyl after repairs. While the three ships were at sea, the London operations room, run by the' Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, was empty. A Ministry spokesman said: -The operations room. is not manned on New Year's Day, but may be on Tuesday, when normal office hours are resumed.' There Was 'no news of the position of eight Bulgarian and two Romanian trawlers reported in the - English Channel 36 hours before the new limit came into force at midnight on" Friday. ' Bulgaria and Romania are like Iceland excluded from the list of countries permitted to fish in the area. Premium Bond winners Last week's 50,000 Premium Bond prize was won by 8LB S18217. The winner lives in Blackpool. 1,000 winners: 2DF 952797 . 4DN 681625, 4EP 108725, 6FW 560454, 5JT 245977. KZ 945972, NB 576913. FN 136402, OK 736413. QN ; 451907. . 6RF 281 166; 8RF 424510. 8RL 643.987. 1VN 944252, ' 10VP 028534,- XB 085368; 6XL 862820, 6YK 848169. SYL 606505. 11YN 033419. 10ZB 150041. 13ZF 91451. 1SZF 429230. I7ZK 418731. 19ZB 24S952. E VERY YEAR we produce a big fat colour brochure about holidays mlreland. And everyyearwe do ourbesttomakeitbetter JftMlhearbefore: ... '.lb Tf.therels one thins weVelearned. it's that l eaders want facts. They want to know when. where, what,: how, why-and above all, now much. . . : : - And why riot? They've a-perfect right i .v.. . . . . ii a ,, same size, colour, shape and value as yours, so tliereVnb confusion either. . -But our monevls orettier. The 10c coin bears a leaping salmon, the 3p one a bull. As e noteSjihejTeworksofart. m watt good a read as any magazine! Our latest brochure has more facts than ever before. More articles, more maps, more names and addresses and phone numbers, more details and more prices.? Oh, and more colour photographs-not "artists' impressionsr Send for your free copy now, if you'd like to know more about the variety of holidays waiting in Ireland for you to enjoy. Meantime we'll - promise you one thing: you 11 also have an enjoyable evening's reaainginirontoiyou.... answeno the mini. DROPPING IN ON YOUR NEIGHBOURS. Ireland's only a hop and a jump away. You can reach it easily from any major British airport-the flight only takes about an hour. There's a choice of ferry crossings too, with or without your car. A three-and-a-half hour cruise from Holyhead or Fishguard, or a crossing from Liverpool or Swansea with' their motorway access, and you can be over without even the need for passports or visas, let alone foreign currency. 4fd Ireland's . ' By sea. By air. Ask for travel information from the carriers, your travel agent or any Irish Tourist Board office-there are many special offers and packages available. 100 HOTELS IN THE BOOK. 100s MORE IN IRELAND. The brochure alone gives details (and colour photos) ofoverlOOhotels.Andthereareplenty more in Ireland, from inexpensive but comfy inns to first-class hotels the equal of any in Europe. The choice is yours. COME SHOPPING. THE GROCER WILL SELL YOU A DRINK. In a lot of villages or small towns in Ireland you'll see shop fronts with something like Grocer &Bar written up. And why not? Whats wrong with a glass ofstoutwhileyou're ch'obs ing your cneeser' -You'll probably want to make some longer-lasting purchases too. .Handmade crystal glasses... Irish linenreproduction Celtic jewellery... Aranhandknits... Connemara marble... thpv nil mst-lcss trinn V, . , , , . . Genuine Aran sweaters you think they're going to. startatabout2. THE ONE TOREIGN5 COUNTRYYOU CAN BRING YOUR PET TO. Xfe'd like you to think of Ireland as abroad but not foreign. For instance, we're as concerned about rabies as you are, but as long as both Britain and Ireland are rabies-free youre welcome to bring your dog with you. Or your cat, for that matter. There are no restrictions between Ireland and Britain. And planes and ferries have special facilities for carrying pets. IS IT EMPTY BEACHES YOU WANT? WOULD A FOUR-MILE ONE SUIT YOU? There a place called Inch in Co. Kerry with a bright yellow sandy beach nearly four miles long. More than an inch ot beach, as they say down there, only in Ireland its not called a beach, itfe-a strand. There afe plenty more in 3,000 miles of coasdine, all ofthem justas lovely and most of them just as quiet. Forget the crowded shores of Britain or the Med-this is Ireland we're talking about. THE FISH DONT JUMP OUT BY THEMSELVES. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO COAX THEM A BIT. If you're an angles you'll think youVe died and gone to heaven. There are waters all over the place, and brown trout and coarse fishing are free and unrestricted in almost all ofthem. Even game fishing doesn't costalotFaneygoingafter salmon, trout or sea-trout? Thenthere sea Whatever they ay about Killamey isn't blarney. fishing; You can fish from rocks, lpiers sands of boats and catch anything up to and mduding shark. , SELF-CATERING HOLIDAYS? CERTAINLY! If you'd enjoy the freedom of a self-catering holiday in Ireland, all you have to do is choose between camping, caravanning, a cabin criiiser, acanalboat;acountrycottageorahorse-drawn carayan. They're all in the. book. ThereVno isalmnii" WHAT TO 1 WHbiS OU I-EEL ENERGETIC. Swimming, surfing, sailing, canoeing, pony trekking, golfing, hiking, climbing, cycling, riding-oh,you nameit. MOTORING IN IRELAND: SOME DAYS YOUMIGHT EVEN SEE ANOTHER CAR. All'tight, thatfc an exaggeration. But its not one to say atQuropen'roads area joswithsomeso quiet people will wave to you. Bring your own car-or rent one from an impressive choice-or the way it was meant to be. Welcome back to the good old days. All mod. cons.-and sdll beautiful. language problem when you go shopping, either; our foods and, products are familiar to you-butthe wel comed usually warmer. 1rp Scabas PACKAGE HOLIDAYS IN - IRELAND A few examples . HOLIDAY Including return air travel, self-drive rented car n ith unlimited mileage and seveq nights in your choice of selected hotels (privatcbsth and full brcakfei).Up jo 31 March: frjmjC69cach(2aclults travelling Liverpool Dublin). Kxtra davv are 7.75 each .. .children under 12, sharing with 2 adults, less 50VBytsca with your. ::Owncar:iromiC52cach, COIMTRVCOITAOES Z v, cck self-catering, from jpi each (4 adults with on near). KIVHR rlHN CRUSEHS 2 weeks, from rtSeaih (a4-berth cruiser for 4 adults tra' eiiiut, iv air HORSmRAVN CVRAVANS 2weeks Iron) 41 each (4adult travellingbysea). rou'H rotfts Laxuryvvide-view' coaches with driver-guidet 1 week . from84. Including hrtcts, -Tull breakfasts, dinners. VOUSEE?1T'SNOTAS i EXPENSIVE AS youTHoCGtrr . . i Look m thebrochure for ! more ideas. i '. i I lou get Help with harnessing and so forth... - and the horse knows the way. YOU CAN SPEND BRITISH MONEY HERE.BUT YOU'LL ADMIRE OURS MORE. Don'tforgetouris always onapar with yours. It can make a healthy difference in your favour when you see what happens with some foreign currencies. YoucanuseyourCTeditcards'in Ireland, of course, and your cheque book with an ordinary 30 cheque card. And you won't be asked to pay any sudden hotel or holiday surcharge. British money and Irish circulate together very happily-almost any handful of change will contain some of each. Our coins are the OTHER HOLIDAYS ARE GUARANTEED, TRUE. BUT NOT.BYTHE COUNTRY YOU GO TO. :There are various schemes to protect bookings, admitted, but very few guarantee . the quality of your holiday. we-thelnsh Tourist Board -actually guarantee approved holidays in Ireland. If you -have a justifiable complain we will compensate you. Can anyone say fairer than that? (Our. name in Irish, BordFailte,canoetranslatedbackintoEfaglish as "welcoming committee....') Look but too 'for these words bri the sighs of camp sites, caravan parks, farmhouses and guesthouses: TTB Approved" or "Bord Fiilte Recommended? That means us, and we're . fussy. cion't give automatic approval by any means, and we check back regularly. 1 Please send me a free copy of I WELCOME TO IRELAND 1977. I To:MshTouristBoard(OBNi), J FREEPOST15, I London J W1E 8YZ. (No stamp needed.) j Or phone 01-493 3201 (24hours). 11 Name- Address. Ireland1 lourism i BROCHURES ARE ALSO AVAIUBLK FROM VOURTRATCL AGENT OR HvOM THESE ITB OFHCES: LONDON 150 NWBOND S EDINBURGH 3 SHANDW1CK PLACE, EH2 4RG (031-2281795) GLASGOW 19 DIXON STREET, G14AJ (041-221 2311) MANOlESll28CR0SSSTREEi;&l23NH (061-832 5981) V'

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