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Old 18-11-17, 21:03
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Friend is doing some research on Bernard Levin, once theatre critic and writer for the Spectator. He is trying to track down an article he wrote on the print unions where he criticised their working practices - apparently it caused quite a stir at the time. I have made some efforts to find this on the internet but to no avail - can anyone help him out?
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Old 18-11-17, 21:25
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Contact the Spectator.
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I wonder if this might be of use to your friend.

BLACKING LEVIN 17 May 1986 The Spectator Archive
archive.spectator.co.uk/article/17th-may-1986/15/blacking-levin

17 May 1986 - Observer, defends agreeing to follow union ultimatums ... a book review by Ber- nard Levin under threat from a print union (of which more later); .... distinguished of all our nationals'!) The article was introduced in the Sunday Times, ... I mention these episodes to show that the Bernard Levin affair involved no ...
Bernard Levin - Telegraph

Reading through the main element seems to be in the last paragraph by the writer. The actual text of Levin's article isn't quoted but it might give your firiend some pointers. Seem to be in the period in the 1980,s when we had the printing strikes and Grunwich ??? going on.
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Old 19-11-17, 07:55
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He was also a food critic and connoisseur he done a TV doc about Hannibal's route across the Alps which he walked over several weeks stopping a various Restaurants along the way and giving a review.
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http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/1...nalCode=rioc20

Page three makes mention of a union dispute and an article by Levin which was banned by the owner of the newspaper he was writing for at that time.
Seems it was censored, so probably was never seen by anyone in the public domain.

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Old 19-11-17, 09:45
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Bernard Levin and some of his friends were dreaming up fictitious book titles and authors, Bernard Levin won with:-
The French Ballroom Instructor by Charles Louis D'Ince
(Authors name spoken with French pronunciation).
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This is the Wikiwand entry about Bernard Levin.

https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Bernard_Levin
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Old 19-11-17, 19:58
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Thanks to all of you who took the trouble to do some research and send out helpful pointers. The article was definitely published, although I have been told it may have been in the Times/Sunday Times and not the Spectator. Investigation still ongoing, but in the meantime the stuff that you have unearthed means that I have lots of interesting material to send to Friend.
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Old 20-11-17, 06:12
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My pleasure, I love a good bit of research and Levin was one of my favourite satirist in the TWTWTW days.("That Was The Week That Was" for our younger readers).
Nice to read about what he did with his life after those days which were a turning point in getting under the Government,s skin and challenging the "status quo".

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Mini, also had this to send to you. The Times Obit on Levin has loads of info but nothing on what you are after but may be useful.
https://www.englishforums.com/Englis...wmjzg/post.htm

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This probably won't help, and I don't have time today to properly check it out, but Wikipedia is often a good starting point.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Levin
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