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professors and second-rate novelists,  or the  hordes of Brigadier-
Generals and Archdeacons.
Another gap concerns royalty. There is a sort of proem concerning
the British Royal Family, but nothing whatever concerning other
monarchs, which seems a pity, and also illogical. Even ex-kings,
however much in the public eye, are omitted. The only exceptions
to the rule are subject kings, like the King of Buganda.
Of course, the most obvious source of interest for the reviewer is to
be found under Recreations. For years George Bernard Shaw's "any-
thing except sport" has been a classic nwl. The Sitwells live up to
their reputation for demanding public notice. Osbert recreates him-
self by "entertaining the rich and chanty generally" ; Sudieverell by
"model aeroplanes, plats regionaux, improvisation, (he; bull-ring."
Edith has no specific recreation, but she makes up for this by giving
her antipathies: "in early youth took an intense dislike to simplicity,
morris-dancing, a sense of humour, and every kind of sport exeept
reviewer-baiting, and has continued those distastes ever since.'*
The Sitwellian sense of satire is further illuminated by such entries
as this of SacheverclPs, "educ. Eton Coll.; Baliiol College, Oxford.
Left latter owing to continued success of Gilbert and Sullivan season
at Oxford; mainly sclf-cclucatcd." Or, even more, by Osbert's "educ.
during the holidays from Eton . . . was put clown for M.CX3. on day
of birth by W, G. Grace, but has now abandoned all other athletic
interests in order to urge the adoption of new sports such as: Pelota,
Kif-Kif, and the Pengo (especially the latter)," Considering the high
cost of composition, ought not the editors to undertake some cutting
in cases such as this?
Among the recreations of the great arc these:—Naomi Mitehison,
"hitting back"; E. S, P, Haynes, "divorce law reform" ; Sir Denison
Ross, "languages" (such busmen's holidays are frequent); Evelyn
Underhill, the writer on mysticism, "talking to cats"; Benito Musso-
lini, "violino, equitazione, scherma, automobilismo, aviazionc";
A. M. Low, the writer on popular science, "the encouragement of
scientific research"; Sir William Bowden, the newspaper proprietor,
"lecturing for charitable and educational purposes" (golly! but this
is not unique—Professor Henderson of the University of North Caro-
lina, lists simply "public lecturing"); Senator Gogarty of the Irish
Free State, "archery and aviation"—delightful combination; the
Rev. Hon. E. Lyttelton, late Headmaster of Eton, "scenery" (this is
curiously rare; perhaps many people include it under travel); Sean
O'Casey, sweepingly and, it seems to me, rather rashly, "everything
except work"; M. E. G. Sebastian, D.S.O., British Consular Service,