There was a stage between the Irish Free State and Republic of Ireland (letters 26 May). In 1937 a Republican constitution was adopted, along with the name Eire. Though nominally a republic there was still an equivocal relationship with the crown. The appointment of a new ambassador to Berlin became necessary during the war. As this would have needed the approval of George VI, diplomatic representation continued at the level of charge d'affaires. The 1949 creation of the Republic of Ireland removed the anomaly.
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In his review of the new biography of WC Fields, Robin Buss (Review, 25 May) states that Fields played Mr Micawber in George Cukor's film of Oliver Twist. Cukor never made a film of Oliver Twist. Even if he had Fields could not have played Mr Micawber, who is a character in David Copperfield. Cukor did make a film of that.
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