Few Britons ventured on "Happy New Year" greetings last week. Their New Year mood, conditioned by Rundstedt's drive and the prolongation of the five-year-old war, was caught by the relentless national jester Nat Gubbins (London Sunday Express): "By looking through the bottom of an upturned glass in a dimout [one can foresee that] the war, of course, will continue almost indefinitely, and as the people get more & more fed up with it the Government will lose its temper and impose stricter measures for keeping noses to the grindstone.

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