Foreign News: On the Chin

Strikes are comparatively rare in Britain these days. Most British workers have been willing enough to heed their government's pleas, swallow their grievances and stay on the job. But there are some things a self-respecting Briton can't swallow. That was the way of it with 26-year-old Alf Cole, driver's mate on a lorry owned by Wells and Winch, the big brewers of Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.

Three weeks ago a pal bet Alf 10 shillings and two gallons of beer that he couldn't grow a beard and keep it on till Easter. Alf figured the bet was a cinch, because he had grown a...

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