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PEO­PLE are of­ten drawn to vis­ual art for its mag­nif­i­cence, its un­speak­able beauty. Alas, Ber­linde de Bruy­ckere’s ex­hi­bi­tion re­pels (‘‘Meat mat­ters’’, June 23-24). While we are in­deed all flesh, we are also spirit and soul. Must we use jux­ta­po­si­tions of coloured, dis­torted wax as gritty de­pic­tions of a dis­turbed hu­man­ity? We need our souls and spir­its fed with the charm and ele­gance of fine ob­jets d’art to give us hope and in­spi­ra­tion. Ka­rina Hep­ner Sippy Downs, Queens­land I WOULD love to read an in­formed es­say by Evan Wil­liams or some­one else on sim­ple stuff like the Tel­stra or Fox­tel set-up, where it is now, and where it is go­ing, its pit­falls et cetera. Re­mem­ber that not all read­ers are gen Y, and se­niors of­ten are not techno heads. We read, we view, but we like to know what’s avail­able for our com­fort zone. Robert Wood Perth EVAN Wil­liams’s re­view of A Royal

Af­fair has made me ea­gerly an­tic­i­pate its re­lease in Ade­laide. I will, how­ever, raise one mi­nor his­tor­i­cal error. Caro­line Mathilde was Ge­orge III’s sis­ter rather than his daugh­ter. Ge­orge was no­to­ri­ously re­luc­tant to al­low his daugh­ters to marry, so much so that his daugh­ters called their home the ‘‘nun­nery’’. Only three of his six adult daugh­ters mar­ried, none un­der the age of 30. Mary was a spin­ster un­til 40, when she mar­ried the Duke of Glouces­ter. While the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary and sub­se­quently the Napoleonic wars cer­tainly nar­rowed the pool of prospec­tive Protes­tant princes avail­able for mar­riage, you can­not help but won­der if the tragic un­hap­pi­ness of his sis­ter’s mar­riage, her ex­ile and her death at 24 in­flu­enced the king’s on­go­ing re­fusal of his daugh­ters’ po­ten­tial suit­ors. Jo But­tery Glen­gowrie, South Aus­tralia (Evan Wil­liams adds: I am in­deed grate­ful to read­ers who pointed out that Caro­line was Ge­orge III’s sis­ter, and the daugh­ter of Fred­er­ick, Prince of Wales.) IS it ac­cu­rate to claim Aus­tralians are ob­sessed with sport? I’m a great fan of John Clarke and en­joyed Graeme Blun­dell’s pre­view of his new se­ries, Sport­ing Na­tion (‘‘This sport­ing life’’, June 23-24). I do, how­ever, ques­tion the premise on which the show is ap­par­ently based — that Aus­tralians are ob­sessed with sport. This claim im­plies that we have more in­ter­est in sport than com­pa­ra­ble Western na­tions. Hav­ing lived in the US, Canada and Bri­tain, I doubt that this is true. I would also sug­gest that in­ter­est in sport is no greater here than in Clarke’s na­tive New Zealand. Garry Collins Stafford Heights, Queens­land WHAT a won­der­ful in­ter­view with John Ly­don, whose punk rock per­sona as Johnny Rot­ten in the Sex Pis­tols al­ways seemed to me to be­lie a man of much greater depth and hu­mour (‘‘Johnny on the spot’’, June 23-24). Art of all forms is not just about be­ing se­ri­ous and tear­ing things down but also about cel­e­brat­ing life. Ly­don’s quizzi­cal face on the cover of Re­view re­minded us he cer­tainly does that. Mar­garet Vin­cent Stan­more, NSW

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