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DEIRDRE Macken’s Fo­rum col­umn (Re­view, June 29-30) pro­vides an ac­cu­rate in­sight into free-to-air tele­vi­sion. Now I would like to air some of my own frus­tra­tions. I too watch a com­plete TV se­ries when it’s re­leased on DVD. The binge watch­ing habit is be­ing forced on to con­sumers in two main ways: the hot and cold pro­gram­ming in rat­ings and non­rat­ings pe­ri­ods and the TV shut­down dur­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­day pe­riod when view­ers are forced to watch re­peats and rub­bish for a full month. Why is it called free to air when the viewer is forced to watch mil­lions of ad­ver­tise­ments? It is the ad­ver­tis­ers that pay for the pro­gram­ming and, in­di­rectly, the viewer pur­chas­ing the prod­uct. Lance Brady Wil­ston, Queens­land I EN­JOYED John Mars­den’s re­view of Nan Chauncy’s clas­sic chil­dren’s book

They Found a Cave (‘‘Leave to flee bad par­ents’’, May 25-26), re­cently re­pub­lished by Text. Read­ers may be in­ter­ested to know Chauncy and her hus­band con­verted their iso­lated bush farm at Bag­dad, not far from Ho­bart, into an un­pre­ten­tious an­i­mal sanc­tu­ary, with free en­try to the pub­lic for pic­nics. I re­call the roam­ing pea­cocks, the emu, a por­cu­pine, and the wom­bats found along the walk be­side the creek bed. The Tas­ma­nian devils were penned up. Over­look­ing the area was a rock wall with a cleft, half-hid­den by bush, that may well have in­spired the Cave. ‘‘Chauncy Vale’’, as it was called, was vis­ited in­fre­quently but lov­ingly cared for: it is evoked in a me­mo­rial poem by Vi­vian Smith: For Nan

Chauncy 1900-1970. The cast of the film (1962), win­ner of the best chil­dren’s film at the Venice Film Fes­ti­val, in­cluded Peter Con­rad, a stu­dent at Ho­bart High. James McAu­ley, poet and pro­fes­sor of English at the Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia, used to in­vite Chauncy to gath­er­ings at his home to meet vis­it­ing writ­ers such as John Bet­je­man and Robert Graves. An English mi­grant who wrote mem­o­rable books, her story would make an in­ter­est­ing bi­og­ra­phy. Lau­rie Her­gen­han St Lu­cia, Queens­land MICHAELA Boland’s ar­ti­cle about the Wag­ne­r­ian singers who will re­turn to Aus­tralia to per­form in The Ring (‘‘The mas­ter singers’’, May 18-19) was thor­oughly en­joy­able. The price of seats is pro­hib­i­tive, how­ever, deny­ing clas­si­cal mu­sic lovers the op­por­tu­nity to wit­ness what prom­ises to be a truly won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. Has thought been given to the per­for­mances be­ing recorded by the ABC for sub­se­quent DVD sale? There would be a fi­nan­cial ben­e­fit as well as a so­cial one, be­ing inclusive of the wider mu­sic-loving com­mu­nity. The Metropoli­tan Opera does this for many of its per­for­mances, which are sub­se­quently shown around the world. David Craig Bud­erim, Queens­land To be con­sid­ered for pub­li­ca­tion, let­ters must con­tain an ad­dress and tele­phone num­ber for ver­i­fi­ca­tion. Let­ters may be edited for length and clar­ity.

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