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RE­VIEW’S cover story about the dam­age to Syria’s an­tiq­ui­ties in the present con­flict (‘‘Up in smoke’’, June 29-30) re­minded me how lucky we were to travel there in 2010. When re­ports started com­ing through re­gard­ing the dam­age to and even de­struc­tion of var­i­ous sites, we re­vis­ited our pho­tos. Among them were the Aleppo souk, where hi­jabs, Western­style wed­ding dresses and un­der­wear that would make your maiden aunt blush were all be­ing sold in the same shop; the Aleppo citadel with its tow­er­ing doors; the mighty Crusader fortress of Krak des Che­va­liers; and Palmyra. Most of all, though, we thought of the beau­ti­ful peo­ple we met in Syria. The chil­dren who were so happy show­ing off their BMX rid­ing skills, the shop­keep­ers, innkeep­ers and tourist guides. Syria, we weep for you. Paola Kep­per Mund­ing­burra, Queens­land

IT was lovely to see Frances Hodgkins’s paint­ing At the Win­dow (1912) fea­tured with Christopher Allen’s re­view of the National Gallery of Vic­to­ria’s ex­hi­bi­tion Aus­tralian Im­pres­sion­ists in France (‘‘First im­pres­sions’’, July 6-7). Last I heard, how­ever, Hodgkins was a New Zealan­der. She was born in Dunedin in 1869 and spent much of her work­ing life in Europe. Per­haps the NGV’s ex­hi­bi­tion should be reti­tled Aus­tralasian Im­pres­sion­ists in France? Helen Lamb Tener­iffe, Queens­land

I THINK Ian Cuth­bert­son was rather hard on the lo­cal Croc Col­lege pro­duc­tion screened on ABC1 (Quick Bites, June 1-2) and which I en­joyed very much. Hav­ing lived near it, I have vis­ited the croc farm fea­tured in the pro­gram many times, usu­ally tak­ing vis­i­tors from Europe to see the croc­o­diles and to lis­ten to John Lever’s very in­ter­est­ing talk about the an­i­mals and the way they live and think. All my vis­i­tors have been most im­pressed, both by the croc­o­diles and Lever’s in­for­ma­tive talk. Your re­viewer does not seem to re­alise that up here in Yep­poon, Queens­land, we live where the crocs have lived for thou­sands of years and it is im­por­tant to know how to be­have when we are near creeks and rivers. Vis­i­tors from other parts of Aus­tralia should also know what to do and where to go — or where not to go — when they are near rivers, or hire a small boat, or de­cide to go swim­ming. Ur­sula Shep­herd Yep­poon, Queens­land

RE­VIEW­ING the work of Nor­we­gian author Karl Ove Knaus­gaard (‘‘In­ner strug­gle’’, June 22-23), Te­gan Ben­nett Day­light puts Nor­way’s pop­u­la­tion at 10 mil­lion. It’s ac­tu­ally more like five mil­lion, mak­ing the fig­ure of 450,000 copies sold of his A Death in the Fam­ily even more in­cred­i­ble. Gill Ire­land Ex­eter, Tas­ma­nia

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