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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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