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The ap­peal of the Ger­man cap­i­tal; the Red Rose county blooms; cross dress­ing fun in Sydney and Wilde about Read­ing

But there is more. The banks of the Rib­ble near Ro­man Ribch­ester are beau­ti­ful and af­ford nu­mer­ous de­light­ful pic­nic spots. Travel a lit­tle fur­ther afield to visit 14th-cen­tury Sam­les­bury Hall, one of the best half-tim­bered halls in Eng­land. Our hid­den coun­try­side has some of the most var­ied and de­light­ful scenery in this coun­try. Ban­ish the im­age of in­dus­trial towns. EILEEN WALSH

What a drag

We’re go­ing to a drag show! Shock hor­ror – the last thing I wanted to do. On a visit to Sydney to see my daugh­ter, and four of her girl­friends from univer­sity, I was in­tro­duced to the high­lights of this won­der­ful city – but a drag show?

What a fab­u­lous night. Like your cor­re­spon­dent in Bro­ken Hill (“On track for a night to re­mem­ber”, Oc­to­ber 1), I was com­pletely mes­merised and en­joyed it so much. The cos­tumes were fab­u­lous, the mu­sic and songs pretty near the bone, but I laughed and the girls laughed at me, a 60year-old lost in the event. If you get a chance to go – go! ANNE TEBBUTT

Prison art

Paris may have a new ex­hi­bi­tion about Os­car Wilde (“Take a walk on the Wilde side in Paris”, Oc­to­ber 1), but you don’t have to go as far as France.

Snap un­happy in­Costa Rica

But­ter­flies the size of your hand, birds of par­adise flitting through cloud forests, your ar­ti­cle on Costa Rica (“The small na­tion with a big heart”, Oc­to­ber 1) brought back mem­o­ries of this amaz­ing coun­try... and of the ho­tel where we stayed.

As we sipped mar­gar­i­tas on the sun ter­race I spied a tou­can in a nearby tree. Read­ing Prison cur­rently has a fan­tas­tic show fea­tur­ing the great writer, though you will have to be quick as it ends on Oc­to­ber 30. In­side: Artists and Writ­ers in Read­ing Prison fea­tures Wilde promi­nently as he is the prison’s most fa­mous in­mate, hav­ing writ­ten both “The bal­lad of Read­ing Gaol” and “De Thrilled I pointed it out to other guests. No one even blinked. They were far too busy gaz­ing into each other’s eyes. This ho­tel – the Lost Iguana Re­sort and Spa – we soon dis­cov­ered, was one for honey­moon­ers.

Our bed­room over­looked the rain­for­est and was equipped with lovely rus­tic fur­ni­ture. My hus­band rested his cam­era on a gnarled wooden shelf. From the op­po­site corner I Pro­fundis” based on his ex­pe­ri­ences there.

In the large prison chapel, a sculp­ture by the artist Jean-Michel Pancin places the orig­i­nal door to Wilde’s cell on a plinth which matches the di­men­sions of the room he was kept in. Mar­lene Du­mas has painted Wilde, Bosie and oth­ers who fell watched trans­fixed, as with gath­er­ing mo­men­tum, the cam­era slid along the shelf and crashed into pieces on the par­quet floor.

We de­parted early next morn­ing, driv­ing down the ho­tel’s long drive. As we rounded a corner a great curas­sow strolled ca­su­ally across our path. Breath­less with ex­cite­ment, I reached for the cam­era but… I could only sit and stare. WENDY OS­BORN WINS A £250 RAILBOOKERS VOUCHER from grace, and there are the mea­gre books he was al­lowed. The build­ing it­self is an ar­chi­tec­tural gem de­signed by Ge­orge Gil­bert Scott. How­ever, you sense it would not have been de­light­ful to be in­car­cer­ated in its tiny cells or cramped wings which were in use un­til 2013. CHRIS ALLEN

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