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31st August 2004

I appreciated John Lloyd’s essay (August) on the media’s contempt for politics, not least because of his expression “beauty farts and wisdom lusts.” I can’t find it in Shakespeare, the Bible or Pepys. Is it original?

Ken Nielsen

Sydney, Australia

Slur on Prince Charles

29th August 2004

As someone who nominated Prince Charles as the “bonus ball” public intellectual in your poll, I am perturbed that the description of his views as “Buddhism, mysticism, and inner soul-searching” should be called a slur (Letters, September). If his views were described as, say, “a medley of…

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