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Neal Ascherson quotes an old friend of his in Warsaw saying "Poland is in one of those periods when it is under God's protection" (14 December). Poland must be the classic example of the operation of the Inverse Law of Religious Belief. The more compelling the historical evidence that God is not protecting anybody the more widespread and intensely held is the conviction that He is doing just that.

I Morgan, Lincoln

WHILE I share Michael White's enthusiasm for the Royal Opera's production of Benjamin Britten's Paul Bunyan, it is not true to say it has never had a professional London staging before ("This is more like it Royal Opera", December 14). English Music Theatre, the successor to Britten's English Opera Group, presented five performances at Sadler's Wells Theatre in September 1976, having given the British stage premiere at the Aldeburgh Festival that June. The production subsequently toured England and Wales where it was warmly received.

Jodi Myers

Royal Festival Hall, London SE1

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