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Letter: BBC backs animated talent

Sir: BBC Bristol's Animation Unit is today celebrating its second Oscar win in three years. Jayne Pilling's article ("Why cartoon Britain keeps on winning", 25 March) minimises the part played by the BBC in the "success story" of British animation while accusing us of neglecting new talent and failing "to maximise the adult audience".

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From Mr Geoffrey Brace

Naim Attallah

In our issue of 4 May 1995 we published an article under the headline "Attallah loses battle at Asprey".

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AS ONE OF your many lesbian readers, I was disgusted and hurt by the cartoon which appeared in your books section (Review, 14 August).

Curator's Choice: Momi

Since the museum tries to be entertaining, as well as educational, what I like most is seeing the reactions on visitors' faces. This is most in evidence with a display about animation. The history of animation is told in six different areas. In the corner of the room we actually have a real student animator in residence who works on a project for three months.

Letter: Saddened by cartoon

Sir: Andrew Marr's predictably wise and humane words ('Sex is your business; your lies are mine', 10 February) in which he properly claims Stephen Milligan's death 'tells us nothing at all about Conservative politics', highlights even more the offensiveness of Heath's cartoon on the facing page.

Letter: Fax, don't phone

Sir: I should like to offer the following suggestion as to how to induce telephonophobia (Letters, 28 August). We have a fax machine and on numerous occasions end up exchanging up to four faxes in the amount of time a phone call would take with friends, colleagues and each other. Even if this involves having to speak to someone in the course of sending a fax we say 'No, I won't tell you what I need to, I'm about to send a fax]' Faxes are less intrusive than the telephone, and for business purposes you have what you wanted to say in black and white for future reference. Your messages can include pictures and cartoons. One of the biggest advantages, as well as the fun aspect, is that in our experience the fax proves much cheaper than the phone. Certainly this method has worked for us - my husband loathes the phone and only uses it in extreme cases.

FILM / Animated success

It's not that Barry Purves was exactly ungrateful for the tiny trailer for Screen Play, his Oscar-nominated film, in the Times Arts Diary, but it could have been couched more tactfully. ''Our cooking may be poor and our weather terrible, but at least we can make a good cartoon,' it said. Cartoon],' Purves harumphs. 'That's the word you try to fight against. You say you're an animator and people ask, 'did you make Dangermouse?' Still, at least it was a mention.

Letter: Nowhere Man

THE caption to Riddell's cartoon irritated me hugely (leader page, 18 October). You have failed to understand that the song 'The fool on the hill' is about a visionary to whom no one will listen. I would have gone for 'Nowhere Man': 'He's as blind as he can be, just sees what he wants to see.'
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