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The model for the Robert Mapplethorpe photograph banned by the Hayward Gallery condemned "stupid censors" yesterday and said people should be allowed to see the work.

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There you are. Let's talk about science which, as you know, I have a mission to popularise, to strip away preconceptions about dullness and jacket breast pockets full of different-coloured pens. All last week, my science correspondent, Prof A Wright Britequark, was in Birmingham, for the Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, from where he sent this exclusive assessment of the session's most fascinating facts: 1) The unit of evaluation of the quality of building ventilation is the olf. One olf is defined as the amount of aroma, subjectively measured by a panel, given off by a single person at rest. 2) Nearly all the camels in parts of Africa are infested with the camel nasal botfly. Its Latin name is cephalopina titillator. 3) Einstein (see below) once said: "The most inexplicable thing about the universe is that it is explicable." Professor Thomas McLeish of Leeds University said: "I'm always impressed by that quote." 5) Sabanthine mosquitoes bite you exclu- sively on the nose. 6) Sandflies drink blood at a rate equivalent to a human drinking 100 pints in 10 minutes. 7) Fans of heavy metal rock music are significantly more likely than fans of other sorts of music to have a positive attitude towards premarital sex, drug and alcohol abuse, and Satanism. 8) Australia is moving north at a rate of 10 centimetres a year. 9) Tests by Nasa have found that chrysanthemums are the most effective plant for clearing the smell of formaldehyde from the air. Thank you, Prof!

When losing your bottle unravels the knot

I recently received a letter from an unemployed philosopher called Ralph Tellerbein which touched me deeply. Here it is.

Hayward censors Mapplethorpe nude of girl, five

An exhibition of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe, the American photographer who died of Aids, has been changed after officials at the Hayward Gallery on the South Bank in London decided to clear the catalogue with the police.

Letter: Sorry, Esther

Sir: Sentiment is compatible (and desirable) with factual TV programmes ("Rantzen 'a threat to BBC integrity' ", 26 August). Sentimentality is not, which is the reason why I watch Panorama but switch off Esther Rantzen.

Return of the angel

We all love children. But on the subject of their welfare the world has gone almost completely mad

on Birt's Beeb turning tabloid

Battles royal within the BBC threatened to overshadow John Birt's first ever MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival at the weekend. Rather than debate the director-general's aggressive call for a higher television licence fee, delegates to the often debauched three-day talk-fest were far more interested in the in-fighting between BBC journalists, particularly the public criticism of the seasoned reporter Kate Adie dished out by BBC Scotland's Colin Cameron. He thought her coverage of the Dunblane tragedy was too forensic, too unemotional, and said so.

Family turns on Rantzen row reporter

The award-winning BBC reporter who attacked Esther Rantzen's new programme for sloppy journalism over its portrayal of a home for the incurably ill was himself accused yesterday of "sensationalism" by the family of another patient.

A wee word about the Scots

Scotland really is a different country. They have a different agenda up here. The lead stories in the Scottish papers, for example, are not generally the same as down south. For a week or two there has been a series of revelations about sexual goings-on at Celtic Football Club (youth managers in the past being accused of molesting younger players) which I don't think have hit the headlines in England. Imagine if it were revealed that young players at Manchester United had in the past been sexually harassed by the staff. Imagine what a hoo-ha would arise. Manchester United would be so embarrassed they would probably change their playing strip again. But it being Celtic, the matter comes under the heading of foreign news.

Rantzen 'a threat to BBC integrity'

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The anoraks fight back

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