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Letter: A modified choice

Sir: The only wholly accurate statement about GM foods was made by Francis Bacon about 400 years ago: "Those counsels to which Time hath not been called, Time will not ratify." Such was the case with asbestos, DDT, Thalidomide, umpteen poisonous agricultural chemicals, animal offal in cattle feed, BSE and so on. The public obviously share Bacon's common- sense view.

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AN AFTERNOON IN ... ABERDEEN ART GALLERY

Aberdeen Art Gallery (left), unlikely as it may seem to the London- centric South, has one of the best collections of 20th-century British art in the country. This is due to the happy combination of well-structured bequests and brilliant curators who have consistently bought the best work new, when prices were still within their reach. They bought Augustus John in the 1920s, Wood and Wadsworth in the 1930s, Ravilious and Sutherland in the 1940s, and a Francis Bacon as early as 1956. It's a terrific collection, of which the city should be extremely proud, but the powers that be have recently cut the gallery's purchase grant by 97 per cent, effectively crippling any further development. So much for living in enlightened times.

Talk Choice: Atom Egoyan and John Maybury

Atom Egoyan and John Maybury, ICA, London SW1 (0171-930 3647) 7.30pm

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