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Letter: Tatchell replies

Sir: While I am reluctant to diminish my reputation as a sexual revolutionary hell-bent on subverting straight-laced Puritanism, some of David Aaronovitch's assertions must be challenged before they become accepted facts ("This archaic nation of angry bishops and petulant peers", 19 November).

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Taste police feel the collars of super-rich home owners

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Visual Arts: A Tale of two Cities

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Property bubble bursts

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Letter: Adrian who?

Sir: Your spiel about the Allen Ginsberg do (20 May) calls me a "scouser". Nah. Liverpool's well wicked, specially the Beatles and the Anfield mob, but I was born within pissing range of Hampstead Heath. You're thinking of my old mucker Adrian Henri. Sorted?

Arts: Unhappy families

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