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Don't be fooled: the New Gay may not even exist yet

HI. Lovely to see you. Fine. You? What have I been doing? I've been leafing through The Gay Kama Sutra and laughing like a drain. Who wouldn't? It's not just the positions, although I wouldn't advise trying them at home and certainly not on Hampstead Heath. Or the photos of implacably groomed hunks jogging along the beach at dawn gazing adoringly into one another's capped teeth. Or the fact that the index is probably the first to list Frottage, Hepatitis B and the Gnostic Texts. It's...

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Fame first knocked on Bernard Kops's door 40 years ago but she's been been a long time coming back. Now, with a new play in London and a Hollywood script under way, it seems that at 70 he has survival down to a fine art.

I have been loyal to absolutely everyone in my time

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold

Television: No policies, just sheer bloody politics

Telly star of the week was Larry Hand, mayor of the Sydney suburb of Leichardt and political survivor extraordinaire. Larry was standing for re-election for a fourth mayoral term, and Rats in the Ranks (C4, Tues) was the story of his campaign to woo the six councillors whose votes were necessary to secure his job. It was the most entertaining factual TV I've seen this year.

Letter: Saving lives on the gay scene

Sir: John Lyttle writes: "Rubberstuffers still haunt Hampstead Heath handing out condoms" (article, 30 May); in fact Rubberstuffers have never given out a single condom on the Heath. What Rubberstuffers provides is appropriate condoms in places where gay men are most likely to access them, namely gay venues.

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The way some sections of the gay press carry on, you'd think a fundamental civil liberty was under threat

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