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Letter: Grounded

Sir: Your report on the use of Hatfield aerodrome for filming war epics (11 December) starts: "Hatfield, famous for - not very much really. Not until it became the setting for Saving Private Ryan ... ." How about the wartime de Havilland Mosquito? Or the Comet, the world's first commercial jet airliner? I suggest that these real outputs from Hatfield aerodrome are of rather more significance than the site's sad decline to its current use as a film set.

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New York disease turns out to be West Nile virus

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Film: Oh what a lonely war!

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Britain faces plagues as climate warms

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A good idea from ... Ruskin

DISLIKING nature, rather like disliking children, is something of which we are taught to be ashamed. Any respectable member of the species would be moved by the sight of rolling meadows, sunsets, mountains, forests and streams. For years I had no sympathy with nature, and hid my reluctance to spend any time with it, complaining about the mosquitoes and the wasps and the difficulty of finding good films to see in the countryside. I was even indifferent to nature when it cropped up in literature. When a novelist explained what the clouds looked like or started a chapter by summing up the colour of the leaves on the trees, I'd skip the description or fall asleep.
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