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Letter: No offence taken

Sir: I am not easily stunned, but your front page report (29 January) giving news of the Government's decision to cancel a proposed campaign on safe sex and the use of condoms in the fight against Aids has brought me pretty close to it.

In Bed with Susan de Muth: A pussy should always look fabulous with a hangover: Josephine White

BEING a pussy is a full-time occupation. It's not just a matter of performing in night-clubs two or three times a week - it's a lifestyle. The bedroom and bed are central. I spend as much time as I can there when I'm not out clubbing or partying. I have a huge Twenties bed with a green satin back and it's covered in heart-shaped cushions. I entertain all my friends there. Business deals are struck over my satin sheets.

WEST END / Not only, smut also: Paul Taylor on Lust, Bob Carlton's full bed-and-bawd musical of Wycherley's The Country Wife

LUST: has there been a title so succinctly uncryptic since Mae West called her first stage play Sex? But then again, if you make a point of naming your leading character Horner - as Wycherley did in The Country Wife (the Restoration comedy on which this new Heather Brothers' musical is based) - you aren't exactly raising too many hopes of an evening of quiet prayer and petits pois. Strictly speaking, the show at the Haymarket is called Lust - circa 1661, but this prudish addition has been demanded, apparently, by the theatre's board of governors. Is this supposed to be some sort of then-and-now safe sex warning? At all events, both titles are misleading: the piece would be better dubbed Smut - circa 1972.

Letter: Library fines for 145 years add up to . . .

Sir: In your front-page footnote article today, the panel of 3,000 librarians, asked what was the most overdue book to be returned, could only speak from their own experience ('Welsh readers favour safe sex between the covers', 18 May).

Welsh readers favour safe sex between the covers

IN MANY PLACES they use condoms, but only in Hengoed, Mid-Glamorgan, do they put them in library books afterwards. That is the most striking conclusion of a survey of unusual bookmarks conducted among 3,000 librarians in advance of the Library Resources Exhibition in Birmingham next month.

MUSIC / Eros enjoys a roller-coaster

UNDERWHELMED as usual by Valentines, I took my passion vicariously this year. Welsh National Opera's new Tristan und Isolde opened in Cardiff last weekend and proved a more than adequate substitute for the real thing: 4 1/4 hours of rational delirium measured out with magisterial authority by Sir Charles Mackerras and in almost every sense a triumph of restraint. When Wagner said 'only mediocre performances (of Tristan) can save me] Completely good ones are bound to drive people mad', he was presumably not sanctioning small talents but issuing an oblique, Wagnerian health warning against delivering too much too soon. The power of Tristan as an erotic epic - surely the most potent on the lyric stage - is that its coitus is persistently interruptus. Each act follows the same pattern of expansive stasis climaxing suddenly at the end when the stage fills and something happens; but Acts I and II climax on cliffhangers. Only Act III offers the resolution of the two lovers finding fulfilment. Even then, it comes in the unconventional terms of surrender to death.

Breathe deep and thump your partner: Take t'ai chi and shiatsu, mix aerobics and dance, and inhale. Therein lies the Qi to relaxation, says Imogen Edwards-Jones

IT STARTED with ritualistic slapping. In a hot, dark, former church in Hammersmith, west London, the participants split up into pairs. One partner would bend over, allowing the other to run hands gently over the back, thighs and forearms, treating them to soft thwacks. 'Make sure you hum out aloud and brush the Qi (life force) down the arms and out of the body,' said Lydia, the diminutive instructor.

Education: Sean fancies Tania: Lynne Wallis joins the audience at a boys' school for a theatre company's lessons in safe sex

SEVENTY schoolboys await their first proper lesson in HIV infection and safe sex. Some wait eagerly. Most look bored. For the afternoon, the boys at Isleworth and Syon Boys School, Middlesex, are going to be watching the progress of the Boring, Boring and Bollocks Advertising Agency, whose task is to create a campaign to educate the public about safe sex.

Video ecstasy is a turn-off: Dream dates may be the ultimate in safe sex, but they leave Tammy Cohen cold

'Experience sexual ecstasy,' promises the message on the screen. Have 'the sexual experience of your life'.

He's doing the time warp and life's a gas: Mike Fab-Gere's no ageing rock star, just a late starter. But that's because he had to make a million first

LAST FRIDAY in his house in Hampstead (he is Boy George's next-door neighbour), Mike Southon gave an insight into how the successful businessman of the Eighties spends his time in the Nineties. In 1989 Mike sold his computer business for sufficient money to mean he need never work again, and here he was preparing for a night out by filling a bag with a pair of floral loon pants, a fake sheepskin Afghan coat and several garishly patterned shirts with albatross-wing collars.

Column Eight: Summers celebrates safe sex

Ann Summers, the well-established emporium that assists consumers in developing their wilder erotic fantasies, is celebrating 11 years of its 'party plan'.

HEALTH / Common Procedures: Emergency contraception (CORRECTED)

CORRECTION (PUBLISHED 17 JANUARY 1993) APPENDED TO THIS ARTICLE

TELEVISION / Jason and the argonauts: James Rampton on David Jason, safe sex, expensive toys and Neil Kinnock's inexorable rise to showbiz stardom

A film of David Jason reading out the telephone directory would be guaranteed good viewing figures. So it was only a matter of time before somebody came up with the idea of putting him in a detective drama. Yorkshire Television are so confident that A Touch of Frost (Sunday, ITV) will send the BARB statistics off the radar that they have already commissioned a second series.

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