Letters in brief

Share
Tim Hilton rightly fails to be duped by Robert Mapplethorpe's photographs (Review, 29 September). But where is his nonsense detector over Antony Gormley's daft installation of 35,000 figurines? A big idea, making "one think of how many people there might be in the world", or merely familiarising us with the familiar?

David Rodway, London SW1

I WONDER if Bishop Roderick Wright's opinion on birth control is on record?

Edgar Mehl, London NW8

LOUIS De La Foret's plaint (Letters, 29 September) that popular usage still defines celibacy as meaning "no sex", applies with even greater force to the popular definition of atheist. Dictionaries define similar usage of the "a-" prefix as meaning neutral: amoral means neither moral nor immoral; apolitical means "indifferent to political affairs". An atheist is, correctly, one who takes no sides in the "God, anti-God" confrontation.

Len Clarke

Uxbridge, Middlesex

I AM not surprised by the lack of esteem for British Gas ("How British Gas became a national joke", 29 September). I use the "quantum" pre- payment system, the modern equivalent of the coin-operated meter. A recent inquiry in one of the few British Gas showrooms still open revealed that their own showrooms no longer recharge pre-payment cards! If they will not provide such a basic service to those who pay over the odds, why should they be trusted to supply gas?

Name and address supplied

THE inappropriately titled "Bloodbath in Israel" (29 September) ignored the significance of Israeli settlement activity in creating the desperation that led to protests and, ultimately, the bloodbath in Palestine. Since the Oslo accords, over 70,000 acres of Palestinian land in the occupied territories have been confiscated by Israeli authorities. Moreover, Benjamin Netanyahu is likely to expand these settlements. Is it a surprise that Palestinians are fearful and angry?

Rob Kent, Birmingham

React Now

  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Client Services Assistant

£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Client Services Assistant is ...

Recruitment Genius: Junior / Senior Sales Broker - OTE £100,000

£20000 - £100000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an excellent opportuni...

Recruitment Genius: Duty Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Duty Manager is required to join one of the ...

Recruitment Genius: Team Leader

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Team Leader is required to join one of the l...

Day In a Page

Read Next
9.4 million people watched the first of the three-way debates at the last election. The audience for the one on Thursday is likely to be far lower.  

David Cameron needs to learn some new tricks – and fast

Steve Richards
The 2010-formed Coalition was led by a partly reformed Conservative Party, checked and balanced by Nick Clegg  

How did the Coalition ever manage to work together so harmoniously?

Isabel Hardman
No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor