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The Beatles | Banksy | Marina Hyde | Maskless politicians | Garden wordsearch
Thank you, Jonathan Freedland, for encapsulating my feelings about the Beatles (The Beatles were like aliens from the future in 1969 - and they are still as radical today, 26 November). Tears as I was reading, taking me back to truanting from school for a lunchtime concert at The Cavern on 26 October 1962. Love at first sight and, for me, it was not the music, it was the charisma and wit. They were very cheeky. John even said the word “bum” – it seemed so naughty! In my head, I am still 15 and still there.
• Your TV review (2 December) perpetuates the myth that the identity of the artist Banksy is unknown. I interviewed Banksy for BBC Radio in July 2003, previewing the opening of his show Turf War in London. The full unedited interview is now with the BBC archives. At the start of the recording, Banksy confirms his name as “Robbie Banks”. End of mystery.
• Diane Woodley, who wrote about your Wordsearch (Letters, 1 December), is right to observe that not many people can fit a stable into their garden. But many would find room for a table.
• Thank you, Marina Hyde, for such a brilliant laugh (Let’s not pretend the anti-mask babies would have lasted a minute in the blitz, 30 November); “poppy shaggers” alone was worth my year’s subscription!
Sharow, North Yorkshire
• Every time I see a maskless politician, I recall that “Omicron” is an anagram of “moronic”.
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