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September 25, 1998

As an ageing academic, never has the horror of advancing years been more graphically brought home to me than by reading that, as a result of Alzheimer's disease, one of Iris Murdoch's favourite entertainments is now The Teletubbies ("Exposure in the ebb tide", THES, September 18).

Roger J. Clarke Professor of electronic engineering Heriot-Watt University.

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