Our piece on the endangered Indonesian rainforest last week said that Asia Pacific Resources International had been persuaded to end all deforestation. It has not committed to this – but Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has (“The Sumatran rainforest will mostly disappear in 20 years“, World, last week, page 20).
Our editorial “Don’t pick on GPs, Mr Hunt. Develop a vision” (Comment, last week, page 32) was wrong to say Aneurin Bevan won over family doctors to the NHS by “stuffing their mouths with gold”. He brokered a deal with consultants, not GPs, which allowed them to maintain private practices while being paid handsomely for NHS work.
Contemporary artist Stuart Semple, who began by auctioning examples of his work on eBay with bidding starting at £1, now often sells pieces for thousands of pounds, not hundreds of pounds, as we maintained in “The 10 best art auctions” (New Review, last week, page 6).
It was William Morris (1834-1896), not John Ruskin (1819-1900), who said that no one should give house space to anything that was not “useful, or that you believe to be beautiful” (Up Front, Magazine, last week, page 6).
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