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Do I dare to listen to the great country diarist? | Brief letters

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I really shouldn’t be revealing this to you, Brian Simpson (Letters, 25 October), but we have a valley just brimming over with pubs that store and serve beer and ale perfectly. The multi-award-winning Old Cock in Otley has to be top of anyone’s must-visit list. Real ales, real ciders, real people, real conversations, and now and again real music.
Angus MacIntosh
Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire

• The quote attributed to Rocky (Turkey investigates Galatasaray fans over ‘Gülenist’ Rocky poster, 25 October) does, in fact, belong to the French revolutionary Camille Desmoulins: “The great only appear great because we are on our knees; let us rise.” It can be seen in O’Connell Street, Dublin.
Seán O’Conghaile
London

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