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As for Jeremy Paxman, any publicity is good publicity

I visited Belfast yesterday for the first time, coincidentally on the day that your newspaper carried a banner headline regarding the comments made by Jeremy Paxman (December 3).

I think that you should know that I brought my entire staff with me from Aylesbury and they were keen to see the Titanic exhibition, because they had heard how good it is; and it did not disappoint.

However, there was much more to Belfast than the Titanic and we were so impressed by not only the city, but all of the people that we met that we plan to return to see more of it.

I, therefore, think that your supposed outrage and that of your deputy mayor are misplaced.

Certainly, the two intelligent gentlemen that I spoke with in The Crown could not see that there was any harm in Mr Paxman's comments; nor could they see the need for the outrage.

We all felt that, particularly as a former resident, his remarks were meant to be seen as made fondly and tongue-in-cheek.

I would have thought that, with the right attitude, it could have been seen as a fantastic piece of free publicity that might stimulate others to come and see for themselves the emerging city that we saw and be encouraged by it, as we were.

JEFF POWELL

Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire

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