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       At an AIDS fund-raiser not long ago, Elizabeth Taylor told everyone present that they should practice safe sex ever after, "including you married couples." Maybe her five marriages have left Ms. Taylor vague about what used to be called the facts of life, since her advice, if acted on, would mean the imminent end of the human race. In the same way, it's fine for Donna to say to Deepak, "Save the last trance for me." But let's save the funds for serious medical research.

Geoffrey Wheatcroft is the author of The Randlords, and is a contributor to British publications too numerous to mention.

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