Was Mr Edmund King (the AA's very hard working president) having a day off when "What makes a good road sign?" was written? I don't think I have ever come across any sort of media article about motoring or motoring related things without him popping up at least once. Just me?
Regarding the whole Blaine stunt. It has always annoyed me that they allow breaks every hour even for official world record attempts. A world record is surely a measure of endurance. If I go for the record of, I don't know, "calling an egg Neville" then I have to sit there and say Neville, Neville, Neville, Neville, Neville, Neville, at the egg until I cannot go on. The point at which I break off for a latte and to check my text messages is not a break in the proceedings, but record attempt over. Oh, and If anyone tries to top my calling an egg Neville' attempt then I have a "calling a pork chop Bernard" fall-back plan to get me back in the records.
Christian Cook, Espom, UK
In "Blaine back on feet after stunt", we're told that some of the watching fans felt they had been "duped into believing Blaine would remain inverted for the entire 60 hours". No doubt, they were also duped into believing this, like his previous stunts, would be interesting to watch.
DS, Croydon, England
If David Blaine wants to increase his popularity I suggest he rethinks his "peeing" policy. I for one would watch THAT!
Colin Main, Berkhamsted, UK
I really can't understand why the government feels it necessary to advertise tax. It's not like we have a choice about whether to buy their product is it.
Adam, London, UK
Well that's an interesting definition of profanity. I just tried to enter the Caption Competition with the quote: "OK, drop it here. That'll show the City the true meaning of a crunch." It got rejected with a "profanityblocked" error in the URL. I'll admit "credit crunch" is getting overused and blamed for everything, but not sure it's yet entered the realms of profanity. Or is it the City that's profane?
Steve of Liverpool (Wednesday's letters), to answer your question, the harm is to all of us. While a single forged £1 is not going to make a noticeable difference to the economy, a high percentage of forged £1's will do, namely by increasing inflation (the more money that is in an economy, the less the money is worth). Money's value is directly linked to its availability. As you rightly say, money is a physical token that represents a promise (a promise stated on every note), but if that promise is not backed-up, it has no value.
AS, Manchester, England
As Steve from Liverpool (Wednesday's letters) doesn't see the harm in fake £1 coins, Alex Cross from Shifnal (Wednesday's letters) should swap his newly acquired fake with Steve. Perhaps "CoinAid" could provide the solution to "Coingate"?
TS, Bromley, England