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16:14 UK time, Monday, 9 August 2010

Oh, come on! This isn't nominative determinism! Someone is making this up ...
Dr Reece Walker, London

I'm devastated. Moomins are apparently fictional. All these years I thought I'd been watching a documentary.
John Airey, Peterborough, UK

Re 10 things, point 3: Am I missing something or who would want a tanned backside? It sounds a bit sado-machoistic or else I led a more sheltered life than I thought.
Tim McMahon, Pennar/Wales

I can't be the only one who is a fan of the 10 things picture. However, on 6 August it seems to have been misplaced. Maybe monitor should follow DS's suggestion of checking down the back of the sofa
Paula, Canterbury

Monitor note: Having checked behind the office sofa and drawn a blank, readers are asked to submit pictures of 10 things in the normal way

Why should we be worried about ownership of Liverpool FC going to a communist country? Liverpool have been Reds for years!
Mark van Aalben, Manchester, UK

Tommy (Friday letters), you forget that you can just steal it back. The secret is to buy the cheap stuff and steal your flatmate's more expensive fare.
David, London, UK

"Last year, Iceland became the first country with an openly gay head of state." (10 things, Friday) Really? Tiberius Caesar, Edward II of England, and Ludwig II of Bavaria might disagree, and that's well before we get into controversial (Richard I, Queen Anne) territory.
Jim Allen, Hitchin, England

Monitor note: The key word is "openly"

Re: Fi's question (unofficial WBQ, Friday letters). What did Reverend Spooner use to wend his vines?
Michael Hall, Croydon, UK

Stuart, (Friday letters), what makes you consider the discovery of a firearm to be "non-emergency"? It meets the criteria on the Hertforshire Police web site for dialling 999. I think a PCSO arriving after half an hour is a very poor response (albeit hats off to him for getting there by bus). By contrast, walking down the street this afternoon here in Santa Monica, we observed that a minor accident on a zebra crossing resulted in a paramedic wagon, fire engine and 6 police cars - and, worth noting, without bringing traffic to a grinding halt.
Mark, Santa Monica

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