I read the story about the sisters potentially faced with a massive inheritance tax bill. The report claimed the surviving sister, whichever that was, could be faced with a bill of "several hundred thousand pounds" but the picture in the report showed a row of terraced houses, although the report stated they lived on a farm estate. It did not make clear why the bill would be of such a size.
Robert Page, Peterborough
Philip Pullman is among those who have signed a letter complaining about how we treat children nowadays, including such horrors as 'dressing them like "mini adults"'. Can this be the same Philip Pullman whose celebrated trilogy of novels ends with a mystically significant (albeit offstage) sex scene involving a twelve-year-old?
Despite it being a balmy 17C in Moscow and the locals out in short-sleeves, it's nice to see Madonna isn't reconfirming cultural stereotypes in her choice of outfit:
John Coulthard, Bath, UK
Does the Trees of Britain (Paper Monitor, Tuesday) wallchart still include the elm?
Kate, Oxford, UK
So cycle helmets protect the head in an accident, and a long blond wig ensures motorists give the cyclist more room (Wearing helmets 'more dangerous'). The obvious conclusion is that there is a market for cycle helmets with an attached long blond wig.
Gavin Dibb, East Stour, England
Re: Kenyan joy as world fails to end. Had the world in fact ended, they wouldn't have been around to be disappointed. A win-win situation if ever there was one.
Elle, Englefield Green, Surrey
I disagree with Jacob of London about BBC news's use of inverted commas (Monitor Letters, Monday). "'Funeral' held for Steve Irwin" would imply that he didn't have a funeral as such; "'Funeral held' for Steve Irwin" can only mean "It has been reported that Steve Irwin's funeral has been held", which was the story the BBC published.
Chris, London, UK
This probably doesn't apply in Steve Irwin's case, but usually the BBC likes to use inverted commas so they can draw you in with sensational headlines that appear to be factual, but then say they were only quoting someone elses claim.
I 'think' an inverted commas watch should definitely be started. Although we only have initial reports that I think this and we can't confirm it at the present time.
It's all good and well knowing How to say Montenegro , but I really think the inaugural Pronunciation of the Week should have been 'orthoepist'. Sorry for the inverted commas.
Evan, London, UK
Dear Monitor - you'll always be my first love, but I don't suppose Sarah from London left a phone number did she?
AND SOME MORE THOUGHTS ON THE NEW LOOK MONITOR AND MAGAZINE:
Awww, come on now MM. Having "blog" in your title has got you blocked at my school. Now what am I going to read! Nice look though. Just please change the address!
For some reason, and I couldn't say why, the new format is much harder to read/process for a reader with dyslexia. Dont like it at all.
Re: Your blue bits. I used to have a Biba eyeshadow this shade, it was called airforce blue. So you could call it bibaretro(blue). Was the font chosen by a commitee or is someone prepared to stand up and be pilloried?
Vicky, East London
I think the new look is hideous - just-another-blog-spot-type blog Hideous. What happened to professional journalism and page layout, etc?
The Monitor looks much better when I have the my favourites bar down the left hand side. It makes the main section in the middle and the right hand column on the right hand side. Makes a much more enjoyable viewing experience!
I've just come back from a week in Sardina. As if coming back to work wasn't traumatic enough...what have you done to yourself?!!! Oh MM I'll never leave you again if this is what happens you poor mite.
Alice , Hitchin
Sorry, the new look does not do it for me !
Chris, Newbury, UK
I notice that along with a new look, you have also been moved into the 'blogs' category. Isn't this a little unfair, after all unlike most blogs the Monitor is actually worth reading.
Nope, sorry. Given it 2 days now and can't stand the new look. It's awful in Firefox, and a fiddly amount of clicking is required to get back to the news home page. I'm scrolling about like a lunatic trying to find things so much I've got RSI. I'm handing back my membership as of today.
Ian Bonham, Gibraltar
New look? The layout might be an improvement once we get used to it. But the look and design? Far too bog standard blog, and one days worth of content covers almost nine pages. Don't like it at all :-(
Re:new look Monitor : OK now I'm used to it it's OK - but you had me worried for a bit - I couldn't find the letters! My favourite bit! (even though you never publish my letters)
I still don't like it :(
Dear dear MM, you know how the saying goes - pride comes before a fall! I trust that now the software is working us reader won't be catching you looking in any more shop windows! :)
Emma Dallas, Hull, UK
Forgot to mention - like the new look, but why do web page designers persist in a portrait page when everyone has landscape screens? I'm using IE, on a 21" screen and have a 6" wide blank portion to the right of the MM page
Christine Bowles, Milton Keynes, England
Do you mean the colour at the top, or the colour at the side - the top colour looks petrol coloured and the side colour looks porridge coloured. Of course the debate over colour could run and run - different monitors have different colour resolutions.
Christine Bowles, Milton Keynes
R.I.P. old MM. Teal death do us part.
Lee Pike, Cardiff, UK
This will all take some getting used to, but it's the quality of the features that are important, not the overall look. At least, that's what I tell myself everytime I look in the mirror.
Could the new Monitor not have looked more like Microsoft Outlook or a similar populist office product to disguise its presence during office hours.
Monitor, you are looking yummy these days. Are you single?
Helen, Stevenage, UK
All my favourite things are Teal... my fabulous 'I can't stop wearing it' new Top, my racy, adorable, sexy car and now MM - aahhh...my life is complete ...
Well it may be a whizzy new monitor with loads of bells and whistles, but you still don't print my letters.
I don't like the new moniter - it makes my eyes hurt.
Hmmm a new look MM. I must be of a certain age now. I can't figure out the change, can't see the need for the change and didn't particularly want the change. I feel socially excluded now. Does anyone want to take my kids away?
Argh! What have you done to MM. It is like going to your desk and finding that someone has tidied it up. Visually neater but lacking in atmosphere. Everything is in its proper place but nothing is where you want it!
Jan Podsiadly, Croydon
For MM readers not sure what to do with the free 50% of screen space below the "BBC Blog Network" section, why not stick your cut-out pastries from a few weeks back? These could be exchanged for an advent calendar display at Christmas if MM was agreeable to making downloadable doors that we could stick over a series of festive images.
Neil Moir, Aberdeen
The new layout is okay, but can you get rid of the not-quite-double-spacing? I've never understood why blogs insist on using it.
Ben Paddon, Luton, England
I like the new look, but can anyone tell me where the toilets are?