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16:51 UK time, Thursday, 7 September 2006

• A wonderful example of an all-noun headline: Sheep poo paper scoops top award.
Jennifer, Berlin, Germany

• Surely the discussion over "gins and tonic" or "gin and tonics" (Wednesday letters) is the reason why abbreviations were invented - if you order "two G&Ts" there will be no misunderstanding. Unless someone wishes to argue the case for "two Gs&T".
Iain, Cheltenham

• You don't say "I'll have a gin and a tonic". It's one drink called a "ginandtonic". And if you're asking, mine's a Pimm's. No, make it 2 Pimmses...
Anna, Northumberland

• The G&T debate reminded me of an example of the north/south divide which I experienced when I first lived in Leeds. Up north, "two fish and chips, please" will get you just one portion of chips, but round here they assume you want both two portions of fish and of chips.
Saffron Garey, Farnborough

• The front page of the BBC website's entertainment section talks about the "meteoric rise" of the Arctic Monkeys. Surely meteors fall, not rise? At least according to all the disaster movies I've seen. Would "helium balloon-like rise" not be a better phrase? And what has height got to do with it anyway?
Neil Moir, Aberdeen

• Curiosity piqued by your article on goji berries, I tried them myself. They look like lemon pips dipped in red dye; they taste like lemon pips dipped in red dye. Anyone fancy a handful? There's a whole bag (minus two berries) up for grabs.
Isabella, Sheffield

• Re: Thursday's daily mini-quiz. If 30,000 climbers tackle Mont Blanc each year, then that's around 80 a day on average. So if your answer of 800 rescue calls a day is correct, each on calls the rescue services 10 times on average. If your numbers are correct I'm surprised they haven't installed phone boxes on the ascent, as someone could make a tidy profit from these calls.
Alex, Norf Lahndahn, UK
Monitor note: Thems the figures the French gave

• Simon Varwell (Tuesday letters), London IS the only metropolis (in England, anyway), the definition being "chief city, capital".
Mark Esdale, Bridge, Canterbury

• Robin's Venetian blind van gag is good (Wednesday letters), but here there's someone who'll pump out your septic tank who claims he is "number one in the number two business".
Kip, Norwich UK

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