Re: Man ordered to lose 24 stone or die. It's mildly concerning to see a link to a story about the same boy three years ago, who had gone from 33 to 25 stone through NHS-sponsored attendance at a "fat farm". Although he sounds very sincere and enthusiastic in both articles, one cannot help but be a bit disheartened by the fact that in the intervening three years he managed to gain a whopping 16 stone. Is his use of the celebrity personal trainer also state-sponsored, do we know?
Re: David Tennant named 'best Dr Who'. As the accompanying survey names Tom Baker as the best Doctor Who with 43% of 7000 votes, doesn't this rather make David Tennant's victory, earned with 28% of 4000 votes, a little redundant?
Rob, Sheffield, UK
How to say - etc. After due consideration, I now know why the French take the mickey out of the English accent - we believe everything can be pronounced in RP, as this column attempts to suggest. There are, however, a number of phonetic alphabets which considerably extend the diphthong limitations of the basic alphabet, and it's crazy not to use such techniques. The existing system can't even cope with one of our own statutory languages, Welsh. I just can't see how you can possibly write the name of Llanddewi Brevi or Pwllheli
Thank you, Magazine, for wasting five minutes of my precious time, spent googling Pete Burns. I had never heard of him and still wish I hadn't.
"Mr Marr proposes that he should be buried alongside a copy of Jarvis Cocker's latest CD." There's two birds with one stone.
Charles Windsor, Sandringham, Norfolk
NB: No, Tuesday is not the new Thursday. It was a one-off. Honest.