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16:12 UK time, Friday, 8 December 2006

Elliot from Kingston fears that in setting up a base on the Moon, this "fragile satellite" might be damaged with terrible consequences for the earth itself. Perhaps he could give us an example of the kind of "construction accident" envisaged that might damage the "fragile" two-thousand-mile across, 81,000,000,000,000,000,000 ton satellite more than the huge meteorites which have slammed into it in the past, whose impacts we can still see scattered across its surface -- several of which would, if they have occurred on the surface of the earth, have caused the extinction of all life on the planet with one blow?
Steven, Cambridge

Re Rich's comment... the idea that paper monitor is male, as London commuters would surely offer a woman a seat. I wish - I'm female and use a stick, and still don't get offered a seat. What else should I do to make myself deserving of a seat?
Emma, London, UK

It's a nice thought, Rich, but no, we lady commuters are forced to stand on the Tube - and in 4ins heels - by the desperately unchivalrous males who boarded the train before us. Paper Monitor's gender still quite the enigma.
Kass, Chelsea

Interesting to see the difference in coverage between the tornado that hit a Welsh village a couple of weeks ago and the one that hit a street in London here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here. As usual, if something happens outside the M25 it's a quirky news story but if exactly the same thing happens in London it is deemed, for some reason, a major national event.
MJ Simpson, Leicester, UK

Re the tornado story. Surely the wind stayed still whilst the whole world revolved around London.
MCK, Coventry

Catherine O of Maidenhead has discovered the emergency services secret. A major incident isn't defined by the number of casualties, it's defined by whether they set up a tea stall or not.
John Airey, Peterborough, UK

Did anyone else read Straw trumpets workplace tinsel and immediately wonder how a straw trumpet would sound?
Rob Foreman, London, UK

Re: Weather threat to shuttle launch. "A British-born astronaut, Nicholas Patrick, will fly aboard Discovery. Despite this, Nasa is pressing ahead with final preparations for the launch. "I'm glad to see that nationalism has no place in space.
Dave Slater, Kilmaurs, Scotland

Re Contents vs Building insurance,
"The rule of thumb is that if you could turn a house upside down and shake it, anything that fell out would be covered by the contents policy." Surely if you turned the house upside down and shook it, the roof would catch most of the items though?
David, UK

In the story about Condoms in India, I see that Over 1,200 volunteers from the 'length and breadth' of the country had their penises measured precisely, down to the last millimetre. World Class journalism!
Stoo, Lancashire, UK

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