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Your Letters

%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/your_letters/" rel="tag" title="">your_letters15:53 UK time, Monday, 14 May 2007

Does anyone else find it frustrating that "%3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6653175.stm">Mars starts using animal products" makes the news, yet "Mars stealthily drops 'gluten free' certification" doesn't? Vegetarianism is a lifestyle CHOICE whereas having to take up a gluten-free diet is because of a DISEASE! Just because vegetarians scream and shout about their "rights" the rest of us have to listen to it, whilst we actually HAVE to put up with unclear food labelling as a way of life. Other than the overly fussy veggies WHO CARES! Sincerely, One seriosuly annoyed Coeliac!
James B, Sheffield

Re: %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6653175.stm">Mars starts using animal products. So there must be life there after all, although probably not for much longer.
David Dee, Matola Mozambique

In her piece for today's Magazine, %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6648267.stm">Lisa Jardine says: "We are obliged to look at our lived experience in less narrowly focused ways than before." I'd say that the opposite is more true, our life experience is becoming ever more focused and the rise of the internet within work and play is forcing people to adopt far more "me-centric" lifestyles. Give it another 20 years and it won't be just verbs that will be rarely heard it will also be people. The only sound in the streets will be the clickety-click of people tapping out messages.
Michael, Koszeg, Hungary

I have to disagree with no ten of %3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/2007/05/10_things_6.shtml">10 things. My great aunt lives in a house she bought new 54 years ago and she still uses the built in oven and hob that came with the house, so this has to beat the 50 year old fridge. Maybe we can start some kind of watch for old gadgets? By the way, it's still in perfect working order and she gets it serviced every year.
Libby, Coleford, Somerset, UK

Gordon, (%3Ca%20href="%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/2007/05/your_letters_177.shtml"">Friday letters), I read a Daily Express headline about a month ago that said "ASPRIN REDUCES CHANCE OF DEATH BY 25%". I've weighed up the data and my advice is to have a go at immortality. With a 1 in 4 chance, its much better odds than winning the lottery.
Chris, London

Is anyone else confused about %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6635759.stm">Peter Robinson "opening the curtains a fraction"? Instead of switching on the light? Unless he's planning to stand next to the window in the nude, I can see no reason not to open them completely.
MJ Simpson, Leicester, UK

I'm also unfamiliar with the old European Parliament translator's joke, "Very cold sailors" (%3Ca%20href="%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/2007/05/your_letters_177.shtml"">Friday letters). In fact the only European Parliament translator's joke I know is when the calvados makers of Normany were complaining about an imitation calvados from elsewhere being marketed as calvados. No-one could understand why the British delegation burst out laughing at the words "nous devons chercher la solution dans la sagesse normandaise". Turned out that it came through the simultaneous translation as "This problem can only be solved by Norman Wisdom".
Adam, London, UK

Jackie in Cambridge should know it was in the debate on artificial insemination (%3Ca%20href="%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/magazinemonitor/2007/05/your_letters_177.shtml"">Friday letters). Someone in English had spoken on the ethics of keeping frozen semen.
Caroline Brown, Rochester, UK

Last September we were promised the new look blog would enhance the MM. Since then we've lost the voting for the Caption Competition, been plagued by gremlins and now we don't get to see the losing comments for either weekly competition. Just how is the new format an improvement over what we had before? I'm barred arn't I?
Simon, Nottingham UK

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