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17:39 UK time, Monday, 18 June 2007

I'm really enjoying the use of the website to enliven and enrich the Andrew Marr post-war history series - it's a fabulous use of the multi-media platform offered by the web. I would like to point out that the coverage of the 1980's "new" Cold War includes a user posted comment from Justyn Taylor in Wales where he talks about receiving the "Protect and Survive" leaflets and the effect it had on him. This is probably a perfect demonstration of the power of emotion in memory. Whilst the contents of the "Protect and Survive" leaflets and TV programmes were well covered by everyone from Panorama to Frankie goes to Hollywood at the time, the leaflets themselves were never circulated nor the programmes shown. The numerous Cold war histories and works by regular BBC contributor Peter Hennessey make this clear, so I'd be grateful if you would amend or delete his comment as it distorts the facts, but not the emotion, of the time.
Richard Plaskett, UK

Re Esh's letter on Friday,the most common colour vision deficiency is red-green. It sounds as if she, like me, suffers from this type. This is the form which is common among men, as it is caused by a genetic defect located on the X chromosome, of which women have two, but men have only one. Therefore, if a man has a defective X chromosome, which he will have inherited from his mother, he will definitely suffer from colour vision deficiency, while a woman has to have both her X chromosomes defective to suffer the deficiency. For this to happen, her father will have to have been colour blind, but not necessarily her mother, who may have carried only one defective chromosome. There are other, less common forms of colour vision deficiency which are caused by genetic defects on other chromosomes and whose prevalence is unrelated to the sex of the sufferer.
Chris Tothill, Bristol, UK

As the report saying that the BBC must be more impartial was commissioned by the BBC, it's hardly likely to be impartial, is it? Would a genuinely impartial report recommend that the BBC become more impartial?
John Whapshott, Westbury, Wiltshire, England

How on earth can the BBC become "more impartial"? Isn't this a bit like becoming more pregnant? The BBC can only ever strive to be impartial but given that it is staffed by people rather than machines impartiality is an impossible goal.
John Airey, Peterborough, UK

Re your CV fibbers' amnesty, I'd like to point out, that Mr Imbardelli, who was sacked by Intercontinental Hotels, was obviously doing a very good job, so much so that he was being promoted. That being the case, surely his lack of formal qualifications, only highlights the irrelevance of such qualifications. Some people just know how good they are, and get on with it. Shipman and Crippen had qualifications, does that inspire yiou with confidence?
John Storm, London, England

Paper Monitor does Lewis Hamilton a great disservice by suggesting that the press' adulation of him is because he won the US Grand Prix. I think you'll find it's more to do with him leading the World Championship by ten clear points after only seven (of 17) races in his first ever Formula 1 season. At the age of 22.
MJ Simpson, Leicester, UK

Re QE2 set to become floating hotel - am I missing something? As a cruise ship I thought that the QE2 would float and act as a hotel already. Of course, never having been on a cruise myself I suppose I could have misunderstood the concept of "cruise ship".
Sarah, Rushden

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