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15:39 UK time, Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Like so much that is still said about punk, your article about the return of the Sex Pistols indulges in the usual collection of half-remembered truths. Take the statement "Never Mind The Bollocks... caused uproar when it was released in October 1977...But it was one of the defining records of the punk movement". This seems reasonable on the surface but my memory differs. I'm pretty sure that by the time the album (belatedly) came out the Pistols had already had their day. Any furore over the record was really only about the title as the music had ceased to shock - or even entertain. If any of the Pistols' music was "seminal" then it was the preceding four singles - not the album. It got to number one for a mere two weeks barely punctuating a steady stream of Greatest Hits and soundtrack albums. No further singles charted from it. Anyone who quotes it as an influence probably wasn't around at the time because their singles, live performance and outrageous reportage were far more what gained them their notoriety than "Never Mind the Bollocks". In 1977 punk wasn't about albums.
Paul Clare, Nottingham

Regarding the queues outside Northern Rock offices. Could they be people trying anxiously to re-mortgage? After all, if the company I work for goes under and I can't pay the mortgage, the bank takes the house to clear the debt. Logically if the bank goes under, the debt is written off and I don't have to repay the mortgage. That's why the 30's helped those who survived - debt was written off. Or is that too simple?
Bob Connell, Shanghai

If I didn't know otherwise I'd think those queues outside Northern Rock were to deposit money not to withdraw it. With the government guarunteeing deposits and an interest rate of 6.71% at the last check it seems like a pretty good investment to me.
Jenny Em, Aberdeen

Grant (Monday's letters), are you still peeved that you didn't get an offer? Maybe your grades just weren't up to it. The only time my Oxford college asked about money is after graduation when they started to include me in fundrasing letters.
Alice, London, UK

Regarding the article 'Needless risks' in police chases. Copper Minister Tony McNulty says: "The key issue was that the majority of police chases were caused by suspects refusing to stop when requested." They are an unruly bunch these criminals, but what are the minority caused by? Answers on a postcard please.
Karl Turner, Chesterfield

I guess that the people involved in this were hardened criminals then? It's okay I have my coat.
Silas, London, UK

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