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17:02 UK time, Friday, 11 January 2008

Not to denigrate Liverpool's status as Capital of Culture but I went off the whole idea when I read Oxford's pitch for the post. It summed up several ancient colleges - and the famous Bodleian Library - with the expressive and cultured phrase "where Harry Potter was filmed".
Edward Green, London, UK

So, Prince William could "pop out" to the local supermarket and buy some asparagus uninterrupted. Nice. Even if fellow students couldn't comment on HRH, surely they could comment on the fact that the supermarket was selling asparagus in a student town.
Adrian, Chester

As a result of a recent spate of frankly unbelievable stories - Parted-at-birth twins 'married' being the latest example - I'd like to nominate a new category of articles that were SURELY written for April Fools' Day, but have found themselves liberated too early.
Luke L, London, UK

Re Statins for all diabetics urged: Just because it's a headline doesn't mean it has to be such awful English.
Sonia, London

Dear Magazine,
I would like to thank you for a lovely etiquette quiz.
I apologise for taking it a little late.
Yours sincerely,
Lee, Manchester

Re the etiquette quiz and fears of monologues at dinner parties (Thursday letters). Seating is typically male/female around the table, and "turning the table" at the main course is accomplished by the hostess, who merely turns from the gentleman with whom she has been talking through the soup and the fish course to the gentleman on her other side. In a moment everyone at table is talking to a new neighbour. To refuse to change partners is to cause the whole table to be blocked, leaving one lady and one gentleman staring alone at their plates. At this point the hostess has to come to the rescue by attracting the blocking lady's attention and saying, "Sally, you cannot talk to Professor Bugge any longer! Mr Smith has been trying his best to attract your attention." (Emily Post, 1922, p. 221.)
Naomi P, Sussex

In Pound at record low against euro , it says: "The Bank of England opted to keep rates unchanged at 5.5% on Thursday but many economists expect the Bank to lower the cost of borrowing February." But why would anyone want to borrow February - such a dreary month, and you'd only have to pay it back along with half of March. Why not borrow July instead?
Richard Peers, Croydon

I was a puzzled to read your item link on the Magazine index which described licking a dead cat as "strangely sweet" (Paper Monitor, Thursday). I'd have said quite earthy, a bit gamey, with some undertones of wet fur.
Shiz, Cheshire, UK

Doesn't the tale of Louis the octopus befriending Mr Potato Head sound like an adventure story for children?
Poisoned Pirate, The Flying Fox

So, it's the National Year of Reading. When is it Bracknell's turn?
Sharon Shepperd, High Wycombe, UK

Don't you realise, given the currently globesity crisis, you've just given sorbitol the biggest free endorsement you could (Chewing gum weight loss warning)?
Henri, Sidcup

I still miss the caption competition. Will you ever bring it back?
Helen, Guildford
Monitor note: Patience is a virtue, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Mornington Crescent?
Ian, Cosenza, Italy

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