Seizing any available opportunity to be a pedant, I would like to point out that Helen Duncan ("Plea for 'witches' to be pardoned") is in fact not "classed as a witch" as Roberta Gordon is claiming. In fact, she was classed as the opposite, as the Witchcraft Act 1735, under which she was convicted, dealt not with witchcraft but with people who falsely claimed to be able to procure spirits. Also, she wasn't even the last person convicted under the act... that was Jane Rebecca Yorke.
James , Stirling
Surprised to see reports on the Jersey care home search being listed under UK News on the BBC. Has something changed which I'm not aware of?
Mike Waller, Jersey
Shame on Paper Monitor for not acknowledging the Star's well-crafted headline "When Harry Met Tali". The paper may not have much to crow about for the other 365 days of the year, but I thought that one deserved some credit.
Ben Aurelius , Reading
I for one don't believe Paper Monitor's claims not to have been part of the media blackout. Surely he/she (it?) would be the first the MoD would contact!
Sorry Jason True (Thursday's letters), only the middle class use "working class" as a badge of honour. You've outed yourself. Proper working class aspire to the middle class. As for me? I know my place.
Adam Steadfast, Belfast, UK
Re Language barrier scuppers walker, presumably Mr Boyle intends to spend the following year walking around France whilst he learns German.
Tim Evans, Oxford, UK
The M&S position ("M&S to charge 5p for carrier bags")is a far cry from the day my brother-in-law bought a pair of trouser there and refused a bag.
"You will be stopped at the door if they aren't in a bag".
"But I have a receipt"
"But they won't know it is YOUR receipt"
"But YOU will remember me won't you?
Here in Denmark all supermarkets charge for carrier bags. They also have bottle recycling machines for beer, Coke and other bottles. You pop them in, push a button, and get some money back. I can't understand why this system has not been adopted in the UK. A monetary incentive is a sure way to get people to recycle.
Barbara, Copenhagen, Denmark
Does anyone actually remember that Sainsbury's etc. used to charge for standard carrier bags? They were a lot stronger than the flimsy, poorly designed free ones that all the supermarkets switched to about 20 years ago.
G Matthews, Spalding, UK
The germ "C. diff." is in the news. But why is it that everybody when they say its full name "Clostridium difficile" pronounce its specific name "difficil" as if it were French. Species names are Latin and "difficile" is the neutral form of "difficilis", to accord with "Clostridium". Surely it should be pronounced "diffissilay" or even if you want to be pedantic "diffikilay".
François Crompton-Roberts, London
"... these guys were stupid enough to come into a club with 50 bikers having a bike meeting ..."
Is that a real quote? In Prisoner Cell Block H they were called "bikies" not "bikers".
Mrs M.Wilkins, London
Re Chandra's letter: Tom Lehrer wrote a great song about how wonderful a nuclear apocalypse would be, as the simultaneous death of everyone in the world would spare any grief! Although I must say Phillip Hodson's view is rather optimistic for someone who seems to specialise in depression...
Joel Horne, Tokyo, Japan