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14:57 UK time, Tuesday, 9 September 2008

I'd just like to congratulate all concerned for a smashing crop of letters yesterday. Every one made me smile.
Tom, London

Clarissa Dickson Wright's comment about supermarkets is a bit rich - I've regularly seen her pushing a trolley around Waitrose in Andover. Or doesn't Waitrose count as a supermarket?
Catherine Hegerty, Andover, UK

First Brighton and Weston (amongst others), now Fleetwood. Why is it that piers, essentially structures built out over the sea, are so frequently gutted by fire? And why is the fire service always at such a loss under these circumstances? Is there some pyromaniac going around trying to rid the UK of these fine Victorian structures, or is God yet again trying to be ironic?
Rob Falconer, Llandough, Wales

"Fire crews are pumping water from a boating lake a mile away to help control the blaze" (Historic pier destroyed in fire). Am I the only one to think "hang on ... it's a PIER."?
QJ, Stafford-on-Sea, UK

So researchers have found some fossilised forests in a coal mine? Maybe these reseachers ought to find out exactly what coal is.
Simon Robinson, Birmingham, UK

Bill Nighy (yesterday's letters) doesn't have to be completely nigh to live up to his name - he just has to be a bit nigh, just as irony is a bit like iron.
John Whapshott, Westbury, Wiltshire

Is it possible to move the Caption Competition forward a few days? If you could print up the winners before they switch on the Large Hadron Collider that would be most appreciated.
Darren, Leicester

As it is potentially the end of the world tomorrow with our impending doom shadowing over us can I be the first to send a fond farewell to the Paper Monitor and all Monitorites. I bear no grudges that my letters are often put to the back of the pile and never published, I also forgive you for not ever finding my captions funny enough to get to the top six in the Caption Competition. Now with all that off my chest could you please print this at the bottom so my letter will be forever the last the Magazine Monitor has ever published? It would be my one final wish granted.
Felicity, Cheltenham

Monitor note: We would like to draw readers attention to the fact that the world will, in all probability, not end tomorrow. Either way there will still be letters.

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