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15:20 UK time, Wednesday, 23 September 2009

I found the vice-chancellor's comments annoyingly old-fashioned and out of touch (Quote of the Day). However, I think the BBC's report on the Education page illustrated by the standard photo of "couple in bed" showed an equal lack of understanding of the issues raised.
Kay Sanders, Huddersfield, UK

Enjoyed The great rivalries of chess, and thought I'd point out that there are long standing rivalries at all levels of ability. I particularly enjoyed playing against Andy Foulds of Doncaster. From our first match, I knew ours would be a fierce, competitive rivalry, in which the loser would be the subject of unrestricted abuse over post-match beers. It's those Ashes-style relationships that I miss the most now that I've stopped playing. Oh, Andy never managed to beat me in four games.
Steve Mills

This is one of the best interviews I have seen in a very long time, touching not only on music but politics as well. Goes to show, never judge a book by it cover. Sean Carter (Jay-Z) is a very smart person, most would never give him a chance because of what he does - rap.
Deric Bagarozza, Brooklyn, NY

Surely 22 September is Libra, not Virgo (Tuesday's Paper Monitor)? Libra, the only non-animal sign, is the sign of balance and fairness - as in equinox, 50/50 daylight/darkness.
Moggye, Crediton

John Marsh (Tuesday letters), did I miss something or are we still unsure about the sex of Paper Monitor? Thus she could easily be your daughter...
Juliet G, London

If Paper Monitor was one of my kids, then I'd say daughter was most likely.
Andrew Stacey, Trondheim, Norway

Ahh, good to see Wednesday's Paper Monitor still trying to get us to play the "guess the gender game". Shame you let the cat out the bag six months ago.
Steve Bowman, London
Monitor note: What cat? Which bag?

This is fundamentally all about how easy it is to confuse "normal" - meaning "within an acceptable or desirable range" - with "average", meaning "in the middle of the range". And then we read the following sentence: "Australian research recently found half of parents thought their child average weight when in fact they were overweight". Isn't that the point? It is quite likely that most of these children are both average and overweight.
John Marsh, Washington DC, US

Uh oh, Martin Hollywood (Tuesday letters). Can open, worms everywhere...
Shiz, Cheshire, UK

Martin, try the following:
Sit upright in the dark (because it's too painful to put your head on a pillow), weeping gently (this hurts too). Take a tablet with a sip of water, then quickly crawl on all fours, in the dark, to wretch violently into the loo. This bit is unimaginably painful.
Cry a bit more.
Repeat for 24 or even 48 hours, or until the tablets stay down. Want to die throughout most of them. Feel exhausted and fuzzy for the next day or two.
If this is what your headaches are like, Martin, then yes, feel free to call them migraines, and welcome to the club.
Sue, London

Please could somebody tell me where the other half of the Swedish Wallander series showing on BBC4 has gone? It appears that it has been cut off with more than half the series to go, and this is really very annoying.
Emma Drake, Needham Market, Suffolk
Paper Monitor note: One concurs.

It's not just foreign names that are murdered, Scottish ones are too (Tuesday letters). In Scotland there is usually no emphasis, or it is on the first syllable. But in English place names, it usually comes on the second syllable. Football commentary is painful - Falkirk is a particularly frequent example.
K, Scotland

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