In addition to the perception of poverty, air drying laundry also suffers from dirty air (Web Monitor). When I was a kid, drying clothes outside in fresh air was better than using a dryer. Today, the clothes attract and absorb all kinds of strange pollutants and end up smelling odd. Plus, there's an urban privacy issue concerning undergarments hung up for all to see.
Jay, Armada MI, US
I love my solar dryer. There's something different in the way clothes smell when they're allowed to dry in the wind and the sun.
Robert Melvin, Lakewood, Colorado, US
We take great pride to hang the laundry outside for savings and mostly environmental reasons (Web Monitor). And I am talking year-round. You'll see me with boots in the snow, hurrying to hang the wash so it does not freeze before it is on the line. Once up, it dries very well - "sublimation", water goes from the frozen state right into the dry winter air. We use the electric dryer not more than twice a year, when it unpredictably rains on the laundry.
Kurt D Stottmeier, S Carver, MA, US
UK lottery winners unveiled: Now where did I put that family tree?
I play the Lottery every Saturday, and I'm a little worried about their announcing the winners of the £45m Euromillions. Did they have the choice (and, if so, why did they agree?). I certainly wouldn't want anybody knowing about the £10 I won last week.
Rob Falconer, Llandough, Wales
Ah, so BBC news is starting a sideline in quashing rumours? In that case, I'd like to put people straight about what didn't (and never will) happen between me and Harry. Anyone else got a use for this new service? I have a feeling they might have bitten off more than they could chew...
Re Thriving trade in out-of-date best-before foods: Seems you've broken Approved Foods and Food Bargains - good work Magazine!
liamf1, via Twitter
Amen, Peter (Monday letters). Clearly, the worst thing about Hannah Montana is the accent, and all of us have twangs. I wish I too could be accent-free, just like the people wherever Caroline (Friday letters) is from who've managed to avoid this linguistic plague.
Nadja, north of Boston, US
I'd like to put forward the following, from this story, as a contender for quote of the day: "We'd consider the koala with the same level of diligence and dedication as if it were the death adder" - Bob Beeton, Chairman of the Australian Threatened Species Steering Committee.
Yesterday I found myself saving an odd piece of string and a folded sheet of foil. Today I think I will begin using the phrase "Mind you...". Is this the insidious onset of age?
Can my fellow Monitorites help me? Does anyone know a word for the nagging fear that you have just typed utter babble.