Thank you for using the word "pootle" - it made my day...
Paul Maplesden, Tunbridge Wells, UK
Re dogs and languages (Web Monitor): When I lived in Botswana, I observed that when a local was angry with their dog, they shouted at it in Afrikaans, but used their own language ordinarily to the pooch.
Susan Thomas, Brisbane, Australia
Fashion writers are mean (Paper Monitor). Given that nobody will remember any of the clothes next year, couldn't they just say that everyone looked lovely? It's not as if anyone went in tracky bottoms.
Paper Monitor has definitely confirmed it is male - us men only have a 16-bit colour spectrum.
If pink is the colour of the season then I am suitably ahead of the game - I went on a date on Sunday night in a pink shirt; although I was reliably informed by the waiter (who also informed me that only a real man can wear pink) that it was "fuchsia". Needless to say, I had to Google that when I got home.
Basil Long, Nottingham
Dan (Monday letters), ounces are in constant daily use in Britain. I don't know any cooks who voluntarily use grammes. Cups have always been a peculiar over-the-pond measure - I have cups in my house that vary from thimble-sized espresso cups, to pint tea mugs.
Polly Saxon, Cornwall
Surfing the internet without knowing HTML is like travelling everywhere by train (Monday letters). It can be very comfortable, but you're rather limited in what you can do. Depending on how much you know, it might be more like being able to take a bus or a tram, perhaps a plane or boat, or even drive a car. If you really know HTML, it's like being able to get out and actually walk.
Alexander Lewis Jones, Nottingham, UK
So Ellie & I, who also want to know how to make clicky links, are none the wiser, despite two days of sympathy.
Fee Lock, Hastings, East Sussex
Monitor note: Wait for it...
Seeing as no-one else will actually answer Ellie (Thursday letters), and just seem to be debating whether or not everyone should know HTML, here goes:
Ellie, click in the address bar to highlight the link. Copy it. In your message, paste the link where you want it. The lovely Monitor will then edit your message and turn it into a hyperlink for you - no need for you to know HTML at all.
This is what I have done in this message, and I bet in brackets at the top it says "Thursday's letters" with a hyperlink.
Andy Taylor, Southampton, UK
Monitor note: D'oh - am so predictable!