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15:49 UK time, Wednesday, 26 May 2010

In 2002, business leaders complained that England qualifying for the World Cup in a very different time zone would mean people taking "sickies" costing the economy about £3bn (Firms braced for World Cup 'sickies').
In 2008, business leaders complained that England not qualifying for Euro 2008 would cost the economy £2bn in reduced sales (England failure 'may hit economy').
So England qualifying for a World Cup in a similar time zone has to be a good thing for the economy or...? (World Cup hangover warning) Has anyone got any idea on what the English football team should do NOT to damage the economy?
Chris Lewis, Istanbul, Turkey

Is that Billy No-mates on the Tube (No more ministerial Jags)?
Ralph, Cumbria

With various pieces of electoral and party correspondence dropping through my letterbox, it occurs to me that, as is often the case, our leaders are sending a mixed message regarding recycling. On the one hand, they attempt to persuade us to recycle as much as possible. On the other, most official paperwork STILL arrives in envelopes with plastic windows, thereby forcing the conscientious householder to waste time tearing the envelope into paper (recyclable) and plastic (no recycling information given). Maybe a tax or surcharge on windowed envelopes would wake our illustrious leaders up to this annoying practice. Of course, they may wish to write to thank me for the suggestion - any bets as to whether the letter would arrive complete with non-recyclable window?
Mark Sinden, Milton Keynes

Why can't we have a referendum to change horse racing from first-past-the-post to proportional representation? This will mean the jockey with the biggest horse will win unless some of the other jockeys can get their animals to balance on top of each other. This would require strong and stable horses and I think it would be in the Grand National's interest.
Christian Cook, Epsom

Re Paper Monitor's occasional topic of headlines that make reading the story pretty pointless: "Nearly half of us have felt depressed because we have felt alone, says a report. But not everyone who is alone is sad about it, so what is the difference between being lonely and being a loner?"
Presumably, the difference is that people who are lonely are sad about it, and loners aren't.
Eleanor, London

All together now, best Michael Caine impressions (German bank 'blown up by robbers in botched raid') - "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"
Ralph, Cumbria
Paul Greggor, London
Alex K, Bath
Adam, London
Bob, Chester

Sorry Graham (Tuesday letters), but it doesn't assume you are paid £17.50 an hour, but rather that you earn your employer £17.50 an hour. If there wasn't a difference, there'd be no point employing you.
David T, London, UK

I am writing to complain about all the complaining in Tuesday's letters.
Phil, Guisborough

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