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15:17 UK time, Wednesday, 23 June 2010

I'm sure How to get away from work in time to watch the football contains much good advice, but it seems to miss one important tip. At my place of work, if you don't want to be in on any particular day, you can go and see your boss, ask nicely, fill in a little form, and you can then just take the whole of the specified day off. You can even do this up to 25 times each year if you want to. It's a great little system - perhaps it will catch on at other workplaces too.
Adam, London, UK

If I have spent time reading How to manage your workflow around the England game, have I just failed the first test of how to manage my workflow around the England game?
Katherine Broadhurst, Cardiff

Everyone gripes about their bosses... best not to have your comments published in the news, though, if you want to remain an employee.
Steve Wheat @BBC News Magazine

Out of context World Cup reference. Can anyone beat that?
Russ Tarbox, London

The thing about VAT is stores tend to like selling us stuff in round numbers (or else it's an amazing coincidence that so many things cost exactly -99p when you add VAT). So we will see the reverse of what happened last time when VAT went down - things will get slightly more expensive for a bit, and people who still pay cash for things will find themselves weighed down with change, but then prices will slowly creep back down to more simple levels (or up dramatically to the next "simple" threshold if retailers think they can get away with it).
Alex, Uxbridge

Twilight fans camp out overnight? I wouldn't of thought they would have to wait that long.
Martin Comer, London, UK
Monitor note: Exactly. Then it would be breaking dawn.

Good idea. Granny power (Quote of the Day). Just hope nobody mistakes me for a policeman.
Wendy Crossley @BBC News Magazine

Thanks for How to Say: World Cup 2010 tongue-twisters. But how should we pronounce Xhosa?
Paul Greggor, London

It's just occurred to me that in Why not ban all drink-driving?, although the Czech Republic has a proportionally lower level of drink-related deaths, the average number of road deaths per million is more than double that of the UK and Sweden. I don't think the Czech Republic needs to worry so much about their blood alcohol limits. What they should be worrying about is road safety generally.
Ellie, Herts

Dylan of Reading is on to something with his list (Tuesday letters), but we also need a dictionary for readers. After all, some words in 'tabloid land' have particular meaning. My favourites are:
1) 'Penpushers' = bureaucrats who can write
2) 'Bureaucrats' = people who invariably make 'crazy' decisions every day
3) Public sector workers = 'parasites' who work for public agencies
4) Gold-plated pensions = pensions not held by workers who works in the private sector.
Mark, Reading, UK

As well as Tubular Bells (Tuesday letters), the four notes in the Intel theme (the fourth interval, and the fifth interval) are also the opening notes to the theme from Murder on the Orient Express, as composed by Richard Rodney Bennett.
Michael Hall, Croydon, UK

Paul, I just listened to Tubular Bells. Don't think it's the same four notes. Sorry.
Rachael, Sheffield

Good questions, Tim (Tuesday letters) but I've no idea. 'Sorry'.
Rik Alewijnse, Feering, UK

Tim, I'll tell you what sorry is. Sorry is what the idiot will be who booked a meeting in my diary at 3pm today which I can't cancel. He is going to be so sorry... Grrrrr.
Judy, Leeds

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