So, it turns out that British nuclear weapons were protected from being armed from nothing more than a cylindrical lock as used in many cycle locks. Has no-one noticed that these look to be exactly the same technology as those widely reported in the motorcycle press as being easily circumnavigated by using a popular brand of biro in less than ten seconds?
Re How to terror-proof shopping centres and other buildings, could someone please explain to me how a "water wall" would stop a terrorist car bomber? All I can picture is a man with a hose spraying everyone outside of train stations and this surely can't be what the PM means!
Andrew Rowntree, England
It's obvious to James Russell (Your letters, Thursday 15, November) that the pictures whose captions he sneers at are of a woman and a man, respectively, because he can see the pictures. It wouldn't be so obvious if he was using a text-only browser, had images turned off because he was on a slow link (not everybody in the world has high-speed broadband) or was partially-sighted and using a text-to-speech program. In any of these circumstances, the "alt" tag (for "alternative") would tell him what was in the image that he couldn't see. Internet Explorer rather redundantly displays the "alt" tag when the mouse is hovered over the image; Firefox doesn't bother because no alternative is needed and there is a `title' tag for captions.
David Richerby, Leeds, UK
I started off when reading this article feeling sorry for the down-on-their-luck middle classes of Detroit. However, my sympathy was tempered by their expectations for outrageous portion sizes: how sorry can we really feel for someone who says "To find myself in a position where I couldn't afford a gallon of milk ... it was very humbling."
Adam, London, UK
Re Paper Monitor (Friday, 16 November)
Two Arab karaoke machines
Four Persian rugs
And a partridge in a pear tree.
Is it too early for that?
Re "Rapper Jay-Z dissing the dollar", I hate to point it out, but if 50 Cent does switch to €s, than it will make no difference to his name, except it will be worth a lot more!
Elaine, Eutin, Germany
Should 50 Cent decide to switch to euros as well, then surely he would have to rename himself into 34 Cent, given today's currency rate?
Johan van Slooten, Urk, Netherlands
Having dispensed with polluting roads and incorporating a threatened species, this story surely heralds the advent of a new era of environmentally aware jokes. Therefore I would like to be the first to ask: Why *did* the squirrel cross the lake?
Morph is 30?
Doesn't look a day over 21 to me. Has he had plasticine surgery?