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17:14 UK time, Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Re Housing gloom 'worst in 30 years'. Why? Because some people might be able to get on the property ladder for the first time in decades?
Rob Falconer, Llandough, Wales

Ridiculous question, but: does anyone know what the oldest extant webpage is? I've just found some from 1995 and my, they're wrinkly - but there must be many more elderly specimens. How long before there's an online museum of websites?
Peter, Leamington Spa

You can tell that Carla Sarkozy isn't British (DMQ, Tuesday). Anyone who has gone through state education associates Shakespeare with plays not poetry. Byron conversely is known as a poet but did write a play or two. Of the two surely Byron is the better bedside read!
Trina, UK

Tim, Essex (Letters, Monday) re violin v guitar popularity - perhaps that says more about the pupils of Essex...
Aqua Suliser, Bath

Re violin most popular school instrument. What happened to the ubiquitous recorder? I have fond memories of our class recitals in the local shopping centre, followed by a performance ban because all the shop keeps complained we drove business away.
Susie, Oslo (formally Berkshire)

Re Marathon bar over man's age claim:
Admit it now, you only wrote that headline so people would send in letters about Snickers. Well it worked!
Rob Foreman, London, UK

Just because Tony Blair says he believes in God, why do Gordon Brown's ministers have to go one better?
Edward Green, London, UK

Tuesday's Quote of the Day refers to "the author of the unauthorised book". How is this possible?
Andrew Taylor, Manchester, UK

These look awfully like a character I saw in the first Ice Age film. Coincidence?
Catherine Rushton, London

Paper Monitor, Tuesday - "what a scary blobbing it is". Surely the correct word for a baby blob would be a blobling?
Susannah, Northampton

Re this hullabaloo over teacakes (Letters, every day). My flatmates and I decided long ago that this item - being neither biscuity or cakey - should adopt the more suitable name of 'jam fancy'. Tis the only way to end the vagaries I tells ya.
Vicki, London

If oat cakes are made of oats, why are tea cakes not made of tea?
Nigel Macarthur, London, England

Re: Ms Messenger. Except for the urn atop her head where she's almost brunette, are we to believe blondes have more fun?
Candace, New Jersey, US

Re Letters, Tuesday. According to Wikipedia: "The apparent mismatch between the town's written and pronounced names stems from how the name Milngavie was originally translated from Gaelic into English. The Gaelic name for the town is Muillean Dhaibhidh, pronounced "Moolin Ghuh-ee", meaning David's Mill. The Gaelic letter combination "bh" is usually ransliterated as a "v" in English, hence Milngavie, despite sometimes being pronounced more like a "w", as in this case."
FatBelly Jones, Aberdeen, Scotland

Re Elephant's ancestor. "An ancient ancestor of the elephant from 37 million years ago lived in water and had a similar lifestyle to a hippo, a fossil study has suggested. The animal was said to be similar to a tapir, a hoofed mammal which looks like a cross between a horse and a rhino." So basically in looks and lifestyle it was nothing like a modern elephant.
Dave Godfrey, Swindon

Re Ian C, Kent (Your Letters, Monday) that should be "Editing with Adobe(R) Photoshop(R)" however the verb used, i.e. "Photoshopping" is neither a registered trademark nor capable of attracting copyright. Tut tut indeed. Mine's the one with the statute book in the pocket.
Stuie, Wolves

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