Re IBM plans 'brain-like' computers: Doesn't this rather defeat the whole point of having a computer? One of the few things I like about mine is that if I tell it that, say, I have an appointment a fortnight on Thursday, it will remember without fail, whereas my brain would probably forget.
Adam, London, UK
Whilst quietly enjoying a cherry bakewell pie (from yesterday's leftover birthday cakes) I glanced at the box to see that the little "helping you eat healthily" circle on the box telling you what is in each pie had three red and two orange segments. Was rather taken aback - I had not envisaged it to count towards one of my five-a-day, but still. But now I am wondering - I don't think I've ever seen an item with five red segments on it. Is it illegal to make such unhealthy food? Would be intrigued to hear if anyone has ever found an elusive Red Five...
Dear Monitor, please don't refer to stories that can only be followed up on iPlayer links (Quote of the Day) - it's just adding insult to injury to your friends abroad who are denied access.
Pix6, Vienna, Austria
After having a very long and heated philosophical debate about the issue of the kidnapper with friends, family and the woman in the Spar, I confess myself slightly taken aback at Hugo's simple, yet amazing, solution (Friday letters). Why didn't I think of that?
Sarah-Michelle Saunders, Newport, S Wales
Re Buggy direction 'affects child': The facing-out-ness was the only factor, was it? Not the mother juggling mobile phone and cigarette? Not the iPod rammed in her ear? Isn't it more the case that almost all buggies face forwards (as that's easier to engineer) so it takes a particularly interested parent to choose a rear-facing one? The sort that also lies awake at night worrying about the child's linguistic development? The solution is clear: wear your baby. It's a shame this research came out last Friday, the week before it was International Baby Wearing Week.
Lucy "Baby Wearer" Jones, Northwich, UK
Tom (Friday letters), as the old economic joke goes: a recession is when your neighbour loses his job. A depression is when you lose your own.
In a recession the economy is still growing, albeit negative growth; whereas in a depression the economy actually contract or shrinks. How I love Wikipedia...
Tom, technically speaking, a depression is not just "jolly bad", it's jolly, jolly bad.
Peter, Worcestershire, Cropthorne, Worcs
Steve I doubt that your garden could be seen from space (Friday letters), but it certainly could be seen from the aeroplane that was used to take the detailed images used on Google Earth.
Kevin, Douglas, Isle of Man
Liz (Friday's letters), I think you will find it is because many of the letters end in a question.
Does that help?
Danny C, London
The Officers' titles on the BBC Magazine Monitor Appreciation group on Facebook are a sad reminder of days gone by. "Bagsy Officer of the Natch Watch", "Officer for Approximations", "Officer for Formula Won", "Head Cabbager", "Official Porridge Watcher", "Diana Conspiracist (but not in on it)", "Group Pedant", "Officer for Gender Determination"... Why don't we spend our time Cabbaging any more? Do scientists not spend their time producing ridiculous formulae any more? And have we all stopped eating porridge? The world's going to the dogs, I tell you.
Rick P, Oxford, UK