The Loop: Doing the postcode lottery

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Welcome to The Loop, the Magazine's weekly letters column, including the best of your thoughts from Twitter and Facebook.

The Magazine's most-read story this week was Vibeke Venema's story of Arunachalam Muruganantham from India who has revolutionised menstrual health for rural women in developing countries by inventing a simple machine to manufacture cheap sanitary pads. The Magazine's Facebook page featured numerous messages saluting his endurance and perseverance.

On Twitter, journalist Caitlin Moran tweeted: "In other news, the greatest male feminist on the planet has been found (via @heawood). SANITARY TOWEL KING"

"I just want to fly to India now and carry him around on my shoulders, like a god," Moran tweeted again.

Janice Turner described Arunachalam as a "world-changing" guy. She was referring to the "huge number of girls who leave education once they start menstruating", who will no doubt feel the benefits of his invention.

We also featured the postcode battlers, those folk who want to swap their postcode in an attempt to big up the area their live in. Some campaign for change "with a separatist zeal that mirrors the decades-long crusade for Scottish independence," wrote Jon Kelly.

Andrew Graham described it as "snobbery at its absolute worst".

"All of these people must have a ridiculous amount of time on their hands to care about what postcode they have. They all want to move to postcodes for areas they consider better than theirs in the hope it might add ten grand to their house value, if they spent as much time improving their own area than worrying about their address there would be no need to change."

Helen Rees says that she lives in rural Mid Wales but "laughingly" has a Shropshire postcode, which she shares with five other properties some distance away.

Ant G tweeted that "Warwickshire has no prefix of its own, all CV (Coventry) from adjacent county. This is Bucket/bouquet turf."

In our highly competitive world, we prize success and hate it when things go wrong, but is there actually a value in failing, asked Lucy Wallis in her feature, Is it good for people to fail occasionally?

rrrrr ‏(@ronixact) tweeted: "Better still 2 visualise failure & plan 2 avoid #chrishadfield talks abt this in his astronaut training." Chris Hadfield, of course, became known as the singing spaceman after his version of David Bowie's Space Oddity - from the International Space Station - went viral on the internet.

"You fail your way to success," says Andrew Clarke knowledgeably. "There was a chap who started a car company, it failed. He started a 2nd one and it went bad on him. His 3rd company did rather well, you may have heard of him, Henry Ford."

Finally, the march of the hipsters carries on apace. Having reclaimed the bushy beard and the waxed moustache in the name of fashion, it seems that the monocle may be next. According to Denise Winterman, the ocular aid may be on the verge of a comeback, having been out of fashion since World War One. Clearly our readers are also early adopters - Heinrich M Buquia on Facebook, for instance was quick to see the potential for hipsters: "I want a Google monocle".

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