Letter: Don't skirt the issue

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The Independent Culture
Sir: While the ban on trousers for school girls goes to law (report, 1 September), those concerned might take note of the experience of that intrepid traveller in West Africa, Mary Kingsley, who, having fallen into a deep animal trap filled with ebony spikes, remarked: "It is at these times that you realise the blessing of a good thick skirt!" Whickham Comprehensive should make her an honorary old girl.

GRAHAM BINNS

Cleveley, Oxfordshire

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