Letter: Varieties of orange

Sir: In my distant youth in east and then north London, I never heard any mention of a clockwork orange. What I did hear was "All Lombard Street to a China orange," although it was hardly on everyone's lips. Nor was it used only in London, as my wife, a foreigner (Tyne & Wear), also knew it. I believe "clockwork orange" is entirely an invention of the novelist.

PHILIP N O'DONOGHUE

New Barnet, Hertfordshire

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