Sir: I'm not sure why Mrs Dean thinks St Stephen's Day is an "appropriate time" to visit a "wonderful building" (letter 31 December). I am sure she would have got in free of charge on the previous day. She might even have learnt a little more of what the church actually teaches.
Sir: The Australian meaning of "wowser" as a religious fanatic reported by Christopher Hawtree (Words, 23 December) and Len Clarke (letter, 1 January) is certainly earlier than any British or North American usage. However, my mother knew the word "wowser" in the East Midlands in the 1940s, but not with this meaning. She had a saying for any object of a bizarre or indeterminate purpose: it was "a whimwham for a wowser to wind up the moon".
DAVID J SHAW