Sir: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, giving sound reason, claims "Every mixed race marriage is building a better Britain" (Comment, 4 March) while Alex Woolf (letter, same date) comments on the inability of journalists to "distinguish between `race' and `ethnicity' ". My father is of an Asian and my mother of a European ethnicity. I prefer "mixed race" to "half- caste", but consider "compound ethnicity" more appropriate and accurate. The components of a mixture undergo no chemical change, whereas chemical bonds are involved in the formation of a compound. If I am a mixture, who determines which parts are from which parent? Is my leg from Punjab and my arm from Norfolk?
Sir: Deborah Orr (Comment, 5 March) states lung cancer kills around 120,000 people each year and then goes on to write: "If we can't work out how to turn people off from cigarettes, then we're not going to stamp out other and more serious drug abuses either." What are these more serious drug abuses? Does any other drug cause such a seriously high mortality rate? Perhaps she really means less socially acceptable drug abuses.
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