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What they read

LETTER : Save Bridget!

Sir: How can you possibly contemplate sacking Bridget Jones? Her interview with Colin Firth (Magazine, 29 March) could be the precursor of greater things to come. Her examination of past glories would be ideally suited to an interview with Mr Major, and as for a preoccupation with wet shirts, many of us have wondered about Mr Blair, or even Mr Ashdown.

Bridget Jones reaches fever pitch

Our celebrated diarist is in Rome - and with Mr Darcy, tra la tra la. But why does he insist on talking football?

Letter: Hypocrisy over drug dangers

Sir: I look forward to the campaign of the Health Education Authority to reduce smoking in young women (report, 12 December). Perhaps you could make a start by depicting your supermodel columnists, Jo Brand and Bridget Jones, without a cigarette between their fingers.

Here is Islamic Barbie, complete with chador and devout expression

Call me a drooling pervert, but I've become obsessed with Barbie dolls. I love the way they're supposed to embody, in nine inches of plastic, the supposed dreams and career plans of today's girls; and the way, in the interests of offering an eclectic portfolio of hobbies to the nation's seven-year-olds, the manufacturers keep coming up with more and more ridiculous things for her to do. With the help of my indefatigable assistant, Sophie (nine), I've identified: Mountain-Climbing Barbie, Skiing Barbie, Magic Songbird Barbie, Twirling Ballerina Barbie, Beach and Lifeguard Barbie, Barbie And Her Horse Nibbles, Teacher Barbie and Mermaid Barbie. Then there are the smutty variants for aspirant good-time girls - Gymnastic Barbie, and "Overnight Barbie With Overnight Bag" and, I dare say, one or two bags under her eyes as well ....

Letter: Marvellous Mark

Sir: If both the answers to T Turkson's questions are yes (letter, 4 September), and Bridget Jones accepts his proposal, then I would like to point out that I'd be more than happy to give Mark Darcy all the comfort he needs to help him recover from her rejection.

Letter: Beloved Bridget

Sir: Does Bridget Jones exist? Does she look like the photograph beside her column (Bridget Jones's Diary, 28 August)?

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