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Letter: Official secrets


Duchy of Cornwall makes pounds 6.4m

Duchy of Cornwall makes pounds 6.4m

Letter: Shocking Cornwall

Sir: I'm surprised that Cornwall residents are shocked that people are staying away from Cornwall for the eclipse. Perhaps they should reconsider their exorbitant prices!

Letter: Cornish wowsers

Sir: Len Clarke (letter, 1 January) asserts that the word "wowser" is of Australian origin.

Letters: Scalpels out for 'mischievous, vicious, sensational, insulting' editor of 'Lancet'

HOW extraordinary that the editor of The Lancet remains at heart a naive medical student, who failed to appreciate the vanity of surgeons who operate before an audience. Understandably, the surgeon instinctively tried to conceal his error, when he cut the ureter, by pretending that he had done so deliberately for teaching purposes!

End of Cornish tin

End of Cornish tin

Letter: Freeze them out

Freeze them out

Shipwreck `traumatic and horrific'

The wrecking of the 137-year-old square-rigger Maria Asumpta on the north Cornwall coast was a "traumatic and horrific experience", a court heard yesterday from the crewman who was at the helm as she ran aground on a submerged rock.

Letter: Cornish poets aren't revolting

Over the three years since Berdh Arnowydh Kernewek (Modern Cornish Poets) began working together we have performed to thousands of people in a wide variety of events ("Poets lead Cornish revolt", 18 May). We are not cranky advocates for Cornish cessation or independence. We just wish to see Cornish people freed of the yoke of statistical invisibility, and thereby able to celebrate and develop our unique culture.

Care workers' win threatens homes

Women care workers have won an industrial tribunal victory - but it could lead to the loss of hundreds of jobs and the closure of 18 residential homes, it was feared yesterday.

Letter: Saul, David, Jonathan and sex

Robert Fisk ("Were Saul and David just good friends? Don't ask", 2 February) reports Professor Kamal Salibi's contention that Saul and David may have been lovers. Certainly Saul's relationship with David was intense but nowhere is there any suggestion of sexual involvement. Samuel announces Saul's rejection as king (1 Samuel xv, 23) before Saul even meets David. Saul adored David (1 Samuel xvi, 21), but could this be because he was the son he wished he had had? Saul had been willing to execute Jonathan (1 Samuel xiv, 44) whom he despised (1 Samuel xx, 30). Jonathan may have had sexual feelings towards David: he is not recorded as having married. But this does not mean that David gratified them. In bizarre circumstances, David had married Jonathan's sister, Michal, and he was to have many wives (2 Samuel iii, 2). More likely David used Jonathan's infatuation for his own advantage. He was clearly adept at manipulating himself into power. Only later, in Bathsheba, did he meet his match. She not only seduced him but maintained her hold over him, so ensuring that her son Solomon and not David's eldest surviving son succeeded him.

Letter: Vote for Diana

Sir: We have a prime minister who won't ban land-mines, and a princess who would - long live democracy!

Clubbing: Sailors, 15 Fore Street, Newquay, Cornwall

Sailors, 15 Fore Street, Newquay, Cornwall (01637 872838). Thur/Fri/Sat , 9.30pm till late (ladies free before 10.30 on Sat) pounds 3

Cornwall hit by earthquake

West Cornwall was hit by its biggest earthquake in 15 years. The British Geological Survey said the tremor was felt in towns and villages from Padstow to Land's End, and measured 3.8 on the Richter scale. Police stations were inundated with calls, but there were no reports of injuries or serious damage.

Letter: Major's moggies

Sir: Cats wouldn't bark whoever won the election ("Major and Blair trade election blows on tax", 5 September) but the fat ones would purr if the Tories got in.
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