My classmates never wrote anything but Norwich or Burma on the end of letters to their loved ones. The pre-eminence of Norwich and Burma could be due to Alan Bennett, whose monologue on the subject considered the possible effect of the Bishop of Norwich signing his letters 'Norwich', and the dangers of a Burma sign-off when there is a man living upstairs.
But perhaps other towns and countries have been acronymed. Certainly the vocabulary of the British love letter needs to range more widely. So, with Valentine's Day looming, Weekend is offering a romantic Valentine's Day weekend for two in Norwich to the reader who sends in the best publishable acronym for one, or indeed all, of the following places: Erith, Todmorden, Namibia, Wales. The winner will enjoy a two-night half- board package for two at the three-star, riverside Nelson Hotel, to be taken any time in February.
Please send your suggestion, by 31 January, to: Frank Barrett (Norwich), The Independent, 40 City Road, London EC1Y 2DB. The winner will be announced on 5 February.Reuse content