Letter: A slice of life

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Sir: I have read Phil Llewellin's article (Gardening, 16 January) and correspondence (23 January) with interest. I was given my Swiss army knife by my father some 25 years ago. It has been with me and subsequently my family since then, opening cans easily.

It is now the all-purpose knife in the changing bag, vital support for our three- and two-year-old children. Although the Swiss army may not march on its stomach with this sort of knife, our family has travelled Europe, through three generations for a quarter of a century with this invaluable tool.

Yours faithfully,


London, N10

23 January