Sir: James Seymour (letter, 15 November) is right that the two-minute silence must be put behind us. Having spent a number of years overseas recently, I can see Britain with fresh eyes. This country is obsessed with the past, particularly the regular regurgitation of the Second World War. There is a marked inability to let go. This attitude does us no favours. Indeed, even your front page article on a quiz show ("I started so now I'll finish", 15 November) refers to the war. For heaven's sake, is there no end to it?