Director, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
HOW young does one have to be to read your paper? Am I in serious danger of people laughing behind my back as I collect it from my newsagent? To Anne McElvoy, "Standing at the Door" is an "angry old political folk song" (20 September). To me it is one of the songs Alex Glasgow wrote for Alan Plater's Close the Coalhouse Door, which I saw in 1972. If the 1970s produced "old folk songs", presumably the 1960s produced Saxon epics?
MARGARET A E BARTON
Corby Glen, Lincolnshire
YOUR feature on the impending demise of the "lion" hallmark ("British lion is replaced by a number in the age of the Euro hallmark", 20 September), seeks to portray it, and indeed the idea of being "British", as something that has been around forever. I would guess that the average Welsh, Scottish or Ulster person feels no affinity with this symbol of English bloody- mindedness.
STEPHEN HUGHES Hoylake, Merseyside
TUBERCULOSIS is a bacillus, not a virus (Review, 20 September). If your team invites me to dinner, I will enlighten them on the differences between the lactobacillus in their yoghurt and the penicillium spores on their bibs.
ALAN H JAMES
Carshalton Beeches, Surrey
NOT only is London Underground looking for someone who can give Japanese announcements, but I suspect you are too ("Soon the last train to Cockfosters...", 20 September). You match "Please seek another route" with the Japanese for "The up escalators are not working", and match that with the Japanese for "Please move right down inside the cars".
ROGER WILLIAMS, Glasgow