As the bookseller said to the archbishop

Letters


Your coverage of the Extinction Rebellion protest has been exemplary. In line with their demand to “tell the truth”, perhaps headlines about climate change affecting us right now could take a less celebratory tone (Temperature records tumble as UK basks in Easter sunshine, 22 April).
Caroline Betterton
Chichester, West Sussex

• I cannot top Emily Maitlis’s claim that she once spotted Bill Clinton reading the Kama Sutra in a hotel bookshop (Report, 19 April). Some years ago I saw the then archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, browsing the bestseller table in our local Waterstones in Canterbury. Like Emily, I couldn’t resist looking to see what he was reading; I was rather surprised and amused that it was Fifty Shades of Grey.
Colleen Howard
Canterbury, Kent

• We have heard about cwningen and coinín, the Welsh and Irish words for rabbit (Letters, passim), but there has been no mention of the English coney, in common until the 18th century and still used, I believe, in some English dialects.
Robert Proctor
Nottingham

• Noting the perceived novel solution to the political problems of Ukraine (Actor Zelenskiy turns fiction into fact with landslide win in Ukraine election, 22 April), and our own relative chaos with Brexit, it is such a pity that Paul Eddington is no longer with us. His wisdom as the PM, Jim Hacker, would surely have served us well.
Hugh Mortimer
Deal, Kent

• Please can we have Sidse Babett Knudsen, who played Birgitte Nyborg in Borgen, as PM? She can’t do a worse job than most of the current candidates.
Margaret Squires
St Andrews, Fife

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