Blind ignorance is no way to “manage the disease” (Former vaccines chief sounds warning about UK pandemic readiness, 30 November). The withdrawal of free lateral flow tests, and no way of reporting a positive test even if you do buy some, is a medieval approach to public health. Our household of three (including a 93-year-old with dementia) have all had Covid, and are still suffering the after-effects two weeks later. Perhaps we should daub a cross on our door?
• Re hoarding (You be the judge: should my gran throw out her hoard of reusable bags?, 2 December), when I was helping my late 80-year-old aunt get ready to move house, I found a drawer chock-a-block with paper bags and balls of string. In the corner was a small cardboard box. I opened it and said: “What on earth?” “It’s my father’s teeth,” my aunt said. “They might come in handy.”
• Tim Dowling’s predicament of being lost backstage (I’m trapped in the dark. Will anyone come and find me?, 3 December) mirrors that of Spinal Tap, who wander purposefully through a maze-like basement shouting “Rock’n’roll!” while above them the crowd resorts to a slow handclap and booing. At least he did not suffer the fate of any of their drummers.
• The extent of the decline of Christianity in this country (Letters, 1 December) came home to me when I read of a woman wishing to buy a crucifix. She asked the shop assistant for “the cross with the little man on it”.