Golden rule on the roads | Hummus homage | Line drawn on leftovers | Great British institutions
I read Peter Walker’s piece about changes to the Highway Code with interest (Common myths about what UK Highway Code changes will mean, 24 January). I have long thought that the vast majority of the Highway Code’s content could be wrapped up in one simple piece of advice that all road users would do well to remember: “Do as you would be done by.”
Director, RAC Foundation
• The picture Yotam Ottolenghi paints isn’t quite accurate (Yotam Ottolenghi on the most important ingredient in any kitchen: diversity, 22 January). We had pomegranates as children in the 1950s and 60s. They were from an ordinary greengrocer – I remember eating the pips using a pin. And hummus was definitely here well over 25 years ago. I first bought it from a Safeway supermarket in the mid-1970s.
• I also use up old vegetables and savoury leftovers in soup with the addition of Marmite and tomato puree, although I draw the line at a friend’s mother-in-law’s variation that involved scraping visitors’ plates into the boiling mixture. I’ve never yet had the willpower to come by old cake (Letters, 24 January).
• To the nominations of the British institutions that we should be proud of (Letters, 24 January), I would add the Open University, set up by the Labour government in the 1960s. Harold Wilson often talked about it as his proudest achievement as prime minister. Those were the days.
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