There’s no shortage of rightwing jokes
I have two additions to your excellent article (How to stop your bicycle from being stolen, 28 August). First personalise your bike – in my case with flowers. My husband has put masking tape to hide all the manufacturer’s details. Paint works well. The second recommendation is Pinhead locks, which require a key to remove pedals, headset, saddle etc. This deters thieves since they would be unlikely to be able to sell the bike.
• The movie meal that stays in my mind (Letters, 30 August) is in Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover: the deliciously cooked Alan Howard is stuffed with his own books and served to Michael Gambon in Le Hollandais restaurant by his unfaithful wife, Helen Mirren.
• Stuart Jeffries, reviewing a TV programme about Spurs, writes that it “comes from our boringly sanitised era of sports documentary” (31 August). No mention of the excruciatingly honest Sunderland ’Til I Die, which certainly doesn’t.
• Shortage of rightwing comedians (Rightwing comedians not funny enough for BBC shows, says insider, 1 September)? Haven’t they tried the cabinet?
• Simon Case’s appointment as head of the civil service (Report, 1 September) presumably qualifies him as Head Case.
Dr Patrick O’Sullivan
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