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Bet­ter go get your ar­mour

In ‘Knightly News ‘ [De­cem­ber 12] Dun­can Greive il­lus­trated that he may have not yet at­tended a joust­ing tour­na­ment in New Zealand. For him to sug­gest that these events are for those in­ter­ested in jour­ney­ing to sim­pler times misses the point. The au­then­tic­ity of the sur­round­ing me­dieval vil­lage, range of chal­leng­ing events, horse­man­ship and care­fully crafted ar­mour are all sig­nals of a high level of fi­nesse and de­tail. I would like Squire Greive to at­tend the “big one”, the Grail of Chivalry World In­vi­ta­tional Joust­ing Com­pe­ti­tion in Up­per Hutt on 19-20 Fe­bru­ary. If he can make it we’ll in­tro­duce him to the Orcs – three scenes from Lord of the Rings were filmed there. Paul Lam­bert, via email

Dif­fer­ent strokes

Re: ‘Name and Shame’, De­cem­ber 12. Some years ago I read an ar­ti­cle about some re­search which had con­cluded that chil­dren who were given strange names were, over­all, less suc­cess­ful in later life than those with more tra­di­tional names. I sup­pose this wouldn’t worry chil­dren of rock stars or film ac­tors, where money isn’t a con­sid­er­a­tion. Alan Mil­ton, Cam­bridge

A hap­pen­ing thing

Well done on the im­prove­ments to Sun­day

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