Let­ter of the week Go­ing full throt­tle with Bet­je­man

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MY thanks to COUN­TRY LIFE for alert­ing me to Ed­ward Fox as Sir John Bet­je­man in Sand in the Sand­wiches (‘Putting poetry in mo­tion’, July 5)—as a re­sult, we man­aged to get tick­ets for a mat­inée.

Bet­je­man and I once had a word, when I was mo­tor­ing cor­re­spon­dent of the Lon­don Evening Stan­dard. The phone rang: ‘Mr Mor­ton? Bet­je­man here. Would I be cor­rect in think­ing that the ac­cel­er­a­tor of a mo­tor­car is known as the throt­tle?’ I as­sured him that it was and, in due course, Med­i­ta­tion on the A30 ap­peared, con­cern­ing an an­gry and im­pa­tient pipe-smok­ing driver who comes to grief on a cor­ner. Bet­je­man rhymed ‘throt­tle’ with ‘dot­tle’, but he’s to be for­given for al­low­ing me a mi­nus­cule con­tri­bu­tion to English poetry. Ian Mor­ton, Wilt­shire The writer of the let­ter of the week will win a bot­tle of Pol Roger Brut Réserve Cham­pagne

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