Suf­fer hay fever? Don’t blow your nose

The Guardian - Journal - - Letters -

It’s not just trees (We can’t chop down all th­ese trees and not harm our­selves, 15 May). The rail­way ecosys­tem in­cludes many other types of plant. On my trips from Winch­ester to Wa­ter­loo in the 1960s, I saw ev­er­last­ing peas ( Lathyrus lat­i­folius) in full flower, cas­cad­ing down the banks. There are still pock­ets of plant di­ver­sity on the route be­tween Cam­bridge and King’s Cross, thanks to Mar­garet Fuller, wife of the cross­ing keeper at Shep­reth, as recorded in The Il­lus­trated Vi­rago Book of Women Gar­den­ers (ed Deb­o­rah Kell­away; 1995).

Mar­garet Waddy


David Cox of­fers some good ad­vice (Seven ways to deal with hay fever, G2, 14 May) but misses out the real game-changer. Hay fever suf­fer­ers must not blow their noses. Ev­ery­one seems to know not to rub an ir­ri­tated eye, but not that blow­ing has much the same ef­fect on the nasal pas­sages – con­ges­tion, ir­ri­ta­tion, and more dis­charge.

Dr Stu­art Handy­sides

(Re­tired GP), Ware, Hert­ford­shire

Woody Guthrie’s words of long ago ap­ply: Some rob you with a six-gun and some with a foun­tain pen (Car­il­lion fall blamed on hubris and greed, 16 May). Why no pros­e­cu­tions?

Huw Kyf­fin


Is it my imag­i­na­tion or is the royal romance, and lead-up to the wedding, be­gin­ning to sound a little like the plot of Not­ting Hill Part II (Markle’s fa­ther ‘may miss her wedding after surgery’, 16 May)?

Tony Hart

Formby, Mersey­side Who is giv­ing Prince Harry away?

Mar­ion McNaughton

War­bur­ton, Cheshire Twit­ter: @gdncoun­try­di­ary

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