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• Re­cently, dur­ing a voy­age out to the Great Bar­rier Reef, I read about the 800km odyssey of the lost-and­found wa­ter­proof cam­era (8 De­cem­ber). Later in the day I dropped my own wa­ter­proof cam­era. A week later, when it was re­turned to me, I checked the pho­tos. Although the cam­era was turned off, the last shot, like the cam­era in the story, showed the mo­ment I lost it – a fluke shot of the dive deck. Do th­ese cam­eras have aban­don­ment is­sues? Stella Martin Cairns, Queens­land, Australia

• Jonathan Freed­land’s wish that It’s time for Bri­tain to end the spe­cial re­la­tion­ship (8 De­cem­ber) may have been granted when it voted in favour of the UN res­o­lu­tion ask­ing the US to re­scind its de­ci­sion to move its em­bassy to Jerusalem. Kitty Monk Auck­land, New Zealand

• I read Natalie Nougayrède’s piece about Putin and Rus­sia (15 De­cem­ber), not­ing the com­ment that “In­fight­ing among the rul­ing elite is on dis­play, with the trial of a for­mer min­is­ter for bribery.” How many regimes have a min­is­ter for bribery? Stu­art L Grassie Cam­bridge, UK

• Since I am a re­tired psy­chi­a­trist, Oliver Burke­man’s col­umn of 15 De­cem­ber about dreams pro­voked a mem­ory. I once stayed with a psy­cho­an­a­lyst friend who had a flat on Cen­tral Park South in New York City. His spare bed­room was his con­sult­ing room, and I slept on the couch. The first thing usu­ally asked when I men­tioned my host and the ac­com­mo­da­tion was, “What kinds of dreams did you have?” to which I could only re­ply, “Noth­ing spe­cial, just the usual rub­bish, no pre­cog­ni­tions.” Jaime Smith Vic­to­ria, Bri­tish Columbia, Canada

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