NOTES & QUERIES

The Guardian Weekly - - Diversions -

If the chief cri­te­rion is mak­ing the world bet­ter, then pets should win

Who would you nom­i­nate for a No­bel prize, in any cat­e­gory, and why?

Mar­garet Drabble, for Lit­er­a­ture, for her nov­els and hun­dreds of well­drawn char­ac­ters, many of whom I feel as if I know. They’re in­tel­lec­tual, funny, flawed and re­veal some­thing about the hu­man con­di­tion.

Sarah Klen­bort, Syd­ney, Aus­tralia

• I’d nom­i­nate our Labrador retriever, Britt, for the peace prize. Be­cause she makes the world a bet­ter place. Michael Olin, Holt, UK

• I would nom­i­nate Dr Mun­jad al Mud­eris, who es­caped Iraq’s mur­der­ous regime and sur­vived Aus­tralia’s cruel de­ten­tion poli­cies for refugees who ar­rive by boat. He is one of the world’s lead­ing or­thopaedic sur­geons who gives mo­bil­ity to am­putees.

Mar­garet Wilkes, Perth, West­ern Aus­tralia

But they love their Mums!

Aren’t boy­bands in­her­ently sex­ist?

Only if girl­bands are too. Carmel Isaacs, Syd­ney, Aus­tralia

• Not if the rea­son they don’t have girls in the band is be­cause their girl­friends won’t let them. Mar­garet Wyeth, Vic­to­ria, British Columbia, Canada

• Of course not. I’m sure they all love their Mums. Mar­i­lyn Hamil­ton, Perth, West­ern Aus­tralia

• The fact that young girls adore them is all that mat­ters. Jene­fer War­wick James, Padding­ton, NSW, Aus­tralia

Denial is just the place

Where should I live if I want to es­cape cli­mate change?

On the moon. The cli­mate there is most sta­ble. Michael Gold­een, Car­son City, Ne­vada, US

• The South Pole might see you out. But would you re­ally want to live there?

Joan Daw­son, Hal­i­fax, Nova Sco­tia, Canada

Any an­swers?

I have met peo­ple called Black, White or Brown but never Red or Blue. Why?

Richard Moss, Holmes Chapel, UK

What hap­pened to the fam­ily?

E Slack, L’Isle Jour­dain, France

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