NOTES & QUERIES
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
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