We’re lucky to have beautiful kingfishers
£25 STAR LETTER
I was down on the shore of the River Annan early one morning recently when this beautiful kingfisher came flashing past me.
I had to move so slowly with my large camera lens to bring it up for a shot as any movement or sound would have scared him off.
It’s so much fun to enjoy a special moment like that – the thrill when you know a wild bird is just a few feet away from you is amazing.
There’s no doubt this is Britain’s most brilliantly coloured bird and we’re lucky to have it.
Jim Halliday, Annan Gender agenda In your feature last week, Scottish Labour leadership contender Richard Leonard says he has “a strong track record on gender equality”.
But he then contradicts himself by stating he’s “been arguing in the Labour Party for 25 years for all-female shortlists”.
Surely this is antimale and thus against equality? Tim Mickleburgh, Grimsby
Net worth Here is why I shop online: when I asked for my regular brand of pipe tobacco at the local supermarket, the assistant told me they no longer stocked it.
“What else do you have then?” I asked.
“I’m not allowed to show you,” she replied.
“But how can I choose another tobacco if I don’t know what you have? I asked. She remained silent. So I returned home and searched the internet. The online shops displayed a wide choice so I selected the tobacco I wanted and, by ordering a number of packets to reduce the delivery charge, the net cost of a 50g packet was only marginally more than that of buying locally. Ian M. Malcolm, St Andrews Brexit strategy The SNP leadership wants us to focus on the ill-feeling they are seeking to generate over Brexit.
What they do not want us to think about are the consequences if they eventually take us out of the UK and back into the EU.
This would handing all those powers back to Europe and, if JeanClaude Juncker gets his way, a great deal more across finance, defence and currency as his vision of a European superstate continues to take shape. Keith Howell, West Linton
And finally... What starts with E, ends with E, but only has one letter in it?
Steve Miller, Hawick
Reader Jim Halliday’s snap of the kingfisher