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Memorable occasions are often completely unexpected. On a trip to the Peak District I stumbled across a buddleia bush covered in peacock butterflies. It was a wonderful sight. How lucky we are to have such beautiful creatures living among us. Pat Lowther, Durham
Vital health check
I found your article on men’s health in issue 267 very interesting, but you missed one vital issue – abdominal aortic aneurysm or triple A. My husband was having a scan for a urinary tract infection when it was discovered he had an aneurysm. It was so enlarged that he was kept in hospital and operated on within 36 hours. Men over 65 should receive a letter from their doctor advising them that they can have a scan, which only takes about 15 minutes. Triple A doesn’t have any symptoms, and can be life-threatening if it should burst. My husband and I are so grateful that it was found in time. Mavis Wallace, St Albans
Little white lies
Accepting every social invitation can be exhausting and expensive, but when people asked me over the phone, I found it difficult to say no – until I thought of this. Now, if I don’t fancy doing something I say: “Let me just check my calendar.” After a few moments, I say: “Oh no, I’ve got something else on that day/night.” If they ask: “Can’t you cancel?” I say: “I haven’t seen them for ages and they’ll be upset.” This way it sounds as if I don’t really want to go, so the person won’t feel too bad about me turning down their invitation. Some may think this is dishonest