Q: Many years ago at the tender age of 15, I came home sporting my first tattoo. Mum and Dad were none too pleased and an elderly aunt who was staying had an attack of ‘the vapours’ and had to fortify herself with smelling salts. What were smelling salts made of and do neurotic aunties still use them? Jimmy Munday, Shotley, Suffolk, Q: Falernian wine was highly esteemed by the ancient Romans. What grape was it made from and is anything like it still made today?
Mike Hughes, Holyport, Berks. Q: Is there any living creature that doesn’t require a period of sleep, hibernation or dormancy to survive?
Maurice Bligh, Sittingbourne, Kent.