Too late for Nor­ris the Rub­ber­man, alas

The Guardian - Journal - - Letters -

The ref­er­ence to “the van­ity of the bon­fires” (Let­ters, 5 Novem­ber) with re­gard to Lewes bon­fire was amus­ing and apt. But the re­al­ity of sit­ting here with a shak­ing, ter­ri­fied dog af­ter en­dur­ing hours of sound ef­fects redo­lent of a war zone is an an­nual tor­ture for those many Lewe­sians who do not find this ar­chaic, re­dun­dant night­mare any fun at all.

Mary Jack­son

Offham, East Sus­sex

Grimsby’s Kas­bah has been placed on the her­itage risk list (Re­port, 8 Novem­ber), but it is too late, alas, to save Nor­ris the Rub­ber­man, the Pas­ture Street shop that sold all man­ner of rub­ber goods from trawler gloves to nose flutes (I still have mine) but strangely, for a port, no con­doms.

Rick Hall


Re Paul Evans’ ar­ti­cle (Coun­try di­ary, 7 Novem­ber), may I re­mind you of the 19th-cen­tury folk­song: “We lived upon net­tles when net­tles was good / and Water­loo por­ridge was the best of our food.” Water­loo por­ridge was net­tle soup. On few menus now.

Cyril Ed­wards

Abing­don, Oxfordshire

If there is a case for not putting Roald Dahl on a coin be­cause of his an­ti­semitism (Re­port, 7 Novem­ber), is there one for re­mov­ing Win­ston Churchill from the £5 note be­cause of his anti-Arab racism?

Michael Cun­ning­ham


Pre­scrib­ing books on the NHS is a bril­liant idea (Let­ters, 7 Novem­ber). In the mean­time, you can pro­vide books to young peo­ple in need by sub­scrib­ing as a friend to BookTrust.

Amanda Nor­rie


Has Theresa May stopped go­ing to church on Sun­days?

Nigel Healey

Aboyne, Aberdeen­shire

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