Fully trousered in the typ­ing pool

The Guardian - Journal - - Letters -

In the cold win­ter of 1978/9, I was work­ing in a large or­gan­i­sa­tion as their first woman so­lic­i­tor. The (male) boss in charge of the typ­ing pool (all fe­male) for­bade trousers (Suits you ma’am, 28 Novem­ber). I asked my boss if he minded if I wore trousers and his an­swer was, “so long as you do your job you can wear what you want”. I wore my trouser suit the next day. The typ­ing pool fol­lowed suit.

Sylvia Freed­man


Mar­garet Thatcher’s con­tri­bu­tion to sci­ence is so small as to be un­de­tectable (Let­ters, 30 Novem­ber). Her poli­cies had a malign ef­fect on sci­ence. It would be timely to com­mem­o­rate Caro­line Her­schel who came here from Ger­many and made mas­sive con­tri­bu­tions to astron­omy.

Dr John Cook­son


Martin Ket­tle views May’s “re­silience” as “awe­some” (Opin­ion, 29 Novem­ber). Gen­eral Melchett phrased it bet­ter in Black­ad­der Goes Forth: “If noth­ing else works, a to­tal pig-headed un­will­ing­ness to look facts in the face will see us through.”

Der­rick Cameron


“Al­co­hol is kind of the an­ti­dote to the stiff up­per lip…” (G2, 28 Novem­ber). As the porter in Mac­beth re­minds us, it can also be the an­ti­dote to stiff­ness else­where.

Michael Cun­ning­ham


Zoe Wil­liams asks in what known uni­verse can Santa be male, since the two core skills re­quired are re­mem­ber­ing who to get presents for and wrap­ping them (G2, 29 Novem­ber). Magic elves take care of those lit­tle tasks. He just likes to do the driv­ing and take all the credit.

Keith Hay­ward

Hove, East Sus­sex

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