The Wizard of Oz’s hu­man­i­tar­ian spirit

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There is a very dif­fer­ent in­ter­pre­ta­tion to be made of The Wizard of Oz (The Wizard of Oz was a grisly pre­dic­tor of Trump’s US, 4 De­cem­ber). The lyrics were writ­ten by Yip Har­burg, the son of im­mi­grant Jewish par­ents from Rus­sia. “Some­where over the rain­bow” surely speaks of an im­mi­grant’s hope for a bet­ter world and the jour­ney to Oz the quest to find a place of safety. Har­burg also wrote the lyrics to the great an­them of the de­pres­sion, “Brother can you spare a dime”, and was known as Broad­way’s so­cial con­science. It’s his hu­man­i­tar­ian spirit that pre­vails. Jo Glanville


• Lon­don, please keep up! This idea of bingo with DJs, danc­ing on the ta­bles, cock­tails and hip­sters has been go­ing on in Liver­pool for years at Bongo’s Bingo in Camp and Fur­nace, in the Baltic Tri­an­gle. The Lon­don ver­sion looks rather tame (Cock­tails and DJs on the cards as bingo hits the jack­pot for a new gen­er­a­tion, 1 De­cem­ber). Greg Quiery


• Robin Burt (Let­ters, 5 De­cem­ber) and John Crace shouldn’t knock look­ing (or be­ing) old. It has some ad­van­tages. This week I found my­self pro­moted to the head of the queue to get the boiler mended as “vul­ner­a­ble” hav­ing given my age. I wasn’t go­ing to ar­gue that I can still get up hills. Mar­garet Squires

St An­drews, Fife

• Clive Boutle (Let­ters, 5 De­cem­ber) fails to men­tion the late, still greatly missed play­wright, Nick Darke, in his list of dis­tinc­tive Cor­nish writ­ers. Philip Jack­son


• Re fe­male friend­ships on TV (Let­ters, 4 De­cem­ber), let us also re­mem­ber the ground­break­ing Cag­ney & Lacey from the 1980s. Jean Jack­son

Seer Green, Buck­ing­hamshire

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