It’s straight from the horse’s mouth

The Guardian - Journal - - Letters -

Is there any hard ev­i­dence that leads a group of aca­demics to state “Bri­tish uni­ver­si­ties are the strong­est and most at­trac­tive in Europe” (Let­ters, 9 Jan­uary)? Have they taken ac­count of the de­cline in stu­dent num­bers, es­pe­cially among those from the EU?

Jenny Ri­d­ley

Can­ter­bury

I ap­pre­ci­ate the irony of your lead let­ter (10 Jan­uary) with its con­cern for the “dis­pos­sessed” who have “had enough” com­ing from a Tory MP. Cheeky.

John Airs

Liver­pool

Sound de­sign­ers can’t tell one neigh from an­other and pic­ture ed­i­tors can’t tell one horse’s mouth from an­other. That horse in your ar­ti­cle isn’t neigh­ing (G2, 7 Jan­uary) – it’s dis­play­ing the flehmen re­sponse, curl­ing its up­per lip to cap­ture pheromones and other scents in its mouth. Stal­lions do it near mares in sea­son, but mares do it too, par­tic­u­larly when they have re­cently foaled.

Emma Dally

London

I won­der why a “glass half full” per­son is seen as more pos­i­tive than a “glass half empty” per­son (Short­cuts, G2, 9 Jan­uary). If your glass is half empty you never lose. You al­ways ex­pect the worst and are never dis­ap­pointed when things go wrong. If the worst doesn’t hap­pen that’s a bonus. It’s a win-win!

Estelle Smart

Malvern, Worces­ter­shire

Among the many rea­sons why I am a life­long reader of the Guardian is the ex­pec­ta­tion of a long life. The death an­nounce­ments (9 Jan­uary) bear out my point. Two at 82, 92, two at 94, 96 and 103.

Penny Jaques

Ox­ford Twit­ter: @gdncoun­try­di­ary

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