Notes & Queries, Coun­try Di­ary, Good to Meet You and puz­zles

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If your tyres look tired, it’s be­cause some­one de­signed them that way Is planned ob­so­les­cence a thing? The ever-ris­ing tide of global warm­ing de­nial­ists would sug­gest so. Louis Robert­son, Carl­ton, Aus­tralia • It is said that in the sec­ond world war, mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle tyres lasted for ever. The lo­cal tyre deal­er­ship tells me that my ve­hi­cle’s win­ter tyres al­ready need re­plac­ing: two sea­sons and 30,000km. Heddi Lersey, Sur­rey, Bri­tish Columbia, Canada • Planned or un­planned. For ev­ery liv­ing thing it’s called death. Kate Light, Motueka, New Zealand • Once you’ve reached 70 you know it is. Martin Skogs­beck, Mou­g­ins, France • For ob­jects like light­bulbs, which could be made to last much longer, it’s a com­mer­cial thing. For liv­ing things, it’s called evo­lu­tion. David Isaacs, Syd­ney, Aus­tralia More reefer mad­ness Canada just le­galised cannabis. Should the rest of the world fol­low suit? Why not, let’s all go stum­bling down that yel­low brick road. Mar­i­lyn Hamil­ton, Perth, Western Aus­tralia • It’s high time they did. Michael Strong, Bris­bane, Aus­tralia • It would cer­tainly help the gen­eral pub­lic cope with al­ter­na­tive facts. Pe­ter Stone, Syd­ney, NSW, Aus­tralia • Let’s go to pot. Char­lie Bam­forth, Davis, Cal­i­for­nia, US Good times for goods Will ev­ery­thing be good in the end? Ev­ery­thing will be goods in the end – our whole planet mined and masspro­duced into plas­tic giz­mos. RM Frans­son, Wheat Ridge, Colorado US Politi­cians be­ware How would so­ci­ety change if lie-de­tec­tion pills were avail­able? If they were manda­tory for any­one run­ning for elec­tion, a new breed of politi­cians might emerge. Joan Daw­son, Hal­i­fax, Nova Sco­tia, Canada Any an­swers? What have hu­mans ever done that was ben­e­fi­cial for the planet? Fiona Cameron, Takaka, New Zealand Does a hot-air bal­loon in flight ac­tu­ally move? Brian Har­ri­son-Jennings, Hud­der­s­field, UK

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