The Guardian Weekly - - Diversions -

Re­fer­ring to the cold is bad enough, but there are far chill­ier things to face

What word in English most chills the blood? Diet.

Carmel Isaacs, Syd­ney, Aus­tralia

• Cry­on­ics.

Rhys Win­ter­burn, Perth, Western Aus­tralia

• Enema.

Jamie Ether­ing­ton, Ellinbank, Vic­to­ria, Aus­tralia

• Win­ter.

Jene­fer War­wick James, Padding­ton, NSW, Aus­tralia

You won’t be sleep­ing

Why is ‘hav­ing bag­gage’ seen as a bad thing? Too often it does not end up in the same air­port as you.

David Isaacs, Syd­ney, Aus­tralia

• It’s when the bag­gage’s owner de­fies the laws of physics and suc­ceeds in stuff­ing it into the over­head bin to the detri­ment of my mod­est bag. Mar­garet Wyeth, Vic­to­ria, BC, Canada

• Be­cause it can be ex­ces­sively costly.

Char­lie Bam­forth, Davis, Cal­i­for­nia, US

De­signed to fail? Yes

Is planned ob­so­les­cence re­ally a thing?

Dis­pos­able cam­eras, inkjet print­ers de­signed to fail, re­pair costs ex­ceed­ing those of re­place­ment: planned ob­so­les­cence is all too real. Ur­sula Nixon, Bo­dalla, NSW, Aus­tralia

Join us on the high road

Canada just le­galised cannabis. Should the rest of the world fol­low suit? I’d rec­om­mend a joint ap­proach.

David Tucker, Halle, Ger­many • In keep­ing with our in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion as friendly, fair-minded folks, Canada has le­galised pot. We in­vite the rest of the world to join us on the “high road”. Earl St Jean, Wark­worth, Canada • Just wait and seed.

Mac Brad­den, Port Hope, Canada

Any an­swers?

Hu­mans are very good at tak­ing from the planet. What have we given back? Fiona Cameron, Takaka, New Zea­land

What app do you want in­vented?

Co­ralie Jenkin, Syd­ney, Aus­tralia

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