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SIR: Mar­garet Dibben wor­ries (Septem­ber is­sue) that hole-in-the-wall ma­chines are go­ing the way of the cheque. Not sur­pris­ing. Since fi­nally mas­ter­ing Ap­ple Pay on my iphone and the ap­pear­ance of con­tact­less card ma­chines in cabs, I’ve al­most for­got­ten the code needed to per­suade an ATM to dis­gorge the fold­ing stuff.

But there are dan­gers of go­ing cash­less. Stay­ing at a posh B&B in deep­est Sus­sex, I was asked by the ter­ri­fy­ing chate­laine if I wished to pay ‘cash or cheque?’ When I stut­tered about hav­ing nei­ther, the for­mer deb (who would have been a re­tired brigadier had women’s lib come along ear­lier) barked, ‘Well, it’s the wash­ing-up then.’ My phone came to the res­cue. The bank app al­lowed me to trans­fer £150 di­rectly into her ac­count and es­cape en­forced drudgery. Peter Bill, Maidstone, Kent

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