Pooh fun for all ages
■ At our local garden centre, there is a lovely garden with a river running through which has a bridge over it. They have put this box on it so children can play Pooh sticks. I thought it was a lovely idea, and for adults too!
Jeanette Young, Worcs
Floating your boat
■ Margaret Mather’s recent article A Life on the Ocean Wave brought back lots of fond memories of my school cruise. The holiday was an annual event and we all looked forward to it being our turn. I went to my memory box and found the folder given to us, including my identity card of me aged 15, a bon voyage from our headmistress and the payment card for the cruise, a grand total of £84.50! We cruised on the SS Nevasa, flying to Venice then cruising to Turkey, Lebanon and
■ I couldn’t believe it when a cashier at a supermarket was reported to the management for politely asking a customer to refrain from using a mobile phone at the checkout. By way of apology, the managers plied the customer with vouchers for the store. This kind of phone use goes on a lot in supermarkets, with customers balancing phones up by their ears while packing their bags with their free hands. This particular customer paid by card and never once acknowledged the cashier the whole time. Don’t these people realise that checkout staff are real people with feelings, not robots? I’ve never seen such rudeness in my life. Has anyone else experienced this? Joanne Maggs, East Sussex Crete. All this took place in November 1971. I know I’m very lucky and thank my parents for affording this holiday. And I’m so pleased I kept all the photos and information.
Pamela Hill, Lincs
■ I was very interested in Margaret Mather’s mention of the ship Dunera. My husband served aboard the then troopship Dunera as a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1956/57, sailing from Southampton. One of the trips was to pick up troops from the Suez Canal and he also had similar experiences of rough seas in the Bay of Biscay, smashing a porthole on one occasion. We even named our house
Ann Lee, Essex