Could the rise in crashes involving pedestrians be explained in part by increased cell phone use (“He was quick…he just ran you over”: What It’s Like to Be Hit by an SUV, Nov. 22)? As a cyclist who uses shared paths a lot, I’m amazed at how many people walk around staring at their phones, oblivious to what’s going on around them.
Martin Kettle refers to Scotland’s “often brutal social media culture” (on 23 November, the Supreme Court’s rejection of Indyref2 left Sturgeon more isolated than ever). Contrary to the moderate social media culture that prevails in the UK, what would that be? Jings, that “wayward and reckless” Scottish online world sounds scary – thank goodness it stopped at the border.
Michael Parrish wants £500,000 each for a place in his nuclear bunker (“When you hear the four-minute warning”…what happened to Britain’s nuclear bunkers?, 24 November). Can he tell us where he will put this money and why he thinks it will be worth more than seashells or simple barter when he becomes King of Essex 10-20 years from now?
Your article about the late “Sir Alfred” who spent almost 20 years at Charles de Gaulle (the “terminal man” lived at Paris airports for 18 years. I will never forget the time spent with him Weeks, 23rd November), reminding me of the original Guardian article about him (which I still have) inspired me to send him a pair of socks. I wonder if he ever received them?
Great Ayton, North Yorkshire
Of course, if you have to explain what they mean, the “word of the year” contenders should be left out (Oxford’s word of the year will be voted on for the first time on 21 November).