Alan Machin (Letters, 27 November) is right when he suggests a charitable antidote to Black Friday. #givingtuesday (28 November) provides exactly that – a chance to give something back after the consumerism of the past weekend, and asks people to “do good stuff”. This could be supporting their favourite charity by donating, volunteering time or lending their voice on social media. It could be something as simple as helping a relative, friend or stranger. We have brought together around 2,000 organisations to support #givingtuesday, which takes place in 70 countries around the world. Please join us.
Director of communications, Charities Aid Foundation
Driving our camper van in the UK, we have noticed few insects on the windscreen (Letters, 25 November). Travelling through France this autumn, we had to stop every 50 miles to scrape them off.
I sympathise with John Crace’s self-consciousness about going to see Paddington 2 without a child in tow (25 November). My wife and I were similarly afflicted and had resigned ourselves to waiting for the DVD, so we were greatly relieved when our daughter threatened to throw a tantrum unless we took her. She is 24.
“We need the Guardian’s values now more than ever before” (Letters, 25 November). Same issue: “Tamara Ecclestone – My Family Values”. Why give house room to such people?
Brodick, Isle of Arran
“All Frozen Pain” (Review, 25 November) was a thoughtful examination of various interpretations of Swan Lake. However, the Dying Swan is not “Swan Lake’s most famous solo”. This dance, choreographed for Pavlova by Michel Fokine, was performed to music by Saint-Saëns from his Carnival of the Animals (The Swan) and has no connection with Tchaikovsky’s ballet.
Re “Duetting with the dead – even harder than it sounds” (G2, 27 November). Might I suggest we refer to this creepy sub-genre as “necrophonia”?
Sado Island, Japan