Peter Mayle’s view of the locals in his area conformed to Parisian as well as English stereotypes (Obituary, 22 January). Seeing a local woman reading the recently published Une année en Provence when it first came out, I started to excuse myself for Mayle’s depiction of those who had worked for him. Mais non, she insisted. It was completely vrai and so amusant.
It takes a lot to cheer me up in the gloomy days of January but Tramp’s Spinal Tap themed crossword (23 January) made me smile all day.
Headley Down, Hampshire
My Californian girlfriend in 1971 expressed concern when my friend informed her in his very “cockerney” accent of his need to go home for a “barf” (Letters, 23 January) before our planned night out.
Derek Leon Elton
Todmorden, West Yorkshire
If a government spokesman can claim that “the best route out of poverty is through employment and since 2010 an extra 3 million are now in work” (Report, 24 January), why is child poverty increasing?
Enough already with the bell-ringing jokes (Letters, 22 January). A peal of bells is a carillon. Carillion is a word dreamt up by some branding executive. Consider yourself tolled off.
I see Oslo no longer appears in Around the world on the Weather page. Is this lack of space in the tabloid or a result of the Norwegian government’s remarks about post-Brexit trade relations with the EU ?
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