Re getting a tattoo later in life, my twin brother, Phil, a gifted physics teacher, got one of the formula for Newton’s law of universal of gravitation after his 70th birthday (‘It is a celebration of my body!’ Meet the people who had their first tattoo after 60, 14 December). Phil unfortunately died this year, and his tattoo – F = -GmM/r2 – was written on his coffin and is now on stickers on our family cars. It remains a talking point and a way to remember a loved one and his wish to teach others.
As a pupil at a girls’ secondary modern in the 1960s, my memories of home economics lessons are somewhat different from those of Jennifer Kennerley (Letters, 13 December). We learned how to lay out a nice tea tray and how to make lots of cakes, with a whole term on a Christmas cake, including handmade icing roses. All lovely, but a life tool? Not so much.
The compiler of your quick crossword (14 December) may “thrum” their guitar, but I strum mine. Perhaps that’s where I’m going wrong?
To get guests to leave (Your niece is suddenly vegan! How to survive the 12 disasters of Christmas, 14 December), my 105-year-old great aunt would simply say: “Well, dears, that’s been a lovely visit.”
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