Music on a picnic? Don’t, just don’t | Brief letters

Crufts and Covid-19 | Strong as a teabag | Coronavirus deaths | Tom Jones’s Delilah | Picnics and music

Re your article (‘We were packed like sardines’: evidence grows of mass-event dangers early in pandemic, 3 June), during the Crufts dog show at the NEC in Birmingham, from 5 March to 8 March, over 150,000 visitors from all over the world crammed into airless, crowded exhibition halls. Just a few weeks later, all NEC events were cancelled and a Nightingale hospital was being built on the site. The lockdown was too late. It would be interesting to know how many Crufts patrons have been infected.
Jayne Sillitoe
Astwood Bank, Worcestershire

• Martin Kettle’s article (Johnson’s ‘mission accomplished’ mode on Covid-19 shows how rattled he is, 3 June) reminded me of that old saying: “People are like teabags, you don’t know how strong they are until you put them in hot water!” Donald Trump also springs to mind.
Tricia Mitchell
Morecambe, Lancashire

• Am I alone in noticing that the three countries with the highest death rates from Covid-19 are all run by rightwing populist governments?
David Walker
Voutre, France

• Michael Hann says of Delilah that it is the song “in which he is compelled to murder his lover for her infidelity” (Tom Jones’s 20 greatest songs – ranked!, 4 Jun). Not, then, the song in which he goes to a woman’s house with a knife, attacks, murders and then victim-blames her?
Jane James
Worcester Park, London

• Saima Khan advises taking music and a portable charger to a picnic in the park (Don’t forget the cocktails: how to have the perfect picnic, 4 June). Don’t. Just don’t.
David Singer

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