The venerable, and beautiful, photo-portrait of Frank Bowling (Bowling them over, 30 May) brings to mind playing football with him in Battersea Park in the early 1960s. As we tussled in midfield he explained that in New York his peers judged a painter solely by the amount of money he was making. From this single encounter I have tracked and admired his work ever since. Particularly satisfying, therefore, to read about his public recognition, and his first retrospective at the Tate.
• Andrew Mayers (I’m the gutter gourmet: how I spent a month eating other people’s leftovers, theguardian.com, 30 May) may “feel more streamlined, more connected, less anxious” and be playing better tennis, but has he considered the long-term effects (Eating highly processed food linked with risk of early death, 30 May)?
• What a coincidence! On the very day that your article was published (Bumblebees hit by harsh weather in 2018, 29 May) my husband uncovered a white-tailed bumblebee nest – in the very place where he wanted to build a wood store. Now I can join the BeeWalk scheme.
Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway
• I’m sure the public sector will be delighted to see another indication that “austerity is over” (UK spends £97m on Brexit advisers, 30 May).
Andrew J Langstone
Solihull, West Midlands
• If only I’d known that golf had been upgraded from a game to a sport, I’d have got all 12 (Wordsearch, 28 May).
• A contender for the 21st-century Model T (Letters, 30 May) is the G-Wiz. Made in India.
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