The French know how to do lunch | Brief letters

Wine at lunch | Cleaning products | Words for loo | Moorhens | Brexit soundtracks | The Scottish diet

Re long lunch breaks (Letters, 25 February), I once had lunch in one of the canteens at Airbus in Toulouse. I was astonished to see a couple of colleagues sharing a bottle of wine bought from the canteen. I was even more astonished to see that they didn’t feel the need to finish the bottle and returned it on the tray along with their empty plates.
Phil Thompson
Cairndow, Argyll and Bute

• Having read your article on cleaning (Coming clean, G2, 21 February), I am amazed that I and my family are still alive.
Kate Fearnhead
Morecambe, Lancashire

• The list of words for lavatory (Letters, 25 February) reminds me of an incident in Uganda 60 years ago. I was kept waiting by a government officer who, when he finally appeared, explained he had been “in the smallest room”. It took me a moment to realise what he meant.
Betty Clarke
Malvern, Worcestershire

• In what world is a moorhen a threat (Wildlife watchdog issues licences to destroy 170,000 birds and their eggs, 23 February)?
Kathleen Thompson
Cambridge

• A Beatles Brexit medley: We Can Work it Out, The Long and Winding Road, Help! (Letters, passim)
Billy Morrison
Ayr, Ayrshire

• It may well be that the Scots invented scones and cook them on girdles (Letters, 22 February). They also invented stovies, lorne and square sausage, which give them more recourse to girdles than meets the eye.
Anita Bromley
Prestonpans, East Lothian

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