As the equally passionate and also self-elected chair of the bilingual Cymdeithas Gadwedigaeth Saws Bara o Gymru / The Bread Sauce Preservation Society of Wales, may I take advantage of the brief letters column to invite my opposite number in England, Gill Empson, and her member(s), to consider an international alliance of our organisations (Letters, 8 January)?
Carrog, Sir Ddinbych
• First sightings of bumblebees in my Derbyshire garden over the last nine years: 7 March 2015, 20 March 2016, 12 March 2017, 24 March 2018, 27 February 2019, 16 February 2020, 27 February 2021, 26 February 2022, 7 January 2023.
• I’m afraid that Graham Russell’s experience – of receiving an item a month after it was posted first-class – is far from being a record (Letters, 8 January). I have a distinct memory of receiving first-class mail on the day after it was posted.
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
• Thanks to John Crace for his digested read of Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare (12 January). As for the digested read, digested, I would suggest “Willy is cold”.
Dr Phil Denton
• Could this be the briefest letter?