Humour and humility to boot | Brief letters

Obituaries | Gareth Southgate | Letter writers’ ages | Jacob Rees-Mogg | Ulysses

Harold’s father, Geoffrey “Jacko” Jackson did not work for Thames Water but rather the Metropolitan Water Board (Obituary, 9 June). The idea of supplying water for profit would have been anathema to both Harold and his father. I remember when I worked with Jacko, how proud he was that his son worked for the Guardian.
David F Groen
Enfield, London

• “These players have a level of humility that is really important. We pride ourselves on it,” says England’s manager (England ‘can’t be shrinking violets’ against Scotland, says Gareth Southgate, 17 June). Delighted to see the England team are proud of their humility.
Dr Peter Phillips

• An average week at 74 years, two months. Monday: counselling at a hospice. Tuesday: food bank. Wednesday: coroner’s court support service. Thursday: support calls for the Methodist Homes Association. Friday: Zoom teaching MS exercise class. And I didn’t vote to leave the EU (Letters, 16 June).
Jane Taylor
Lichfield, Staffordshire

• I read with interest Jacob Rees-Mogg’s tremendous support for the health secretary, Matt Hancock (Rees-Mogg leaps to defence of ‘successful genius’ Matt Hancock, 17 June). Clearly it takes one genius to recognise another.
Norman Burslem
Cheadle, Staffordshire

• Bill Clinton (The books that made me, 11 June) joins a growing list of contributors ashamed not to have read Ulysses. The answer lies in Stuart Gilbert’s book James Joyce’s Ulysses, which is a perfect companion. Gilbert does all the heavy lifting.
Frank Welsh
Balsall Common, West Midlands

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