Going over to the dark side for wedded bliss | Brief letters

Black wedding cakes | Rishi Sunak’s IT struggles | ‘Kettle only’ recipes | A lot of dough | Breakfast psychology

In 1973, we wanted a black Dark Side of the Moon wedding cake (Nice day for a black wedding: brides ditch white for dramatic gowns, 13 May). Sadly this idea was vetoed, but at least we had a smallish homemade one for our 40th wedding anniversary.
Dave Hanson
Hull

• Rishi Sunak’s latest reason for no uplift in universal credit is that the Department for Work and Pensions computer system will not allow it (Report, 13 May). It may come as a shocking revelation to him that humans design and control IT systems, not the other way around.
Dr Stephen Pacey
North Muskham, Nottinghamshire

• I notice that advice is being offered to food bank users on how to cook cheap meals (Letters, 15 May). At our local food bank there is a shelf marked “Kettle only”. It was for those who don’t have access to a cooker. It is being extended to those who have a cooker, but can’t afford to use it. Any recipe advice for them?
Roger Foreman
Gobowen, Shropshire

• I decided to economise on lunch by making myself a snack from leftovers. Lacking an accompanying roll, I went to my local baker only to be charged 32p for one.
Dr Allan Dodds
Nottingham

• I feel sure that redoubtable readers (Letters 15 May) will be acutely conscious of the psychosocial, political and culinary import of challenging traditional narratives of breakfast routines. Weirdness doesn’t come into it.
Simon Gibbs
Professor of inclusive educational psychology and philosophy, Newcastle University

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