A whole new take on putting the paper to bed | Brief letters

Brexit | Ice stores | New Year | Quick crossword | Place names

The time for Theresa May to urge parties to put their differences aside was when she emerged from a needless general election without a majority (Theresa May urges MPs to back Brexit deal, 1 January). Instead she chose to lob a large bung in the direction of the DUP and press on regardless. An appeal for unity then would have had an air of statesmanship, whereas now it just reeks of desperation.
Professor Trevor Curnow

• I greatly enjoyed reading about the rediscovery of an enormous ice store to the south of London’s Regent’s Park (Site works reveal hidden 18th-century ice store, 29 December). However, if the writer believes that the history of the ice trade with Norway has been in any way “lost”, he should pay a visit to the London Canal Museum, just down the road in King’s Cross, where the history is fully articulated. While there, he can also view the two enormous ice wells that exist beneath the museum’s ground floor.
John Robinson

• Was Henry Yates’s article (New Year Evil: How Jools Holland’s seasonal lies ruined the annual Hootenanny) really written on 31 December?
Jem Whiteley

• I’ve worked with many colleagues who also became good friends. None has yet become a bedfellow (Quick crossword, 29 December). What on earth goes on in the Guardian offices?
Lesley Kant

• Does Spain realise that Gibraltar is in Bucks (Letters, passim)?
Alec Sandison
Ottery St Mary, Devon

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