As a former student of Oriel College and now a professional planning consultant, it’s disappointing that the college says the removal of the Rhodes statue would be financially challenging (Report, 20 May). With assets of a mere £104m (accounts to July 2020) and gift income of £2.65m last year, by way of a favour to the alma mater, I would be prepared to offer the college my services at a discount.
• My earliest memories of the Manchester Guardian, my parents’ newspaper of choice, are from the 1950s, so I was very pleased to see Brian Collingridge’s letter (20 May). He was my geography teacher from 1963-68 and a major reason why I too became a geography teacher.
• Not all misprints are the result of typesetting errors (Letters, 17 May). In the far-off days of phoned-in copy, Nesta Roberts was the Paris correspondent. She loved and wrote about the city with its street architecture and signs of La Belle Époque, which was how it briefly gained a new restaurant, the Belly Pot.
• Rather than all the post-election fuss that Labour is going through (Letters, 19 May), surely the way forward is obvious: they should be putting their sons down for Eton.
• Did Sheffield University’s archaeology department not realise that its future would always lie in ruins (Report, 21 May)?
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