“Imagine a world that is internet-only, where broadcast TV and radio are being switched off and choice is infinite,” says Tim Davie, the BBC director general (Report, 7 December). I imagined – it sounds like hell.
• “I’m shocked, shocked, to find that gambling is going on in here,” said Captain Louis Renault, prefect of police, in the casino in Casablanca (Rishi Sunak ‘absolutely shocked’ by Michelle Mone allegations, 7 December).
• One sad Christmas song (Letters, 7 December) that reduced me to tears as a child in the 1950s was The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot, sung by Nat King Cole. “He sent a note to Santa / For some soldiers and a drum / It broke his little heart / When he found Santa hadn’t come.” I’m welling up as I type.
• I volunteer to be chair of the Bread Sauce Preservation Society, as proposed by Neil Angrave (Letters, 7 December). I make a large batch every year to have with Christmas dinner and we enjoy it even better cold on Boxing Day. Membership is free – please join to uphold this traditional accompaniment.
• When I was helping my wife clear her late parents’ house, I was deputed to sort their bedroom. In a bedside table drawer, I found a hospital phial labelled “Frank’s gallstones” (Letters, 7 December).
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk