Re the 50 gigs that changed music (11 February), my “I can’t believe you missed this one” is Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at the Hammersmith Odeon in London in 1975. Starting with the wonderful Thunder Road, it was two hours of brilliant music – taking in Jungleland, Rosalita and, of course, Born to Run. He’s still the Boss, playing marathon gigs in his 70s.
• Andrew Clements (BBC 100: Celebrating the BBC Orchestras review, 14 February) writes that Hamilton Harty’s Piano Concerto is “the only piano concerto I know that includes a tam-tam in its orchestration”. Bartók’s Piano Concerto No 1 and Ravel’s two concertos also include tam-tams.
• To get to sleep, my husband counts the number of people he knew from work who were divorced (Letters, 14 February). He gets to over 100. He is a retired police officer.
• At 87, I count backwards from 100 in sevens when I can’t get to sleep, and so reassure myself that I don’t yet have dementia.
• I, too, am pleased about the Post Office inquiry (Letters, 15 February). But as inquiries go, I wonder whether we will ever get a full, judge-led inquiry concerning our 20 years in Afghanistan. This was possibly our biggest political, military and intelligence failure in modern times, with enormous cost in lives and money.
Dr Nigel Mellor
Newcastle upon Tyne
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