The no-show that irked fans of Gilbert O’Sullivan | Brief letters

Gilbert and Sullivan | Remembering Richard Spriggs | Finding sunshine in Wales | Republican celebrations | Imperial measures

The entertaining piece on the life and career of Gilbert O’Sullivan (‘I never lost the joy!’, 7 June) reminded me of the time I went to see a friend appearing in A Night of Gilbert and Sullivan at the Colston Hall (as it then was) in Bristol. As the interval arrived, a very agitated woman behind us turned to her friend and complained: “Isn’t it about time Gilbert O’Sullivan came on?”
David Hughes

• The obituary of Sir David Nicholas (6 June) refers to the rescue of the engineers on board the ITN yacht covering Francis Chichester’s solo round-the-world voyage in May 1967. It should also be recalled that the young sound technician, Richard Spriggs (my cousin), died in hospital the following day from the effects of severe sea sickness.
Andrew Rutherford
Bridport, Dorset

• I’m grateful to Matthew Wilde (Letters, 8 June) for his tip on successfully removing turmeric stains. As a resident of south-west Wales, can I also request readers’ tips on where to find a couple of days of bright sunlight?
Anne Cowper
Bishopston, Swansea

• Stephen Bates needs to get out more (Why was the jubilee a success? Because republicans had nothing as jolly to offer, 7 June). Maybe out to Italy on 2 June or to France on 14 July to see what’s on offer.
Giuseppe Miriello
Epworth, Lincolnshire

• If imperial measures really are back in fashion, surely Colin Burke would want the price of a gallon of diesel to be displayed as £8 6s 5d, not £8.32p (Letters, 7 June).
Paul Tattam
Chinley, Derbyshire

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