We were stopped in a service station in France by a family who looked at our car and said how much they admired our president. It took a few strange looks while I said what a liar he was, referenced illegal parties and how ashamed of him we were before they realised that UK on our car meant United Kingdom, not Ukraine.
• Your editorial on partygate (12 April) says: “There is one set of rules for those in power and another for the rest of us.” This is misleading. There appear to be no rules for those in power.
• I didn’t want a party. I just wanted my mother’s funeral to be attended by more than 20 people and last more than 20 minutes. A cup of tea afterwards would have been nice.
• I would love to see the iconic Athlone House in Highgate, north London, restored to its role as an NHS convalescent home (Letters, 13 April). I worked at the Middlesex hospital in the 1970s. Following surgery, patients could recover in beautiful surroundings overlooking Hampstead Heath. No one thought this remarkable – it was part of the service provision.
• It is an excellent idea to use a fork-type implement to lift the lid on a toilet (Letters, 15 April). Here in the North West Cape of Australia, we use a similar device. Not so much for maintaining personal hygiene, but more to check for snakes, scorpions or spiders.
Exmouth, North West Cape, Australia