Like Nicholas Worsley (Letters, 8 July), I also wear hearing aids, so masks that attach behind the ears are useless as they keep pulling them off. I solved the problem by replacing the ear elastic with one piece of elastic sewn to the top bit to go round my head, and two ties at the bottom to go round my neck, thus making them much more comfortable.
Worthing, West Sussex
• The reusable cotton masks I bought (with profits going to the NHS) have a channel where a pipe cleaner can be inserted to fit the bridge of the nose. Put on the mask, pinch the pipe cleaner: no more steamed-up specs.
• If you find that glasses steam up when wearing a face covering, you may be entitled to condensation.
• I have just double-checked the calendar. No, it’s not 1 April. That seemed the only possible explanation for your report (Chris Grayling closes in on role as chair of UK intelligence committee, 9 July). Should we laugh or howl in disbelief?
• In defence of Tuesday’s quick crossword (Letters, 7 July), Syringa is indeed the scientific name for lilac but it’s also another name for Philadelphus lewisi (mock orange).
Pontefract, West Yorkshire
• Adrian Chiles went to mass and prayed that Brentford would lose (G2, 8 July). I was at mass and prayed that they would win. They won. Sorry, Adrian.
Fr Bernard Scholes
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