Hurrah to Jan Royall for highlighting the impact of Girlguiding on her career (Labour peer Jan Royall: ‘Girlguiding taught me girls can do anything’, 26 May). Like her, I was a keen Brownie and Girlguide in the 1960s and early 70s. It gave me so much confidence and some outstanding experiences. I mixed with people from different backgrounds, learned how to cope in adversity and believed anything was possible, provided you had the right kit. To this day, I adhere to the mantra to “be prepared”.
• Following an unfortunate incident caused by my spouse, my recipe for the proportions of Marmite and marmalade on buttered toast (Letters, 26 May) is: Marmalade 100%, Marmite 0%.
• A weird taste combination that I liked as a schoolboy in the 1950s was baked beans on toast. The beans were eaten first, followed by the soggy, tomatoey toast laden with marmalade.
• In case anyone has difficulty accessing the oxygen supply in the cockpit of a Meteor jet (Letters, 24 May), I can suggest a more readily available cure for a hangover. Tried and tested by countless Scots over the years, there is no substitute for a large glass or two of Irn-Bru.
• Perhaps Rishi Sunak took a helicopter to Manchester and Yorkshire because it worked out cheaper than the train (Report, 26 May).
Narrowboat Oleanna, Leeds-Liverpool Canal