Personality missing from BBC sporting contest | Brief letters

Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music | Sports Personality of the Year | Inequality and lack of empathy | Nuclear threat | Tequila brand ambassador

My abiding memory of the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music of 1970 (Letters, 3 October), to give it its full title, was Pink Floyd coming on stage in the early hours with a local women’s choir to perform Atom Heart Mother, not to mention Led Zeppelin headlining on the Sunday night. It was a fantastic lineup and, as a Glasto regular gearing up for the ticket sale this Sunday, I am so glad that Michael Eavis was there with us at the Shepton Mallet showground that weekend 48 years ago.
Stephen Fash
Chobham, Surrey

• While changing the format of the Sports Personality of the Year awards (Sport, 3 October), I wonder if the BBC might consider changing the name perhaps to Sports Person of the Year, thus making it more accurate. Many recent winners have hardly had much personality.
Stuart Waterworth
Tavistock, Devon

• Re your article (Warning of ‘empathy crisis’, 4 October), behavioural psychologists such as Paul Piff have identified a link between inequality and lack of empathy, so the fact that empathy is decreasing with rising inequality is hardly surprising.
Shirley Williams
Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire

• Why did George Monbiot omit any mention of the dangers of nuclear war and nuclear accidents in his list of the real threats being avoided by a media obsessed with the cult of personality (Opinion, 3 October)?
Alicia Hull
Roughton, Norfolk

• Anyone who can describe being “a brand ambassador for a tequila company” as “work” and keep a straight face has my admiration (The other royal wedding, 3 October).
Ralph Jones
Rochester, Kent

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