Perhaps your wealth correspondent (Theatre in your bedroom – at a cost, 28 July) should meet your arts team? Intimate and often challenging location-specific theatre is not just for the very rich. Brighton festival, among others, commissions just such companies to perform for us all, every year, at very reasonable ticket prices thanks to the Arts Council England and sponsors. The Guardian has been a valued media partner.
• Jacob Mikanowski’s article (How the English language is taking over the planet, 27 July) reminded me of the saying attributed to Charles V, the 16th-century holy Roman emperor: “I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.”
• Frictionless trading after Brexit? On Saturday a Sainsbury’s cashier accidentally double-scanned my Guardian. It took five minutes and three staff members to enact the computerised process of returning £2.90 in cash – and there wasn’t even a border to cross.
• So the fundamental purpose of music is to entertain (Letters, 28 July)? And there was I thinking that it is an attempt to communicate how it feels to be human, in a language beyond words.
• Joigny three hours from Paris (Benalla scandal: Voters’ concerns about Macron start to crystallise, 27 July)? It’s only 150km. How do they commute, by Morris Minor?
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