It seems ironic that Public Health England should condemn jam on the grounds of its high sugar content (Pass notes, G2, 30 January), when every cook is aware that marmalade contains twice as much sugar as jam, ie two parts of sugar to one of fruit, where as jam is one to one. So how crazy that sales of marmalade are rising and jam sales falling. Come on, Public Health England, do you really want us to eat yet more sugar?
Lewes, East Sussex
• Diana Athill (Obituary, 25 January) edited seven of my books for Deutsch and always gave them the same scrupulous and creative attention she gave those of her well-known authors. She greatly improved them – or made me do so – but never changed their essence nor took away my ownership of them.
• What the L’s going on? Liverpool top of the Premier League, Leeds United top of the Championship, Luton Town heading League One, Lincoln City first in League two and Leyton Orient sitting astride the National League. Poor Leicester City, the only L team not at the top of their league.
• Poor King Canute (Letters, 31 January). Thousands of years after his death and his actions are still misunderstood. He wasn’t trying to stop the incoming tide, rather he was attempting to show his sycophantic courtiers that nobody, not even a king, had that power.
Worthing, West Sussex
• It was probably a rook (Letters, 30 January) but it was most certainly not executing a high four. The consensus here definitely favours flicking a V.
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