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May I have a word about… the difference between ‘sat’ and ‘sitting’ | Jonathan Bouquet
It’s all very well not to use the correct form of the past continuous in spoken English, but in print? Please don’t

Jonathan Bouquet

14, Aug, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Why the surprise when a wealthy capitalist makes a large donation to an Oxford college? | Letters
Elite universities regularly receive multimillion-pound gifts, so why single out Linacre College and the boss of Vietjet?

14, Aug, 2022 @5:00 AM

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May I have a word about… a pen for mayor Patrick the pony | Jonathan Bouquet
A Devon council has banned a popular four-legged official from a pub. You couldn’t make it up

Jonathan Bouquet

07, Aug, 2022 @9:00 AM

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May I have a word about raising an ‘incident’ in the case of a broken TV | Jonathan Bouquet
The National Trust dealt with our holiday complaint but it wasn’t quite as dramatic as the rep made it sound

Jonathan Bouquet

31, Jul, 2022 @9:30 AM

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The NHS is being put in peril by a fall in funding and the rise of private care | Observer letters
The miracle of a classless service will not survive the deterioration of standards of care now becoming apparent

31, Jul, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Party politics won’t solve the climate crisis | Letters
The UK needs an emergency cross-party government to address the reality of ecological collapse

24, Jul, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Manufacturing is key to our future | Letters
The UK service sector is important, but we ignore our expertise in industries such as aerospace and pharmaceuticals at our peril

17, Jul, 2022 @5:00 AM

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May I have a word about… dinner ladies and other vocabulary the Scouts don’t like | Jonathan Bouquet
Must we really call them midday supervisors? It does seem such a shame

Jonathan Bouquet

10, Jul, 2022 @8:30 AM

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Parliament is at risk from neglect, not fire | Letters
The buildings will resist going up in smoke, but essential services are in most urgent need of replacement

10, Jul, 2022 @5:00 AM

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May I have a word about… the overuse of the word ‘incredible’ | Jonathan Bouquet
‘Very’ or ‘remarkable’ are infinitely preferable. That the word is so ubiquitous is, frankly, beyond belief

Jonathan Bouquet

03, Jul, 2022 @9:00 AM

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We desperately need more hospital beds | Letters
Increasing capacity would restore patient confidence, reduce waiting lists and improve staff morale

03, Jul, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Balmy Britain: why you should visit Ventnor Botanic Garden
Tucked away on the Isle of Wight’s south coast, this haven really can boast a balmy UK microclimate – and has the lizards to prove it

Tim Lewis

27, Jun, 2022 @1:00 PM

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