Who will stand up for Homer Simpson? | Brief letters

Business schools | Homer Simpson | Country rock | Childish tantrums | Swallows

Martin Parker’s analysis of the capitalist ideology promoted by business schools (G2, 27 April) is cogently argued. More flippantly, my experience in several universities of business lecturers was that they were frequently inefficient and unreliable. To adapt the old adage about teachers, those that can’t do business teach business.
Sheila Cross
Northallerton, North Yorkshire

• I note that there are calls for changes to the Asian character Apu in the Simpsons (Simpsons’ Apu controversy: actor says he’s willing to quit, 26 April). He is said to be “a noxious pastiche of south Asian stereotypes”. I hope when this is done there will be similar changes to the character of Homer Simpson, otherwise people might think that he is “a noxious pastiche of American male stereotypes”. Down with such corny pastiches.
Karl Sabbagh
Bloxham, Oxfordshire

• Actually, Move It On Over by Hank Williams is probably best seen as an influence upon rock‘n’roll itself, rather than country rock (Letters, 27 April). Its melody, crossed with Louis Jordan-style jump-blues, gave us Bill Haley’s Rock Around The Clock.
Phil Rhoden
Kidderminster, Worcestershire

• When, as a child, I threatened to leave home in a fit of pique (We all think of disappearing. Here’s to the boy who did, 26 April), my father would say “Wait a minute and I will make you some sandwiches to take with you”. This always gave me time to calm down.
Mark Aldridge

• Swallows returned today, the first this year on our smallholding in the Preseli Hills – 23 days later than last year.
Charlie Mason
Crymych, Pembrokeshire

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