Post-Brexit passport-free access to language and culture | Letters

Wales | Specs scenes | Obscure ingredients | Hyperemesis gravidarum | Theresa May

Don’t worry Andrew Smith (Letters, 4 September). Even if Brexit makes it difficult for you to use your linguistic skills in France, Germany, Spain and Italy, to sample their wine and food, enjoy their cultures and make friends, there is a country just across the tariff-free, passport-free border from where you live, where food, wine, culture, friendship and another language are waiting to be sampled. Croeso i Gymru!
Gwyneth Pendry
Caergybi, Ynys Môn

• The scene that gives the most graphic warning to those doomed to wear glasses (The joy of specs: eyewear’s starring role in cinematic history, 1 September) is in It’s A Wonderful Life. George Bailey is shown how bleak the future would be if he had never been born. It’s revealed his wife Mary will become an old maid doomed to wear glasses. She’s also a librarian.
Alan Cleaver

• I have just bought a cookbook by a well-known chef subtitled “Quick and Easy Food”. A scan of a few dishes specifies mixed-colour baby heritage carrots; umami paste; rose harissa; ras el hanout; teriyaki; rending powder and dukkah. The preparation may be quick and easy but the shopping certainly won’t be (Letters, 4 September).
Marion Birch
Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

• Hyperemesis gravidarum (Duchess of Cambridge expecting third child, 5 September) is not just “severe morning sickness”. It is severe, debilitating, potentially dangerous all-day sickness that can last throughout pregnancy – as my mother, who endured three such pregnancies without the benefit of modern medicine, can attest.
Dr Brigid Purcell

• Thank you so much for restarting your regular photographs of a smiling Theresa May and her husband attending a church service on a Sunday (Report, 4 September). I have so missed them over the summer break. As I have my breakfast such a happy picture makes me think all is right with the world.
Stephen Hughes
Bethesda, Gwynedd

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