As an elderly reader whose ability to get out and about has been severely curtailed by problems with mobility, may I express much gratitude for your Country Diary. I particularly delight in the north country contributions from Susie White, Phil Gates and most recently Carey Davies (18 March). Such a glimpse of wildlife, wilderness and history in four short paragraphs!
• Janet Mansfield (Letters, 25 March) remembers the National Housewives’ Register as a special meeting place for women. Now called National Women’s Register, it is still a vibrant, friendly, modern organisation with 387 groups nationwide and 6,632 members. Check out the website for a group near you.
• It seems perverse, in saying The Lost Words has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway medal for illustration, to mention the writer but not the illustrator, Jackie Morris (The week in books, Review, 23 March).
• If British cows produce enough poo each year to fill the Shard 78 times (The briefing, Journal, 25 March), how long would it take to fill the House of Commons? A much better use...
• With the sad news of the death of Scott Walker, it would be fitting to bring the correspondence about breakup songs to a close (Letters, 25 March) with his version of It’s Over, on his album ’Til The Band Comes In.
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
• Scott Walker’s No Regrets is a wonderful breakup song.
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