A bridge too far for the renaming game? | Brief letters

Teachers and coronavirus | Honours and Spike Milligan | Art quiz | World leaders | Severn Bridge

What? No teachers interviewed or photographed at the chalkface in praise of their efforts to keep schools running (Heroes of 2020, 22-31 December)? Rising levels of coronavirus among pupils put all teachers at risk. There is limited use of PPE and masks are not used in class. My son is one of those unsung and exposed heroes, with a wife who suffers from asthma.
Mary Hill
Ludlow, Shropshire

• The body that draws up the honours list is refusing to remove the outmoded “British Empire” designation from the system (New Year honours 2021: citizens awarded for response to pandemic crisis, 30 December). This reminds me of what the late, great Spike Milligan had to say on the subject: “I can’t see the sense of making me a Commander of the British Empire. They might as well make me a Commander of Milton Keynes. At least that exists.”
Angus McGeoch
Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

• Now we are all in lockdown for the foreseeable future, please could we have The Great British Art Quiz – which ran on your website from the end of March to mid-August – back again? It would be a little ray of sunshine in this gloomy winter.
Kate Potter
Oadby, Leicestershire

• Simon Tisdall’s article highlights 12 key figures who will influence world affairs in 2021 (2021 – the story of a year in 12 leaders, 1 January). No mention of the newly sovereign UK leadership.
Jim Golcher
Greens Norton, Northamptonshire

• Given that the Severn Bridge is an enduring icon of fashionable 60s design, should we not call it the Bob Dylan Thomas Hardy Amies Bridge (Letters, 31 December)?
Alan Reynolds
Smethwick, West Midlands

• If a small charge was introduced for crossing, we could call it The Ten Bob Dylan Thomas Hardy Bridge.
Mike Kelly
Waltham, Lincolnshire


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