Obvious answer to pope’s ring problem | Brief letters

Emily Maitlis | The pope | Accent softening | Breakup songs | Empire biscuits

Interesting article on the excellent Emily Maitlis (Profile, 23 March), but curious that a so-called liberal newspaper lists the role of her father as professor of chemistry at Sheffield but makes no mention of her mother, a superb psychotherapist in Sheffield. The Times did!
Eileen Velarde
Sheffield

• Solution to the pope’s problem with the faithful wanting to kiss his ring (Editorial, 28 March): take it off.
Ann Lynch
Skipton, North Yorkshire

• Terry Thomas (Letters, 23 March), in relation to accent softening, refers to Wilfred Pickles. Now with a name like Terry Thomas, did he think Pickles was “an absolute shaer”?
Dr Khosro S Jahdi
Leeds

• Steven Dorner is stretching a point in calling Dido’s Lament a breakup song (Letters, 28 March). She hasn’t done any breaking up: she’s just been ditched by Aeneas and is going to kill herself. To call the famous lament a breakup song would be like calling 1066 a glorious victory for the English.
Michael Bulley
Chalon-sur-Saône, France

• No list of breakup songs can possibly be complete without Jackson Browne’s Here Come Those Tears Again. Can’t listen without the tears joining in!
Margaret Prosser
Labour, House of Lords

• Empire biscuits (Letters, 28 March) used to be called German biscuits until the first world war, when this was deemed unpatriotic. Recent history in a biscuit.
Graham Watt
Glasgow

• Empire biscuits are available in Skipton, 40 miles south of Barnard Castle.
Pete Kilvert
Rugby, Warwickshire

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