The Ripolls artists create solid poker cards

A total of 54 designers and illustrators in the Ripollès region are behind “Artists for Confinement”, an initiative to jointly develop a poker card deck made with unique illustrations created during the confinement. Each card is designed by a different artist.

These fights, which are now in production, will be sold in shops in the Ripollès region.

The objectives of the initiative are two-fold: to promote the art and artists of the region and, on the other hand, to raise funds to support the search for the covid-19 pandemic. “Art is, unfortunately, a sector that is underappreciated in our society and, especially in these days of confinement, it has been shown that even in the worst of times it is extremely necessary”, emphasize the project’s promoters in a statement.

The project shows artists of all possible levels and levels of professionalism. The list of participants includes illustrators, comic book designers, graphic designers, web designers, jewelry designers, set designers, wall art creators, animators, lettering, body painting, art makers for video games, graphic arts teachers, students in arts (fine arts, design, animation, etc.).

According to those in charge of the initiative, a deck of cards has been chosen because it is something that is available to everyone, and often, “it is a great solution to the boredom and discomfort that confinement can cause us.”

The group behind the project has opened a profile on the social network Instagram ( @Confirmation Artists) where every day the different artists participating in the project present as well as the letters they have created. The artists who are part of the project include Elisabeth Soldevila, Meritxell Prat, Eudald Alabau, Joan Nele, Arnau Birba, Paula Penas, Alexandre Soler de Leiva, Cora Vergara, Mireia Andreu, Joan Montmany, Núria Domingo, Elisabet Fonts, Jordi Llagostera , Jordi Triola or La Somniadora.


Letters: in the rush to stock up, we shouldn’t forget to use our local businesses

SIR – While in these uncertain times supermarkets are going through a field day, with bare shelves and many thousands of online orders, let’s not forget our independent stores.

We should support local suppliers – butchers, bakers, farm shops and others – and perhaps encourage them to start weekly home deliveries in order to keep families and their livelihood intact.

Pam Haworth
Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire

SIR – The Prime Minister has rightly recognized the excellent work done by our staff of the NHS.

We must also recognize the shopkeepers who keep our stores open for essential supplies, together with the postmen, delivery drivers and many others who are at risk due to direct contact with the public.

Michael Ryan
Northmoor, Oxfordshire

SIR – I took advantage of the “silver hour” for the over 70s in Sainsbury yesterday morning. I can only compare the experience to the London Underground rush hour.

We have been asked beyond the tannoy to “keep two meters apart in these difficult circumstances: we know it is not easy but please try it.”

I stopped to allow space to develop in front of me – only to be deflected from behind and from both sides.

Rodney Goodwin
Sherborne, Dorset

SIR – My wife and I went to our local Waitrose for the weekly shop on Wednesday. There was a policy of no more than three items for each individual product. Needless to say, there were no toilet rolls on the shelves.

Chatting with the lady on the checkout, we learned that the shelves had been fully stocked with the morning opening product – but some customers came in and bought three multipacks, left the store, and then returned for more. On the other hand, I was not allowed to purchase more than three 330ml bottles of lemonade.

Time for some legislation against accumulation, perhaps.

R In Lonsdale
Cranbrook, Kent

SIR – I have a suggestion to stop wholesale purchases in supermarkets.

Baskets only – no shopping cart.

Juliet Johnston
London SW19

SIR – Our daughter lives in Singapore. When the panic purchase began, the stores began to refrain from the supply shelves immediately. Foods of all varieties reappeared every morning and people realized that they didn’t need to panic. Within two days they stopped doing it.

Sharon Hall
Finchampstead, Berkshire

SIR – Isn’t it time for the news to stop showing footage of empty shelves and focus on the fact that the products are being replaced? If people are encouraged to go back to normal shopping, there will be enough to go around.

Rosemary Griffiths
Hythe, Kent

SIR – Visiting our local supermarket, I noticed that the aisle that previously contained toilet rolls was now piled up with disposable diapers.

I assumed this was a pragmatic and imaginative response to a shortage created by the purchase of panic, even though the Spirit of Dunkirk was a little too far away.

I was relieved when my wife later informed me that the toilet rolls had been moved to another aisle since my last visit.

Neil Russell
Portsmouth, Hampshire

Save small charities

SIR – We are standing with thousands of small charities to ask the government to save the charitable sector from collapse.

This urgent request is supported by hundreds of organizations working in Britain in our poorest communities. These charities are under threat from movement restrictions and the impact they have on fundraising. Without the ability to organize fundraising events, many will be close to collapsing in a matter of weeks.

About 83% of British charities have an income of £ 100,000 or less. Analysis by the Center for Social Justice suggests that a quarter of those with an income of less than £ 1 million have no reservations. It is these organizations that work day and night with our most vulnerable individuals.

We understand the need for government action to combat Covid-19. The Treasury Ministry offered companies immediate support. We call on the government to do the same for the charity sector with a £ 400-500 million trouble fund to ensure that small charities have a future beyond this crisis.

Parliamentarians from all parts of the House of Commons are supporting our call for help and we are asking the government to take immediate action.

Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP (Con)
Kevin Brennan MP (Lab)
Rita Chadha
CEO, Small Charities Coalition
Ian Soars
CEO, Fegans
Jasper Kain
Co-director, Football Beyond Borders
Duncan Parker
CEO, Fredericks Foundation
Karen Davies
CEO, Purple Shoots
Jaine Stannard
CEO, home-school support
Rosa Monckton
CEO, Team Dominica
Steve Free
CEO and co-founder Tempus Novo
Richard Beard
CEO, the Jericho Foundation
Hannah Shead
CEO, Trevi House
Ricky Wright
Chief Exec, Vineyard Compassion
Jo Moore
CEO, concern about housing
Vicky Browning
Julian Prior
CEO, Action Foundation
Susannah Hardyman
CEO, Action Tutoring
Dr Siva Puthrasingam
President, Age Concern, Luton
Karen Perry
CEO, Age UK, Bedfordshire
Angela Such
CEO, Alternative Watford Pregnancy Crisis and Support Center
Richard Johnson
CEO, Ana Works
Joy Doal
CEO, Anawin Wonan’s Center
Dorothy Hoskins
Charity administrator, Apollo Music Projects
Heather Picov
CEO, Apps for Good
Sue Williams
Head of services, Aspired Futures
Sohan Sahota
Yvonne Hope
CEO, Barnabus, Manchester
Lynn Tupling
CEO, Bassetlaw Action Center
Charlotte Day
CEO, Bedford Woman’s Center
Kent Martin
Director, Bethel
Amanda Croome
CEO, Booth Center
Anand Shukla
CEO, Brightside
David Sweetnam
CEO, Broadway Lodge
Sarah Dagley
Fundraising and Business Manager, Broxtowe Women’s Project
Sylvia Simpson
CEO, Burmantofts Community Projects (Money Buddies)
Amanda Dubarry
CEO, Caritas Anchor House
Tricia Richards
CEO, Castlehaven
Mark Freeman
Interim CEO, CCVS, Cambridge
Kate Belinis
CEO, CDA, Herts
Justin Thacker
National coordinator, Church Action for Tax Justice
Turly Humpreys
CEO, Circle Community
Verena Hefti
President of the foundation, Lewisham Citizens Council
Samantha Graham
CEO, clean sheet
Andrew McCracken
CEO, Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
Heather Keates
CEO, Community Money Advice
Loraine Griffin
Manager, Costa Rural Support Network
Nicole Furre
Director, Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust
Josh Babarinde
Founder and CEO, IT cracked
Jason Worthy
CEO, Dallaglio Rugby Works
Katie Bareham
Director, Doorstep Library
Anton Babey
Operations Director, Drive Forward Foundation
Jan Appleton
Director, Eagles Nest Project
Deborah Finn
Chairman of the board, egg cup
Dettie Wallington
CEO, Exaireo trust
Liz Gardiner
Director, Fablevision
Lou Taylor
Creative director, Fablevision Studios
Wendie Harvey
CEO, FACES Bedford
Marie Davis
CEO, Falcon Support Services
Laura Hambleton
Development Manager, Family Matters York
Caroline Jackson
Director, FareShare Food Group
Cas Beckett
Service Manager, First Step, Leicester
Julie Clay
Director of food, Foodetc
Tony Wright
CEO, Forward Assist
Jayne Ballard
CEO, Fun and Families Ltd
Sandra Conte
CEO, Future Living Hertford
Jackie Kemp
Trustee, Fylde Coast Church Alive
Flavia Docherty
Director, Getaway Girls, Leeds
Stewart McKay
Manager, Glasgow East Alcohol Awareness Project
Dominic Pinkley
CEO, Hammersmith and Fulham Volunteer Center
Pat McGeever
CEO, Health for All Leeds
Emma Pawsey
CEO, Hebron Trust
Debbie Knowles
CEO, Hetty Charity, Nottinghamshire
Paul Crozier
Director, Holborn Community Association
Sam O’Connor
Manager, Home-Start, Shepway
James Sloan
CEO, Imagine If Trust – Liverpool
Joanne O’Connor
Director, intersection 42
Christian boy
CEO, justice and care
Dr. Eli Gardner
Co-founder and executive director, Kids Matter
Nasim Ali
CEO, King’s Cross Brunswick Neighborhood Association
Alison Mawby
Project development manager, KPC Youth & Community
Sue Langley
CEO, Lamp
Matt Shepheard
Director, in the same way
Paul Boucher
Director, Lincolnshire Traveler Initiative
Jude Williams
CEO, Literacy Pirates
Mike Biddulph
CEO, London Reclaimed
Rachael’s box
CEO and founder, London Village Network
Caroline Cook
CEO, Luton All Women’s Center
Amanda Heath
Central director, Madmac
Marion Pike
Director, Maiden Lane Community Center
Mark Molden
CEO, Marriage Assistance
Ruth Keily
Executive director, Mentoring Plus (Bath & NE Somerset)
Jo Walby
CEO, mustard tree
Molly Mathieson
Founder and CEO, New Note Projects
Nikki Burley
CEO, Newark Emmaus Trust
Robin Burgess
CEO, Northampton Hope Center & Hope Enterprises
Meredith-Wood woman
Corporate Development Manager, O’Connor Gateway Trust
David Smith
CEO, Oasis Community Housing
Matt Steinberg
CEO, Outside Edge Theater Company
Sarah Conboy
CEO, Pinpoint
Whitney Iles
CEO, Project 507
Alastair Jackson
CEO, Recycling Lives Charity
Catherine Gladwell
CEO, Refugee Assistance Network
Ewan Malcolm
CEO, Relate London, North West and Hertfordshire
Joe Heeney
Founder and CEO, Solve
Michelle Rutter
CEO, Riverbank Trust
Kate Clifford
Director of the network of rural communities
Tracy White
CEO, Save the Family
Helen Spencer
Director, Hertfordshire Setpoint
Angela Cairns
CEO, Shannon Trust
Rita Chadha
CEO, Small Charities Coalition
Mandy Carr
President of the foundation, SNAP Charity
Graham Cobb
CEO, St Pancras Community Association.
Penny Parker
Founder, StandOut
Nicola Panton
CEO, Stepping Stones
Gus Alston
CEO, Stonegrove Community Trust
Claire Lambon
CEO, Stop domestic abuse
Ilario Pannack
CEO, Straight Talking Peer Education
Kerrie Eastman
CEO, Streets2Homes
Andrew Trewern
Service Delivery Manager, Supporting Carers and Families Together
Colin Brown
Secretary and treasurer, SVP Fleetwood Food Bank
Alice Dawnay
Founder and CEO, Switchback
Phil Hills
CEO, Teen Challenge UK
Jimmy Zachariah
CEO, The Baca Charity
Lily Lewis
Director of Social Cohesion, The Bernard Lewis Family Charitable Trust
Jon Smith
Bridge Manager, The Bridge
Peter Davey
CEO, The Bridge – East Midlands
Ann Woods
CEO, The County Volunte Council, Flintshire
Cath Morrison
CEO, The Lilias Graham Trust
Adrienne Arthurs
CEO, The Living Room
Alan Sherry OBE
President, The Marie Trust
Sarah Crick
CEO, The Red Hen Project
Kate Darrah
CEO, The Ridge SCIO
Nan Frame
Manager, The Safety Zone
Godfrey-Sagoo red
CEO, The Sophie Hayes Foundation
Rokaiya Khan
CEO, Together women
Hazel Mellon
Commercial Director, Tokko Ltd
Andrew Wallis
CEO, invisible
Andrew Parsons
Director, Victory Outreach UK
Dominic Pinkney
CEO, Camden Volunteer Center
Rev Andrew Machin
President, WAVES Seaford Ltd
Stella Connell
CEO, WL Crisis Center
Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan
Founder and CEO, Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan Trust

School closings

SIR – While schools are closing to slow down the spread of coronavirus (report, March 19) is understandable, I don’t see why exams cannot be held in otherwise almost empty schools.

The candidates could simply be extended further. Not having adequate exam results will affect these pupils in the future when applying for a job.

Jennifer Wallace
Ely, Cambridgeshire

SIR – The hysteria surrounding the issue of children not going to school is completely without foundation.

All teachers have to do is teach their pupils on Skype or FaceTime, with the result that instead of playing computer games to the point of nausea, they can still get an education.

Sir Gavin Gilbey Bt
Dornoch, Sutherland

SIR – Given the current need for information to provide concrete evidence of a pupil’s skills, was it not a mistake to remove courses from the assessment process?

Many of us in the education system were suspicious of the real reason behind this, and doubted that it should add more rigor and clarity by limiting tests until the end of a course. We were convinced it was because politicians constantly promoted the idea that teachers cannot be trusted.

It would now appear that the only significant way to provide any meaningful record by which to judge pupil performance will be to access the regular records of results carefully noted in teachers’ grade books.

Paul Strong
Claxby, Lincolnshire

SIR – I can’t see how closing schools can help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

At present, pupils are grouped in one place, potentially helping to contain the spread. Now we must rely on parents to convince their offspring of the dangers of unnecessarily frequented populated public places and to dissuade them from hanging around in large groups. Surely this freedom can only lead to a more widespread problem.

Sally Hancock
Goostrey, Cheshire

Schools will close on Friday, sending millions of children home


SIR – The children will now need something else to structure their day, and I hope the BBC will intervene and help the parents.

How about fun lessons during the day at set times for different age groups? CBeebies could also become more focused on the lesson. I remember Johnny Ball who fascinates children with his math lessons.

Barbara Smith

SIR – Our daughter was sent home early from university and the summer period will probably be canceled. Like thousands of other students in the same boat, she wants to help the cause.

Who can exploit such a precious resource? The NHS and charities must use this available and capable group.

William Tice FRCS

SIR – University students like me are facing the prospect of not canceling contact time until next September, perhaps even beyond.

These students, many of whom will not be affected if they contract the virus, should be employed in teams across the country to help out in hospitals, deliver goods and supplies to isolates and support most of the volunteer work the country will have. need in the coming weeks.

The Prime Minister says we are in wartime; now it’s time for the national service.

Lachlan Rurlander
London NW1

Self-isolation is the perfect excuse to exercise

SIR – Exercise can improve mental well-being and is recognized as useful for managing depression, as well as improving sleep, feelings of fatigue and quality of life. Significant improvements in our cardiorespiratory health can occur within a few weeks of starting moderate-intensity regular exercise – an important fact when considering that those with lower heart and respiratory health suffer from higher rates of morbidity and mortality when infected from the Covid-19 virus.

Intense exercise is not recommended for people who show symptoms of infection. However, for those who have no symptoms there are clear benefits of starting or continuing exercise alone, now that lack of time – a commonly cited reason for not exercising – is no longer a problem.

Exercise should include a combination of training for flexibility, endurance and aerobic exercise. It can be run indoors and out, with the government stating that those who are isolated can leave their homes to exercise as long as they avoid close social contacts.

The fear and anxiety surrounding this disease are understandable, but there may still be opportunities to improve our health by using the time offered to us as a catalyst for change.

Dr. Craig Sheridan
Colchester, Essex

SIR – When isolation is over, I hope to return to a more normal life. Surely, however, I will still be at risk of infection. I can’t believe successful isolation will bring immunity from the virus. If I’m right, what’s the point?

Tony Waldeck
Perranwell station, Cornwall

SIR – Our roadsides are full of shame. What opportunity now we have to eliminate them. This would provide fresh air, exercise, social withdrawal and relief from boredom.

Judy Forbes
Coldstream, Berwickshire

SIR – Sarah Knapton’s advice (report, March 18) that older people should go to their gardens for fresh air is wasted on thousands of us who have neither a garden nor a patio. Such is the unimaginative design of most of Britain’s housing that we don’t even have access to the scarce open space that a balcony would provide. We can only dream of the relief that a walk in a garden would bring.

Tony Berry
Truro, Cornwall

Letters from a scrabble game

Credit: Srdjan Zivulovic / Reuters

SIR – The current need for self-isolation has made extreme measures necessary in our family. My wife dusted off the old wooden tiled Scrabble board and challenged me to a three month competition. He won the first game.
Graham Bond
Matching Green, Essex

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Letters: Rishi Sunak left an impression of hope for post-coronavirus Britain

SIR – Rishi Sunak has been impressive. It was difficult to believe that he had been a registrar for only a few weeks. He had a good knowledge of all areas of spending and taxation and developed convincing arguments, for example on the importance of entrepreneurs.

On the contrary, Jeremy Corbyn had nothing new to say. Conservatives offer hope, while work offers nothing.

Barry Smith
Loughborough, Leicestershire

SIR – I thought Rishi Sunak had made a wonderful budget speech. I wasn’t able to absorb all the figures, but it was the confidence that exuded and the optimism for everything.

I can’t remember a budget speech with something like his hope. However, he said nothing to encourage me to read John McDonnell’s “fairy tale”, Economics for the Many.

Bob Wallace
Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex

SIR – I saw Jeremy Corbyn’s answer to the budget. He was saying that his colleagues behind were chatting, texting and, at some point, passing a couple of books to sign. Maybe it was a starting gift.

David Lovie
Barrow upon Trent, Derbyshire

SIR – I was surprised that, in their budget responses, Jeremy Corbyn and Ian Blackford (eventually) nagged Boris Johnson for Tory’s past sins.

It seemed that they had lost the incredible political “trick” that he brought out: he claims, and is believed, to lead a new Tory government with no sins to answer for, because it has no connection with the remaining administrations of Cameron and May.

The opposition may consider it unfair, but this is the political fact that they must now face.

Jim Sillars

SIR – This is Mark Carney’s final offer to create the fate and darkness he warned us about? Lowering interest rates to 0.25 percent will have the greatest impact on the elderly, who rely on their savings and are more likely to be affected by the virus.

Rick Emerson
Bagshot, Surrey

SIR – It’s nice that banks are considering mortgage holidays for people affected by the coronavirus – but many people who rent may not be able to pay and the owner can rely on this income.

Hannele Marttila
Stamford, Lincolnshire

SIR – The Chancellor confirmed important expenses for rail transport. However, more people will work from home in the future. Obviously there will still be a demand for traditional office space, but it will be smaller than today.

From the situation created by the coronavirus epidemic, it is clear that money must be invested in broadband.

James Nicholson

Trace the infection

A giant cardboard woman wearing a protective mask is exhibited in Valencia, Spain, after the Fallas festival was canceled due to the coronavirus epidemic

Credit: AFP

SIR – I have just returned by plane from a cruise ship with two confirmed cases of coronavirus.

The cruise company that organized the flights says that due to data protection and confidentiality laws, it is not allowed to communicate to me and the other 300 people if the infected passengers were also on our flight. This additional knowledge would be helpful in ascertaining whether we should be tested or not.

Certainly data protection laws should not override the right to remain healthy and prevent further illness.

Angela Jones
Ascot, Berkshire

SIR– There are over six million carers in Britain, many live and take care of those with chronic conditions. It appears that there are no strategies in place if these nurses are infected with the coronavirus and cannot self-isolate themselves for fear of infecting those who care for them.

I contacted the hospitals and a charity. Nobody could offer any real help or advice.

Daphne Bland
London NW11

SIR – Expensive home delivery costs in supermarkets have long been a problem for elderly people who live alone.

For example, Sainsbury’s orders between £ 25 and £ 40 have a shipping cost of £ 7. If the order is placed by phone instead of by email, there is an additional charge of £ 2.95.

Mollie Coppen
Bath, Somerset

SIR – I was surprised by your report “Broadband in the UK will fail to cope with millions of people working from home in the coronavirus outbreak” (March 10).

This conclusion seemed to have been made after consulting with some academics, but if you had talked to one of the country’s Internet service providers – who are offering broadband to millions of businesses and homes – you would have found that they are ready to handle the additional bandwidth requests from employees working from home.

Andrew Glover
President, Association of Internet Service Providers
London EC2

SIR– Anyone who suggests that the Mediterranean diet (Letters, 11 March) can help prevent coronavirus infection is unaware of the events in Italy or has no idea where Italy is in relation to the Mediterranean.

Neil Salter
Yeovil, Somerset

SIR – In light of his requests to close schools and postpone large meetings, it is Rory Stewart who must be content.

Simon McIlroy
Croydon, Surrey

Watch out for the gap

SIR – The letters (11 March) on a rail link, via bridge or tunnel, to Northern Ireland from Scotland, seem to have overlooked a detail. The indicator – the distance between the two rails of the railroad – is 4 feet 8 inches in mainland Britain, while in Ireland it is 5 feet 3 inches.

Rodney Wildsmith
Great Ayton, North Yorkshire

Brexit memorabilia

SIR– After spending four years campaigning for Brexit, I have a garage full of banners, flags, rosettes and flyers. Is it time to create a Brexit memorial museum?

If we act before 31 December, we may even apply for an EU grant.

Dr. Brian Philp
West Wickhan, Kent

Ticket excluded

A steam train on the Keighley and Worth Valley railway

Credit: Charlotte Graham

SIR – Geraldine Wills (Letters, 11 March) writes about the injustice of railway ticketing policies.

We live in Haworth, about three miles from the nearest Keighley mainline station. To get there to take a train to Leeds and beyond, we often use the reputable Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, which connects the same main station (we used it as the first stop on a trip to Panama in January; it works and there is room for luggage).

The railway serves everyone in our valley – over 10,000 people in all (the only alternative is a severely overcrowded road). It is run by enterprising volunteers and does not receive any subsidies, even if it does exactly what a railroad should do: provide a valuable transportation service.

But it cannot operate midweek outside school holidays, so during these times we have to take the bus, which does not take us to Keighley station, but to a specially built terminus about a third of a mile away. We have to walk the rest of the way. Needless to say, the timing of the main trains and buses are not coordinated.

There is a combined rail and road ticket covering the whole county, which attracts a 33% discount if you use your rail card, but which you cannot buy on a bus. Therefore we must purchase a return bus ticket for approximately £ 4 each to reach the railway reservations office, where we purchase a train ticket for our final destination and where we can buy the combined ticket to travel on the same bus. It is in fact cheaper to buy separate tickets for train and bus than a single on the bus and therefore the combined ticket for the return. Complicated? Takes time? Boring? You bet.

The consequence of all this is that we drive instead, which is not what we should or want to do. We have talked to the authorities about this situation for years. They say it is faced by something called “smart ticketing”, but nothing happens.

David Pearson
Haworth, West Yorkshire

Tomato source

Tomatoes at the tomato conservatory at the castle of La Bourdaisiere in Montlouis-sur-Loire near Tours, central France

SIR – Why buy tomato seeds (Letters, February 25) when all you have to do is collect the seeds from the type of tomato desired, wrap them in the kitchen paper and set them aside?

The following spring, plant the whole batch – even the paper – in a decent sized pot, then plant the resulting seedlings as usual.

D H Todd
Ripon, North Yorkshire

Not all bamboo has impeccable green qualities

Head over water: a Bangladeshi youth in Dhaka pushes a bundled bamboo raft

Credit: AFP

SIR – With the latest recognition of the “green” qualities of bamboo fiber on the catwalk at the Coventry Christian Resources exhibition (report, March 5), it is worth mentioning that three possible types of material can be used.

It is hoped that the clerical clothing in evidence is made with traditional but expensive bamboo linen, produced with a stretching process similar to that of obtaining linen from linen or using the closed cycle process or low pollution lyocell, introduced by Courtaulds in the the eighties.

Unfortunately, most of the bamboo fiber is none other than viscose rayon, which as a fiber is ecological and biodegradable but which leaves much to be desired in its use of strong inorganic chemicals such as caustic soda, carbon disulfide and sulfuric acid in the process. of manufacture. These are polluting and can be dangerous to workers’ health. This guy really should be labeled “viscose rayon” – or as in Canada, “rayon from bamboo”.

Maurizio priest
Bacup, Lancashire

It’s the noise of wind farms, not just the view

Turbines at the Whitelee wind farm in East Renfrewshire, the largest onshore wind farm in the UK

Credit: POPE

SIR – The visual impact of wind turbines is quite serious. An even bigger problem for local communities, given the growing awareness of how low frequency noise affects health, is the erratic noise of noise from the turbine blades in operation.

If the government is to allow further developments in onshore wind farms (Letters, March 5), all wind farms should demonstrate their compliance with the noise conditions of planning approval after their construction, but before a license is granted for the permanent connection to the national network. All planning approvals should include the mandatory location of permanent monitoring stations in the local area that records all noise emissions from the site.

Bev Gray
St Neots, Huntingdonshire

SIR – Experts have discovered that ship noise severely affects crabs (Nature Notes, 10 March). This leads me to wonder what effect the noise of offshore wind farms has, not only on crabs but on all sea creatures around our coast.

Eileen Armstrong
Tunbridge Wells, Kent

SIR – Professor Michael Jefferson’s request (Letters, March 4) that an onshore wind farm should lose its subsidy if it has a capacity factor of less than 30% lacks logic. Onshore is the cheapest form of energy and the subsidy is lower than the offshore one.

Some offshore fields reach 40%, but are much more expensive to build and maintain.

Roger Hannaford
Haddenham, Buckinghamshire

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Letters: Britain must step up its coronavirus screening program to curb the spread

SIR – As a person with long experience in chemical and biological defense, I am amazed at how this country has handled the threat of coronavirus.

Effective screening is the only way to deal with the problem early. Since the period of time between the infection and the onset of symptoms is between 10 and 14 days, we could expect that there will be an explosion of victims, perhaps within the next two weeks. National official advice and publicity has been lacking.

Finally, the appropriate measures for general public protection and, above all, for decontamination are lacking. There is a lot of military experience available on lethal chemical and biological attack. This competence will not be found in the National Health Service.

Sqn Ldr Philip Congdon RAF (retd)
Poyntington, Dorset

SIR – Between fate and darkness, new reported cases of coronavirus in China have fallen to double-digit numbers. This should demonstrate to the rest of the world that large outbreaks can be controlled through rigorous, effectively implemented measures.

The question in Britain is: will we be able to implement and adopt these measures?

Nigel Dyson
Alton, Hampshire

SIR – I was baffled to read your report (March 9) that dozens of flights arriving from coronavirus hotspots, including Milan, could land in Britain without checks.

Professor Chris Whitty, English Chief Medical Officer, says that Italy “was the first country in Europe to ban flights from China and also examined airport controls.” However, examining the procedure is very different from implementing it. As Rory Stewart, the candidate for mayor of London, a “heartless” approach will simply aggravate the problem.

John Howden-Richards
Abingdon, Oxfordshire

SIR – Rory Stewart suggested that the government should immediately ignore the advice of medical and scientific experts and nearby schools.

Stewart is clearly trying to draw attention to strengthen his mayoral offer, but suggesting that politicians should make decisions that fly in the face of expert advice is ridiculous.

David Kidd
Petersfield, Hampshire

SIR – The suggestion that older people should self-isolate ignores the fact that this group is supporting the current workforce.

Many grandparents gather children at school and intervene to provide assistance when the children are sick, in addition to covering days and holidays.

Alex Catto
London SW1

SIR – In the case of widespread self-isolation, one thing is fundamental: identify those who are elderly, alone or “invisible”.

Some will have no experience of online shopping and many may not be able to afford the £ 40 minimum shopping for deliveries to supermarkets. Who will ensure that food reaches them?

Lavender Buckland
Iwerne Minster, Dorset

SIR – Jeanna Gallagher (Letters, March 9) is perplexed about the wholesale purchase of stuffed olives.

I suggest that you read about your function, “13 ways to boost your body to keep coronavirus at bay,” released on the same day. This recommends a Mediterranean diet, “rich in fruits and vegetables of different colors”, which “will give you the best chance of obtaining the great variety of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients that your body needs to fight infection”.

Geoff Pringle
Long Sutton, Somerset

SIR – Written on the back of a van seen locally: “No toilet paper rolls are stored in this vehicle overnight”.

K M Jones
Hambledon, Hampshire

Budget and SMEs

Rishi Sunak, the new appointed chancellor


SIR – I hope our excellent new chancellor has rejected the idea of ​​measures aimed at reducing the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) or eliminating aid from entrepreneurs.

In several ways, both are responsible for the success of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which now account for over 90% of employment in the UK. The EIS took off only after the tax incentive was increased from 20% to 30%. Today, entrepreneurs’ relief generates more tax revenues than their tax costs. The Enterprise Investment Investment Scheme also allowed SMEs to hire talented managers, in competition with companies that can offer larger pay packages.

Fortunately, the conservative manifesto acknowledged the success of the EIS in supporting SMEs and included a commitment to continue.

Lord Flight (Con)
President, EIS Association
London SE1

Inherited peerages

SIR – Once again there are calls to change the law of succession in equals (report, March 9) on the basis that the male birthright is “unjust” and (as Lord Fellowes states) a consequence of “absurd and obsolete” rules .

The laws governing aristocratic heritage are not, and never have been, understood as “just”. If it is not right for a man to prefer a woman, how can it be right for an older daughter to prefer a younger one or vice versa? Is it right that a lady can become a countess or duchess by marrying a hereditary peer, while a man is denied such an opportunity?

The aristocracy originated in the archaic tradition, whose origins are rooted in historical circumstances that reflect another era. Archaism largely provides its romantic charm, while arbitrary changes designed to foster individual ambitions affect the roots of the system itself.

The only true and absolute fairness would be either to abolish the aristocracy entirely or to make everyone a lord or lady. The huge overweight House of Lords suggests that the latter course prevails.

Nikolai Tolstoy
Southmoor, Berkshire

A link to Ireland

SIR – Report (March 6) that Alister Jack, the Scottish secretary, believes that a deadline of 2030 for a new tunnel under the Irish Sea would be “attainable”.

He may want to consider that the £ 6.8 billion of Lower Thames Crossing was first proposed in 2009. Now it’s 2020, work has just started and in the meantime the daily queues on the current A282 Dartford Crossing are getting longer more.

John Baker
Crayford, Kent

SIR – How can you think that a bridge or tunnel between Northern Ireland and Scotland is a sensible idea?

I’m not a big fan of HS2, but surely the money would be better spent on extending the line further north, where people and companies will benefit.

David Booth
Macclesfield, Cheshire

Unfair ticketing

Tickets are often cheaper if booked in advance through an app – but there are drawbacks

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SIR – Living in the depths of Somerset, our best way to get to London for a little culture is by train.

Advance tickets purchased through a railway app are of great value, but if you need to cancel a trip, they are non-refundable. They can be changed on a different date, but only if the replacement tickets are booked before the original travel date.

Since we travel infrequently, we usually don’t know when we’ll want another set of tickets. Certainly a better system would be to credit the value of the tickets – minus the modification fee – to the app account, to be used against future purchases. At present, we generally lose the full ticket price simply because we are not regular users.

Geraldine Wills
Chaffcombe, Somerset

The current law on assisted death does not work

SIR – Victor Launert (Letters, March 7) warns that assisted death could put elderly or vulnerable people at risk, but I believe that this legislation would introduce greater protections for society. As a police and crime commissioner (PPC) for Dorset, and having been appointed head of the CCPs nationwide on the issue of suicide, I can see the significant dangers that the current law poses, and I echo the demands of Lord Carey ( Letters, March 6) for a government investigation into these issues.

The ban on assisted dying only pushes him underground and overseas, forcing people to die prematurely with insufficient controls and counterweights to prevent abuse or coercion. Law enforcement officers end up spending their limited resources to investigate family members whose motives were purely compassionate. The status quo simply doesn’t work and this week I will share these concerns with the secretary of justice. I join this Maureen Hogg, Durham’s CCP widow Ron Hogg, who formulated a powerful case for a change in the law on assisted death before his death from motor neuron disease last December.

Martyn Underhill
Police and crime commissioner for Dorset
Winfrith, Dorset

SIR – Lord Carey seems to believe that what a majority favors equates to what is right.

Christians must stick to the traditional teachings of the church on the sacred value of life and speak sensibly in our secular society. Going against solid family values ​​and respect for life can have an attractive “liberal” appeal, but the unwanted consequences are far from liberating.

The end of life must be managed so that people die without undue suffering. Most doctors know how to ensure this without the need for a change in the law.

John Capel
Reading, Berkshire

Shell shake serving strangely pale eggs

Color code: being evaluated at the Ayr County Show in western Scotland

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SIR – Shoppers are advised to buy white eggs – rather than brown ones, as they are laid by more docile hens (report, March 9).

In the early 1960s, almost all commercially available eggs were white. I remember one occasion when a patient from Northern Ireland, who was staying at St. Thomas hospital, refused her hard-boiled egg for breakfast because the shell was white and not the brown she was used to.

Judith du Boulay
Poundbury, Dorset

SIR – My little flock of free range Warren hens lays beautiful brown eggs, shows no aggression and are as docile and friendly to each other as they are to humans.

Kate Forrester
Malvern, Worcestershire

Music for my ears

SIR – Correspondence relating to Sir András Schiff’s views on the state of music education (Letters, 10g) reminded me of the great conductor Sir Thomas Beecham, who said: “The British may not like music, but they love absolutely the noise it makes. “

Tom Wainwright
Aughton, Lancashire

The best possible taste

SIR – Before I retired, I was a beginner and I was in my London office for almost six mornings. After two hours of work, he went to the local oily spoon (Letters, March 9) for full English: eggs, bacon, sausage, toast and a couple of cups of tea.

I’ve been doing it for 25 years. It prepared me well for the day and I never had any negative effects.

Duncan Rayner
Sunningdale, Berkshire

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Letters: for an elderly couple there is less to fear from the coronavirus than from future years in a house

SIR – At 86, I am fit and well, I am still driving and exhibiting my art and enjoying life with my husband, who is 90 years old.

We have decided not to be terrified of getting coronavirus. We have had a good life and if it gets there, it will save a lot of money and inconvenience in case it needs to be treated in a retirement home, whose prospect is truly frightening.

Shirley Page
Caxton, Cambridgeshire

SIR – Drastic action on coronavirus worldwide is now required by all nations. Leaving it too late (say, two weeks from now) will lead to a pandemic that no amount of action will contain.

All international travel by air, sea or land must cease, the only exception being those returning home, which would be placed in quarantine. This travel ban must continue for at least four weeks or until new cases occur worldwide.

There will be losses for acquired travel interests. These will be bearable compared to the horrible losses that will occur in a pandemic.

I will not consider traveling abroad first until the situation stabilizes.

David Dunlop
Barkestone-le-Vale, Leicestershire

SIR – Has the world moved away from its senses? Unless the authorities hide a terrible truth about the virus from us, then it seems to me that what we are dealing with is a bad flu-like epidemic, nothing more.

I expect the bans on international travel will follow soon, and as a result, you will miss a planned, imminent and long family reunion in America.

Alan Quinton
Eastbourne, East Sussex

SIR – Yesterday, in the pharmacy, I heard a customer ask for masks. After the client left, I commented that it seemed like an “unwarranted panic”.

I was more than a little surprised to learn that students from a local school were buying up to four boxes of masks at a time to ship to the Far East. They weren’t the only customers to do this.

Peter Speleers
Crowthorne, Berkshire

SIR – Thousands of people from all over the world will descend to the National Exhibition Center, Birmingham for Crufts next week. So far we have not heard of any move to cancel it.

Are the authorities considering deleting it or are they willing to allow it to move forward and take responsibility for the consequences?

Annie Lorton
Hatford, Oxfordshire

SIR – Despite all the advice on washing your hands to prevent the spread of the disease and covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, I find it frustrating to see the number of people who quickly wash their hands quickly under the tap without using soap. or don’t cover yourself when you cough and sneeze.

It is now time for all of us to start challenging these people about their unsanitary habits, as they are threatening the health of all of us.

Paul Lewis

SIR – Could it be useful for public health directors to provide guidance for companies that rely on touchscreens?

After just visiting my bank, I met no less than three devices that used touchscreens.

Tony Wolfe
Penrith, Cumbria

SIR – The slogan “Coughing and sneezing spreading disease” has been publicized to tackle health problems in the past. Could the BBC not be required to transmit essential information to mitigate the spread of coronavirus?

Helen Mercer
Preston, Lancashire

SIR – The way the coronavirus is able to tell Extinction Rebellion that it has things in hand?

John Bergin
Oxton, Wirral

Minor triumph

The Morris Minor is a small car with a great character

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SIR – My father left his 1966 Morris Minor to my daughter, as he had always loved her. When she lived in London, she drove it happily and people waved and looked at her.

So she and her husband moved to Switzerland. She considered the sale, but couldn’t stand to part with it, so it had been sent to Zurich.

Now he drives around Küsnacht near Zurich, much to the embarrassment of my grandchildren, although his friends love having a ride.

He found local garages more than useful when needed, even though they have never had to deal with one before.

Judy Woolley
Borrowash, Derbyshire

SIR – I accept the argument of Neale Edwards (Letters, February 24) on the virtue of continuing to drive old cars. However, the fact remains that the latest models are infinitely safer.

The design to crumble on impact (especially if you hit a pedestrian), non-slip brakes, top lighting and anti-roll bars have contributed to the proportional annual reduction in fatal accidents.

The immeasurable improvement in comfort and the inclusion of driving aids make driving less stressful. It is rare that heated seats, rear view mirrors, rear view cameras and satellite navigation systems can be adapted to older cars.

Roger Stainton
Buntingford, Hertfordshire

SIR – Old cars are rarely stolen, but new ones are stolen by the thousands. Since they all have computers, why can’t manufacturers implant a pin number so that the car can’t start even if it has been unlocked or opened? One seems to have a pin number for almost everything these days anyway; six numbers and two letters should order it.

Geoffrey Saunders

SIR – Forty years ago, when I worked for a Volvo car dealership, I went to a Volvo factory in Sweden and met the CEO, who asked me why my countrymen replaced their cars so frequently, since Volvo made them last. Not that he was complaining.

Geoff Benge
Little Baddow, Essex

Steeds’ needs

For some, a well-dressed horse is more desirable than a well-dressed wife

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SIR – The wife needs a new dress. The horse needs a new carpet (Letters, February 26). The horse gets a new carpet.

Lynne Anderson
Bethersden, Kent

Tenants sitting

Signs of real estate agents advertising rental properties

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SIR – Charles Moore (Comment, February 25) asks: “Why take a tenant if you can’t evict them?”, A problem with which I know all too well.

In 1973, I purchased a property with tenants per year in a three year lease.

After 43 years of “fair rent”, aggravation, bureaucracy, illness and frustration, the tenant who survived eventually died at the age of 95. Nobody in my family will ever leave a property again.

David G Ford
Seaford, East Sussex

SIR – Charles Moore is right that landowners have eroded further recovery rights.

Ever since George Osborne started “bash-a-landlord” by raising stamp duty and reducing tax breaks (so taxpayers with higher rates will likely find the owner unprofitable), the government has misunderstood the private rents, resulting in both a reduction in available property and a rent rise well above inflation.

Paul Farndon
New Milton, Hampshire

A choice of tenors

The tenor Placido Domingo who has been accused of sexual misconduct

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SIR – Regarding the profile of Rupert Christiansen of Placido Domingo (February 26): yes, Domingo for the tenor guide in the lesser known Puccini Manon Lescaut is The Golden West girl, but you would definitely like to enter Luciano Pavarotti’s ardent tenor La Boheme, Tosca is Madama Butterfly.

Likewise, in Verdi’s works, Domingo per Don Carlos is Othello, but Pavarotti is a must for the Duke of Mantua looking for pleasure Rigolettoand who, if he had not managed to hit the high C with such exaltation in those of Donizetti The fille du régiment?

My choices relate to recordings, not live performances.

Ian France
Penrith, Cumbria

Cache without sachet

SIR – The Methodist church of Truro has replaced the sachets (Letters, February 26) with bottles of sauce in our voluntarily managed coffee.

Jon Summers
Probus, Cornwall

Missing coins

A new Brexit 50 penny at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, Pontyclun, Wales

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SIR – Has anyone seen one of the new Brexit 50p coins? Local inquiries in shops and at the bank and to friends all get a negative response.

Terry Warburton
Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

Charities will lose in a cashless society

Everything changes: a man looks for coins to put in an RSPCA charity fund

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SIR – There are many reasons to resist a cashless company, but little has been said about how much charities will cost. I’m sure I’m not alone in making small changes in any charity shop adjacent to a store.

Tangible money is something that children understand from an early age. Will they have a realistic understanding of it when it comes to just another set of numbers on one screen?

Carole Tompkins
Norton Midsomer, Somerset

SIR – The government should make it mandatory for all retail and service providers to accept cash.

While some consumers may be happy to pay for everything by card, others wish to use cash, which is still legal tender.

It is particularly annoying when an institution that receives public funding refuses to accept cash. The Barbacane art gallery is an emblematic example: you have to pay with your card, even for a postcard.

Marcia MacLeod
London NW6

The BBC’s condescending attitude towards young people

BBC Headquarters in Central London

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SIR – The BBC’s desperate appeal to young people (report, February 25) is as embarrassing as those fruitless attempts made by the Church of England over the years to attract young people by turning churches into pits.

What matters to most people is the quality, breadth and depth of the service offered. Especially young people don’t like to be condescending or talking, but that’s what’s happening across the BBC and, in fact, across all our institutions. This will continue until the current identikit, the pseudo-liberal controllers withdraw or there will be no revolution in the way these organizations are managed.

Rev H B Tasker
Ettington, Warwickshire

SIR – The BBC’s chase for young listeners also extends to its website. The current home page seems to be aimed at an audience more accustomed to celebrity magazines rather than sensible reports.

Until the recent redesign, the page could be customized to fit, but this provision has been removed, so we have no choice but to suffer this nonsense or go elsewhere.

James Harris
Winchester, Hampshire

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Mailbag: prosecute Trump for his crimes | Letters

Donald Trump has committed crimes. We know this because Michael Cohen is doing three years in prison for conspiring with Trump on the crime commission.

The collusion between the two led in particular to cash payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal in violation of electoral law. Given that Cohen is in prison for these crimes, Trump, as an accused accomplice, could be tried and sentenced after he has not been isolated from his office and can no longer control the Department of Justice.

Some will argue that it should not be prosecuted. After all, Richard Nixon was not; he was even pardoned, although many of his conspirators went to prison. In contrast, Trump’s crimes occurred before he became president and should not be ignored simply because he was elected.

Trump’s situation is more similar to that of O.J. Simpson. He was an unscrupulous and corrupt president, breaking practically every rule that has limited previous presidents. Although he will not be punished for those transgressions, this should include a ticket for the blockade, given the damage he has done. It appears that Simpson managed to escape with the murder of his wife and friend. But, when he was finally convicted of a relatively minor crime in Nevada, the judge threw the book at him with a 33-year sentence.

Trump deserves a similar fate once he is out of the office. And given his verbal abuse of judges and courts, I doubt he will find much mercy.