Adam Porges asks:
Your interview with Ingrid Betancourt omits to mention that the reason she was not given military transportation was that her mission was deemed extremely dangerous. Against all the advice, she went by car without bodyguards into Farc-controlled territory. Naïve? Stupid? Delusions of invincibility? Whatever her reason, having been rescued by the military at all the expense and risk that entailed, is it any wonder that many Colombians had little sympathy with her claims for compensation?
L Wright asks:
Benjamin Mee is a balding, middle-aged man who seems to suffer from the delusion that every woman who is nice to him has an ulterior, sexual motive. How did the women who helped him out in the weeks after his wife died feel when they read his withering verdict on them? They were probably just trying to help. I’m glad he found a girlfriend before this went to print, as I can’t imagine many local women will give him the time of day from now on.
They were probably a little annoyed.
Colm Loughlin asks:
Do you sponsor Dr Brian Cox or something? He’s not even the most famous person called Brian Cox.
The Guardian does not sponsor Dr Brian Cox, who – contrary to Colm’s suggestion – is currently the most famous person called Brian Cox. Of the top 100 results of a Google search for “Brian Cox”, 62% refer to Dr Brian Cox; 28% to actor Brian Cox; and 7% to real estate agency Brian Cox.
But even if another Brian Cox were to be more famous, it’s unlikely the Guardian would have chosen this alternative Cox for the interview. The intent of the feature was to focus on well-known science practitioners and popularisers, not people who are the most famous bearer of their particular name. Colm shouldn’t feel bad, though; it’s a natural misunderstanding since, coincidentally, the other three scientists – Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking and David Attenborough – all are the most famous bearers of their respective names!
Julia Taylor asks:
Does Lauren Luke do the washing-up at home? I’m yet to find a nail polish that lasts more than 24 hours.
We haven’t been able to locate any documentary evidence of Luke doing the washing up, and it’s very possible that the task falls to someone else in her home, or that she lives in one of the 36% of households in the UK with a dishwasher. Lucky for her nails if so!
If not, then we suspect that she wears rubber gloves.
Eustace Johnson asks:
Just an idea for Lucy Mangan, whose toaster is fit only for the smallest of loaves and (presumably) the lowest of classes – ever thought about cutting the slice in half? To be upwardly mobile, she could even make it triangular.
Eustace’s suggestion is an intriguing one! However, the primary problem with Mangan’s toaster isn’t that it’s too short, it’s that it’s insufficiently wide: which is to say, only thinly-sliced bread can fit, regardless of its area.
Cutting her bread in half will therefore be no help, and might be a hindrance; each halved slice would have an open uncrusted edge, liable to burning. This problem would be made even worse by triangular slices, where the uncrusted edge is even longer.
If, however, Eustace has a technique for cutting a slice of bread in half longways, to make two thinner slices of bread, we’re sure Mangan would appreciate it.