Robert Boon asks:
“Frogs’ legs are a lot like chicken” and a trip to Jim Morrison’s grave at Père Lachaise: well done to Julie Myerson for getting to the heart of Paris. Can we look forward to further travel pieces from her – the tulip market in Amsterdam or beer drinking in Munich perhaps?
It’s great that Robert enjoyed Myerson’s article – but unfortunately for him, she’s unlikely to publish any more articles along the same lines. Myerson is not primarily a travel writer; instead, her non-fiction tends to concentrate on her experiences of motherhood and family life. In fact, even her Paris article was as much about holidaying with her son as it was about the city itself!
Gillian Jones asks:
Lucy Mangan’s column almost exactly replicates the angst-filled rant my friends and I indulge in down the pub. What can we do? Take to the streets? Man the barricades? It may yet come to that. In the meantime, Lucy, keep giving voice to our rage.
The column in question addresses Mangan’s frustration at class divisions in the UK, and the extent to which people with blue-collar backgrounds are underrepresented in British politics. In addressing this issue, there are currently no barricades for Gillian to man; she might have better luck looking into a charity devoted to increasing social mobility in the UK.
The Social Mobility Foundation, for example, welcomes assistance in the form of donations and volunteering. The Sutton Trust has similar ends, and though it has only limited volunteering opportunities it does produce regular studies on social mobility. These are an excellent starting point for investigating the issue further.
Phoebe Rixon asks:
Lucia Hrda’s poignant photograph of her grandfather awaiting the cortege on the day of his wife’s funeral brought me to tears. It’s a shame you didn’t treat it with more respect. Was it really necessary to place it right across the fold? A little more care might have been appropriate.
Paradoxically, it may be the very poignancy of the photograph that led to its placement. Generally the “Your Pictures” feature shows a selection of pictures, with one particularly compelling contribution printed larger than the others. In this case, the picture selected for large-scale display was Lucia Hrda’s.
However, because “Your Pictures” spreads across one-and-a-bit pages, at least one picture has to be placed across the fold – and historically, this has always been the largest-printed photograph, perhaps because the pictures that are printed smaller are less able to withstand the treatment.
Hrda’s photograph is however available online with no fold.
Dee Patton-Statham asks:
What I See In The Mirror with Sandra Bernhard was beyond irony. Did anyone else splutter their coffee all over the page on reading that she “obsessively avoids toxins in the food chain” but has Botox injections?
We’re unable to find a record of anyone else spluttering coffee over the page in question, whether through astonishment at Bernhard’s perceived contradiction or for any other reason – it looks like Dee might be the only one!
Theo Stickley asks:
Wash flower pots in the dishwasher; sieve and microwave compost; water seedlings with camomile tea… Does Alys Fowler realise how bonkers her advice sounds?
Fowler explicitly acknowledges that some readers may be appalled by the use of a dishwasher to clean pots, warning: “if this horrifies you, never come to tea at my house”. In the case of microwaved compost and tea-watered seedlings, however, she simply provides the advice with no further warnings, so she may not have considered that anyone would find it “bonkers”.
Fowler will, however, undoubtedly have read Theo’s letter, and will now be aware that her advice sounds unorthodox to some readers.
David Smith asks:
Am I the only one wondering where the column answering readers’ rhetorical questions has gone?
You’re certainly not! In fact, several people have contacted Their Questions Answered wondering the exact same thing.