Victoria Johnstone asks:

Motherhood is what you make of it. Would Rebecca Asher have allowed herself to be that whiny and defeatist about the challenging early stages of, say, her career?

That depends! Probably not… but then, the early stages of a career rarely involve many of the specific problems associated with her experience of motherhood: being woken several times a night, spending twelve hours a day focused on the project with no assistance, and working with a largely absent colleague who benefitted from the project’s advance but was significantly less involved in its development.

Richard Stainton asks:

No feedback on the previous weeks interview with Ed Miliband (Letters, 26 March)? Strange – and on the very day he showed that his humility is matched by the courage to risk media criticism and address half a million marchers for an alternative.

No feedback indeed… however, this is no comment on either the article or on Miliband. It’s a simple fact that Weekend letters only rarely focus on in-depth profiles or intensive reporting – much more frequently, they deal with regular columnists, fashion shoots, the Blind Date feature, and even the Letters page itself!

Karen Harrison asks:

Sali Hughes on hot cloth cleansing (Beauty, 26 March): so that would be a flannel, then?

Yes: an “old-fashioned terrycloth”, in fact, is Hughes’ preference, as specified in the column itself! However, she also suggests that the sensitive-skinned may prefer softer muslin cloths.

Suzanne Channer asks:

Does anyone else read Weekend and try to work out what people will write in to complain about?

Definitely! In fact, sometimes readers even write in, not because they are themselves complaining about an article, but in order to anticipate the complaints of others!