I was fascinated by your obituary of Frank Giles (November 7): "His father died at the age of 10, leaving the family in a difficult situation … despite everything, we found enough of 39, money to send Giles to Wellington College. "Given that current Wellington royalties seem to rise to about £ 30,000 a year, and equitably to the equivalent in the 1930s, could we , please, have the Guardian's definition of "difficult circumstances"?
Hinton St George, Somerset
• My son's bassoon fell from the back door of a minibus carrying members of the National Youth Choir on the Westminster Bridge many years ago (Letters, November 6). He was picked up by a kind person, who said he found "a big flute" on the road.
Great Barford, Bedfordshire
• Thank you, Gary Younge, who observes that Emma Barnett "gets answers but seldom listens to them really" during her show on Radio 5 Live (Opinion, November 8). I thought it was just me who found her so condescending.
• Tragic news about the billionaires (the global recession has negative consequences while 57 billionaires withdraw from the ranking, November 9). Imagine having to get by, say, with $ 900 million.
• Sad to see the turtledoves endangered (report of November 8). I have not seen a lot of milkmaids or leaping lords lately, so I'm worried about my Christmas list.
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