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"?
Mike Hoskin
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.
Gillian Bassett
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.
Andrew Kyle
Ealing, London

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.
Adrian Greeman
Tooting, London

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.
Michael Cunningham

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