As a small little one at a convent faculty in London within the Nineteen Fifties, I had an assault of hiccups within the playground someday. Mom Ignacius (a small, terrifying nun) was on obligation. Beckoning me to her, she took a penknife from her pocket, opened the blade and pointed it at me. “Maintain this!” she commanded. For what appeared like an eternity however was most likely a matter of seconds, she glared at me whereas I held on to the blade, trembling. I ended hiccuping instantly by way of sheer terror – of the nun somewhat than the blade (Drinking straw device is instant cure for hiccups, say scientists, 18 June).
At trainer coaching faculty within the 60s, we needed to put on massive navy blue knickers for PE and dance (Letters, 17 June). Because it was a church faculty we known as them “harvest festivals” as “all is safely gathered in”.
Rev Margaret Roylance
Virginia Woolf heard birds singing in Greek and blamed her personal psychological state. Does latest proof (Do Norfolk birds speak Punjab? 10 June; Letters, 17 June) help the case for a biographical reassessment?
Heaven forfend that I ought to need to promote my superior age (Letters, 18 June); I merely want to moan about not getting a letter into the Guardian since 1955.
To be honest (Edwin Poots resigns as DUP leader after 21 days in post, 17 June), three weeks is a very long time if you’re a creationist.