No southern comfort at the Rovers Return


Your editorial on pubs (30 December) states that “today’s most famous pub is the Queen Vic in EastEnders”. Why not the Rovers Return in Coronation Street? I am disappointed in the Guardian confirming my husband’s conviction of southern bias as I am going to have to agree with him from now on.
Francesca Whittlestone
Liversedge, West Yorkshire

• I hope John Bercow will regard his exclusion from this year’s honours list as a badge of honour – surely he would not wish to be on the same list as the architect of welfare reform so aptly depicted in your cartoon (Journal, 30 December).
Christine Strachan
Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire

• Your report on the codpiece revival (28 December) shamefully failed to mention a certain Larry Blackmon, prominent frontperson of Cameo, who single-handedly thrust the codpiece into public consciousness like nobody before or since.
Stefan Badham
Portsmouth, Hampshire

• My realisation that I must now be officially old (Letters, 31 December) occurred recently when my wife and I bought a new frying pan and I was informed that it had a 20-year guarantee and therefore was likely to significantly outlast me.
Rob Lily
Biddenden, Kent

• Re the letters about joining the Labour party (26 December) and taking out a subscription to the Guardian (30 December) making readers feel a bit better; having both taken out a subscription to the Guardian and joined the Labour party, may we expect to feel quite a bit better in the new year?
Robert and Teresa Heeks
Ironbridge, Shropshire

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