Whoever it was that likened the single Chaise Longue from Wet Leg’s forthcoming debut album to “the funny track at No 6 in John Peel’s Festive 50, for those old enough to remember such things” (Abba to Zappa: pop, rock and classical music to look forward to in 2022, 30 December) may be interested to learn that since John’s death the internet station Dandelion Radio has continued his annual tradition. In the latest poll, unveiled in December, Chaise Longue was in fact voted No 1.
In your article (UK has warmest New Year’s Eve on record as temperatures top 15C, 31 December), the Met Office is quoted as saying a record temperature high of 15.3C for New Year’s Eve was reached at Coningsby, Lincolnshire. I can beat that – my thermometer recorded a temperature of 16.7C in the shade at the back door of my house in Kentish Town!
I’m not deadheading my still-blooming climbing rose (Letters, 2 January) for fear of immediately promoting new buds and blooms, which would be just too depressing.
My mother, who was born in 1919, told me that as a small child she was taken into the basement of a Liverpool bank to see the manacles where slaves had been held (Letters, 2 January). It made a deep impression on her.
Ah! At last I understand the meaning of levelling up (Labour lambasts reported £330k award of public money to repair peer’s road, 29 December).