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You cite as evidence of Rona Fairheads political background the fact that her husband Tom used to be a Tory councillor ( Former boss of FT to be first female chair of BBC Trust , 1 September). Why infer something about her from his political affiliation? I would have hoped that such attitudes would have changed by now. David Brough LondonMs Fairheads husband was a Conservative councillor; she is said to be a chum of both Mr Osborne and Jeremy Heywood, who chaired the recruitment panel that selected her; she is a non-executive member of the Cabinet Office board and Francis Maude has made her a business ambassador; but she doesnt have crony status ( Editorial , 1 September)? Jim Morrison New Barnet, Hertfordshire Continue reading... Hilco and HMV | Denis MacShane | Novak Djokovic | RBS fine | Rod Liddle An editing error caused a Shortcuts item about the comeback of HMV to say that the turnaround firm Hilco also has Habitat and Clinton Cards on its books. Hilco completed the sale of the Habitat business in 2011; it oversaw a store closure programme at Clinton Cards in 2012 but never owned the card retailer ( Move over Amazon HMV is back in tune , 2 September, page 2, G2). An article about the Rotherham child abuse scandal referred to council officials, notably Dennis MacShane. MacShane is a former MP for Rotherham, not a council official. We also misspelled his first name: he is Denis, not Dennis ( This brutal blame game pays little heed to justice in Rotherham , 30 August, page 11). Continue reading... A tour of Putinworld; Gaza picks up the pieces; what makes a city greatA kopeck for the thoughts of Vladimir Putin? The inscrutable (some would say downright disingenuous) Russian president has driven western leaders, diplomats and foreign-policy analysts to despair as they try to piece together his ambitions in Ukraine. The problem is, few people in Putins own government seem to know much about whats going on either. As EU and Nato chiefs hold crisis meetings to ponder their latest responses to Russias troop activities in eastern Ukraine, our fascinating cover story by Shaun Walker takes us behind the scenes of Putins power base, where the Russian leaders authority is unchallenged and where policies are increasingly determined by an elite circle.The European council appointed a new president this week Polands Donald Tusk though the mood in Brussels was subdued as national leaders contemplated more sanctions against Putin and also gloomy economic growth forecasts for the continent. The Guardians Brussels correspondent Ian Traynor surveys the lie of the land. Continue reading... The meaning of conformity; from myth to reality; the point of toothacheWhat does it really mean to conform?True conforming would mean wholeheartedly accepting the majority position of a group. In fact, while appearing to conform, you may privately disagree strongly with a stance taken by society, but remain silent because it is convenient. Ursula Nixon, Bodalla, NSW, Australia Continue reading... Angela Merkel | Newport | Douglas Carswell | Palate/palette homophone The German chancellor Angela Merkel was not born in East Germany, as we said in a Business analysis column (29 August, page 31). She was born in Hamburg but her family moved to East Germany when she was a few weeks old and she was brought up there. An editorial ( In praise of Newport , 1 September, page 24) began: Ill be Port forever. Yes, it is my lifeblood, sang Welsh rappers Goldie Lookin Chain in 2010 in Newport State of Mind, their YouTube parody of the US hit Empire State of Mind. In fact Newport State of Mind was not the work of Goldie Lookin Chain. They produced a parody of that parody. Continue reading... It is good to see that Cardiffs land-grab has boomeranged back on them, with apologies multiplying attention to Newport as the home of the UKs most prestigious event. Your editorial ( In praise of Newport , 31 August) is woefully out of date. Newports location is firmly anchored in Wales and has been since 1974. The image of deprivation is an old and false stereotype. Newport has bounced back from heavy industry job losses with high-quality public sector jobs that augur well for a prosperous future. Paul Flynn MP Labour, Newport WestYou state ( Grander designs at Guédelon the building site where its forever 1245 , 28 August) that a rope with 13 equally spaced knots is used for measuring, marking circles and other geometric figures. Many schoolchildren would be able to say that such an arrangement would be used to form a 3, 4, 5 triangle to construct a right angle. This device is very old: one of them was found in the Egyptian tomb of a pyramid constructor. David Fawcett Binfield, Berkshire Continue reading... Wrong puzzles in Saturdays paper | Co-operative Group | St Pancras station Because of a production error, some of last Fridays puzzles were reprinted on Saturday in place of the intended puzzles. Prize crossword No 26,352 and sudoku No 2,903, both of which should have appeared in Saturdays paper, are printed today on page 31. An article about a vote on changes to the way the Co-operative Group is managed ( Warning that shakeup at Co-op may fall short , 26 August, page 22) erred in saying: The biggest electors, with four-fifths of the vote, are seven regional cooperatives, of which Midcounties and Midlands are the largest. The remaining 21% of the vote is held by 127 independent societies. In fact nearly four-fifths of the vote is held by Co-op members, represented by seven regional boards; the Midlands Co-op merged with the Anglia Co-op to form the Central England Co-op last year; and the Midcounties and Central England are two of the 127 independent societies. The article also said that the current crop of elected directors of the Co-operative Group includes a nurse; in fact the nurse in question, Steven Bayes, lost his place on the board in April. Continue reading... You report (30 August) that there has been a 32% decrease in the grey wagtail population. In deepest urban Lewisham the wagtail colony is thriving along the Ravensbourne thanks to river restoration projects offsetting the impact of 1960s concrete culverting. These provide both nest space and abundant food. They are a joy to watch as they scamper along the river margins below the bus station. Lawrence Beale Collins LondonBest buy at Lidl: blackberries, £1.39 ( Downshifting from Ocado to Lidl but at what price? , 30 August). Better buy: blackberries, completely free and in abundance in many local hedgerows. Pete Lavender Woodthorpe, Nottinghamshire Continue reading... Prince Charles praises Sir Ranulph Fienness Transglobe Expedition as achieving an extraordinary feat in terms of scientific researchSir Ranulph Fiennes, the leader of the Transglobe Expedition, yesterday listed the expeditions scientific achievements.He said after the expedition had arrived at Greenwich that it had collected data in the fields of oceanography, glaciology, meteorology and radio wave propagation. Continue reading... Real Love was whose last top-10 hit? Spoiler alert: answers to this and other teasers below (don’t cheat!)1 Which paradox is first explained by Doc Daneeka? 2 Dresden is an area of which British city? 3 Who almost became Mrs Bigg-Wither? 4 What sporting equipment is carried in a "coffin"? 5 In 1965, who said "I am England, and England is me"? 6 What, in New York, claims to be the world’s largest store? 7 What new class of battleship was launched in 1906? 8 Real Love was whose last top 10 hit? What links: 9 Algeria; Greenland; Saint Barthélemy? 10 Stock market pessimists and optimists in Chicago? 11 The Delinquents; Street Fighter; Cut; Moulin Rouge? 12 Lobule; tragus; helix? 13 Bristol; Morgan; Caterham; McLaren? 14 Columbia; Capitol; Reprise; Qwest; Capitol again? 15 Napoleon; Theseus and the Minotaur; Three Graces; Psyche Revived? Continue reading...