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Football: it’s a funny old racist, money-grabbing game | Letters

Readers on the dearth of non-white managers, Amazon’s entry to the broadcasting Premier League, rail seating at football grounds, and the World CupWe have no doubt at all that there are many white men in football who react adversely to “outspoken black…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/15/football-its-a-funny-old-racist-money-grabbing-game

Neville Southall as a source of hope | Brief letters

Manchester town hall | Funeral ads | Atheist appeals to God | Neville Southall | Dom BessWhile I am broadly in agreement with Simon Jenkins about the government getting it wrong on urban renewal in the regions (Relocating a few TV execs won’t revive ou…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/05/neville-southall-as-a-source-of-hope

Let’s have three strikes at the dispatch box too | Brief letters

Cutting politicians short | Meghan Markle’s tights | Crosses and crucifixes | WH Smith | Sports headlinesI think Richard Madeley is on to something with his “three strikes and you’re out” proposal to deal with politicians who won’t answer the question …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/may/31/lets-have-three-strikes-at-the-dispatch-box-too

Good news: tax gap down, tax take up | Brief letters

Tax collection | Opening bowlers | Pope and hell | Mr Pastry lookalike John Bolton | Size of quick crossword | Ear-splitting WagnerHMRC never settles disputes for any less than the amount of tax we believe is due under the law (Report, 27 March). We su…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/apr/01/good-news-tax-gap-down-tax-take-up

Football mythology past and present | Letters

The person who probably did most to revolutionise the game in the modern era was Arsène Wenger, writes Will Goble. Plus letters from Roger Greatorex and Kevin McmahonNext season, no matches should be played in the Premier League. Instead, at the start …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/global/2018/mar/06/football-mythology-past-and-present

How to explain the inflatable penises | Brief letters

Bath holiday lets | 1970s contraception | Mattinata | Dame’s Delight | Birthday listings | Jazz thanksIn Bath it is not just Airbnb that’s a problem (Letters, 15 February). A housing association is renting out former council homes as holiday lets….

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UK Sport looks forward to funding debate | Letters

The organisation tries to allocate its funding as effectively as possible, says its chief executive officer Liz Nicholl. Plus Dennis Ruston praises the writing of former Guardian sports writers Donny Davies, Neville Cardus and John ArlottSean Ingle rai…

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With Geoffrey Boycott at the crease we are winners | Letters

Cricket commentator Boycott has an extraordinary ability to connect with listeners, writes Professor Hugh ChignellAs we view the wreckage of the Ashes series (No escaping the awful truth, Sport, 19 December), can I return to your critique of Geoffrey B…

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Strictly Come Dancing and racial prejudice | Letters

Tim Bale thinks more research is needed before deciding whether ethnicity affects a contestant’s chance of winning, Sue Boulding says some took against Alexandra Burke because they thought she had an unfair head start, while Alex More points to the exp…

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What you can learn by talking to hairdressers | Letters

Cyclists with asthma | Barbershop information | Hygge in the UK | Blind date | PlacenamesAfter reading Marina Hyde’s comments about Team Sky and their tribulations (Opinion, 16 December), I have to say I sympathise with those who find it difficult to d…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/dec/17/what-you-can-learn-by-talking-to-hairdressers

Chris Froome case shows the inconsistencies of doping controls in sport | Letters

If the cyclist were listed as a disabled athlete, he could inhale his salbutamol and win the Tour de France against able-bodied competitors and be a double hero, writes Joe CollierWere Chris Froome (After Froome’s failed drugs test, is this the end for…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/14/chris-froome-case-shows-the-inconsistencies-of-doping-controls-in-sport

Clockwise captions causing confusion | Brief letters

MPs as private landlords | Dowsing | Coming out | Picture captions | Rodney BewesStephanie Lovett asks why “crippling private rent” is not being addressed by politicians (Letters, 28 November). The answer could lie in reports following the Grenfel…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/nov/29/clockwise-captions-causing-confusion

There’s more to Knowle West than breeding hard men | Letters

John Byrne says the Bristol council estate was one of the safest, most respectful places he has encountered in 70 yearsYour report (Genge at home with England as Bristol face-off declared ‘a draw’, Sport, 7 November) suggests that promising prop Ellis …

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Golf lover’s difficulty over Ryder Cup tickets | Letters

Once bought, there is no means to return tickets that you are unable to use and there is plenty of time for people to have accidents, fall ill and even die, writes Andy JenkinsonIt is not just the music industry that needs a system allowing ticket hold…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/31/golf-lovers-difficulty-over-ryder-cup-tickets

A tricky centenary for Theresa May to celebrate | Brief letters

First female MP | Plus ça change | Watching indoor swimming | Lessons from letters | Reader’s shameTheresa May said at prime minister’s questions this week that she thinks it is important that we mark the centenary of the election of the first female M…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/oct/26/a-tricky-centenary-for-theresa-may-to-celebrate

Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more | Brief letters

Tax avoidance | Andrew Adonis | Tory reshuffles | Wobbly tables | Cricket etiquette | The Today programmeRichard Thaler’s theory has helped “bring forward more than £200m for the government in one year” (Academic who steered Cameron towards healthy ‘nu…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/oct/16/nudge-nudge-wink-wink-say-no-more