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Zoe Williams’ preference for a socialist dentist (What 22 years of terrible gum disease has taught me about pain, shame and politics, 12 July) reminded me of the time I chose to have my keys cut in a shop in Victoria because a sign in the window read: “Why not have your keys cut by a socialist?” It was only when I collected my keys that I realised the sign said “cut by a specialist”.
David Godfrey
Willingdon, East Sussex

Re the value of lectures (Letters, 12 July), at University College London in the 1950s, Winifred Nowottny lectured on King Lear for 10 weeks at 9am on Fridays to a full house. Enthralled, I filled page after page with her brilliant analyses. At the end she said: “I’m afraid I have merely scratched the surface.” Never to be forgotten.
Pat Robson
Margate, Kent

When I became a student in 1964, we were informed that a lecture was designed to transfer the notes from a lecturer’s notepad to a student’s notepad without it passing through the brain of either.
Roy Grimwood
Market Drayton, Shropshire

The ecological footprint of space tourism could be reduced significantly if Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk got together, launched themselves into space as a threesome, and remained in orbit indefinitely (To obscurity and beyond: did Richard Branson really make it into space?, 12 July).
Joe Oldaker
Nuneaton, Warwickshire

It’s not just surnames that can make a difference (Letters, 12 July) but middle ones as well – aged 11, I was allocated a place at my local girls’ secondary school as “Roberta”, an opportunity I sadly wasn’t able to take up.
Robert A Raven
Blackheath, London

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