Art and design






Life and style








US news

World news

Let us be privy to the details of your neighbour’s toilet paper | Brief letters

A man reading a newspaper on the toilet
Toilet reading. Photograph: Garry Weaser for the Guardian

The Pier Art Centre in Stromness (Letters, 4 October) also has some wonderful pieces by my aunt, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, who painted in Orkney and was a member of the St Ives group. My uncle, David Lewis, then married to Willie, was secretary to Barbara Hepworth. He became an architect, but – now 95 – he is producing enchanting sculptures of animals and birds in Pittsburgh almost daily.
Rob Lewis
Besiktas, Istanbul

• I would say the CIA savagery depicted in Larry Siems’ article (Horror and futility of CIA’s torture rooms revealed in files, 10 October) more than qualifies the US to join jihadis and Vladimir Putin in Paul Mason’s list of the main threats to Britain (G2, 10 October), now that Trump is in charge.
Marion Hutt
Seaford, East Sussex

• My mother taught a class of 50 seven-year-old boys in a south London primary school before the second world war. In early autumn, each boy was sewn into his vest, under which had been spread a liberal amount of goose grease. By March, this insulation began to steam on a warm afternoon. She could never adequately describe the resulting smell (Letters, 12 October).
Janet Mansfield
Aspatria, Cumbria

• It is all very well telling stories of folk talking while on the privy (Letters, 11 October). But which paper and what was he using it for? Reading or wiping?
Christine Hawkes

• I’m all for free speech but it would be easier to get the significance of the case quoted in Tim Dowling’s column (11 October) if I understood what the phrase “Bong hits 4 Jesus” actually means.
Angela Barton
Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire

• Join the debate – email

• Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit

This article titled "Let us be privy to the details of your neighbour’s toilet paper" was written by Letters, for The Guardian on Thursday 12 October 2017 05.34pm

Life and style

Time to wrap up your warm-climate plants

We all feel the onset of autumn: that first day you wish you had a scarf, or the evening you… Read more

In the sporting acronym, what is a goat? The Weekend quiz

The questions 1 On 4 June 1783, what was demonstrated at Annonay, France? 2 In the sporting… Read more

Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for chilli tofu

Something happens to me when I get within 10 miles of Leicester. I crave chilli… Read more

What I’m really thinking: the supermarket checkout operator

I make no judgments about your shopping; your eight cans of lager a day, your chocolate habit,… Read more

Fit in my 40s: ‘Give up this fitness tracker? I’ll die first’

In the period between taking delivery of my Fitbit Blaze and working out how to charge it, I… Read more

Observer killer sudoku

Normal Sudoku rules apply, except the numbers in the cells contained within grey lines add up to… Read more

Observer Sudoku

Fill the grid using the numbers 1 to 9. Each number must appear just once in every row, column and… Read more

Want your child to be an engineer? Give them a falcon or go stargazing

A childhood brush with beekeeping, a foray into falconry or a fossil-hunting trip could inspire a… Read more

Love shack: how a disused garage became a vital family space

A few years ago, Ina Porras faced a dilemma: with a growing brood, her beloved Georgian bungalow… Read more

Gardens: what to do this week

Plant this Goldenrod is an invasive pest, but I crave that sunny yellow colour in my borders in… Read more