Required gym and dance wear at my grammar school in the 1950s and 60s was a garment called a Ritzo, consisting of a square-necked top, attached to a box-pleated “skort”. This had to measure exactly four inches from the floor when kneeling. Most girls were still wearing the same item in their fifth form, when it pleasingly chimed with the current fashion of miniskirts, and showed the matching saxe-blue knickers underneath (Letters, 17 June).
Bernard Sadow did not invent the world’s first rolling suitcase in 1972 (The mystery of the wheelie suitcase. How gender stereotypes held back the history of invention, 24 June). My uncle Tom has a far better claim. A press photograph still in my possession shows me sitting on his invention in 1948 in the South Yorkshire village of Mortomley, en route to a holiday on the Isle of Man.
Prof John Galloway
Croxley Green, Hertfordshire
If kindness is one of this nation’s “shared values” (‘Hyper-creepy’: Gavin Williamson mocked over One Britain, One Nation song, 23 June) , can we see a bit more of it in government policy, for example towards asylum seekers and benefit claimants?
The One Britain, One Nation song? It’s heilarious!
Nunthorpe, North Yorkshire
Given that the only letters in the word negotiate that Lord Frost applies are N and O, should he now be known as Frosty the no man (John Crace’s sketch, 22 June)?
Lancing, West Sussex