Executive green belts and teachers in braces | Letters

Executive green belts and teachers in braces | Letters
Planning policy | Teacher taboos | Gatwick drone | Sooty toothpaste | Corbyn song | Money tree-ism

The late great Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman predicted the increase in executive developments on the green belt (Report, 3 July) in their book Good Omens in 1990: “Oxfordshire plain stretched out to the west, with a scattering of lights to mark the slumbering villages where honest yeomen were settling down to sleep after a long day’s editorial direction, financial consulting, or software engineering.”
Judy Turner
Malvern, Worcestershire

The worst of all teacher taboos (Should teachers be able to have tattoos?, 4 July) was of course that women were not allowed to teach if they got married which, of course, led to clandestine couplings and eternal engagements. As archaic as that may sound, the ban was only lifted in 1944. My favourite weird taboo was in the National Association of Schoolmasters handbook I was given when I started teaching in the late 60s: “Teachers should not get drunk on a Saturday or answer the door in their braces.”
Peter Baker
Leicester

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Source: Guardian Transport

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