Rail women blazing a trail in the powerhouse | Brief letters
Northern powerhouse | ‘George’ Bernard Shaw | 35mm film canisters | Mashy pudding | Sly cake | Madonna
Your photograph (Women plan ‘Lass War’ protest at northern powerhouse conference, 17 February) was of George Osborne at Farnworth Tunnel near Bolton. With pride I can report that the Farnworth railway upgrade was led by a woman, Network Rail project manager Beth Dale. Her boss is Rhiannon Price, who leads a raft of other civil engineering schemes across the north, including electrification at Blackpool and major landslide repairs in Cumbria. Furthermore, most of Rhiannon’s team are women. The northern powerhouse is being fuelled by capable individuals – including a large number of talented females.
Finance director, Network Rail Route
• Who is this “George Bernard Shaw” to whom May Morris sent a Valentine (‘Mystic betrothal’ behind Valentine for Shaw, 14 February). Bernard Shaw the dramatist told everyone “Don’t George me!”. There had been two Georges in the house where he was brought up in Dublin and the name George suggested a possibility of being illegitimate. The name George was added to his name in the US to distinguish him from another Bernard Shaw who regularly appeared on television. But since the American Shaw has long ago retired there is no need now to add George to the playwright who never used that name on his plays.
Source: Guardian Transport