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Bullfinches and robins take back control of our gardens | Brief letters | Opinion

Our garage toilet doubles as a storage place for literature we struggle to throw away – like old issues of the Guardian Weekly. On a whim, at the weekend I tunneled into the pile, and read Martin Kettle’s piece from the edition of 1 June 2018, about the dearth of coverage being given to the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu. His closing sentence: “If something like that happened in the modern world, our present habit of looking in the other direction would seem a catastrophic act of folly.” Bravo, Martin. And Guardian subscriptions for all our leaders, please.
Chris Clarke
Wellington, New Zealand

No blossom on the flowering cherry at the edge of our patio, or the amerlanchier, or the damson outside the kitchen window (Carol Ann Duffy leads British poets creating ‘living record’ of coronavirus, 20 April). The predator? Not a dreadful virus but five bright bullfinches pulling off the buds to get to the grubs beneath. But what a bright and cheerful display!
Bill Messer
Pontrhydfendigaid, Ceredigion

The robins are already in control in my garden (Letters, 20 April). One constantly guilt-trips me, perching a foot from my fork, to keep digging the earth to expose worms for him to feed his family. He sometimes even brings his wife. He follows me into the greenhouse if I dare to take a break to do some potting on. He’s now at the patio door. Got to go.
Stella Sadler
Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

What is the morality of taking gowns from Myanmar, which will surely need them itself (Report, 20 April)? What a failure of government that we did not foresee this security threat despite warnings. What an indictment of our society that we can’t produce PPE for our own needs.
Ailsa Johnson
Penzance, Cornwall

In Zimbabwe during the Gulf war, I heard of newborn kids being called Saddam or Blair (Letters, 17 April).
Steve Kibble
Rudyard, Staffordshire

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