Nitrous oxide long Term effects
Laughing gas abuse is becoming a menace, with chilling echoes of earlier glue-sniffing crazes. The sale of nitrous oxide should be prohibited to all but licensed medical and industrial bodies. The abuse of nitrous oxide and its sale on the open market should be made a criminal offence and the sale of domestic cream whippers and nitrous oxide refills banned or regulated.
If Theresa May, the Home Secretary, can get rid of qat, she can rid us of laughing gas and its revolting detritus.
SIR – Where are all the wasps? I have just picked pounds of damsons and Victoria plums without seeing a single one.
Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire
The big sleep
SIR – My wife was driving recently with our seven-year-old grandchildren in the back of the car. Suddenly one of them began to cry. Asked what the matter was she said through faltering sobs: “That sign says 'Tiredness can kill’, ” before letting out another wail: “But I’m tired!”
Dr Brian Whiting
Autumn bank holiday
SIR – (Letters, August 18) could also commemorate Agincourt (October 1415), or of course El Alamein (October 1942), the turning point of the Second World War – according to Churchill, at least.
SIR – With regard to the long gap in bank holidays between summer and Christmas, there is a compelling case for upgrading Remembrance Sunday to enable a proper breather and pause for reflection.
This could easily be achieved by closing shops on Remembrance Sunday, as on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day.
This would enhance the dignity, solemnity and reflection one associates with the occasion and enable more workers who are contracted to work on Sundays to be able to partake in Remembrance events.
Fittleworth, West Sussex
SIR – Before I retired from farming, I launched this week consists of a blue and red zipped hoodie, a polo shirt and a long-sleeved sweat top.
There is also a skirt and dress available, but Guides and their leaders know that these items would not be sensible wear for all the outdoor activities that Guides can enjoy.
I suspect that only a small minority will choose a skirt or dress as well as, or instead of, activity wear, but these items have been provided for those girls who want the option.
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