Nigel Farage should really be given a knighthood for his fundraising efforts (Donations to RNLI rise 3,000% after Farage’s migrant criticism, 29 July), but unfortunately he wouldn’t be able to accept it because he has said he would never take the knee.
Tom Barnard
Little Dunkeld, Perthshire

I found a surefire strategy to go to sleep (My deep sleep quest: I tried 11 popular insomnia cures. Do any of them actually work?, 26 July) when I attempted to read Teach Yourself Bookkeeping many years ago, a skill I needed in my new job. I never got beyond the second page before falling asleep.
James Churchill
Baslow, Derbyshire

Years ago, I worked for ICI Pharmaceuticals. One day I was tickled to receive a letter addressed to me at ICI “Farmer Suiticles” (Letters, 29 July). I’ve often wondered what my correspondent thought we might manufacture.
David Stott
Macclesfield, Cheshire

In Ireland dinner is usually served around lunchtime (Letters, 29 July). I recall asking my uncle on a visit to see him: “How’s the dinner, Benny”? He replied: “Ah, it’ll do till I get home and have a feed”.
Peter Stewart

Obviously the next Time Lord will be one of Matt Hancock’s friends (Jodie Whittaker to leave Doctor Who along with showrunner, says BBC, 29 July).
Kevin Fitzgerald
Sea Palling, Norfolk

By admonishing a family member for “talking with their mouth open”, does Adrian Chiles show that he’d make a good teacher of ventriloquism (I am a messy eater – and it is mortifying, 29 July?
Brian Saperia

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