Monks’ bunions | Young and active | Incensed septuagenarian | Litter-free cities | Knickers
You report that research on skeletons in Cambridge suggests pointy shoes worn by medieval monks caused hallux valgus (Medieval fashion for pointy shoes linked to rise in bunions, 11 June). A more likely cause may be that the monks suffered from gout due to excess alcohol consumption, given the British Medical Journal report that found a “high prevalence of hallux valgus in gouty patients”?
• I’m only 53 so don’t qualify for all this septuagenarian stuff (Letters, 20 June), but last week I rode a 10-mile time trial in 21min 43sec. Decent, but I did 20min 55sec last year, albeit on a faster course. Later on, I farted the first three notes of the main theme from Mars, from Holst’s Planets suite. I have to say that the latter achievement was more gratifying.