What? No teachers interviewed or photographed at the chalkface in praise of their efforts to keep schools running (Heroes of 2020, 22-31 December)? Rising levels of coronavirus among pupils put all teachers at risk. There is limited use of PPE and masks are not used in class. My son is one of those unsung and exposed heroes, with a wife who suffers from asthma.
• The body that draws up the honours list is refusing to remove the outmoded “British Empire” designation from the system (New Year honours 2021: citizens awarded for response to pandemic crisis, 30 December). This reminds me of what the late, great Spike Milligan had to say on the subject: “I can’t see the sense of making me a Commander of the British Empire. They might as well make me a Commander of Milton Keynes. At least that exists.”
• Now we are all in lockdown for the foreseeable future, please could we have The Great British Art Quiz – which ran on your website from the end of March to mid-August – back again? It would be a little ray of sunshine in this gloomy winter.
• Simon Tisdall’s article highlights 12 key figures who will influence world affairs in 2021 (2021 – the story of a year in 12 leaders, 1 January). No mention of the newly sovereign UK leadership.
Greens Norton, Northamptonshire
• Given that the Severn Bridge is an enduring icon of fashionable 60s design, should we not call it the Bob Dylan Thomas Hardy Amies Bridge (Letters, 31 December)?
Smethwick, West Midlands
• If a small charge was introduced for crossing, we could call it The Ten Bob Dylan Thomas Hardy Bridge.