The ridiculous annual charade

It is perfectly ridiculous that the nation’s premier TV channel has been put aside for an entire Saturday evening for a third round tennis match, whch amounts to the usual torture.

Thank goodness that dear old Auntie Beeb has put on Billy’s King Dick 2 on BBC 2. It really is superb.

Jimmy Savile's string vests for sale

Guide price: £80 to £150. But, don’t worry, the forthcoming auction of the late deejay’s effects will helpfully provide accompanying photos of the great man wearing each vest before you part with your hard-earned cash.

At the other end of the scale there’s a Rolls-Royce Corniche at £60,000 to £90,000. Hopefully it will find a good home with someone old enough to appreciate the numbers on the personalised numberplate – “JS 247”. It will have to be someone well over forty with a nostlagic soft spot for the days when Radio One used to jostle with Radio Tirana to be heard on that frequency.

Anger over torch bearers from sponsors

Former Newbury Mayor Gillian Durrant had this letter printed in The Times(£) on 19th June:

In common with many British people I was inspired to nominate someone I believed worthy of being an Olympic torchbearer – a local teenager who has overcome her disabilities to raise money for charity. She was so excited to be shortlisted; she told me it would give her the impetus to do her “run” using her prosthetic leg, something she has been struggling to achieve for four years.

We were disappointed when she wasn’t chosen, but now I know that a large number of places were reserved for sponsors (Richard Morrison, times modern, June 15) I am angry with the organisers for giving false hope to so many.

Newbury, Berks

Richard Morrison’s piece on 15th June(£) said:

The sponsors, it now transpires, have also fixed it so that many of their own executives are included among the 8,000 people (supposedly all sporting heroes or pillars of local communities) chosen to carry the Olympic Torch round the country.

Why people should use like as they like it

On Friday night’s Graham Norton Show there was fascinating intercghange between and Miriam Margoyles.

Margoyles kept telling off for misusing the word “like”. OK as a verb, she said, but not as a substitute for “said”, for example: “He was like, why have you come here?”

I disagree with Margoyles. The English language is great because it has evolved enormously over the years. The language should reflect how people use it, not text books. Long may that continue.