Meghan Markle handshake | Apple’s tax payment | No bull | Tabloid Guardian | Philip Hammond | Rude place names
Meghan Markle visits a community radio station and meets staff on a magazine collective, in response to their invitation. She provides both with masses of invaluable publicity and, it appears, generates a great deal of pleasure. But, oh dear me, the magazine’s deputy editor, Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, a republican, feels compromised at shaking Meghan’s soon-to-be royal hand (Black women are rooting for Meghan Markle, G2, 11 January). There’s a term for what you feel, Charlie: it’s called having your cake and eating it.
• So good to read that Apple Europe has “agreed” to pay its tax bill (Apple Europe agrees to pay £137m extra tax, 11 January). And there was me thinking it was compulsory. I don’t recall HMRC asking me whether I was agreeable to paying mine this year, but maybe next time?
• You say an ancient drawing “showed two hunters, a bull, and two beaming disks in the sky” (6,000-year-old rock art reveals death of a star, 11 January). I am no astrophysicist but at least I know the difference between a bull (horns) and a deer (branchy antlers, as in this drawing).
• Oh damn you, Guardian! Just as I was finishing the big new year paper declutter you print a fine full-page valediction to the Berliner/hello to the tabloid (11 January) that cries out to be pinned up. OK, I’ll do it – through gritted teeth and tears.
• Philip Hammond is mistaken (Hammond accuses the EU27 of failing to realise ‘it takes two to tango’, 11 January). In the dance form that “we” have chosen, it takes 28 to tango.
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• In this neck of the woods we have a Slack End in BD6 and a Slack Bottom in HX7 (Letters, passim).
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