An unwelcome sign of spring in the air

Your editorial on adult education (21 March) rekindled memories of teaching evening classes as a lecturer for many years. It was a sheer joy to teach those students; we tended to learn from each other. A few of my ex-students became lecturers themselves.
Dr Khosro S Jahdi
London

Having been smoked all winter by neighbours’ woodburning stoves and bonfires, could I make a spring plea for weather forecasters to stop referring to “barbecue weather”? Thanks to neighbours’ barbecues, the atmosphere occasionally resembles that of a burning oil dump. There’s enough threat in the air we breathe without adding to it.
Mike Peart
Sheffield

Reading the correspondence on the climate emergency (Letters, 25 March), I couldn’t help thinking the name of Cop26 should be changed to Copout26.
Jennifer Jenkins
London

After watching extensive coverage of the Ever Given (Report, 26 March) I am amazed that there is still no sign of a growing group of elderly men gathering on the bank shouting advice such as “put it into reverse” and “cut your revs down”.
Ian Grieve
Gordon Bennett, Llangollen canal

The only way to do Codewords (Letters, 25 March) is to get your nearest and dearest to Tipp-Ex out all the letters, then solve it using the numbers. You soon get the hang of spotting letter patterns. When you crack one, you can feel smug all day.
John Cranston
Norwich