The doll that stayed with Mum for life | Brief letters

Comfort objects | Our dad, the wing man | Simple rice pudding | Complicated beans on toast

Thanks for the article on childhood comfort objects (‘I love him so much I could cry’: adults who have cuddly toys, 19 November). My mother’s sailor doll is with me still. Bought during a voyage to India in 1936 when she was about nine (a trip when she also contracted polio), it sat on her dressing table for 70 years, moving from house to house. Battered and faded, silently observing her ageing, it was a constant presence in her often unsettled life. Looking at him and understanding why he mattered means I could cry too.
Charlotte Jones
Compton Dundon, Somerset

• My sisters, Susan Hughes and Jane Vooght, and I were pleased to see Prof Keith Hayward’s reference to the “brilliant wing design” of the Airbus (Letters, 17 November). The team at BAE Hatfield that developed the design was led by our late father, John Macadam. He would have been delighted to see his good work recognised in the pages of his preferred newspaper.
John Alexander Macadam
Watford, Hertfordshire

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