Manx country diary was worth the wait | Brief letters

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Derek Niemann | Snacks in exams | Cop26 | John Crace

A big thank you to Derek Niemann for visiting the Isle of Man and writing a country diary about one of its outstanding habitats, the limestone pavements and rock pools of the Scarlett peninsula (13 October). Having read the column since the days of William Condry and Harry Griffin, I believe this is the first Manx country diary; may the tide surging through the wrack which Niemann describes so well bring him back to write more.
Felicity Cain
Kirk Michael, Isle of Man

• Re snacks in exams (Letters, 15 October), 64 years ago, in 1957, our primary school class teacher gave us all a hard-boiled sweet to suck at the beginning of our 11-plus exam – unheard of in those days. We were amazed and delighted. Most of us passed for grammar school.
Gaynor John
Sonning Common, Oxfordshire

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