How Subbuteo’s inventor bent it round the wall | Brief letters

Sorry Nigel Healey (Letters, 21 May) but Sir Cliff Richard is rightly that. He changed it legally in 1980.
Rod Warrington
Chester

On Monday we had the good fortune to enter the east wing the National Gallery Art, in Washington DC, just as the gallery’s director was paying tribute to the building’s architect, IM Pei, who died recently. Almost her first words were to quote Andrew Saint’s obituary in the Guardian (18 May). Good to witness at first hand the international reach our favourite newspaper.
John and Liz Kirkwood
Sheffield

Your article on the ongoing interest in Subbuteo (Report, 20 May) omits one vital fact in its development – how it got its name. The inventor, Peter Adolph, originally wanted to call it Hobby but this was turned down by the patent fice as hobby was a generic term. Adolph opted instead for Subbuteo which was acceptable to the patent fice, being unaware the small bird prey whose Latin name was Falco Subbuteo, and whose English name was (you guessed it) a hobby!
Richard Head
Melksham, Wiltshire

Banana bread is another treat that can only be made the American way (Letters, 21 May). Too much sugar here, and it should never be toasted. See The Silver Palette, another bible, for the perfect recipe.
Bonnie Alter
London

Once, to welcome a new American colleague, I brought brownies into work. When I told her I’d spent the afternoon baking them she looked at me pityingly. “We always make them from a packet,” she said.
Ann Kennedy Smith
Cambridge

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