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Saturday: Letters: Notional treasures

July 5, 2014

Guardian readers

What a fine profile of Fred Jarvis (7 July). Not mentioned however is his role in the birth of Liverpool'sMerseysippi Jazz Band. He took a keen interest in jazz, reporting on it in the local press. On 14 February 1949 his Progressive Youth Movement co-promoted a jazz concert at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey, for the first public performance of what is now the Merseysippi Jazz Band. Wonderful to know that they are both still thriving, although Fred Jarvis has outlived the original band members.

Bob Lamb


* Not forgetting the redoubtable Dorothea Lambert Chambers, seven times winner of the Wimbledon singles title between 1903 and 1914 (Letters, 4 July). At the age of 46 she won the singles title in the 1925 Wightman Cup.

John Jenkins

Bow Street, Ceredigion

* Never mind those Trident discussions. I am really tempted to splash out on a new vehicle after seeing the full-page ads in Friday's Guardian (4 July). Not the Fiat 500 or the Volvo V40, but that fab-looking Lockheed F-35 fighter jet. Where can I get a test drive? And what are the carbon dioxide emissions so I can calculate the benefit in kind for my tax return?

Patrick Cartwright


* Never mind when they were worn or by whom (Letters, 4 July), may we dispense with the "anklet" which sounds like a piece of personal jewellery. The correct term is "gaiter", as in "boots and gaiters", familiar to all former national servicemen.

John Hunter


* The piece by Jonathan Jones about the paintings of Rolf Harris (G2, 3 July) prompts me to ask what now is the status of the 20th-century master Balthus, who specialised in highly erotic images of pubescent girls. Has he become proscribed art?

W Stephen Gilbert

Corsham, Wiltshire

* A proposal. Let's stop calling any person a "national treasure" until, say, 10 years after his or her death. In the meantime, let's call them "notional treasures".

Martin Dowds


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Source: Guardian (UK)

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