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2:49pm on Tuesday, 27th December, 2011:

Odd Letter


On 8th December, 1997, a letter I wrote to The Independent was published. It concerned the government's decision to ban the sale of beef on the bone, on the grounds that there was a suspicion that up to one person a year could die of CJD if they ate it. This is despite the fact that the government did not ban cigarettes even though tens of thousands of people die because of smoking.

A month later, I received a letter. It was so odd that I kept it. Here's the envelope:

The stamp is stuck on using polystyrene cement. This is what was inside the envelope:

I have to concede that it did teach me the difference between "like" and "as": if you use "as", odd people don't write you letters.

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