Today's values just don't add up
I recently lost my father and on sifting through many of his possessions found a treasure.
My father was an avid reader and had an extensive collection of books.
I have been painstakingly going through each and every book, which has not been easy as the books are in "old" German.
I found an old leather book and, on lengthy investigation, it turned out to be a very rare 1778 Lutheran Prayer Book.
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However, even though it has been mentioned that there may only be one of its kind left in Germany, it was valued by an American Antiquarian Book Shop as only worth £50.
I then read in the paper that a young boy placed 7,000 MacDonald's Happy Meal items on eBay and raked in £8,000.
Mmm.... says a lot for today's values!
Theresa Patrick, Groby.
I think we should be pleased that the Midland Mainline is to be electrified, despite the realisation that it is to cost about £50m per minute saved. We will get a modernised railway as a result.
I did note Councillor Parsons' interview on TV when he said it would bring London to within an hour of Leicester.
The spokesperson for Nottingham was much more positive for the East Midlands, stating that the journey time to Nottingham from London would be shortened. Someone with their priorities here, rather than the south-east.
As a former Mancunian, I would now like to see a real effort being made to bring Manchester (and Leeds) into direct communication with Leicester.
Fifty years ago, we had a choice of two direct routes to Manchester and one to Leeds.
Now both cities require unreliable changes that add a lot more than 10 minutes to the travelling time.
Let's see the former Midland route through Bakewell back and the old service to Leeds via Normanton. That would be real competition with other London to Manchester and London to Leeds services as was provided by good old British Railways.
Robert Bracegirdle, Rothley.
Having read the compassionate and well-informed letters written by Elizabeth Allison for some time, I was most anxious to meet the person responsible face to face.
Eventually, I was introduced to one of the most charismatic, delightful people it has been my pleasure to meet for some time.
Nobody could be in her company and not be influenced by her warmth and common sense.
If there were more people like her in the world, it would be an infinitely better place.
Elizabeth, please continue to write your inspirational letters for therein lie guidelines, which can only be for the common good.
Judith Tansley, Barrow-upon-Soar.