Do I dare to take heed to the nice nation diarist? | Temporary letters

Pubs that serve beer completely | Rocky quote | Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman | Paul Evans on radio | Shrewd shrews | Ironmonger turns into nail bar

I actually shouldn’t be revealing this to you, Brian Simpson (Letters, 25 October), however we’ve a valley simply brimming over with pubs that retailer and serve beer and ale completely. The multi-award-winning Previous Cock in Otley must be prime of anybody’s must-visit checklist. Actual ales, actual ciders, actual individuals, actual conversations, and on occasion actual music.
Angus MacIntosh
Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire

• The quote attributed to Rocky (Turkey investigates Galatasaray followers over ‘Gülenist’ Rocky poster, 25 October) does, the truth is, belong to the French revolutionary Camille Desmoulins: “The good solely seem nice as a result of we’re on our knees; allow us to rise.” It may be seen in O’Connell Road, Dublin.
Seán O’Conghaile
London

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