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Hostile as I am to today’s “hostile environment”, I’m not so sure that Morris Minor designer Alec Issigonis (Letters, 11 June) would necessarily have fallen foul of it. His father, though Greek, was a British citizen, and the family could reasonably claim asylum on the arrival of him and his mother, Hulda, in England. The family fled burning Smyrna (Izmir) as refugees in 1922, landing first in Malta where Alec’s father died. As Alec himself wrote: “The Turkish army was very close and the British navy came to evacuate the small colony of British people…” The story of those refugees is told in Malta: Women, History, Books and Places.Susanna HoeOxfordHostile as I am to today’s “hostile environment”, I’m not so sure that Morris Minor designer Alec Issigonis (Letters, 11 June) would necessarily have fallen foul of it. His father, though Greek, was a British citizen, and the family could reasonably claim asylum on the arrival of him and his mother, Hulda, in England. The family fled burning Smyrna (Izmir) as refugees in 1922, landing first in Malta where Alec’s father died. As Alec himself wrote: “The Turkish army was very close and the British navy came to evacuate the small colony of British people…” The story of those refugees is told in Malta: Women, History, Books and Places.Susanna HoeOxford
• Morris Minor drivers still acknowledge each other, as do drivers of other classic cars (Letters, 9 June), and the cars attract lots of other attention: people will hoot and wave from their modern cars, small children love them, and adults will reminisce unprompted about their father’s, uncle’s or grandfather’s Minor. If you think social interaction is dead, try driving a Morris Minor! Janet FraserLondon• Morris Minor drivers still acknowledge each other, as do drivers of other classic cars (Letters, 9 June), and the cars attract lots of other attention: people will hoot and wave from their modern cars, small children love them, and adults will reminisce unprompted about their father’s, uncle’s or grandfather’s Minor. If you think social interaction is dead, try driving a Morris Minor! Janet FraserLondon
• The drivers of VW campervans continue to greet each other as comrades and fellow travellers when we pass on the road.Annie GristHebden Bridge, West Yorkshire• The drivers of VW campervans continue to greet each other as comrades and fellow travellers when we pass on the road.Annie GristHebden Bridge, West Yorkshire
• It’s Eid al-Fitr this week and in Feast (9 June) there is not one recipe that addresses or even mentions that celebration. Luci Gorell BarnesBristol• It’s Eid al-Fitr this week and in Feast (9 June) there is not one recipe that addresses or even mentions that celebration. Luci Gorell BarnesBristol
• The Wilsons’ small Victoria flat mentioned in your report (9 June) was directly opposite accommodation for Westminster Hospital nurses. The local health authority received a letter complaining about the nurses’ visible state of undress. We were amused to find it signed by Mary, not by Harold.Joe LockerLondon• The Wilsons’ small Victoria flat mentioned in your report (9 June) was directly opposite accommodation for Westminster Hospital nurses. The local health authority received a letter complaining about the nurses’ visible state of undress. We were amused to find it signed by Mary, not by Harold.Joe LockerLondon
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