How light penetrates the darkest days | Leonard Cohen

Opera song

Another Leonard Cohen song, Anthem, is the one I’d love to play at my own funeral, rather than Hallelujah (editorial, July 1). Cohen died in November 2016, just before Trump was elected. Since then, the words of the choir have sustained me through the darkest days of our recent history: “Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack, a crack in everything. This is how the light enters.
Ray Jenkins
Cardiff

Many years ago we accompanied the great and late Michael Foot to Glyndebourne for an opera by his beloved Rossini. As he sat enjoying a glass of champagne in the intermission, a passing tof expressed surprise to see him there. “Nothing, retorts Michael, is too good for the workers” (Letters, July 1).
sheila williams
London

Given the incidence of photo-finishes, last-fence-fallers, penalty shootouts, etc., performing blood pressure tests in betting shops (Report, July 1) should yield impressive but predictable results : Kind of like hanging Boris Johnson on a polygraph during PMQs. .
Alain Chevalier
Oxford

“Also present, in the royal box, will be an ancestor of Lesley Godfrey, who hit the first ball on center court” (Over 1,500 refugees invited to Wimbledon for centenary event, July 1). Where the hell did they dig them up from?
Pete Lawson
Sunderland

Thanks for Lev Parikian’s exquisite insight into an alien, avian world (Country, Newspaper, July 2) and his brilliant pun: “Not so much deja vu as nightjar.”
Alison Leonard
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

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