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Black Gold Humour

In November 2012 The Guardian reported that 1,200 new coal-fired power stations were being planned around the world, including 455 in India and 363 in China. Little wonder, because in June 2009 you recorded that both countries had two centuries of coal reserves. So, no surprise then that in October 2014 you described India’s 'dash for coal' with Narendra Modi promising electricity to 400 million within five years.

Yet, Al Gore called providing the poor with coal-generated electricity 'cynical'. It looks positively different in China and India, both striving to develop their economies rapidly. They aren't going to forego such a cheap energy resource. Divestment of energy company shares might work on the west's stock exchanges, but in Asia they run their economies differently.

Jack Winkler, emeritus professor of nutrition policy, London Metropolitan University, in The Guardian

Dog vs Mum-in-law

An infallible test to ascertain which of the two, mother-in-law or dog, loves you more is to lock them both in the boot of your car for a couple of hours, and see which one is more pleased to see you when you let them out.

John Mash, Surrey, in The Daily Telegraph

Buddham Sharanam

A sad reflection of modern times that the new Buddhist monastery in Hong Kong has to feature 'bullet-proof VIP rooms'.

Cleo Sylvestre, London, in The Guardian


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