Look Who's Speaking
Tavistock Jill White: President Obama refers to "the thousands of Americans who rest in European cemeteries" (at his press conference where he asked the UK not to leave the EU). This is a bit rich coming from the leader of a country whose refusal to join the League of Nations led to its collapse—along with any chance of stopping Hitler's rise to power.
The Daily Telegraph
E-mail R.E. Rawles, Honorary research fellow in psychology, UCL: To discuss split infinitives without mentioning Raymond Chandler seems a shame. He wrote to an editor, who dared to correct his work, that "when I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split". However, he did write in what he termed "a sort of broken down patois, which is something like the way a Swiss waiter talks".
Vikings at the Crease
L'Alfas del Pi, Alicante Christopher Horne: Your correspondent is incorrect to say the Netherlands is the only EU country other than England to play international cricket. Having returned from a most pleasant tour of the south of France by the Intellectuals of Alicante Cricket Club, I confirm that from Aug 17-20 this year Spain will compete with two other members of the EU—Germany and Sweden—together with Israel, the Isle of Man and Gibraltar in the ICC world cricket league (Europe) division two tournament.