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Falling standards in the teaching of history may explain a great deal of our contemporary woes (Brexit, British empire, Last Night of the Proms etc), but surely we’ve hit bottom when Father Christmas gets treated as a historical figure (Back to the Roo-ture? Reconstructed face of medieval monk looks familiar, 7 September)?
Dr Peter Purton
Southall, London

• In your report (Robots to be used in UK care homes to help reduce loneliness, 7 September) you say researchers “said the trial was not intended to explore replacing human carers with robots, but to help fill periods when, because of a stretched social care system, staff did not have time to keep residents company”. That is a perfect example of doublespeak.
Gareth Reeves

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