Basil Brush | Stressed dogs | Sharon White | Automated tills | Shared birthdays
Basil Brush was a “children’s television favourite of the 80s” (Edinburgh fringe to host Basil Brush chatshow, 6 June)? His eponymous TV series ended in 1980 before being resurrected in the 2000s. Basil’s heyday and my childhood coincided beautifully in the 1970s. Maybe you were mistaking him for Roland Rat. Which would be a travesty indeed.
• We were interested to read about the effects of stressed humans on their pet dogs (Dogs mirror stress levels of owners, researchers find, 7 July). We would like to suggest that, after 12 years living with our border collie, this phenomenon has operated in reverse in our house!
Terry and Joan Tossell
Foxed by Basil Brush and his lost decades | Brief letters