[img]http://hits.guardian.co.uk/b/ss/guardiangu-feeds/1/H.20.3/29224?ns=guardian&pageName=Letters%3A+It%27s+a+dog%27s+life%3AArticle%3A1305165&ch=From+the+Guardian&c3=Guardian&c4=First+world+war+%28News%29%2CTheatre%2CJude+Law%2CCulture+section%2CCarbon+footprints+%28Environment%29%2CEnvironment%2CTelevision+%28Culture%29%2CTelevision+industry+%28Media%29&c6=&c7=09-Nov-15&c8=1305165&c9=Article&c10=Letter&c11=From+the+Guardian&c13=Brief+letters+%28series%29&c25=&c30=content&h2=GU%2FFrom+the+Guardian%2FFirst+world+war[/img]"The generation that has passed ... held together the bonds of our society." Thus spoke the archbishop of Canterbury at Westminster Abbey (Silence of the brave, 12 November). Surely, with the death of three old soldiers, the archbishop cannot really believe that "a generation has passed". It is likely that a few women centenarians still living worked in the fields and factories during the Great War. And what about the thousands of us born before 1914 who helped their mothers to keep the home fires burning?
• Lyn Gardner's piece about envying people who are seeing a play for the first time (Critic's notebook, 11 November) reminded me of a recent visit to see Jude Law play Hamlet at Wyndham's Theatre. When Gertrude reached to drink from the poisoned cup there was an audible and heartfelt gasp of, "Oh no!" from a large number of audience members. I envied all of them.
Moira, County Down
• How does the ecological footprint of Fargo, our great dane, compare with, say, the routinely futile firing of a rocket in Afghanistan or the floodlighting of a football match played in the evening purely at the behest of Sky Sport (Less green than an SUV, G2, 13 November)?
W Stephen Gilbert
• Never forget the reasons why people have a dog in the first place. Byron buried his faithful friend with these words: "Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the Virtues of Man, Without his Vices."
• Duh. Dad and Simon Hoggart: it's Grand Theft Auto (Letters, 12 November). Just the kind of inattention to detail one expects from the older generation. Game Over. You'd better go to the theatre.
• Re David Yelland (Former Sun editor says alcohol nearly killed him, 12 November): it was the Sun wot done it!
Newcastle upon Tyne
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