When should being mad be a requirement?
If you want a role in a madman’s governing body.
Charlie Bamforth, Davis, California, US
• On admission to an asylum for the insane.
Edward P Wolfers, Austinmer, NSW, Australia
• When you’re on Twitter.
Pat Phillips, Adelaide, South Australia
• When you are a hatter.
Jennifer Horat, Lengwil, Switzerland
• It already is!
Kevin J Bray, Leeds, UK
• When there is method to your madness.
David Tucker, Halle, Germany
• When you arrive at the airport and find you have been bumped off your long-anticipated holiday flight, which you had booked well ahead. As a result you will miss the connection for your cruise, which is non-refundable.
Jenefer Warwick, Paddington, NSW, Australia
• When you need to call a telecommunications company.
George Gatenby, Adelaide, South Australia
I hear the ringing in my sleep
Have smartphones found their way into your dreams?
Not mine, but when asked what he wanted for his fourth birthday, my grandson said: “An iPhone”. In his dreams.
David Isaacs, Sydney, Australia
• Only once: all the world’s call centres rang simultaneously and the phone exploded. I think I was stressed.
Marilyn Hamilton, Perth, Western Australia
• No. But I’ve had them destroying my dreams by ringing me.
Gillian Shenfield, Sydney, Australia
• No. The internet is much too slow here in Malawi to allow such things to happen.
Stuart Williams, Lilongwe, Malawi
• Oh dear, I fail dismally here. Clearly I’m not addicted enough to the phone in my life!
But I do dream about friends and family, both still alive and Gone Aloft.
Ursula Nixon, Bodalla, NSW, Australia
• No, but talking drums have – or is that passing traffic hammering away?
Philip Stigger, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
• I dream of the day when not all the fellow occupants of my bus are talking or texting on their smartphones.
Joan Dawson, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
• I just dream of being smart enough to use all the features on my phone.
Avril Taylor, Dundas, Ontario, Canada
• Not yet, but it’s only a matter of time before they do and that will be a complete nightmare!
Margaret Wilkes, Perth, Western Australia
• No; they make me feel enough like an idiot when I am awake.
Anthony Walter, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
They always know best
What works better for the benefit of the masses: a benevolent dictatorship or a democracy?
Democracy, hands down, because it recognises the dignity of the individual, while dictators, however benevolent, give the most credit to their own superiority.
Richard Orlando, Westmount, Quebec, Canada
• Neither, if those in power think they always know best.
Paul Broady, Christchurch, New Zealand
How do you right wrongs?
E Slack, L’Isle Jourdain, France
Which of the senses convinces you most strongly that it is spring?
William Emigh, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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