Looking forward to palindromic issues | Brief letters
Chris Baker’s question about the next palindromic Guardian issue number (Letters, 9 October) was easily answered by this non-emeritus non-professorial though admittedly elderly (75) reader. A few moments writing some computer code confirmed the rather boring and obvious answer 53635, which will be the issue of Monday 4 February 2019 (assuming publication every day from now apart from Christmas Day and Sundays). Following it are the equally mundane 53735 (Friday 31 May 2019), 53835 (Wednesday 25 September 2019), 53935 (Tuesday 21 January 2020) and 54045 (Thursday 28 May 2020).
• News of climate change has reached hair salons (Zoe Williams, G2, 9 October). My hairdresser asked me today: “What is that book we are supposed to read about global warming?” George Monbiot, who has been writing about this for what must be nearly 20 years, must be gnashing his teeth, as his warnings have been almost totally ignored, except perhaps by readers of the Guardian.