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I still don’t understand why the fact that éclair meaning “lightning” in French is a masculine noun explains why it is also masculine when it refers to the patisserie (Letters, 24 August). Why wouldn’t it be?
Michael Bulley
Chalon-sur-Saône, France

• Though London has no statue of Joseph Priestley (Letters, 25 August), there is a magnificent one in Leeds’s City Square. He was born in Birstall, near Batley in the West Riding of Yorkshire. His ministry was at Mill Hill Chapel, a Unitarian church in Leeds.
Ann Lynch
Skipton, North Yorkshire

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