Panama hats | Denis Healey | Lilith | Parker Solar Probe | A cat called Mavis
Sam Wolfson’s article on summer hats for men (G2, 9 August) curiously makes no mention of the obvious solution for those going thin on top: the Panama. It is dateless, comes in a range of styles and prices, copes with occasions from garden parties to weeding the allotment, keeps your head cool and shades your eyes from the sun. (The Eyewitness photo in the same Guardian shows that Kim Jong-un agrees with me.)
• My father was in his early 50s when my youngest sister was born. A few years later after alighting from a train at a south coast seaside resort the two of them were accosted by a campaigning Denis Healey who asked my sister if she was looking forward to spending the day with her granddad (Letters, passim). My father, up to that point a Labour supporter, swore he’d never vote Labour again.