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HEAVENLY FLUSHING 19th March 2003 Your claim (“In fact,” February) that toilets tend to flush in E flat has been confirmed in at least one case. My father, who has perfect pitch, says he does indeed detect the faintest touch of E flat in his home loo. He adds that, in musical circles, E flat is traditionally thought of as the key of heaven, as in Mahler’s 2nd and 8th symphonies. Andrew Chesterman Helsinki, Finland

DECELERATING LIGHT 4th April 2003 If objects with mass cannot exceed the speed of light (April) how could the universe at 380,000 years after the…

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