Craving peace in a lifetime of conflict

As someone who was born at the end of the second world war, which was meant to be the end of all wars (and since when I believe there hasn’t been a day without a war somewhere), I feel sorry to think that I might leave this world in a similar state to that in which I arrived.Torrens Lyster Chinnor, Oxfordshire Douglas is not the only dog to be signed up to vote (French rightwing candidate mocked after dog joins her party, 24 February ). A former neighbour with a bull terrier called Daisy used to get letters addressed to “Daisy Dog, company secretary”.Jenny SwannBeeston, Nottingham I must thank Paul Evans (Country Diary , 24 February) for summing up so well my feelings about life under our government: “a perpetual autumn in the realm of rot”.Sue ParsonsBerkhamsted, Hertfordshire

Parrots, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), are the nation’s fourth most popular pet; according to a 2012 survey conducted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), 3.1 percent of U.S. households owned birds. Some parrots can scream as loud as an ambulance siren. These birds are beautiful, but they’re difficult to care for and require lots of space, so the HSUS doesn’t recommend keeping them as pets at all.

There are plenty of songs about English towns (Pass notes, 22 February ) – eg Hounslow Boys (Robb Johnson), The Exeter Bypass (Phil Brady and the Ranchers) and the truly memorable Stockport by Frankie Vaughan.Graham LarkbeyLondon Tapes? Vinyl? CDs? (Listen here: you can’t rely on music streaming. Maybe it’s time to dig out your old CDs, 23 February ). Did anyone else keep their MiniDiscs, and a means of playing them?Paul TattamChinley, Derbyshire