I agree with Marina Hyde (Love London 2012, if only for the madness and the mirth, 19 May), but we don’t need to wait until the opening of the Games to start laughing at ourselves. The farce that is the torch relay, with the worship of “The Flame” elevated to a new religion, the deity being adored at every stage from its arrival in the country on its own jet to the almost mass hysteria of the TV coverage of its journey around the country, could have been written by Sacha Baron Cohen or the Monty Python team. I particularly like the idea that there are actually several reserve flames in case the main one goes out. It would be hilarious were it not for the cost of the exercise to taxpayers.
Dr John Davies
Kirkby in Cleveland, North Yorkshire
• The container of the Olympic flame flown into the UK is actually a Davy lamp, invented by Sir Humphry Davy 200 years ago to prevent explosions in coalmines. Why was the use of this great British invention not more applauded?
Dr RG Richer
Bovey Tracey, Devon