The Loop: Stuck in a time warp?

Time warp

Welcome to The Loop, the Magazine's letters column, including the best of your thoughts from Twitter and Facebook.

In our News From Elsewhere blog, we learned two German travellers were offered free bungee jumps as compensation after their car was crushed by a tree in New Zealand.

FD was moved to tweet: "As if a tree falling on your car is a sign you should add more risk to one's life."

For those whose life circumstances have changed, there are Toulouse's last remaining public showers.

Writing from the UK, Tommy Taylor said: "That's actually a really good idea for less well off people. Why don't we have them here?"

Paula Dear visited Bolivia's Alasitas festival, where a bizarre buying frenzy sees people snapping up miniature versions of the gifts that they want the gods to give them.

Woman holds miniatures of camera, laptop and mobile phone

Angel Rodrigo Ferrer was less than impressed with the items on offer. "Bolivia is in a time warp! What is that? A laptop running Windows 95? A Nokia 5110? An old camera?"

From time warps to Time Lords and an article outlining five interpretations of the new Doctor Who outfit, which provoked much online discussion.

Geoff Coke gave us his assessment: "DM Brogues, a cardie and dodgy trousers only a smidgen away from harem pants? Get a grip man! Not to mention a shirt buttoned to neck but sans tie, fashion disaster area." Donna Dale posted: "Like the flash of bright lining. Very Mary Poppins." Ian Roberts suggested an alternative look. "A suit again? How about a woolly jumper for a change?" while Leahbeth Williams describes him as "some second-rate magician with that jacket".

The Magazine's Vanessa Barford explored the question of how much the toys children play with shape their future prospects in the job market.

Claire Slater feels the two are inextricably linked: "I have a great picture of me aged 5 dressed as a nurse with a little doctor kit. I am now in intensive care nurse using the real version of the toys I played with 25 years ago."

Santini More is of the same opinion: "My brother's Meccano sets bought out my natural, but previously untapped, mechanical and spatial constructive capabilities. I still credit it with being part of the reason I choose to become an engineer. This was over 30 years ago when working-class girls like myself, studying for an engineering degree was a rare occurrence... Toys matter.

Lucy Barclay disagrees: "I had Barbie and Lego. I'm not a beauty queen nor an engineer. It's not the toys, it's whether you're allowed to make choices."

We give the last word this week to Darren Thompson, who left this cheeky message on Facebook: "My wife played with toy kitchens and little mops and Hoovers as a child. Sure hasn't influenced her to use them as an adult."

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