I assuming you weren chewing on pencils in school THAT long ago.pencil is a writing or drawing instrument consisting of a thin stick of pigment (usually graphite, but can also be coloured pigment or charcoal) and clay, usually encased in a thin wood cylinder. The archetypal pencil may have been the stylus, which was a thin metal stick, often made from lead and used for scratching on papyrus, a form of early paper. They were used extensively by the ancient Egyptians and Romans.Are we trying to make people live forever? We do not have the room or resource for humans that live until 150 years old.
LETTER: Library move is ‘an expensive job creation scheme for builders and office removal firms”The traditional library system will continue to play a vital role at the heart of our communities for decades to come’16:27, 12 MAY 2017An artist’s impression of a modern “integrated” library Get Daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailYour correspondent Stan Frith (Chronicle, April 27), defending the council’s planned changes and cuts to the library service, declares that “Books are the product of a bygone era; in a decade or so I suspect there will no longer be any books published.”He could not be more wrong.Only the day before his letter was published, the Guardian reported that sales of ebooks have slumped for the second year running, as ‘screen fatigue’ helped fuel a surge in paperback sales, while the total UK print book market rose 8 per cent last year to a five year high.People have “flocked back to print in droves”, finding that “the screens on smartphones and tablets are not as conducive to reading”.Leader of B council Tim Warren and campaigners against the library moveClearly books are here to stay, and far from having “passed its sell by date”, as Mr Frith claims, the traditional library system will continue to play a vital role at the heart of our communities for decades to come.LETTER: Young people must engage in national voteClearly, too, the Council has to make savings in some areas, and Mr Frith is right to identify care for the elderly as an essential service that must be protected.But the Council’s foolish and damaging scheme for the library involves spending a whopping million on converting the existing excellent facilities in the Podium to offices, while converting existing offices to a library in a much less suitable location. What could be more wasteful of scarce resources?As the highly experienced architect Paul Stansall said at the council meeting in February, the scheme “is courting fiscal failure. It is ill prepared.