Having a letter published in The Times would at one time have been the cause of great excitement, except presumably for the toffs and politicians who took their right to such things for granted. It's no longer such a big deal because The Times is no longer the most important daily paper. I don't actually know very many people who read it and my own motive for buying it is that I like doing puzzles on newsprint. The iPod screen or a printout on typing paper just doesn't feel the same. But that's a diversion.