For the birds


Sir, – I had the most wonderful experience on budget day. I pulled back the curtains to discover a glorious gathering of goldfinches in my back garden. They were scrambling madly around the bird feeder.

I’ve never seen these red-headed beauties in my garden before. There were scores of them. Even the pigeons stood back in awe at this goldfinch coup. I now know where my pensioner budget windfall will go ... more peanuts! – Yours, etc,


Dublin 5.