I CHUCKLED, quietly, over your noise abatement piece ("Sssssssh ... turn the volume down, you're violating our human rights", The Herald, February 11, and Letters, February 12). I would have laughed out loud but I was in a musak-free venue; which is my kind of place.

I would have preferred to have been chatting to my companions instead of reading your article but they were heads-down on their devices and consumed with vital Twitter and Facebook stuff, probably checking on the Quiet Scotland "social" media feeds.

What I found amusing is Quiet Scotland’s suggestion of giving "feedback cards" to noisy establishments –feedback is the sound engineer's nightmare. Perhaps a more effective protest would go as follows: g into the attic and dust down your old Fender Stratocaster and Marshall valve amplifier. Take the guitar/amp combo along to the offending venue (in a taxi), plug it in and turn the volume up to at least 11. Give your best rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze with maximum distortion and feedback.

Then you should shout out, sotto voce, “That’s how ******** annoying your ******* musak is!”

Hopefully the taxi is still waiting outside.

Michael Casey,

Kintarbert, Tarbert, Argyll.

FOLLOWING the correspondence about pervading music in shops, restaurants and other public spaces, I recall that the late Enoch Powell, when asked by his hairdresser as to how he would like his hair to be cut, is said to have replied, "In silence".

A response with which I sympathise.

Malcolm Allan,

2 Tofthill Gardens, Bishopbriggs.

PEOPLE go to restaurants, cafes and the like to eat, drink and talk, not to listen to someone else's taste in music blaring away in the background. No thanks.

Helen Rowles,

29 Orrock Drive, Burntisland, Fife.