Where to pick a pack of fresh peppercorns? | Brief letters

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Re Aditya Chakrabortty’s article (One blunt heckler has shown just how much our economists are failing us, 10 January), GDP is a crazy measure for prosperity: a country’s GDP equals the aggregate income of its inhabitants. Therefore car accidents make us richer, because the income of repairers goes up. War contributes significantly to global GDP, as arms manufacturers make a mint and destroyed cities need rebuilding. And London’s highly paid financial specialists make a “healthy” contribution to UK GDP.
Wiebina Heesterman
Birmingham

• Your recipe for green peppercorn and lemongrass coconut broth (Cook, 7 January) really appealed, but in a tour of four supermarkets I could not find any green peppercorns. Thank goodness for the oriental supermarket in our town. Could recipe writers give advice on where to find these speciality ingredients?
Julie Walsh
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

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