Letters and emails on May 18 2010

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We’ll regret pulling down bus hub

I have recently returned from a visit to Nimes, one of our twin towns. One of its modern architecture jewels is a twin block of flats and it is highly recommended to look at, if one can. The pair are boat-shaped and tiered, of a bluey-grey composition. Remember, they are new and won’t always look this good. My first thought was of Preson bus station in duplicate and in miniature, albeit the flats are rounded-off at the ends. One man’s archtectural carbuncle is another man’s piece de resistance. We must be careful that we don’t lose what in time could become a retro, early-modern gem. Further, there is no necessity for the bus and railway station to be conjoined. I visited other cities on my travels, and the situation was much worse, and did not have the benefit of a short walk through a shopping area between one and the other, or a short bus/taxi ride. The council would be better off giving it a real spruce up, replacing the walkway access across the aprons to Tithebarn Street with something better and more presentable than crude, unsightly fencing and bollards. Cash-squeezed and cash-strapped custodians of the Privy Purse – i.e. council taxpayers’ money - should be mindful of the sums involved in any major change. James Jardine, via email

Animal cruelty must be opposed

I am writing this letter to a man called Mike Davies of Lancashire who recently made a comment on the BBC website to which replies are invited but access to sending them unavailable. His comment was addressed to Sir Paul McCartney who condemned animal cruelty in China. This particular piece covered dogs and cats being rounded up, thrown from lorries, screaming with pain and often with smashed paws, then being skinned alive. Mr Davies commented: “We shouldn’t impose Western views on the ancient and unique Chinese culture.” What part of “unique culture” he imagines this to be, I cannot imagine. While people from dozens of countries worldwide are campaigning to end Chinese crimes to animals, why the BBC should insult their efforts by publishing such a comment remains a mystery. Yet I do feel on behalf of the animals and the millions trying to stop these crimes, this comment should be addressed as publicly as it was given. China cannot have it both ways. Either they want to stay in the past, wallowing in traditions (whatever they may be), or they want to be part of the modern day world and all the trade benefits this affords. China has opted in all ways (apart from animals), to be a large player in the world business market, reaping large rewards. The reason they round up dogs and cats has nothing to do with any remote tradition but to make money from the fur trade, even though Europe and the USA have banned fur imports. One can only assume that Mr Davies also condones sending children up chimneys, leaving them on the streets to die when they are ill, incarcerating the poor and publicly hanging them for stealing if they are hungry; or burning people at the stake for their religious beliefs. All were once “traditions” of the UK. Anyone wanting info on how to campaign by letter against Chinese (and Korean) atrocities to dogs, cats and other animals, please contact me. Suzanne Thorpe, 35 Bucknall Avenue, Hartsholme, Lincoln LN6 0BL

District nurses are unique

After a fairly lengthy stay in hospital I was eventually allowed home to be cared for by the district nurses. In the UK we are very fortunate to have this “front line” follow-up courtesy of the National Health Service. This is a branch of the NHS which is not known in any other part of the world. These caring ladies visited me, changing dressings and giving support to both myself and my wife until I was mobile enough to visit them in their own well-organised clinics. I only hope that the new coalition government recognises this oh-so worthwhile group of caring ladies... And gives them the support they so deserve. Once again many thanks to you all. Arthur F Sowman, Millcroft, Fulwood

Field days that took to water

I enjoyed the letter of Wednesday March 31 about field days, written by Mr Bell of Penwortham. I attended a church in Blackburn called St George’s in the mid 1930s. Our minister was a little different when it was our annual field day; the church was very near the Leeds/Liverpool canal and he, along with members of the congregation used to hire a canal boat pulled by a horse, and along we all went to Wheelton, where we had an afternoon picnic in a farmer’s field, with races and a tug of war. On the way home we were entertained by a couple of accordion players and had a really good sing-song. I can’t remember any rainy days and I always remember how beautiful it was on the way home through the countryside as the sun was going down. They were field days with a difference. Mr F Wade, Central Drive, Preston

Curling club is still thriving

In response to your Looking Back item of April 17 regarding Preston Curling Club in days gone by, the club still exists as a healthy, active organisation with more than 40 members. We play our monthly games at Lockerbie Ice Rink (South Scotland) during the winter season. And we still compete for trophies donated by founder members J Gray and Mr and Mrs Sidney Hermon, who were featured in Looking Back. Anyone interested in joining us can contact me on 01772 717615. David Hills, Games Secretary, Preston Curling Club

How we enjoyed hearing Phil

May I please say how much my friend and I enjoyed the concert by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at the Guild Hall on April 27. I was delighted to win one of the pair of tickets in your recent competition and it made for a very memorable evening. Joan Forshaw, Tarleton

Vicar should have allowed baptism

It made my blood boil when reading recently of the vicar who had to consult his congregation before conducting a Christening service. In today’s climate, he is lucky he had a congregation, and it’s certainly no way to get people back to the Church. When John the Baptist was using the waters of the River Jordan, I don’t think he was checking their status, or that of the baby to be denied the waters. It’s a good job the child in question doesn’t yet know of all the prejudice in this world of ours. Your photograph of the two women in question showed the utter desolation in their faces. Mr H. A. Worthington, Ingol

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