Letters, Monday, August 18, 2014

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We don’t all just follow the crowd

WELL, it’s that time of year again.

 We have, for the past two months, been bombarded with football news.

 A dire World Cup was one thing, but we are now faced with the usual over-hyped, overpaid players, teams and commentators on television filling up our Saturday nights, sometimes Sundays and other evenings too, with trite comment and hyperbole.

 Nor is the press different. There is an assumption that the entire nation is in thrall to ‘the beautiful game’.Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it should not be assumed that we all follow the crowd.

 I have spent the summer listening to Test Match Special on the wireless and have thoroughly enjoyed the informed and restrained observations of an expert team.

 I will be in my usual seat at home for the final Test of the summer.

Ken Wilkinson,

Barnes

Let me know of any vacancies!

Regarding the report in the Sunderland Echo on Friday, August 15, about a benefit cheat’s court appearance – I would also like to apply for any future vacancies.

I agree to cheat the DWP out of £23,000 and in return I promise to show remorse at my actions which, of course, would not be intentional but just an oversight.

I also agree to do 60 hours of unpaid work and pay costs totalling £165 on the condition I do not go to prison.

I will also try to pay back all the money I have stolen from the DWP even though I have given up my paid employment. Hopefully my new benefit arrangements will help pay off my debt.

Miss T Ryman,

Hastings Hill

Sunderland known for its friendliness

I WRITE in response to all the letters that have been debating as to whether Sunderland is ‘shockingly rundown’, or ‘it’s a great place to live’. At the end of the day, Sunderland is famous for its sense of community along with its friendly and genuine people.

 This is why many people will never leave Sunderland, even though they may be richer if they lived elsewhere. These are facts which have been studied with sociological interest.

Euan Tipe,

Fulwell

How to become affluent South

WITH David Cameron’s new train set to go only as far as Manchester, and Scotland trying to break away from England, we in the North East, who are ignored by the Government, and taken for granted by the Labour Party, should break away from England and join forces with Scotland.

 Then maybe we can become the affluent South for a change.

Ged Taylor,

Barnes