Letters, Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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Heston marathon was a big yawn

I WOULD just like to express an opinion about some of the films and their scheduling on television over the holiday period.

 “Old hat” is probably the most appropriate description that comes to mind. In addition it was obvious that something had gone terribly wrong with any effort at “joined-up” scheduling, when Ben Hur was incredibly shown twice on Christmas Day. And just in case anyone missed the film, sure enough Charlton Heston was again on his chariot on New Year’s Day.

 Talking of Charlton Heston, as seems unavoidable at this time of the year if you have a television, not only did we have the above mentioned epic three times, but also the great man (Heston that is) playing Moses and also, surely the pinnacle of his career, as the voice of God in The Ten Commandments. And like Ben Hur it was a film that lasted for just under four hours. Add to that the Battle of Midway in which our favourite comes down in the world somewhat to play a United States naval officer, mercifully for just over two hours .

 So if anyone had difficulty in getting to sleep over the festive period they could have always sat and watched the late Mr Heston trying to act and that should have been enough to send them off. I am sure if this opportunity was missed it will be available again next Christmas.

 I suppose I should be thankful that the scheduling did not include another marathon, El Cid, with Mr Heston this time trying to unify Spain or something like that. This film lasted for over three hours, but I think we were spared that. Unless of course I mercifully missed it, in which case for this relief much thanks.

Michael Dixon,

Sunderland

Fellow sufferers

I SUFFER from a rare liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC).

 PSC is a chronic inflammatory disease involving the bile ducts, and this causes scarring to the liver.

 A lot of sufferers may eventually need a liver transplant as the disease progresses. People with PSC are also more likely to suffer with bowel problems, and many other complications. The cause of PSC is unknown, but it is thought to be auto immune.

 I wondered if there were any fellow sufferers in the Sunderland and surrounding area. I would love to meet up with other sufferers.

 I would also like to raise awareness of this condition, and the good work the support group, pscsupport.org.uk, does in helping sufferers.

 I have, unfortunately, not been able to find any other sufferers in the Sunderland area.

 If anyone would like to get in touch they can call me on 07906582121.

Caroline Snaith

Leave voting age

AN MPs life is hard life with all the hustle and bustle of attending meetings in Parliament and then surgery meetings

 I don’t know where they will find time to attend Westminster Hall to debate on allowing 16-year-olds to vote. As our MP stated they hold the great responsibility of getting married, paying income tax and NI and joining the forces.

 If that is the answer to allowing 16-year-olds to vote then to me it just goes to show that our MPs are really are not living in the real world.

 They need to take a long hard look at themselves and ask the question: What are my aims to try to bring unemployment down, give our young people a better life, ensuring crime is falling and people are safe in their homes?

 I could go on and on, but the point I am making is that trying to lower the voting age to 16 is the wrong choice. It does not help with what people are facing currently.

 Sixteen-year-olds are still at school and enjoying life – being young and free of politics. When the time is right, then they can learn about politics.

 Politicians need to take a leaf out of UKIP leader Nigel Farrage as he is the only who speaks the truth, the rest just talk a load of nonsense.

George Gibson,

Sunderland

Take a better look

MRS G Cassidy in her letter of January 3 complains that the Tories have short memories?

 Well it appears she suffers from the same problem.

 One million manufacturing jobs were lost under the last Labour government, while of the jobs created about 90 per cent went to foreign workers.

 One wonders if she’s ever seen the factories that closed down? Vaux, Pyrex, Grove/Coles Cranes, not to mention the scores of shops which disappeared never to return.

 And has she ever fully investigated why centuries of shipbuilding and mining were shamefully allowed to end, or has she simply swallowed everything Labour and the unions have said on the matter?

 What role did the EU play in all of that, or in the industries which were also shut down under Blair and Brown’s leadership.

 She’d be surprised just how far it’s dirty hands reached, and how many more British companies face the same fate if we don’t escape its clutches.

M Brown

Sunderland