Letters, Friday, May 13th, 2011

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Little-known reason for leaving the EU

MAY I point out that a hidden yet vitally important facet of why we should extricate ourselves from membership of the EU is the sharing of our territorial fishing grounds.

Here, it must be pointed out that 80 per cent of the British fishing grounds are within our 200-mile limit and yet after joining the EU, all other members are allowed to fish within 12 miles of the our borders. Consequently, has anybody noticed the spiralling cost of cod, the scarcity of herring, and, even more damaging, the prohibitive cost of wild Atlantic salmon?

This is because as they set out from Greenland to return to the river of their original spawning, only a small percentage are able to make it. Waiting to entrap them are huge nets which the other member countries lay out in readiness. The same applies to our other indigenous fish. We now come to the point of why it is so important we leave.

All our joints should be constantly lubricated with a substance known as synovial fluid. The major source of this is oily fish, which nature in its wisdom has successfully supplied for untold millions of years. However, with a western supermarket diet this is virtually non-existent and, when it is, people cannot afford it due to its scarcity. Meanwhile, some people take cod liver capsules which when cut open, have hardly enough to cover a small fingernail.

Conversely, a fully grown herring, mackerel, or a wild Atlantic salmon steak if placed on a dish oozes out oil in a far greater quantity, just as nature intended. The fact that fish also contain an assortment of essential minerals as well as high-quality protein is also an important factor.

Seeing so many people in the Bridges in motorised wheelchairs or with walking sticks prompted me to write this letter. Perhaps at a later date I will explain the importance of consuming organic milk and why knee cartilages have unwittingly been allowed to dry out and can no longer absorb the daily loads placed upon them.

It is most important to realise that, in the main, arthritis is diet related and can be prevented or even cured naturally.

Finally, I may add that everything works in conjunction with each other and I can’t help feeling this is why footballers are experiencing so many injuries as are countless others.

G. Docherty, Astral House, Sunderland

Where to cut back

HOW Sunderland Labour gained in our local election is beyond belief.

A city centre to be ashamed of, wasteland where the great Vaux site stood, wallpapered shops to make them look occupied. They have now started their cutbacks by neglecting the grass verges.

I attended my polling station to cast my vote. There were three officers sitting: one to cross your name off, one asked if I wanted my AV vote, and one to give me my local ballot.

Yes, I think we all know there are better places to make cuts. I just wonder where they are going to hide all the excess staff strolling around the civic centre trying to look busy.

George Bruce

Family’s thanks

THE family of the late Elsie Hicks would like to express their deepest gratitude for the donations made by family and friends in her memory.

Elsie was a pillar of the community and was devastated when diagnosed with a terminal illness. She showed such courage and tried so hard to attend her favourite social groups in Silksworth and Ryhope.

The welcome she received from church, chapel, Women’s Institute and Ladies’ Club in Ryhope gave her strength to carry on. Eventually she became too weak and was housebound, but her friends never forgot her. Your cards, telephone calls and people always asking after her gave her and her family such comfort. Silksworth is such a caring community.

It was standing room only in St Matthew’s Church for her funeral, which made us all feel so proud of her. The amazing amount of £1,200 has been donated in her memory.

Elsie was so grateful for all the care and support she received, her wishes were to divide any donations between St Matthew’s Church, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Nurses and St Benedict’s Hospice where she died so peacefully.

She is deeply missed by everyone and will live on in our hearts for ever.

O. Thompson (Elsie’s sister), Silksworth

Get mowing

OH for days of balmy tranquility, perfect summers. Ah, then we’re told of cutbacks! But obviously no cut grasses.

What is happening to all the grass verges in and around Sunderland? Give it another couple of weeks and it will be a re-enactment of the Day of the Triffids.

Don’t the council hierarchy realise that leaving these dandelions to go to seed will bring more by the dozen? The once beautiful reservations in our town and the roundabouts too are mere eyesores of late.

Yet, heading into Durham on Monday, May 9, we were met with dozens of council workers shearing and mowing the grass verges.

So come on, Sunderland, don’t let the side down. Get cutting and give us a little pride back because no way will we win prizes for our floral displays unless we are going for biggest dandelion show.

A. Stamp, Raydon Avenue, Sunderland

Keys calamity

BEING still the right side of 70, life never ceases to amaze me.

Many years ago when I was married I was in a position of locking my car keys in my car. We have all been there.

While attempting and failing to get in the car I wandered off to ring the AA (no mobile phones then), returning to find my wife and kids sitting in the car. At the time I was just out of the Army and owned a Volvo. It seems by beloved fiddled with her small nail clippers/file and popped the lock.

On Tuesday, May 3, while visiting a friend (who was out), in Oakenshaw, County Durham, I was writing out a note, sitting half in my car with the door ajar in the back lane. Glancing in my mirror, I noticed a van heading my way and got out of the car to close the door and let him pass. Result: a 1,000,000 to one mistake.

I own a 2000 Vauxhall Vectra (X Reg). The locking mechanism is operated with pressing the fob of the key – very normal. I got out of my car, the keys fell from my lap, landing between the seat and the door in such a position where on closing the door to get out of the way of the van – the door pressed the fob ... locking the door.


No spares, phone in car. Fortunately, the van driver was an old friend and we tried various ways to get into the car without success.

In the back of his mind he remembered an old Ford idea of the locks operating by air pressure. Knowing to use a swift tap on the lock, the air pressure applied often opened the car. My son, a garage manager at Benfield, later explained the old Ford trick would not have worked in this case.

It seems in fact, the very sharp tap of my friend on the door lock must have jarred against the key fob again, causing the mechanism to pop open.

You have a very relieved person writing this letter. I was looking at a possible broken window at least to gain entry. I am very conscious of where my car keys are all the time now.

J. A. Stott, Wear View, Hunwick, Co. Durham

Roker Park dream

WHEN all was still and all was dark

Last night I dreamt of Roker Park,

To go to that football ground once more

And watch my glorious heroes score.

I first went down at the age of eight

And paid a bob at the schoolboys’ gate.

My dad got in for 1/9

We met inside and that was fine.

We always stood at the Fulwell End

Where everybody was everyone’s friend.

Once I was crushed and they rolled me over

Onto the pitch, I was really in clover.

Most of all I remember Shack,

Trapping the ball, then flicking it back,

Then came centre-half Charlie Hurley,

He was mighty, big and burly.

Stelling and Hall, without their teeth

Defending their goal right to the death.

Willie Watson’s stylish play,

It only seems like yesterday.

I can’t go to the matches now or pay

The exorbitant sums they demand today,

But I intend before I fly

To that great stadium in the sky

To once again on a dream embark

To take me back to Roker Park.

M. Taylor, Croft Care Home, Ettrick Grove, Sunderland

Charity opening

I AM writing to let your readers know about a fantastic internship opportunity with Macmillan Cancer Support.

We are looking to recruit two volunteers with a passion for coffee and fund-raising to join the North East team based in Newcastle for three months.

These voluntary internships will help grow the charity’s biggest event, The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, in the North East, which takes place on Friday, September 30.

Interns gain hands-on experience of fund-raising, marketing, media and PR as well as working with volunteers.

If any of your readers would like more information about this fantastic opportunity, they can call 0191 214 5444 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/intern

Kelly Knighting-Wykes, Fund-raising manager

Car test insult

I COULD not believe my eyes when I read that Nissan’s electric car, The Leaf, is to be tried/tested out by the public in ... Newcastle (Echo, Friday, May 5).

The car is built on Wearside and I think it is an insult for the people of Sunderland to have to go to Newcalste to try the new car out.

I think that Sunderland has been insulted enough, when big business spent seven million pounds on modernisation of the railway station and did not bother to put in any toilets.

What’s next, Sunderland having to put the FA Cup (that’s if they win it) on display at St James’ Park?

Robert Tomlinson, The Avenue, Deneside, Seaham