HAVING been to the Magic Weekend may I suggest that the wishy-washy grey of the away strip worn by the Giants may have an effect on their performance?
In 1996 Manchester United lost four and drew one match wearing their grey away strip.
Alex Ferguson made the team change at half-time during the fifth away match.
The grey strip was changed to blue and white stripes the next day and they then won all of their remaining away games.....and the title.
A fan, Gail Stephenson, then Head of the Orthoptic Department at Liverpool University, realised that when she was sitting near the pitch she found it hard to distinguish the players wearing the grey strip because they merged into the crowd on the opposite side.
She realised that if she found it difficult to see the players so they must find it difficult to see each other.
After some experimenting with strips from different football clubs on fridge magnets she found that any plain colour (other than grey).........but more importantly strong stripes could be seen in more of the peripheral vision.
Apparently we cannot distinguish colour in our peripheral vision, rather it is the degree to which colour and pattern (stripes) contrast with the background which makes the players more visible to each other.
So Giants let’s be having strong, bold, visible home and away strips.
IN THE light of Local Newspaper Week I would like to take the opportunity to praise the Examiner for, well, being in existence.
In a period when local newspaper readership and circulations are in decline and the number of newspapers closing or turning into weekly editions is truly alarming, we should, I believe, be grateful that we have a lively and entertaining local newspaper in this area.
I am sure that there will be critics but the journalists of the Examiner do a tremendous job in producing a community based newspaper against a background of long term decline for all newspapers.
Journalists nowadays have little similarity to the stereotypes of yesteryear.
They are under intense pressure with greatly reduced resources, increased demands from shareholders and have to work relentlessly to produce newsworthy articles everyday.
However, my journalism students have always found their experience of placements on the Examiner to be very rewarding and the staff extremely willing to pass on their knowledge.
Historians of the press argue that the existence of local newspapers is a necessary part of the democratic system as they act as watchguards and by their existence help to curtail possible corruption in local politics.
There is pretty clear evidence that when there are no local newspapers corruption in areas such as planning can prosper. And where would be without the open democracy of the lively letters page.
No one has yet created an economic model for an online paper that works and the future for news gathering is very uncertain. I, therefore, hope that the Examiner will be with us for many years to come.
Dr Stephen Dorril
Senior Lecturer in Journalism, University of Huddersfield.
Tipping the scales
HAS the Government increased landfill tax (Examiner, May 31) to raise what it lost by revoking the pasty tax?
So much for encouraging healthy eating and discouraging fly tipping.
BILL Armer (Letters, June 1) is right when he pointed out that Nye Bevan had to “...stuff the doctors’ throats with gold..” to overcome their opposition to setting up the NHS.
However, that misses out the strident opposition which Nye had to deal with from the Tories, Mr Armer’s party.
They voted against setting up the NHS no fewer than 21 times in Parliament.
R A Vant
Spend on services
THANKS to the Examiner, we again find certain councillors using our council tax payments to attend party meetings and conferences.
I pay my council tax for services provided by the council and I expect that every penny the council takes from me, is be spent on those services.
When councillors attend their own party meetings and conferences, all these expenses should have been claimed from Party funds, not our council tax.
I do not vote or support the Labour councillors so I certainly do not agree with Mehboob Khan’s take on all this.
Without having held a referendum he is the self styled council leader who, at present, is only in that position due to the Tories who abstained when he was voted back by his own councillors.
We do not need a full time council leader, what we need is someone who can delegate responsibility to other councillors so as to spread the work. Unfortunately this will not happen.
When I see this sort of use of our council tax I have every sympathy when Unison go on strike against loss of jobs and services.
Hard Up and Fed Up
Tea and caring
AS A local Marie Curie Fundraiser, I would like to invite everyone in West Yorkshire to hold a Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie Cancer Care this summer.
Whether it’s a gathering of friends for a cuppa, afternoon tea or a garden party to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, then holding a Blooming Great Tea Party is a great way to get together with friends and family and raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
The money raised at Blooming Great Tea Parties will allow Marie Curie Nurses throughout West Yorkshire, to provide more free care to people with terminal cancer and other illnesses, enabling them to spend their final weeks, days or hours in their own homes in familiar surroundings with family and friends close by.
To hold a Blooming Great Tea Party and receive a free fundraising pack call 08700 340 040 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/teaparty.
Community Fundraising Manager, Marie Curie Cancer Care
EVERY day young people across the country do extraordinary things to help people in their local communities.
The British Red Cross wants your help to discover young people in your area whose selfless actions go unsung.
We think the young people of this country who make the effort to help others should be celebrated and their achievements recognised. That’s why the Red Cross launched the Humanitarian Citizen Awards.
Started in 2005, the awards are a celebration of our young people and the amazing things that they do.
You can help your local heroes gain the recognition they deserve by nominating them for a Humanitarian Citizen Award.
They don’t need to have any connection with the Red Cross.
I am sure you know young people aged 25 or under, who has made a difference to someone’s life or to the lives of the whole community.
Show your pride by nominating them for the Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards 2012.
There are four categories within the awards – first aid, fundraising, community action and volunteering.
It’s easy to nominate your young heroes. Simply go to redcross.org.uk/theaward, click on the ‘Make a nomination’ button and follow the instructions on screen.
Nominations are open until 8 July.
A couple of minutes of your time is all it takes to show them how much they are appreciated.
Sir Nick Young
chief executive, British Red Cross