WITH due respect, we in this country have lost too much over the last 60 years, and celebrating their passing is the last thing I would consider, even for our monarch.
The loss that stands out above all others is the loss of our “oneness” which was achieved over centuries with new comers to our shores adapting themselves to the British hosts way after turning their backs on their own roots and customs for whatever reason and forever not perpetuating them as new comers over the last 60 odd years have done.
Sixty years ago, this oneness had been strengthened by the fact that most citizens had lived through the Thirties depression, the Forties blitz and were living through the Fifties national service.
Now even the British themselves are at loggerheads with each other. Now, we in the UK have three seats of government instead of the one we had 60 years ago.
All the utilities were either national or municipal and in theory belonged to the tax and rate payers of our nation.
Little is left of this inheritance. It has been plundered and sold off globally.
The NHS was the envy of the world. Now it’s in the throes of belonging to the nation.
Alas “the British bobby” some of them now resemble Montgomery’s infantry poised to hit the beaches of Normandy to rescue and free the Western Europeans from their friends the Germans who are now dictating our very existence for us.
The down side of the last 60 years outweigh any advantage gained from technological advancement.
A military task force to protect a sporting event in East London in July is a good example.
It was the scene of death and destruction in 1940 when the enemy was without and had a known face.
Clean up and be safe
IN 1993 I knew of a little girl, who was then four. She had been playing in a park, and caught toxocariasis, the disease that can be carried by dogs.
The girl’s parents claim her condition was the result of playing in the park, where there was infected dog dirt.
The girl’s mother will never forget the morning she work to hear the girl screaming: “mum, it’s still dark”.
The community medicine specialists of Manchester suggested at the time to bring back dog licences which had been scrapped.
Researchers have found 14.6%, nearly one in six children they tested had toxocariasis antibodies in their blood.
Some of those children with only minor infections may have symptoms that are put down to a cold or virus.
So for absolute safety, worm your dog twice a year and also clean up after them.
I once worked in a park and I was horrified to see children eating ice cream with dog filth on their hands.
TO THE inpatient, rude women who obviously thought I was driving too slow for her in Moorlands Road and was trying to overtake me on the junction to Roman Avenue.
The reasons I was driving slowly along that road are as follows:
It is a residential street, I was driving past Moorlands School, I was turning left onto another residential street.
Some questions for you:
Where in the highway code does it say that I have to get out of your way?
Do you pay for my petrol?
Are you going to pay for my new suspension?
Moorlands Road is now fitted with speed bumps because of inconsiderate drivers like you.
WHY do men walk into a real ale pub and ask for a pint of lager?
ISN’T it double standards to deny prisoners the vote but allow an MP sentenced to less than 12 months to keep his/her job?
Is this democracy?
LOVELY photograph of the elected mayor and deputy mayor of Kirklees (Examiner, May 24) Elected by whom?
Certainly not elected as mayor by the people of KIrklees.
Clr Mehboob Khan says such an election will cost too much.
Let’s carry on in the old tried and tested way of un-democratic Kirklees, election by the ‘old chums network’.
In the meantime some of the councillors at Mirfield seem all set for a handbags at dawn showdown. Great.
‘Shame on Tories’
SO Clr Mehboob Khan has been re-elected leader of Kirklees Council, thanks to the Conservatives abstaining.
Reading the comments page in the Examiner it is clear that no-body, apart from Labour councillors, want him to lead.
Mr Khan has never allowed a vote by the public on his being the leader of the council and in my view, therefore holds that position by default.
The Tories will never get my vote again. They should hang their heads in shame.
The only way we will rid ourselves of Clr Khan is to vote for the Greens and Lib Dems. Bob Light and his band have caused more damage than good.
HARD UP AND FED UP
Plan B and Leona Lewis are the latest pop stars to admit they suffer from tinnitus.
Deafness Research UK believes by speaking out they will raise awareness of the condition and the need for better plans to tackle the root causes of tinnitus.
Plan B has called for free earplugs at gigs.
Deafness Research UK welcomes this, but advises gig goers to use one-size reusable plugs, rather than disposable ones.
We also suggest music lovers play tunes on MP3 players at a safe level and always use the noise limiter.
Tinnitus is a symptom of hearing damage and while some treatment is available, prevention is better than cure.
We really need a Plan A to tackle tinnitus, to make people alert to the danger, aware of the facts and alive to the support and information available.
Deafness Research UK funds the best in UK-based research to understand tinnitus and other hearing-related problems better and find effective solutions to help more than 15 million people who suffer from deafness and hearing loss.
Our website www.deafnessresearch.org.uk has a wealth of fact-based tips to help music lovers enjoy their favourite sounds for longer.
Chief Executive, Deafness Research UK