September letters

September letters

Sir, The Olympic Games brought this country many benefits and Tunbridge Wells did not miss out. Just before the torch was carried through the town I noticed the old cinema site at Mount Pleasant received a face lift with giant posters being stuck over the windows of the empty shops to make it appear business as usual. Presumably this was done so the town didn’t look too rundown on television or in the print media. What’s the betting they are still needed to cover up the eyesore in four years time when the next games takes place in Rio and the cinema remains our biggest grot spot?

Raymond Haggerty
Langton Green

Ed: Oh ye of little faith

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Sir, Wow! Just received the latest So Tunbridge Wells via email. You really have stepped up. Great clean, fresh design and varied interesting articles. Have you changed your target audience? It would appear you are going after those with a high disposable income?

Philip Holland-Clarke
by email

Ed: What good taste you have, sir.

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Sir, We have recently returned from a two week holiday in Spain where the recession is causing major problems. However, it has not dented the pride of the Spanish people. On the beach we watched with interest as families gathered all their litter to take home. The beach was left spotless. How different over here where dumping rubbish all over the place, including Dunorlan Park, is becoming the norm.

Rebecca Swan
by email

Ed: Don’t get us started on litter louts

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Sir, The fiasco over G4S and its failure to supply enough bodies for security at the Olympic Games has, if nothing else, highlighted an interesting situation. The UK, we are told, has close to three million people unemployed and supposedly looking for work.  Around 100,000 people applied for jobs with G4S and less than 10% it appears actually turned up for work in some instances. Basic guards were being offered £8.50 an hour which equates to just under £18,000 per annum.  Another  example perhaps of being better off without a job?

Charles Wainwright
by email

Ed: As you say, an ‘interesting’ point of view.

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Sir, Your feature on the history of swimsuits (July) brought back many happy memories particularly the picture of those young ladies running through the waves. I went up in to the loft and found my old costume, I’m a real hoarder and save everything.  Shame it doesn’t still fit.

Sarah Watkins
by email

Ed: Bet it does fit if you breathe in a wee bit.

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Sir, Just come across a copy of your (May) magazine, at my accountants office, celebrating the Diamond Jubilee. What a lovely picture of the Queen on the cover and interesting comparisons between today and 1952. Where can I get a copy for my Jubilee album?

Wendy Plowman
by email

Ed: There’s one in the post for you.

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Sir, Can I please ask people not to cross the road at crossings when the red light is showing – wait until you see the green man then walk over. Crossing on red totally confuses any children waiting on the kerb with parents and sends them the wrong signal. No pun intended. Crossing on red tells them it’s ok to do that and could get them badly hurt. Please think!

Emily Johnson
by email

Ed: What a valid plea, that we’ve heard now more than once.

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