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Readers Letters: Independence Day now; VOICE OF SCOTLAND.

SO columnist Tom Brown will be living in England in 2015 - after the break-up of the UK - dreaming of Scotland the way it used to be.

Perhaps dreaming of poverty, poor housing, drugs and crime in Scotland's inner cities. Maybe dreaming of our OAPs selling their houses to pay for their care.

My dream is that we don't have to wait until 2015. The quicker it happens, the quicker we get rid of the apology for a New Labour Government. - Sinclair, Dalry, Ayrshire.

Poor excuse

I'M fed up reading about the hard-up OAPs. I work full time for the local authority as a clerical.

I've been there for 10 years and, when I sort out my money I have pounds 50 per week to buy my food, clothes and medicines. The OAPs must remember they are not the only ones feeling the pinch. - M.L. Paisley.

Crop puzzle

WHY are GM crops so important in this country? I find it baffling baf·fle  
tr.v. baf·fled, baf·fling, baf·fles
1. To frustrate or check (a person) as by confusing or perplexing; stymie.

2. To impede the force or movement of.

 that our government spends so much money to keep farmers from using their land for crops - the so-called "set aside".

Now they find it necessary to improve the yield of crops by genetically modifying them. Is this economical? - John McIver, Muir of Ord Muir of Ord is a village in Highland, Scotland. It is situated near the western boundary of the Black Isle, about 20 km west of the city of Inverness, and 10 km south of Dingwall. , Ross-shire.

Op wait

I'VE been waiting more than two years for an operation. During that time, I've been getting worse.

Reggie Kray kray (krī) [Rus.,=edge], administrative and territorial unit of Russia. There are seven krays, or territories, within Russia. They are: Altai Territory, Khabarovsk Territory, Krasnodar Territory, Krasnoyarsk Territory, Maritime Territory, Perm , a convicted murderer, is diagnosed as having cancer and a week later he's been operated on. Where's the justice in that?

Does the criminal have priority over the decent citizen in the NHS NHS
National Health Service

NHS (in Britain) National Health Service
 system? - James Kirk, London.

Dear hols hols  
pl.n. Chiefly British
Days spent on vacation.

[Short for holidays, pl. of holiday.

WHO does Tony Blair think he is, spending pounds 40,000 of taxpayers' money to take his family on holiday? This is the man who told our Queen to cut down on expensive flights. At least the Queen works for her country. - R. Mead, Campbeltown, Argyll.

Old grievance

NOW that the Queen Mother's 100th birthday is over, I hope that serious events will be reported instead of royal trivia regarding an old wife who has survived past her sell-by date.

The simple truth is that she has been preserved for so long because she - and others of her tribe of parasites - has never had to work, or do anything for herself. - Ken Drysdale, Dunfermline.

Star fears

I HOPE I'm wrong, but I will be very surprised indeed if our Government does not acquiesce to America's latest Star Wars project.

When it comes to US defence matters, British governments of all shades have a habit of bowing to Uncle Sam. The US-UK "special relationship" is all very well, but I don't want to disappearing in a mushroom cloud because of it. - David Baxter, Glasgow.

Sada's a sad case...

BIG Brother reject Sada is spouting spout·ing  
n. Chiefly Pennsylvania & New Jersey
See gutter. See Regional Note at gutter.


 out pure rubbish. She says the men got rid of her because she wasn't interested in sex.

What nonsense, the reason was she is a two-faced, unsociable, selfish, manipulative, divisive schemer who has too big an opinion of herself. Not interested in winning pounds 70,000 or publicity for her "book"? Who's she kidding. Fortunately, the public saw through her. - David Thorburn, Glasgow.

Kirsty's not such a star

WHAT is it about Kirsty Young that seems to turn people's heads?

She is a reasonably presentable newsreader A client program that is used to read messages from Internet-based discussion groups (the venerable Usenet) or syndication feeds such as RSS and Atom. Some programs provide a search and organization tool for both newsgroups and feeds as well as local e-mail messages, contacts and other  on an inflated salary, but as a talking head she often rushes her sentences.

When it comes to celebrity status, she acts as though she's already a supernova.

Her mother's coffee mug may state: "Be all you can be Be All You Can Be is an episode of the MTV animated series Beavis and Butt-Head. The title is derived from the recruiting slogan of the U.S. Army. Synopsis
After watching a number of military-related TV shows, the duo are inspired to visit a recruiting station.
", but like so many "stars" these days, her "talents" are grossly overpriced o·ver·price  
tr.v. o·ver·priced, o·ver·pric·ing, o·ver·pric·es
To put too high a price or value on.


costing more than it is thought to be worth

. - James Martin, Cowdenbeath.


I AM looking for a wall plate of a girl in a flowing dress and pink bonnet entitled Lawrence. It's by Mulder & Loon loon, common name for migratory aquatic birds found in fresh- and saltwater in the colder parts of the Northern Hemisphere. Its strange, laughing call carries for great distances. Like the grebes, loons float low in the water and their legs are placed far back.  of Amsterdam, Holland and the original was purchased in Baxters, Bellshill in 1964. - Margaret Rodger, 155 Burnside Road, Newarthill, Motherwell ML1 5BS.

COULD anybody in the Ulster TV region possibly tape a show called Country Line, featuring Dominic Kirwan, on August 18? I'll pay costs of tape and postage. - C. Auld, 11 Paterson Terrace, Darvel, Ayrshire KA17 OBJ OBJ - Joseph Goguen 1976. A family of declarative "ultra high level" languages. Abstract types, generic modules, subsorts (subtypes with multiple inheritance), pattern-matching modulo equations, E-strategies (user control over laziness), module expressions (for combining modules), .

I WANT to find my 1963 classmates of Wellshot Road School, Tollcross, Glasgow, Class 3.2.C. Please meet me at 1pm, Saturday, August 12, at Glasgow Cross for lunch. I'm over from South Africa for the first time since August 1965. - Helen Anderson.

WE are planning a reunion on November 3, 2000, at the Stirling Rugby Club for those born in 1957 who went to Riverside Secondary School Riverside Secondary School can refer to:
  • Riverside Secondary School, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • Riverside Secondary School, Windsor, Ontario
  • Riverside Secondary School, Singapore
 and Wallace High School, Stirling Wallace High School in Causewayhead, Stirling, Scotland. It was founded in 1971 to serve northern and north-eastern Stirling. The University of Stirling is in the catchment area, and the school has formed strong links with the institution. .

We still have over 100 names to trace and are also looking for school photos of anyone in this year to be sent at least a month in advance. Please state year of birth. - Rhona Bisset, 3a Darnley Street, Stirling FK81BT. Tel: 01786-471628.
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Date:Aug 9, 2000
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