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Graffiti scrawling far from true art.

I write in reply to Ken Masters' comments on graffiti. Such scribbles all over every available wall the public passes should never have been given a name.

As a person who is married to a real artist, who makes such beautiful portraits and pictures, I would like to tell Mr Masters he is not an artist and ought to be made to scrub clean every wall in the whole of Newcastle for insulting my intelligence.

I for one would much prefer to look at plain brick walls than the mess, which makes me physically sick, he and his like do.

They insult our great artists of the past. The scribbles on walls have been going on since the cave age and have never been recognised as art ever.

Real art is something beautiful which we can all look at, admire, and appreciate. Not graffiti and the so-call art that is being produced to rip us all off these days.

I say stop this graffiti now, at once, before these mindless idiots start ripping off the ignorant too.

Yes I am standing up to say that all this rubbish being called new art, along with graffiti (scribbles) today is another case of the King's New Clothes syndrome.

I say the king is naked. This is not art.

So crawl back into your hole Mr Masters, I do not want your like besmirching the city I love with your stupid scribbles.

MJ, Byker.

Environment belongs to all

I WOULD like to add to the debate on graffiti and in particular respond to Ken Masters (Chronicle, September 15).

He identifies things in our society which are illegal and acknowledges that graffiti is among them, but then goes on to attempt to exempt graffiti from the law purely because of his personal point of view.

Quite simply, laws are in place to attempt to prevent anything happening within our society which the majority of people do not wish to happen. These laws are there because we have a democratic process that bring them into being.

Obviously he and his fellow anarchists see themselves outside of the law just because they have a different point of view. But what gives them the right to display their `thoughts' in a way that breaks the law and to expect that it should be acceptable when clearly, to the majority, it is not? urthermore, what gives them the right to presume that we wish to view their `visual thoughts'? Ken Masters needs to accept and understand that `surroundings' are everyone's, not the exclusive rights of any individual, and if he wishes to `enhance' them, he should seek to do so within the law. Finally, if he hasn't got the message by now, I suggest he has a copy of this letter on the inside of his living room wall and views and recites it every day!

JOE TROTTER, Glantlees, Newcastle.

A chance to control future

WITH regard to the ongoing debate on the regional assembly. A No vote against the assembly would be a vote to leave the system unchanged.

This is the same system in which the North East remains an area which, whenever there is a recession, is the first into the recession and the last out of the recession. It is also the region without a full dual carriageway to Edinburgh and decent road links to other parts of the country. It has one of the highest levels of unemployment and deprivation in the country. And under the existing system has had its industrial base decimated.

For the first time the people of the North East have the opportunity to vote to have some say in their own destiny. Also if the Conservative Party, which did so much damage to this area, and their large land-owning friends are against the idea of an assembly, then it must have some merit.

K TOOMEY, Newcastle.

More angels in the North

I WAS pleased to read Margaret Turnbull's letter of praise for a local hospital, the hospital being North Tyneside General.

Eighteen months ago I had a knee replacement that unfortunately went horribly wrong but, during my stays in North Tyneside, I was treated with respect from everyone, from doctors, nurses, domestic staff, in fact everyone I came in contact with. I was in Ward 5 where I have to go back in three weeks' time. I am not looking forward to it, who does? But because of these wonderful people I have no fears, for I know that I will be in good hands. The one thing I did learn was that there is more than one Angel of the North.

N DOBSON, High Farm, Wallsend.

Let's raise standards

WITH regard to Mr Corday's letter in Saturday's Evening Chronicle: I would agree that a good command of the English language is not the sole measure of intelligence, but I do think that those in contact with the public should be able to `get it right'.

I also agree there are other examples Anon could have used. The one that springs to my mind, is the confusion advising from the use of `affect' (verb) and `effect' (noun).

If English language and grammar are not important, why continue to teach them in schools?

Language is a form of communication, but if we are all on different wavelengths, how can this work? We need to raise standards, not lower them.

A SIMPSON, Gateshead.

We're paying for disaster

WHOEVER thought of the Whitley Bay Shopping Mall must have a pea for a brain, for it's the biggest and most expensive disaster to hit Whitley Bay since God knows what.

I was always against the plan to knock down the fantastic post office building.

A car park "reigned" for many months before this trash mall was erected.

I won't beat about the bush, so I'll tell you what's wrong with it: We do not need it.

Before it was built we had the Co-op, Spar and a variety of other small shops to choose from. If I needed fresh free-range eggs I could buy them from a little shop in Park View; if I wanted a few cans of beer, there are many off-licences around.

Bread, milk, frozen stuff, newspapers, the lot, could all be obtained from various stores, namely the big ones like Spar and the Co-op.

My main gripe is the price of the stuff in the mall. One shop had an "offer" of two packets of muffins for pounds 1.40. What? I could buy four or five packets of muffins for that elsewhere. Even a bottle of 70cl vodka is pounds 3 more, unnecessarily.

The mall? The sooner it's demolished the better. Why? Because the shelf-stackers outnumber the customers.

Whoever buys stuff there is either mad or has money to burn. I am sticking with Spar and the Co-op.

S MERCHANT, by e-mail.
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