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Spoof letter was unrecognised; VOICE OF THE NORTH.

Byline: PETER CURTIS

READING Paul Dixon's letter advocating that landfill waste be put in the void space left after oil extraction (Voice of the North, May 12), my initial reaction was what was this crackerjack talking about.

But when I saw he was the author of the piece, I immediately recognised his zany, tongue-in-cheek, Geordie humour.

I was likewise amused by the letter from Peter Scargill on the merits of powering cars with compressed air which continued in the same tongue-in-cheek humour (Voice of the North, May 14). To then read in The Journal of May 15 the letter from David Turnbull who fell for Paul Dixon's letter hook line and sinker just made my day, when he criticised the theory of dumping landfill waste space in oil extraction cavities. If only Paul Dixon had timed his article for April 1 then perhaps David Turnbull might have recognised it as a spoof and that the joke was on him.

So, beware. As Paul Dixon warned, letters on similar, serious debating issues may continue until the commencement of the new football season.

PETER CURTIS, Ashington, Northumberland
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 27, 2008
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