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Recently I've noticed that if two or three people or a family are coming towards me on the pavement, they keep together and so force me on to the road.

Others have told me of a similar experience which shows little respect for anyone. Indeed, bad manners now seem to be the norm. I was reminded of an article I read not long ago where the writer said that we in Britain need to be liberated from a culture of contempt.

If we fail to pay attention to such behaviour it will only increase and we shall all reap the whirlwind.

Parents and teachers and all of us need to watch the way we speak and act and also to correct and admonish children and young people who are our responsibility.

If we fail to show a proper respect towards each other then the jungle will take over and society will be destroyed.

By Canon H P Burgess


200 YEARS AGO: At a meeting of the Gentleman Farmers and other respectable householders held at the Royal Oak Inn, Eccleshall, it was resolved to enter into an association for the preservation of public peace within the town and neighbourhood of Ecclesha ll.

Aris's Birmingham Gazette, May 1798.

100 YEARS AGO: The annual tribute which the industrial communities of Birmingham pay to the great medical institutions of the city was collected on Saturday. The weather was poor and conspired to greatly diminish the amount collected on the streets,alth ough this is inconsequential to the amount from the weekly collections.

The Birmingham Daily Post, May 1898.

50 YEARS AGO: Eighty tuberculosis experts from across Britain visting Birmingham for a two-day conference were greeted by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress and entertained at a civic dinner last night. The conference began yesterday.

The Birmingham Post, May 1948.


Birthdays: French singer Charles Aznavour, 74; jazz trumpeter Kenny Ball, 68; footballer George Best, 52; actress Cheryl Campbell, 48; journalist and broadcaster Anthony Holden, 51; footballer Paul Mariner, 45.

Anniversaries: 1981: Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, jailed for minimum of 30 years for murder of 13 women; 1972: Death of poet and author Cecil Day Lewis; 1915: Britain's worst rail disaster at Gretna Green in Scotland killed 227 people whentroo p train and passenger train collided; 1907: Birth of actor Laurence Olivier.

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Date:May 22, 1998
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