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TRUST THE POST: Know your station.


SYLVIE McCARTHY, of Liverpool 6, writes this week with thanks to Mr Brocklebank - namely for letting her know that Marks & Spencer has opened a new store in Liverpool's Lime Street Station.

With her tongue firmly in her cheek, she says: ``We live and learn. I shall send my butler to the said venue in the horse and carriage to collect my messages! If there's any riff-raff there, like students, I've told him to act extra posh and keep his nose in the air. ''

D Reid, of Frodsham, has some general praise for the paper as a whole: ``I read the Daily Post as it is crammed full of interesting items. No photographs of naked women, no sensation-seeking headlines and no victimisation of people who have been found guilty of acts of indiscretion. Also, the sports reports and photographs (indeed, all photographs) are superb. ''

Miss P Lord, of Noctorum, Wirral, writes after reading of the proposed closure of Strawberry Field, in which John Lennon was described as ``working class''. She says: ``I would hardly call his background `working class', seeing as he was born and brought up in Menlove Avenue, a very affluent area of Liverpool. More middle class, I would say. ''

M Kay, of Prescot, writes in response to our editorial regarding the BBC's decision to broadcast the controversial Jerry Springer the Opera: ``You dole out the old cliche that you do not have to watch and you can turn over if you wish. If that argument was extrapolated, why do we not have hard core pornography broadcast?

``This is a very simplistic point that totally misses the mark.

Firstly, it is a theatre production that has been televised. With the theatre, you make a deliberate choice to go and watch the production. On the television it is being broadcast on a mass media for which, I consider, a different set of rules applies, especially with regard to taste and decency. This broad-cast quite clearly overstepped that mark. Littered with foul and abusive language and deeply offensive to many of the Christian Faith, it makes you wonder what will be coming next. The BBC seems to have a disregard for productions are offensive to Christians. It only recently dropped the production Pope Town after being inundated with complaints. I cannot think of any other faith for which it would televise such offensive material. ''

Yes, I think we would all agree that a different set of rules should apply to television than to the theatre as a whole, but we would argue that this broadcast was the exception. Never in recent history has one television programme caused so much controversy. It received column after column of newspaper coverage and dominated radio and television debate programmes. Few people in Britain could not have been aware of this broadcast and this gave the vast majority the chance to make an informed decision of whether or not to watch.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 20, 2005
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