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Vent your spleen.

I have got a right hump with the way some Newcastle fans think it is a God given right that because we have 52,000 supporters we should win a trophy. It doesn't happen that way. We have a defence that at times is lacking confidence. Why? Because when we go 1-0 in front, everybody is saying ah, we are going to concede. We have a new manager who is trying his best and should be given a season and a half to prove his worth. We have a chairman who will spend untold millions to try and back his managers. Look at how much Sir Bobby Robson spent. Give Graeme Souness a chance. Just because we are a big club and we have 52,000 capacity does not mean we have a God given right to win a trophy or finish in the top four every season. You have got to work at it and football is a game where you have to try your hardest. We have players at the club who should not be there and I'm sure Graeme Souness will put that problem right. But let us back the club, back the team, back the manager, instead of whinging like a bunch of fairies.

C B, Benwell.

WHAT does Gordon Brown think he is doing offering to squander a billion pounds to Africa to finance the Aids programme? Has he forgotten the British people, the people who put him in power? We can't fight the crime on the streets because of shortage of policeman. We can't get our national health sorted through lack of finances.

J A, Gateshead.

MYSELF and my two grandchildren, aged five and 10, were at the Theatre Royal on Saturday night to see the pantomime Snow White. We were enjoying it immensely until the audience participation started where the audience shout "boo" and "look behind you", etc, etc. But unfortunately, two or three rows behind (we were in the grand circle) a man wasn't content to boo. He shouted "slapper", not once but two or three times at the top of his voice. My five-year-old grandchild after the pantomime said: "Gran, what's a slapper?" I hope the so-called person felt proud. Next time I suggest he stays away from pantomime.

W C, Walkergate.

WITH regards to Prince Harry in the fancy dress carry-on. I think people should be a bit more broad-minded. Are fancy dress parties the next thing to be banned? Whatever the costume someone chooses, someone will find it offensive, be it a Roman emperor, Napoleon, Nelson, even Winston Churchill, not to mention Bomber Harris.

M C, Gateshead.
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Date:Jan 22, 2005
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