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WE CARE OUT OF LOVE, NOT DUTY: Dear Jo.

Beryl Hill, aged 80, says she doesn't want to be a nuisance to anyone if her arthritis worsens as she gets older (Dear Jo, August 5).

I am 21 and live with my granny who is 74 and has been ill of late.

I try my best to comfort and care for her as I like looking after her.

Why? Because I love her, and because whenever I'm sick she cares for me better than anyone else could.

So remember, Beryl. It's no bother for loved ones and true friends to help. I'm sure you help them when you can.

Gillian Jackson Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, N Ireland

Everyone says that TV has wrecked the art of conversation. Not in our house it hasn't. The telephone bill is enough to convince me that my wife has plenty to talk about.

F Temple, High Wycombe, Bucks

After years of resisting a Sky TV subscription I succumbed due to the lack of sport on terrestrial TV.

Two months later, at the beginning of the football season coincidentally, I have been told that my subscriptions go up by pounds 4 from September.

Because of this outrage I am cancelling my subscription. I hope other subscribers will do the same.

If fewer people subscribed to Sky then the terrestrial channels might cover more popular sport.

P Bennett, Elton, Chester

Like C Satterthwaite (Dear Jo, August 4), I work with people who leave notes on the coffee machine. A recent one said: "This coffee tastes like mud." Someone added: "Well, it was ground this morning."

M Meeking Walcot, Swindon

When a seagull used my head as a dumping ground I asked my husband for a tissue.

Quick as a flash he replied: "The bird will be miles away by now."

Pauline Hurst Colwyn Bay, Conwy.

Where on earth did The Mirror dig up Tony Purnell? He really is a nasty piece of work.

He's always slamming talented people like Rolf Harris. And as for Purnell's dislike of cats, I would sooner have my moggy around than that opinionated windbag.

Rose Jenkins, London E1

Mrs Shoes was a dear old sole

KIDS TALK

I worked as a supervisor in the playground of a local primary school, and remember a five-year-old girl asking me to do up her laces for her.

I commented: "All I ever seem to do is tie up lace after lace."

She said: "That must be why you are called Mrs Shoes."

P Hughes, Deeside Flintshire

I WAS sitting in my armchair when my four-year-old grandson climbed up the back and looked down at the top of my head.

Peering at my bald patch, he said: "Grandad, you've got a hole in the top of your head."

E Guy, Falmouth Cornwall

IN HIS first week at school, my son attended the harvest festival service. I asked him if he enjoyed it and he replied: "Yes, there was lots of food in the church for Harvey Sebastopol."

I'm sure that was harder to say than the festival name itself.

V Wallace, London SE9

pounds 25 LETTER OF THE DAY

My husband was in the newsagent when a little girl came in and asked for a quarter pound of jelly babies.

The assistant weighed them out but they were just a tiny bit over.

So she picked up one of the sweets and broke it in half. How mean can you get?

Anne Horrocks

Great Barr, B'ham

Getting the plane truth

The article by Victor Lewis-Smith, "How low can you get", and the response from readers suggests a breakdown in communication in the matter of low-flying RAF jets.

RAF training at low level is a serious business for our young men and women pilots and they take great care to minimise the disturbance caused by noise.

But there is no denying that aircraft noise can be an unwelcome intrusion and people have the right to ask why such training is still needed.

For our part, we work hard at explaining what it's all about.

If you have any questions about low-flying aircraft, the number to call is 0171 218 6020.

Gordon McRobbie Ministry of Defence Whitehall London SW1

KIDS QUESTION

In response to the question about who was the first King: England, in the 9th Century, had seven kingdoms (the Heptarchy) - Kent, Sussex, Essex, East Anglia, Mercia, Northumbria and Wessex.

The King of Wessex was Ecgberht (802-839), grandfather of Alfred the Great. He subdued all these kingdoms by 827 and acclaimed himself the first King of England.

TW Colmer

Coventry

MANE MAN..

I am writing in support of Matthew Wright's campaign for my namesake Frank Skinner's Three Lions song to be our World Cup Song as it was for Euro '96.

Come on Jo, let's see his triumphant picture again.

Frank Skinner London NW9

lKeep faxing Matthew with messages of support on 0171 293 3801 - Jo.

JUST A STAGE THEY'RE GOING THROUGH?

READER V Sims' letter (Dear Jo, August 5) about two elderly ladies getting words confused reminded me of the time my gran told me about two women who had moved into the flat above her.

"I've seen them holding hands," she said. "I'm sure they must be thespians."

Sue Stedman, Braintree, Essex

following a bus recently, I noticed an advert on its rear asking drivers what they were doing about pollution.

At least I think that's what it said. The bus's exhaust was belching out such dense black fumes you couldn't read the words.

C Primrose Westmoor, Newcastle upon Tyne

on holiday in Blackpool, I joineed my husband and our teenage children for lunch in a restaurant.

As we walked in I heard this commanding voice call out my maiden name.

I stopped dead in my tracks - it was my old head mistress.

She went on to say: "I see you're still skinny." I wondered whether she still carried her strap.

F Kane, Collyhurst, Manchester

My most embarrassing moment was when I was in the supermarket with my mum and dad.

I was quite little and was walking down the baked bean aisle.

Feeling a little uneasy I reached out and grabbed my mother's hand but by mistake I grabbed another woman. When I realised my mistake, I burst into tears.

Hazel White (aged 11), London SE2
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Author:Dipple, Jo
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 8, 1997
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