Thursday, December 22, 2016

22nd of December 2016 - Uncommon Cold

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22nd of December 2016

Dear Sir/Madam,
 
UNCOMMON COLD
 
I  see that our Queen has once again demonstrated her concern for her subjects by cancelling a Xmas train trip for fear of infecting fellow travellers with her cold germs.
 
If only more sniffling members of the general public could realise that "coughs and sneezes spread diseases" and do likewise - especially at this time of year.
 
God bless you, Ma'am!

John Eoin Douglas

Friday, December 16, 2016

16th of December 2016 - Lead Kindly Light

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16th of December 2016
 
Dear Sir/Madam,
 
LEAD KINDLY LIGHT

I am appalled to learn that the Scottish Parliament intends to spend nearly two million pounds on new light fittings to replace those scarcely twelve years old.
 
Surely in these days of economic austerity it would be prudent to source more affordable luminaires from the local branch of IKEA? Or does SNP support for other nationalist movements mean that we must eschew durable Swedish design in favour of dearer inferior illumination from Catalonia? I wonder if your readers can shed any light on the matter?

John Eoin Douglas

Friday, December 2, 2016

2nd of December 2016 - Flight of Fancy

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2nd of December 2016

Dear Sir/Madam,

FLIGHT OF FANCY

As an airline shareholder, I have been following the current railway industrial dispute in the South of England with some interest. It seems the bone of contention between Unions and Management is the safety function of guards - a function which the employers claim is used so infrequently that it doesn't make economic sense to retain.

In terms of passenger mile per accident, this is undoubtedly equally true when it comes to airline cabin staff. If Southern Railways are successful in their bid to cut costs in this way, can we look forward to the UK airline industry being able to similarly save by replacing trolly dollies with recorded announcements of "Brace, Brace"?

John Eoin Douglas

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

23rd of November 2016 - Steam Solution

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23rd of November 2016
Dear Sir/Madam,
STEAM SOLUTION

My recent experience of the Borders Railway shows that the only trains which seem consistently to run timeously are the specials drawn by steam locomotives some of which are more than 75 years old.
Perhaps the answer to Scotland's current Railway Crisis is to build many more to similar or even modernised designs. If Scottish engineering companies are no longer up to this, then India still has the capability and I'm sure that a large locomotive order to the Indian sub-continent would do much to repair the damage done by Mrs May's recent visit.

John Eoin Douglas

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

9th of November 2016 - Presidential Query

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9th of November 2016
 
Dear Sir/Madam,
 
PRESIDENTIAL QUERY
 
If Brexit is Brexit, that presumably means that Trump is Trump. But will it be a hard Trump or a soft one?

John Eoin Douglas

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

2nd of November 2016 - Sporting Excess

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2nd of November 2016
 
Dear Sir/Madam,
 
SPORTING EXCESS

Why hold a football match on Remembrance Day anyway? It should be a time to remember our fallen not a day for tawdry sporting fixtures!

John Eoin Douglas

Thursday, October 20, 2016

20th of October 2016 - Mouthing Off

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20th of October 2016
 
Dear Sir/Madam,
 
MOUTHING OFF
 
I was surprised by Tory MP David Davies's sudden interest in the dental care of the few young refugees who are at last being allowed to enter the UK from the Calais "Jungle".
 
Whilst I'm sure that many of these youngsters would not be averse to a free dental checkup, he should be careful not to be seen to be promoting compulsory dentistry since Human Rights legislation could well class this as cruel and unusual punishment.

John Eoin Douglas