Beer shortage looming

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I’ve been observing in amazement as the media report a looming shortage of alcoholic beverage and other products due to a lack of carbon dioxide gas; when one of the major by-products of the fermentation process is the very same CO2.

That is also responsible for being a major contributor to global warming, given that it emanates as a by-product from a wide variety of sources in copious quantities. Thus leaving one wondering as to why such a waste gas can’t be scrubbed from the atmosphere and put to alternative use to good effect.

However, such beer shortages are nothing new as far as Sheffield is concerned, as the following brief report entitled: “Beer Shortage After Holiday Demand” appearing in the Friday, December 28, 1945 edition of The Sheffield Telegraph (on p3) shows. As it states that: “There is an acute shortage of beer in Sheffield. Shortage of casks, cases, and bottles is further hampering the position, which is not likely to be fully normal for two or three weeks. Many city and suburban public houses were closed yesterday, supplies being exhausted”.

It seems that the first Christmas after the end of World War II had led to heavy drinking in celebration. Or could it be an example of post-war austerity?

Michael Parker

Robertshaw Crescent, Deepcar, Sheffield, S36

Where do we diverge?

I certainly cannot suggest that Cyril Olsen, (June 30), is not setting out his views in an open fashion. He makes his position on many points quite plain and I do have a measure of agreement with him.

Where do we diverge? Mr Olsen believes that submitting a presumably unsolicited letter for publication in a public journal does not constitute disseminating one’s opinions. Frankly, even medieval theologians would struggle with the subtlety of that argument.

If you do not wish your views to be passed to those previously unaware of them ie to be disseminated, you don’t send them to your local paper.

I also think that we may differ on freedom of speech. I may be quite wrong but I do get the impression Mr Olsen is opposed to any restrictions whilst I believe, to use the old example, that you are not free to shout ‘Fire’ in a crowded cinema. We seem to getting to the stage where we are just hitting the ball back and forth across the net and since I detest tennis I will leave the court, but it would be churlish to do so without responding to Cyril’s request for advice.

Constructive suggestion for expressing your views in a clearer manner. It is not a given that because someone says that they would not use a certain form of words they are therefore opposed to the sentiments those words are being used to convey. Much better to just say that you disagree with the views expressed and remove doubt.

Stephen Crowther


Air con doing job on buses

Seems Mr Warris doesn’t get out too much, as all of the new fleet of buses do have air conditioning, which is doing its job cooling the journeys to town and beyond.

Vin Malone

Gleadless, S14

Shed those extra kilos

We have just returned from a more gastronomic than athletic holiday in France. Now the price has to be paid... shed those additional kilos.

To achieve this my wife and I decided to use a well- known slimming “club”, but online, rather than by weekly local therapy session.

We find the website and are instantly invited to accept COOKIES... what sort of cookies we thought? Very tasty but surely they defeat the object of losing weight!

Another route is being considered, or as they say in France “autre direction”.

Jeremy Biggin

Upperthorpe, Sheffield

News should be welcomed

The Star, June 30, 2018 news that former Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield is finally to stand trial over the Hillsborough football disaster should be welcomed by all who believe in justice as seen to be done – especially the families of those who died at the match.

For 18 years Mr Duckenfield has been “immune” from any further legal proceedings against him, courtesy of a ruling by a now retired court judge.

He will now stand trial for the alleged manslaughter by gross negligence of 95 football supporters, alongside four other defendants.

The ex-club secretary at Sheffield Wednesday, Graham Mackrell, who faces charges of offences involving the stadium’s safety certificate and health and safety, two former police officers and a retired solicitor acting on behalf of South Yorkshire Police Force who are charged with acts intended to pervert the course of justice relating to amendments made to police officer’s statements following the tragedy.

As if that list was not enough to occupy the attention of the judiciary system, we are also informed that Sir Norman Bettison ex-chief constable of Merseyside Police and West Yorkshire Police, who was a chief inspector at South Yorkshire Police in 1989, is due to stand trial in May 2019 charged with four counts of misconduct in public office over alleged lies in accounts he gave afterwards of his involvement in the disaster.

All of these defendants are innocent until the courts decide otherwise.

However, thanks to the Preston Crown Court senior judge lifting this historical stay on prosecution and the Crown Prosecution Service finally being able to level these charges – the whole matter should now be brought to a close.

Cyril Olsen

Busk Meadow, Sheffield, S5

Respect for the police

Back in the day when police officers carried truncheons there was very little trouble on the streets in Sheffield.

People respected them or they got their collar felt.

You could say that’s what is needed these days.

The way things are going it seems to be getting worse and a tougher stance is needed.

EB Warris