Dingles up with trends

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Things from the past keep on making comebacks.

Now it’s knitted blankets.

It’s a trend I won’t be reliving.

I like my sofa without the faff.

Who would have thought the Dingles in Emmerdale were up with the trends?

Their sofa at chez Dingle is covered in them.

Jayne Grayson

Sheffield, S35

It serves a purpose

A few years ago I did a brave/foolhardy thing, and kept The Jeremy Kyle Show on, rather than reaching for the remote at the first sign or fireworks.

In this particular episode, there was a girl with a young child and she hadn’t got a ‘Scooby Doo’ who its dad was.

Two men were in the frame, who both appeared on the show.

They were interviewed at long length, in turn, over what they would do when the forthcoming DNA test revealed who had done the deed and supplied the seed!

Anyway, drum roll, it was now time for the results.

Well, what do you know, it turned out to be neither of them.

For the first time in, I suspect, the show’s history, there was silence.

Finally, the girl spoke, saying with little or no expression: “Come to think of it, there was another lad.”

So, now she tells them!

At that point, I could take no more and turned over to BBC 1 for Rip Off Britain.

Honestly though, I really think they’re taking advantage of these folk.

The bombastic Mr Kyle with his oft-repeated orders to “man up” and “grow a pair”.

However it appears that they’re well up for airing their dirty linen to the nation.

As the programme has been on our screens for about 15 years now, it must be serving some purpose.

If these folk get free DNA and lie detector tests out of it then leave them to it, I guess.

Meanwhile, Mr Kyle draws in more and more of the stuff that rattles!

Oh, what a world!

Catherine M Langan

Beauchief, S8

You may well be correct

In response to Stephen Crowther’s letter, “Depends on your answer”, Star, June 26, 2018.

You may well be correct Stephen when you query whether I, and I respectfully suggest other readers, may not have completely understood your letter of June 8.

No offence taken on my part.

When I write to the Star I try to keep my letters to the point, in plain English, and with the intention of promoting written comment and debate among my fellow readers.

From today’s written response from Veronica Hardstaff and from you it would seem I have been successful in the latter respect.

Without wishing to possibly “baffle” some readers with your off- piste tip about the definition of the words literal and metaphorical, to answer your question, yes I consider the original writer’s words regarding the colour of a person’s skin entering into their eligibility for public office to be racial.

Yes, I do support that person’s right to express a personal opinion in a letter to The Star, in which he did not incite others to follow his own belief.

I also fully support the Editor of the Star in using her discretion to publish his letter as a matter of public interest.

From the response this has caused within the Sheffield community her decision was certainly correct in this respect.

Yes, I support his right to express, (not disseminate via the Editor’s discretion), his personal legitimate opinion and yes I disagree with his views but wholeheartedly support his right to express them via a letter to The Star.

If you can offer me any constructive suggestions to enable me to express my views on this subject in a clearer manner I shall be happy to consider them.

Cyril Olsen

Busk Meadow, Sheffield, S5

Heat’s sapped my energy

I’d like to say thanks to Cyril Olsen for his letter entitled “Still good people” in yesterday’s Star.

I appreciate the time and effort that went into it.

Alas, due to health problems the current heatwave seems to have sapped my energy, leaving me short of words.

But I will keep your article close by, Cyril, and wait for inspiration.

John C Fowler

Leverton Gardens, S11

My finest slicing knife

I read your article in The Star about Lockwood Brothers cutlery makers in Sheffield.

What prompted me to do so was repairing an old LB table knife which I still use as its fine blade is still my finest knife for slicing.

Obviously this is a table knife and the blade slices through the toughest meat with great ease.

I wish I had a set of them!

Wayne Fairhurst

Underhill Farm, DL8

Birley Spa Bath House

Re The Star’s recent article about Sheffield City Council putting the Victorian Spa at Birley Bath House at Hackenthorpe up for sale.

I find it shameful that Sheffield City Council accepted a Heritage Lottery Grant of £500,000 to renovate the above and have not preserved it to the standard in which it was renovated and now found the need to put it on the market to sell.

I would hope that Sheffield City Council hand the grant back to the Heritage Lottery Fund as soon as possible after the building is sold.

This would then enable some other deserving applicant for a grant from the Lottery Fund to benefit in a more productive manner.

Ann Dawson

Sheffield, S26

World Cup gongs

If England win the football World Cup there will probably a few gongs to be shared out.

However, do not forget John Hemmingham and his merry band of musicians.

Eddie Peart

Broom Crescent, Rotherham, S60