Letters, September 19: Remembering steeliness of Yorkshire legend Brian Close

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From: Michael J Robinson, Park Lane, Berry Brow, Huddersfield.

I LEARNED of Brian Close’s death with great sadness (The Yorkshire Post, September 15). I have seen the tributes to his astonishing cricketing life, and a mention of his having played football for Leeds United, alongside John Charles, Arsenal and Bradford City.

He was a low-handicap golfer both left and right-handed, played table tennis, tennis, and squash to a high standard and reportedly even beat the world billiards champion, Leslie Driffield, at billiards, and the world snooker champion, Joe Davis, at snooker – in one afternoon.

It is well recorded that he did the double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in his first season with Yorkshire, and was the youngest England debutant at 18 years and 149 days, but what might not be mentioned is what happened when he was made Yorkshire captain.

The story I heard is that the players were gathered in the dressing room. He told them: “Right. What I say goes, and if any of you doesn’t like it, you can have first go.” Looking round the assembled team he added: “And some of you can have two.” There were no dissenters.

From: Mr S.B Oliver, Churchill Grove, Heckmondwike.

I WAS both perturbed and rather annoyed when I read that the Care Quality Commission had found the time to instruct a care home for adults with learning difficulties to stop addressing residents as “love”, “darling” or “sweetie” (The Yorkshire Post, September 15).

The inspectors said that “the language was meant to be friendly but could be regarded as demeaning and patronising”.

Who is it that regards the words as demeaning? The residents certainly won’t. Their families almost certainly won’t either. The care home staff obviously don’t.

So who else is there on which to attach, and justify, this pointless, time-wasting criticism? Is the Care Quality Commission aware of colloquial and regional dialects and terms of endearment that are in use every day in the different regions of the UK?

The young lady who works in our local Post Office addresses all customers as “love”, which conveys a friendly and reassuring attitude to the customer – certainly no complaints about being patronising or demeaning.

I suggest that the CQC, with its healthy budget from Government, concentrates its attention on worthwhile and useful projects that affect the general public, not the few delicate, over-sensitive individuals on its pay roll.

From: Susan Towle, Grange Garth, York.

So, has anyone noticed how the conjunction ‘so’ is increasingly used to start a sentence? Where has that come from?

As an example, a recent contestant on the quiz show Pointless, when asked by Alexander Armstrong what he did for a living, replied: “So, I’m a medical student”. He then proceeded to respond to each question with a similar solecism.

To assuage my annoyance and need to shout at the television at this latest aberration in the use of the English language, I imagine what the beginning of the sentence could have been.

On a flight of fancy, I took this through to its logical conclusion whereby this young man had successfully completed his studies and, now a doctor, shared news with a patient with the words, “So, you’re pregnant”. I’ll leave it to others to imagine the obvious start to that sentence!

Can we please relegate this word to where it belongs, in the middle of a sentence, with the meaning “and for this reason”, or “therefore”?

From: M.E Wright, Grove Road, Harrogate.

David Cameron talks of ‘a smarter state’ and ‘delivering more for less’ (The Yorkshire Post, September 11)

He could demonstrate his commitment to political smartness by delivering better trains with universally lower fares.

Not, as now, having to be glued to a website trawling for ‘deals’ or being ripped off by daring to travel on the day the ticket is purchased.

From: Dave Croucher, Pinfold Gardens, Doncaster.

Jeremy Corbyn and his team of lefty nobodies must qualify for the title of the New Monster Raving Loony Party. Screaming Lord Such would have been proud of this bunch.

The first headline I saw said Corbyn wants to “abolish the army”. He cosies up to Russia, which is a bad idea from the start, just ask the Ukrainians.

The man needs a new jacket that straps up at the back and has tapes on the sleeves.

I bet his greatest fans are David Cameron, followed by Nigal Farage. Who knows, even the Lib Dems might pick up a couple of extra votes out of it at the next election.

From: S.J Forbes, Millbeck Close, Market Weighton.

Has it occurred to anyone that Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to sing the national anthem at the Battle of Britain remembrance ceremony was due to the fact that he did not know the words?

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