Huge reaction to my Stanhope views
BLIMEY! Last week’s column certainly stirred up the old hornets’ nest. My musings about Stanhope definitely evoked some pretty strong emotions in you all. Firstly, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for getting in touch via the show, texts, email, the website or good old-fashioned letter writing. In case you missed it, I was bigging up the place in my rose-tinted Stanhope glasses and my own personal memories on my time there. As I said, the feedback was phenomenal and out of all the reaction, I’d say about 90 per cent was positive. There was a wide and varied range of opinion, from people who have been there from the beginning (1967 I believe), or have just moved on to the estate from out of town, window cleaners who work there and the doctors’ surgery who said how great the community spirit was – and that particular lady doesn’t even live on Stanhope. But let me concentrate on the 10 per cent that wasn’t quite so proStanhope. Some of the response was actually quite harrowing and frankly turned my stomach. Nobody likes to hear stories of antisocial behaviour or just downright bullying that goes on and the culprits that cause this kind of stress and mindless hooliganism on others do not deserve their liberty. I’d lock them up and throw away the key! And if you are one of those suffering at the hands of these people then harangue your council and the police until you are blue in the face and get them to react. I feel for you and hate the fact that a mindless few can damage the reputation of so many. It doesn’t matter where you are, there will always be idiots and that doesn’t help eradicate the stigma that still exists about the estate. Let me finish with an amusing story that shows that the “law of karma” does exist. A rather naughty boy who will remain nameless was up to no good over Stanhope square many moons ago. He thought it would be funny to remove the outer casing from a lamppost and destroy it. After pulling out several wires, his mission was unsuccessful as the light was still working, so he decided to urinate on it and try to blow a fuse. What he didn’t bargain for, was a short sharp shock that travelled back and zapped him in the unmentionables. There is justice.
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