no need for mu­si­cal in­ter­ludes

Shooting Gazette - - Letters -

iwould like to ask you to cen­sor the ma­te­rial in your mag­a­zine in fu­ture as the con­tents of the Au­gust is­sue had a no­tice­able ef­fect on my Un­cle Mark – and not in a good way. There is usu­ally a bit of ban­ter about who gets the first ‘flick’ through the new is­sue but as my un­cle pays for it he got first go. Things were OK un­til he reached Don­ald Dal­las’ auc­tions page, which fea­tured a pair of Eric Clap­ton’s Purdey overun­ders; Mr Dal­las re­vived the de­bate about who was the best gui­tarist – Rory Gal­lagher, Jeff Beck or Eric Clap­ton – to which my un­cle started rag­ing about the for­got­ten tal­ents of Ritchie Black­more and Jimmy Page. He re­called the time a jour­nal­ist asked Eric Clap­ton if he thought he was the world’s finest gui­tarist, to which he al­legedly replied: “No, Al­bert Lee is.”

My un­cle calmed down un­til he reached the mo­tor­ing re­view, where he be­gan to rant about the wis­dom of test-driv­ing a Fer­rari cost­ing more than our house and its lim­ited in­ter­est to work­ing-class shoot­ing folk. How­ever, I hadn’t bar­gained on Ben Sa­muel­son’s witty com­par­isons be­tween AC/DC and Verdi, which re­ally got him go­ing. Ker­rang!, he felt, doesn’t feel the need to write gun re­views and so Shoot­ing Gazette should stick to field­sports. Thank­fully, he was pla­cated by the gun­dog sec­tion. It’s not easy hav­ing a grumpy old shoot­ing man for an un­cle.

C. Thomp­son, nor­wich

ed: It sounds like your Un­cle Mark is a man of strong prin­ci­ples and I will take his com­ments on board. As I’m sure he’ll agree, though, our sport is a broad church and dis­cus­sions about bucket lists, am­bi­tions and gen­eral must-haves in the gun­bus do ex­tend be­yond game shoot­ing. We’re peo­ple of the world as well the coun­try­side af­ter all and I’ve met read­ers who drive old Minis and brand new Maser­atis and lis­ten to ev­ery­thing from Rage Against the Ma­chine to Mozart.

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