Bm@il

Ev­ery week BARBARA FISHER looks at is­sues that af­fect us all – the is­sues that get you talk­ing. You can join in by email­ing bmail­bar­bara@gmail.com

Uxbridge Gazette - - Your Say -

DUST off the sherry glasses, de­frost the cock­tail sausages and roll back the car­pets. It’s time to party.

This col­umn cel­e­brates a land­mark an­niver­sary on Mon­day May 21 and we need to push the boat out – at least un­til 6pm when Eg­gheads is on. Mustn’t overdo it.

Af­ter a decade, Bm@il has be­come a part of me. A bit like crow’s feet, but with fon­der feel­ings.

More than 500 col­umns – around 200,000 words – that’s a lot of ram­bling,

In 2008 celebrity news was tak­ing over, demon­strated by equal weight be­ing given to Barack Obama be­ing elected as USA pres­i­dent and John Sar­gent re­sign­ing from Strictly Come Danc­ing.

In Bm@il I cov­ered the thou­sands protest­ing about the ex­pan­sion of Heathrow, the stall holder ar­rested for deal­ing in pounds and ounces in­stead of ki­los, and I dared to sug­gest we should re­turn to just black or white cof­fee in cof­fee bars to avoid long waits for peo­ple hav­ing marsh­mal­lows and squirty cream added. Even froth wasn’t safe from my ban.

We were all strug­gling with the credit crunch or as one old lady was heard to de­scribe it, ‘this bank palaver.’ The threat of a re­ces­sion loomed.

In July 2008 my sub­ject was knife crime when I warned of dan­gers in the rise in pop­u­lar­ity of graphic vi­o­lence in films and com­puter games. It makes me so sad to read it now.

‘A con­stant diet of killing, maim­ing and tor­ture would de­sen­si­tise any­one. We can’t go on of­fer­ing young­sters films of gory glory with one hand and ex­pect them to hand over their weapons with the other. If we want to stop the slaugh­ter on the streets, we at least owe them some con­sis­tency.’

The gore has gone on to be part of main­stream TV, and the vi­o­lence on the streets has, as I feared, es­ca­lated.

You have been with me through the funny, the quirky and the sad, in­clud­ing dur­ing my mother’s fi­nal years (she died of se­vere Alzheimer’s in 2009),

The early years of Bm@il cov­ered Woolworths and pubs clos­ing, big hair, conkers banned from play­grounds, park­ing, dan­ger­ous dogs, the silly sea­son and veg­e­tar­i­an­ism.

The best re­sult came in Feb 2010 when af­ter be­moan­ing the demise of mar­malade, a reader sent me some very de­li­cious home­made spread.

To all the Gazette staff who have dealt with my col­umns, and to the long-suf­fer­ing Mr F who still tol­er­ates me writ­ing about him – thank you. But the big­gest hur­rah goes to you for be­ing such loyal and reg­u­lar read­ers over 10 years.

Now ... do go and have a lie down….

Bm@il in 2008 and 2009

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