Fi­nally, a pub­li­ca­tion that has the courage to print a story about sui­cide.

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Let’s flock ’n’ roll

Re “Rais­ing the baa” (Mar 21-22), oh wow, suc­cess and fame at last. I have been watch­ing Shaun since grand­chil­dren came along – they are now way past Shaun but I, on the other hand, watch him when­ever pos­si­ble. What a de­light he is and what a great ex­am­ple of the adage “words are not nec­es­sary”. I just love the pure hu­mour and I will be go­ing to see the movie with or with­out the grand­chil­dren. Many thanks for the ar­ti­cle; just love the mag­a­zine. Anne Owen, Coom­babah Read­ing your ar­ti­cle on Shaun the Sheep Movie re­minded me of the char­ac­ter who named him – Wal­lace, of Wal­lace & Gromit fame. We had the plea­sure of meet­ing ac­tor Peter Sal­lis many years ago in York­shire. Although he was well-known as an ac­tor, he be­came more fa­mous af­ter his role play­ing “Cleg­gie”, a York­shire char­ac­ter in the se­ries Last of the Sum­mer Wine. No-one knew then that he would be­come even more well-known for his North­ern ac­cent in the Wal­lace & Gromit se­ries. He had a most beau­ti­ful speak­ing voice in the typ­i­cal BBC style but, as a fel­low Yorky, his North­ern ac­cent couldn’t be bet­tered. I be­lieve he is now 94 years of age, and I hope he can still en­joy the movie that he helped to name. Mil­dred Downs, Al­bany Creek

Job can be beastly

Thank you to Mary-Rose MacColl (Mar 21-22) for her praise of vets and the work they do. As the mother and mother-in-law of two vets se­ri­ously dis­il­lu­sioned with their ca­reers af­ter only four years, it was won­der­ful to read heart­felt praise for what they do. A pas­sion fol­lowed from school, long years at uni­ver­sity and then the re­al­ity of a ca­reer that can en­tail daily abuse, the eu­thana­sia of of­ten healthy an­i­mals to suit the con­ve­nience of own­ers and poor pay can grind down th­ese ide­al­is­tic young peo­ple. A high sui­cide rate and a high “mid-life” in­ci­dence of ca­reer change can of­ten be the re­sult. So please look up to your vets and re­spect them. Fiona Haines, Pul­len­vale

Mu­sic to the ears

I must say a big “well done” to Tim Wil­liams (Or­di­nary Peo­ple, Mar 21-22) for his choice of pro­fes­sion. There is noth­ing that can beat the golden glory of a beau­ti­ful pipe or­gan. There seems to be so few of them to­day. Please keep up the good work. Rhoda Hall, Strath­pine Con­grat­u­la­tions on fea­tur­ing a stu­dent like Tim Wil­liams. Coin­ci­den­tally, I saw him last Satur­day (un­for­tu­nately, the day be­fore I got around to read­ing your mag­a­zine) at an or­gan recital given by Bris­bane vir­tu­oso artist Christo­pher Wrench to cel­e­brate Bach’s 330th birth­day. This was played on the new pipe or­gan at St John’s Col­lege Chapel [Uni­ver­sity of Queens­land]. I rec­om­mend oth­ers to hear this in­stru­ment, even though it is rel­a­tively sim­ple, and Tim had the job of ad­just­ing the stops as well as turn­ing the mu­sic pages as the or­gan does not have the usual thumb and foot pis­tons to pre­s­e­lect the dif­fer­ent reg­is­tra­tions. I jok­ingly sug­gested to Tim he was the pis­ton man, not re­al­is­ing he was fea­tured in your mag­a­zine as an or­gan scholar! I hope he keeps play­ing and gets to the level of Christo­pher’s em­i­nence. As for the in­stru­ment it­self, it is a lit­tle gem and demon­strates that for this type of or­gan, in the right hands, size does not mat­ter! David Poole, As­cot

Dose of cau­tion

Thank you for “Pill overkill” (Mar 21-22). It is a big re­lief to know the prob­lem has been iden­ti­fied and hope­fully ad­dressed. My hus­band and I re­cently had a prob­lem, which we have since ad­dressed by joint vis­its to his GP. We have doc­u­mented ev­ery­thing that oc­curred in case an am­bu­lance was needed. Luck­ily it wasn’t, and fur­ther vis­its to the GP have given us what we con­sider a sat­is­fac­tory re­sult. K.A. Dale, Her­vey Bay As we are get­ting older there is the pill for this and that and the doc­tors pre­scribe ap­pro­pri­ately – blood pres­sure pills, blood thin­ners for the heart, choles­terol and the list goes on to an­tide­pres­sants for anx­i­ety, all do­ing the job that they are in­tended for. How­ever, one per­son tak­ing all th­ese dif­fer­ent pills can cause an in­ter­ac­tion that has not been fully ex­plored, and this needs to hap­pen. Peo­ple be­come foggy, sleepy or for­get­ful and sud­denly we are con­sid­er­ing de­men­tia or some other dis­or­der that could sim­ply be be­cause of all the pills. Well done, Janelle Miles, I hope peo­ple take no­tice of your ar­ti­cle. Peter Kolb, Red­cliffe

Voice from the coal­face of grief

Fi­nally, a pub­li­ca­tion that has the courage to print a story about sui­cide (“Cry tough”, Mar 14-15). In my role as a fu­neral direc­tor, I see a dif­fer­ent side to the grief that fam­i­lies ex­pe­ri­ence when this sad­ness af­fects their lives. They ask why and I can’t an­swer. They are an­gry, hurt, con­fused and yet still so over­come with love for their lost fam­ily mem­ber or friend. Among my peers, the dis­cus­sion will al­ways revert to the is­sue that if the com­mu­nity knew how preva­lent sui­cide was, maybe some­thing would hap­pen to ed­u­cate so­ci­ety and look for ways of pre­ven­tion. Then along come Casey Lyons and Sam Webb from Livin. Th­ese men rep­re­sent youth­ful strength, and hope for the fu­ture. May their good work con­tinue and be sup­ported. Thank you to Qweek­end for an in­for­ma­tive story and if one young per­son re­alises that there is help for them by way of even just talk­ing to Livin or any of the other won­der­ful de­part­ments you listed, then maybe th­ese peo­ple will know they are loved, sup­ported and cared for and that they are our fu­ture. Toni Boyd­ston, manager, Metropoli­tan Fu­ner­als, Mt Gra­vatt

Square pegs, round holes

Re Mike O’Con­nor (Back­chat, Mar 21-22), my hus­band hangs out the wash­ing for me oc­ca­sion­ally, and it is all over the place. I say to him it is a good thing the wash­ing can not be seen from the road as peo­ple would think the woman who hung the clothes out must have been drunk. Janette Keat­ing, Lawnton At last Mike has achieved some­thing by hang­ing out the wash­ing. He didn’t in­jure him­self and noth­ing was de­stroyed. He should be praised, given a glass of red and be al­lowed to prac­tise on a daily ba­sis. Hang­ing out the wash­ing, that is. Mau­reen Ut­ter­son, Miami

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