My thanks to the M.E.N.

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AS 2019 draws to an end I would like to express my thanks and best wishes to the staff of the M.E.N. for in­form­ing and en­ter­tain­ing us all over the last 12 months.

My day usu­ally be­gins with the M.E.N. land­ing with a thud on the door­mat – usu­ally around 6am which rather makes a mock­ery of the news­pa­per’s cur­rent ti­tle – and I visit and re-visit its pages through­out the day.

In­vari­ably I be­gin by check­ing the deaths an­nounce­ments.

Hav­ing con­firmed my name doesn’t ap­pear there, I then turn to the back pages to see whether or not Stu­art Bren­nan is hav­ing an­other pop at United (why is he so ob­sessed with the Reds?) or to check out how he’s jus­ti­fied a du­bi­ous penalty for City on the grounds that they were de­nied an ob­vi­ous one in sea­son 1998-9 dur­ing a League Two game against Ch­ester­field or some­body.

I then look to see if Paul Pogba is ever likely to get his foot­ball boots back on or whether he’s been trans­ferred yet.

My next port of call is the puz­zles page where I try to work out the Ding­bat and the nine-let­ter word, but sav­ing the sudoku and the cryptic cross­word for later.

Through­out the day I then pe­ruse the View­points page where there is al­ways some­thing of in­ter­est that I can agree or dis­agree with and a reader’s pho­to­graph to ad­mire, be­fore read­ing the rest of the news­pa­per to see what’s go­ing on lo­cally and na­tion­ally.

Merry Christ­mas and a happy New Year, then, to every­one and long may View­points pro­vide a fo­rum for peo­ple of all opin­ions. Brian Travis, Sal­ford

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