My thanks to the M.E.N.
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