Keep fire­works for Novem­ber 5 only

Warwickshire Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

1812: One of the worst win­ters on record be­gan – and caused the de­feat of Napoleon. Dur­ing his re­treat from Moscow, troops en­dured tem­per­a­tures as low as -37C for 27 con­sec­u­tive days.

1841: Ed­ward VII, el­dest son of Queen Vic­to­ria and Prince Al­bert, was born. He was 61 when he was crowned and gave his name to the Ed­war­dian Age in English manners, fash­ion and lit­er­a­ture.

1859: Flog­ging in the British Army was abol­ished.

1938: ‘Kristall­nacht’ in Ger­many, when Nazis burned 267 syn­a­gogues and de­stroyed thou­sands of Jewish homes and busi­nesses.

1940: Neville Cham­ber­lain died just months af­ter re­sign­ing as Bri­tain’s wartime prime min­is­ter.

1953: Welsh poet Dy­lan Thomas, au­thor of Un­der Milk Wood, died aged 39, af­ter fall­ing into an al­co­holic coma.

1979: A com­puter fault led to a fullscale nu­clear alert in the US.

1989: The East Ger­man govern­ment lifted the Iron Cur­tain to al­low free travel through the Ber­lin Wall. Thou­sands of East Ber­lin­ers swarmed through the cross­ing points.

ON THIS DAY LAST YEAR:

Fer­til­ity ex­perts cel­e­brated IVF’s 40th an­niver­sary. AT the time of writ­ing, the date is Novem­ber 7 and there have been in­cen­di­ary de­vices go­ing off since 8.30pm. It is now 9.45pm and still go­ing.

Do the selfish id­iots on Clif­ford Park by Clif­ford Bridge Road not un­der­stand Novem­ber 5 is for fire­works, not the week be­fore or week af­ter.

Par­ents with small chil­dren who are awak­ened by these ex­plo­sives and are then fright­ened to go back to sleep are not happy, nor are the peo­ple whose an­i­mals are scared wit­less.

Yes I do like fire­works at the proper time. Pretty, silent ones should be for house­holds, the ex­plo­sives for or­gan­ised events only.

So, stop be­ing so selfish and think about other peo­ple and an­i­mals in­stead of your­self be­fore let­ting off these de­vices on the wrong day. Name and ad­dress sup­plied I SEE that the greed for money is likely to over­rule the wishes of Coven­try cit­i­zens yet again re­gard­ing the mov­ing of the Coven­try Cross for yet an­other food out­let. Haven’t we enough al­ready?

I hope that the coun­cil has the where­withal in place to deal with the fat­burgs in the sew­ers which is very likely. Also that the hos­pi­tal is ready for the in­flux of obese per­sons which is an­other likely sce­nario. What with all the stu­dents swarm­ing round them, the lit­ter is go­ing to be hor­ren­dous also as they don’t ap­pear to know what a lit­ter bin is. Driv­ing up Gosford Street is likened to driv­ing through a ter­mites’ nest. Pedes­trian cross­ings don’t ex­ist, it’s a free for all. Some­one is go­ing to get hurt.

K J Clarke

Wyken WOULD Coven­try City Coun­cil con­sider mov­ing the Cathe­dral to make way for an out­door tapas bar as the Cathe­dral is in the way of a com­mer­cial devel­op­ment?

The Coven­try Cross is as much a part of Coven­try’s his­tory as the Cathe­dral and should not be dis­man­tled and moved to an in­ap­pro­pri­ate po­si­tion or stored away, never to be seen again.

Please think again Coven­try City Coun­cil.

Fran Roberts

Coundon HAL­LOWEEN of­fers at­ten­tion­seek­ers to make all sorts of ex­trav­a­gant claims and this year was no ex­cep­tion.

Google News car­ried the story of a woman who claims to have had in­ti­mate re­la­tions with as many as 20 ghosts and is cur­rently en­gaged to one.

With the spec­tre of mar­riage hang­ing over this af­fair, I have tried 02476 500 337 02476 500 515 02476 500 343

news@coven­try­tele­graph.net

Keith Perry 02476 500 307

02476 500 254 to con­jure an image of the cer­e­mony. Pre­sum­ably it will be car­ried out by a spir­i­tu­al­ist, prefer­ably one versed in see­ing The In­vis­i­ble Man plac­ing a ring on the bride’s fin­ger.

The wit­nesses will also have to be spir­i­tu­al­ists. Had this been a lo­cal af­fair, they could have held their re­cep­tion at The Phan­tom Coach.

My fi­nal thought is this. If the groom had been mar­ried at the time of his death, would mar­ry­ing this woman make him a big­ger mist?

Richard Allen

Whober­ley AT this Re­mem­brance time, I think about the value of our free­dom and peace, as well as my late mother.

She worked hard as a Land Army girl and re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate from our Queen El­iz­a­beth for her ef­forts dur­ing the Sec­ond World War and be­yond.

Diane O’Keefe

Wals­grave He once was rich

But now he’s poor,

Had lots of money

Yet not any more.

He once was clever

But now he’s not,

As all he knew

He’s now for­got.

He once was young

But now feels old,

His blood once warm

Now thin and cold.

He once was free

But now con­fined,

Just like a pris­oner

With no peace of mind. He once was healthy

But now in pain,

Never en­joys the sun­shine Or walks in the rain. He once had a life

But now close to death, As this cruel dis­ease

Takes his fi­nal breath. Kevin Halls

Bell Green

Diane O’Keefe shared this let­ter to her mother from Queen El­iz­a­beth II

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