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Name: Letters
Date registered: April 13, 2015
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/australia-cricket-team

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  1. Up for the cup with the best tea in Europe | Brief letters — May 24, 2017
  2. State-school cricketers can rise to the top | Letters — May 24, 2017
  3. That’s enough about quelling the Scots | Brief letters — April 11, 2017
  4. Snobbery that hasn’t been kicked into touch since David Storey’s playing days | Brief letters — March 29, 2017
  5. Fond memories of Gerald Kaufman | Letters — March 3, 2017

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May 24

Up for the cup with the best tea in Europe | Brief letters

Celtic’s 1967 European Cup victory | Collapsing climbing routes | Terrific tennis reporting | New names for honours | Grandparents’ nicknames

Like many Scots of a certain vintage, I can recall exactly where I was and what I was doing when Celtic won the European Cup on 25 May 1967 (Lisbon Lions allowed Scotland to walk tall again, Sport, 24 May). Too impecunious to go to Lisbon, I was glued to my parents’ small black and white TV in Glasgow. In common with a number of my friends, I had decided to abstain from alcohol for the duration of the match in order not to impair my viewing faculties. So it is that I vividly remember the cup of tea I was drinking hitting the ceiling when Celtic scored the winning goal and became the immortal Lisbon Lions.
Mike Pender
Cardiff

• Perhaps we should have foreseen the collapse of the Hillary Step on Everest (Opinion, 24 May). I recall vividly the Gendarme on the Cuillin ridge of Skye and the vital chock stone in the Flake Crack on Scafell’s Central Buttress route, for years England’s most classic hard rock climb. Sadly both features now form part of the screes below. Miraculously, Nape’s Needle, the most iconic of them all, still stands proud on the crags of Great Gable. First climbed in 1886, it has taken a pounding ever since.
Richard Gilbert
York

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May 24

State-school cricketers can rise to the top | Letters

To make it into the England team one doesn’t have to go to private school or come from South Africa, write Mike Stein and Steve Smart

Matthew Engel’s insightful historical analysis of cricket in post-apartheid South Africa rightly highlights that social class, not race, “is the main determinant of opportunity” and that South Africa “hardly provides fewer chances than exist in England” (35 years since the rebel tour. What has changed?, 20 May).

However, in identifying the main routes into the English team, including private education and family connections, he fails to recognise the positive contribution of league cricket. For example, virtually every Yorkshire player, including those who have made the Test side, from Len Hutton to Adil Rashid, has appeared for a league team. And league cricket has also been at the vanguard of women’s and disability cricket.

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Apr 11

That’s enough about quelling the Scots | Brief letters

Prep school beatings | TV Licensing enforcement | County cricket attendances | Rugby league’s simpler laws | National anthem lyrics

I’m not sure why Virginia Woolf is said by Alex Renton (School of hard knocks, 8 April) to have “censored” Roger Fry’s account of beatings at his prep school, Sunninghill. Her biography of Fry includes four full pages of Fry’s account, which spares no details of the blood or the excrement in sadistic “scenes of screaming, howling and struggling which made me almost sick with disgust” – as they do the reader. “Such is his own account,” Woolf says, “of what went on behind the facade of the letters from school”. Showing what went on behind facades was, manifestly, a large part of Woolf’s purpose; no censoring there.
Neil Corcoran
Emeritus professor of English literature, University of Liverpool

• TV Licensing may not send in bailiffs (Letters, 10 April) but it does aggressively pursue innocent (and elderly) non-TV-owners like myself, without the courtesy of providing either a freephone number or a prepaid envelope by which we might declare, without incurring personal cost, that we aren’t breaking the law. Inspectors are welcome, but they don’t always turn up; last time one didn’t turn up I was subsequently threatened with a court case.
Dr Brigid Purcell
Norwich

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Mar 29

Snobbery that hasn’t been kicked into touch since David Storey’s playing days | Brief letters

Rugby league v union | Civilian casualties | Incompetent TV detectives | Office thieves | Alcohol intake

The obituary of David Storey (28 March) mentioned that he attended Wakefield’s Queen Elizabeth grammar school. A council house boy, he actually won a state scholarship to this fee-paying establishment which was (and still is), of course, strictly rugby union. I have a letter he sent a few years ago in which he recalled that when he signed professionally with Leeds rugby league club, in 1951, the deputy head of QUEGS wrote to him to say that he had let the school down. “I think rugby league in those days was seen as a species of prostitution,” Storey added. Such attitudes undoubtedly informed his outlook and writing. It is a pity they still persist in some quarters.
David Hinchliffe
(Former Wakefield MP), Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

• President Obama may well have set up rules of engagement that insisted on “near certainty” that there would be no civilian casualties (Up to 130 civilians dead in Mosul airstrikes, 23 March). However, what does this mean when in 2016 alone the Obama administration dropped at least 26,171 bombs across the world? In contrast to Obama’s public concern for civilians, the independent monitoring group Air Wars estimates that a minimum of 2,715 to 3,925 civilians are likely to have died in US-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria to 21 March 2017 – the vast majority under President Obama, not President Trump.
Ian Sinclair
London

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Mar 03

Fond memories of Gerald Kaufman | Letters

In your obituary of Gerald Kaufman (28 February), you refer to his support for the Palestinians. When I first met him, more than 30 years ago, he was a supporter of the Labour Friends of Israel and Poale Zion. It was the horror and brutality of Israel’s occupation and its refusal to concede a Palestinian state that led him to speak out, as a Jewish MP, against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. On 15 January 2009, at the time of Israel’s Cast Lead bombardment of Gaza, when 1,400 Palestinians were killed, Kaufman referred, in a speech in the House of Commons, to the death of his grandmother, who was killed by the Nazis in the Polish town of Staszów. In a powerful and memorable speech, he said: “My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers in Gaza.”
Tony Greenstein
Brighton

• I was disappointed that your obituary of Gerald Kaufman made no mention of his being, with John Smith, a sponsored MP of the Boilermakers Society before that union amalgamated with the GMWU in 1982. It was a position he was proud of, as was shown in the speech he made in the Commons when John Smith died in 1994. There was ribald laughter in the Commons when he made the speech in what was a Tory-dominated chamber. Sadly, today’s politicians do not have his gift.
Harry Ripkey
London

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/03/fond-memories-of-gerald-kaufman

Jan 30

Lincoln City fans won’t forget Keith Alexander | Letters

The current success of Lincoln City in the FA Cup has inevitably brought to mind similar achievements in the 1970s when the late Graham Taylor was manager. However, your headline (a quotation from an Imps fan) suggesting that the Cowley brothers have made the “biggest impact on the city and club since Graham Taylor” (Sport, 28 January) disregards the contribution of the late Keith Alexander, who led Lincoln to four consecutive League Two finals and two play-offs at the Millennium Stadium between 2002 and 2006. As importantly, he was a respected and dignified member of the community until his death aged 53 in 2010, his contribution to the life of the city being recognised by the thousands who attended his funeral in Lincoln Cathedral.
Linda Richardson
Lincoln

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