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  • COMIC RELIEF
  • MEN AND HOUSEWORK
  • CLARE SHORT
  • BARRY SHEENE
  • HOUSE SPARROWS
  • ARMY FOOD
  • BABY SIGNING
  • SCHOOL DINNERS
  • DIY BOMB SHELTER

    COMIC RELIEF

    My daughter, Laura, is going to speak only in French or Spanish at school all day today.
    Mrs Evans, Wales

    I am having my head shaved for red nose day - we have raised £1500.
    Adrian Antell, St Helens:

    Laura, my daughter, has 'bought' a 6th form 'slave' for the day at her school.
    Angie Peacock, Hull:

    MEN AND HOUSEWORK

    My husband is very good at doing the house work. All men should have a go at doing it just see how hard it is.
    Sheila Ferguson

    My husband retired two years ago and now runs our four star B&B in Nairn. He does EVERYTHING so that I can run my travel business. Wow!
    Marie Cruickshank, Scotland

    I share a bed-sit at university with a bloke who I am convinced has some sort of tidiness disorder. He hoovers twice a day, his video collection is sorted into genre and alphabetical order, and his clothes hang in his wardrobe in rainbow order. He has also recently purchased a large airtight container in which I am expected to keep my shoes.
    Tom Peck, Cambridge

    Women love housework, even when going on holiday they always insist on packing the kitchen sink!
    Derek Owen, Eastbourne

    I am probably the world's most lazy bloke, but I always do cleaning. Once I start, I cant stop. I find it relaxing.

  • Marc, Kent

    CLARE SHORT

    I think Tony Blair should remember that unlike Saddam Hussain, he is not a dictator. He is answerable the people of this country. If he thinks he is doing what is right, why does he not make the next vote in the House of Commons a vote of confidence? Then if so many of his own party rebel, he will have to rely on the Conservatives to win the vote. It will be to see a Labour leader saved by the opposition
    David Drizen

    I fully support Claire Short in her decision - she is voicing the concerns of many in this country - the current slogan, "Not in my name", is very apposite - I feel strongly that it is not Britain which wants to go to war, but Tony Blair.
    Pamela Ross, North Yorkshire

    Well done Clare, you are the true voice of Britain!
    Fiona Arkell, Ammanford, Wales

    Does anyone truly believe that Saddam would have made any of these small moves toward disarmament without the threat of imminent war? The inspections process has been used by Saddam as a game for his own ends. It is now time to demonstrate to Saddam and all similar leaders that when the UN is repeatedly ignored that the most serious consequences must be expected, with or without a 17th resolution.
    Gary Johnson, Surbiton

    My admiration of Clare Short has greatly increased with her threat of resignation. She has always been the conscience of the Labour government. Tony Blair should take more notice of her.
    Geoff, York

    HOUSE SPARROWS

    The common House Sparrow disappearing is not only a phenomenon in the UK but also on the mainland of Europe. It is because there are fewer possibilities of nesting for these birds with modern house construction. As they are culture followers and have always lived close to man, they need the nooks and crannies of roofs of older homes to nest under, but that is slowly vanishing everywhere.
    T.Holierhoek, Holland

    Here in Spain, house sparrows are alive and thriving. They seem to have plenty of nesting places in the numerous unfinished and old buildings. The many cats around don't seem to make any dent in the sparrow population.
    Roland and Maureen Gillett, Spain

    The fall in sparrow population in this area seems to have been coincidental with an increase in the magpie population. Perhaps they are eating the sparrows eggs?
    Tony Ward, Birmingham

    BARRY SHEENE

    I was at school during the 1970's, and although not a big Motorbike fan, I had many friends who were and Barry Sheen was a god to them. I do remember him winning the 76 and 77 championships though - memories of those wonderful summers. He will be missed by many people.
    Mike Toone, Derby

    Barry Sheene will be sadly missed not only by the British public, by the Australian public too - he became a well known sports commentator there and enjoyed widespread popularity, due to his great commentating style and his personality.
    Steven Colclough, London

    ARMY FOOD

    Our son is in the Parachute Regiment serving in Kuwait. We are sending out parcels containing biscuits, sweets, dried foods, toiletries etc. on a regular basis just to help keep up the morale. The shortage of food that is being reported at such an early stage is quite disgraceful and should certainly be rectified before any conflict begins, otherwise the troops will be in no fit stage to go into battle.
    Mrs Sue Hawkins

    My daughter is in Middle East and tells me she has rice three times a day. Sometimes they don't even know what is with the rice. The Americans call them The Borrowers. She says "they have burger bars pizza huts and shops. We have nothing.
    Shirley, Birmingham

    My daughter's fiancé is with the 13th Air Assault in Kuwait. He went out on the 14 Feb, he has sent lots of letters home to her but he has not had a single letter she has sent him. The British Forces' Post Office says it's getting 600 mail bags per day and they are all being sorted in a tent out there by a few people. He seems to have stopped writing now , because you could see his morale dropping lower and lower with each one. LETTERS FROM HOME ARE IMPRORTANT FOR THAT VERY REASON.
    Anna Ramsden, Surrey

    Why does my son still not have a respirator or other bits of equipment that he needs? He has been in the Gulf for three weeks and he still has not had a shower!
    Donna, Essex

    I spent 12 years in the forces. What a surprise to hear the defence minister say that none of the troops had complained when VIPs had visited them. Troops are warned NOT to complain. If they did it would be very career limiting, as by implication the senior officers accompanying the VIPs have failed to their job. If the troops did complain they'd find themselves on extra guard duties and be black booked, and most likely be overlooked for promotion. The minister, like all politicians is detached from reality.
    John, North Wales

    Dr Moonie is a liar. We did without in the Falklands: crap boots, no foul weather kit. In the gulf the last time we had to trade our kit with the yanks to survive .Yes we do as soldiers buy and customise kit - that's because what we are issued is crap .I know I had to do it. My son in law is out there now. We are sending him food and second hand desert cam kit to keep him going if new kit was available we would send, that but we have to make do with army surplus. I am angry with myself for disclosing this but I do not want my daughter ending up a widow after only three months of marriage
    Jim Ritchie, Paisley

    Nothing has changed, even the attitude of the politicians. As a former royal marine 80-89 and having served in the Falklands, we had to take all out own kit (boots bergans etc) and live on 24hr rat packs for more than the described period before fresh rations were issued. I truly feel sorry for the lads in the current situation as the MoD are again ill-prepared and don't care a hoot about the lads on the ground willing to lay down their life.
    Pete, Wirral

    Things haven't changed, I was in the last Gulf war and I led a chemical Recce team. It was two weeks into the war before we received our desert uniform. And we still had not received our specialist chemical vehicle at the end of the war.
    Chaz King, Nottingham

    Why not talk about what we have got? Maybe you are all too young to remember "careless talk costs lives" and "walls have ears"?
    Donald Dodgson

    BABY SIGNING

    We taught our son to sign from seven months. We all enjoyed it and found it very useful. It certainly did not slow down his language acquisition - he started talking at 12 months, was using sentences by 18 months and now at the age of two years, three months he can say the alphabet, tell you his address and date of birth and sing "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious".
    Guy Snape, Cambridge

    Your interview seemed to concentrate on newborn babies and of course it won't help them. Sign language is for those babies who are crawling and walking but not yet speaking. They need more than just milk, food and nappies. Babies naturally use sign language anyway. All babies point at things when they want to know what they are.
    Karen Williams, Evesham

    My daughter taught her son to sign from the age of six months. He was able to tell us if he wanted a drink or if he had had enough to eat and could communicate with us, which made it very easy. He rarely became frustrated as he could ask instead of just crying because he wanted something. Just for information. it did not stop him talking.
    Rachel Tomson, Southam

    I have been teaching my 16 month old twins sign language since they were 7 months. They can tell me when they are hungry, need changing, are thirsty or tired. More importantly they can tell their daddy what they have done during their day. Before I started teaching them they would become frustrated at not being able to communicate what they wanted. I would recommend most parents to use it. babies and children are very intelligent, and this is an excellent way of allowing them to express themselves.
    Fiona, Brussels

    SCHOOL DINNERS

    I go to The John Bramston School and although we have changed the company that does our school dinners, healthy food like salad or jacket potato is more expensive than junk food! how do they expect us to buy the healthy food when you can get other junk food cheaper?
    Kirsty Garrett, Witham

    During the war, we children had to eat stewed nettles as the vegetable at school dinners. There we sat until the plate was clear.
    Judy Ross, Plymouth

    Don't people cook anymore? I cook a healthy, blanked meal every evening for the whole family. My children take a packed lunch to school. I know exactly what they are eating and know that they will eat a healthy meal later.
    Debbie, Chesterfield

    DIY BOMB SHELTER

    This is madness. If you have £50K to throw away, send it in the direction of a local charity. Have none of your viewers heard of LIVE YOUR LIFE, BE FREE? People are killed every day in cars or crossing the road but we don't panic every time we go near a car
    Mo, Glasgow

    I've already bought my gas mask and carry it around with me all day. What's wrong with being prepared?
    Mark Hedges, London

    Gas masks offer minimal additional protection especially if used without protective clothing against warfare gasses and chemicals. The masks must be fitted properly and have NEW appropriate filters and those can last with some chemicals only about 20 minutes.
    Mike Burberry, Oxford

    Why should we buy gas masks? If there is a real need for such protection, the government should provide these free to the general public. Or is it a sign of our times that unless you pay you die ?
    Keith Burton, Barnsley

    I think you're right to suggest the government is stirring this whole thing up. For years now the UK has been the main training and recruiting ground for Islamic atrocities around the world, so why kill the goose.
    John, Cardiff

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