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PUBLISHED: 12:27 20 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:33 20 May 2017

A seagull swoops in Lowestoft town centre.  PHOTO: Nick Butcher

A seagull swoops in Lowestoft town centre. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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Seagulls are a menace

We certainly could do with less seagulls and pigeons, they are a real menace. They dirty everywhere.

Wait till you have a seagull’s nest on top of your roof. You will not be able to go into your garden when they have young.

J LAMBERT

Lowestoft

Nurse deserves
an award

I was in the James Paget University Hospital ward 4 recently for major surgery. Dr Jane Preston performed the operation, together with her team, and did brilliantly.

The nurses, led by staff nurse Frankie Jocelyn looked after me so well.

Frankie deserves an award for her endless patience with one particular patient, who was very ill and could not get comfortable.

Frankie spent a long time during one night talking quietly to her and helping her to relax.

We are very grateful to everyone at the James Paget for their care and attention during my stay.

ELSPETH and EDWIN PAYNE

Lowestoft

Medical procedures should be covered

RE: ‘GPs could use own time to treat and charge patients outside of NHS’ (Journal, May 12) - but it is not a move towards privatisation! The people of Southwold and district have already been mislead regarding the NHS under this Tory government about Southwold Hospital, closed with the promise of an all-singing, all-dancing care facility adjacent to Teal Close Surgery, Reydon, being polite. I will say it was misleading.

All medical procedures should be covered by the NHS.

At a time when some people have to wait days or even weeks to see a doctor I’m suggesting doctors be paid overtime like other professions, in that way all people could be seen - not only those who have the ability to pay.

ROBERT TRUDGILL

Southwold

Stammering affects people differently

In reply to John Thompson’s letter dated May 12, I didn’t mean stammering was funny. Just that Still Open All Hours isn’t supposed to be taken seriously.

I also didn’t mean it was alright to make fun of people who stammer.

I hated school. I got picked on etc. Bus as soon as I left school I worked in a cycle/motorcycle shop and had to serve the public. I also worked in a pub. I had to serve the whole crews of 
fishing boats. I also knew 
singer Alan Breeze who went on to run the Flixton Buck. His stammer 
never got him down as far as I know.

I suppose stammering affects people in different ways.

The Who’s ‘My Generation’ is about stammering, so is ‘Stutter Rap’ by Morris Minor and the Majors. What about the old music hall song ‘Ka Ka Katie’? 
So where does it all end?

My stammer isn’t a problem for me, I like my music so I 
spend a lot of time at the Claremont Pier Aquarium Rock Salt where David Scott and staff have a lot of time for me.

About cycling - I agree more people should cycle, it keeps me fit. But you do go on, that’s 
what I mean.

BARRY BUTCHER

Lowestoft

Colin was exemplary leader

On behalf of Suffolk 
Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft and Waveney, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Colin Law at the news of his passing.

Colin was an exemplary local government leader, unfailingly aware of the needs to work with the business community for the betterment of the Lowestoft 
and the whole of the district. 
So much of what has happened for the good over the last four 
or five years has been down to Colin’s personal involvement and endorsement.

But even more than this, he was a lovely man and we will miss him.

JULES SHORROCK, Chairman

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Lowestoft and Waveney

We will all 
miss him

It’s with great sadness 
that I read of Colin Law’s 
death on the Lowestoft 
Journal’s website.

As Chairman of Lowestoft Vision I have worked closely with Colin over the years 
and had come to regard him 
as a friend.

Colin was always honest 
and straightforward 
and had the knack of 
getting to the heart of a 
problem quickly.

Colin was a Vice 
President of Lowestoft 
and Yarmouth Rugby Club 
and was always great 
company at Gunton 
Park, we will all miss 
him greatly.

DANNY STEEL

Lowestoft Vision

Thanks for 
your votes

We would like to thank the many residents of Carlton Colville and Pakefield who voted for us in the Suffolk County Council Elections.

Although we were disappointed not to be re-elected, we were pleased that we had been able to support so many projects, and to deal successfully with many local issues during our period of Office.

We wish our successors well in their efforts to support the community.

SONIA BARKER AND PETER BYATT

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Difference between AT and WITH

From how Noel Johnson explains it (Your Opinions May 12), I don’t agree with his joking with a blind lady, whom it seems he had never met before, about taking a selfie, even though Mr Johnson indicates she responded jovially.

That said, I accept the spirit in which he explains things and agree with his gist. There is an important difference between laughing AT someone and laughing WITH them and laughing about yourself. I will give an example of when I did it: one misconception about stammering is that it’s all about nerves so alcohol reduces it as it relaxes you. It could not be more wrong as stammering is not just about nerves and alcohol makes it worse! I once forgot to make a phone call to a colleague before going to the pub so had to make it after getting back. After a little while I digressed the conversation by jovially saying, “you can tell I’m just back from the pub, can’t you,” and we both laughed. However, the initiative to laugh with someone with a difficulty should come from the person themselves and thus with those who know the person it is accepted it is okay to do it. It should not be assumed.

I do not doubt everybody had sympathy and respect, perhaps also admiration, for Gareth Gates, helped by the fact he showed he could laugh about himself. However, from what Mr Johnson explains it seems the point came through ‘loud and clear’ that stammering is not something to be frivolous about. Despite the spin the BBC put on it in replies to me, which included arguing it was laughing with someone rather than at them, I believe “Still Open All Hours” and its predecessor, “Open All Hours” were in effect saying stammering is funny.

The argument “no disability really matters if people talk” needs keeping in perspective but again I understand Mr Johnson’s point. There are those who are frightened to say anything to anyone with a disability that relates to it, which in effect makes the disability worse. The initiative in that situation needs to come from the disabled person, which leads me to explain an ironic and distressing problem for many of the speech impaired. Apart from the fact some are embarrassed and ashamed of their impairment, talking about it is difficult as it is precisely what the difficulty is.

Finally, generally it is better to allow stammerers to finish words themselves. Also, try to maintain eye contact. I understand it can be difficult as you might feel you are embarrassing the stammerer but sending a signal you are uncomfortable makes it worse.

JOHN THOMPSON

Oulton Broad

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