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The only good thing about this paper was the sports section. Having just read the article (rant) by Dave Kidd on Sunday I have decided to cancel - I want unbiased views from Sports Writers.
Think of the many things you can do with 60p, buy a King Size Mars Bar, buy enough petrol to travel about 5 or 6 miles, get a loaf of bread or buy the Sunday People. Of all these there is only one which is a waste of money and that is the People.
I am not a fan of the excessive amount of celebrity news which appears in newspapers nowadays. The Sunday People though seems to be completely obsessed by it and much of it of such a minimal interest that I cannot believe that there is public interest in the items published. Examples of the type of stories are : Pamela Anderson's latest lover (I presume this is a regular feature), The Streets Janice Battersby at a party (2 whole pages), and news of what the binman who stole Victoria Beckham's clothes did with her coyly named 'undies' (see I told you there was no public interest). Add to this the little snippets of titillating news in columns by a number of writers and you get the picture.
Sadly some of this celebrity reporting is done in such a snide, humourless that you cannot help but feel sorry for the celebrity involved. This paper revels in stories or non-stories in which they knock people who have been successful enough to be known.
The People though the absurdly mixes this morass of irrelevant trivia with an attitude in which it still considers itself to be an investigating , campaigning newspaper. How it can pretend to be interested in justice for anyone whilst piling such injustice on those unfortunate enough to have made a record or appeared in a soap is nauseating. The People through columnists such as Sue 'She's Sharp, She's Smart, and she's not Scared to have a Go' Crawford who pedals opinions which would receive a barrage of 'Not Useful' votes if they were posted on Dooyoo because they have no substance or argued support.
Former Tory minister David Mellor is headlined as the Man Of The People which I think begs the question who are the people then. He writes the usual diatribe of the Mr Angry columnists. All pious indignation mixed with man-in-the-street common sense. However in one part he opposed a woman having a baby at 56 just four pages after Sue 'She's Sharp etc' Crawford said she should be allowed to have the baby by IVF. Talk about having it both ways.
The People is sleazy, cheap and a little nasty. It does have a lot of space devoted to sport, particularly football but the sports coverage is so devoid of intelligence and quality it is not a source of recommendation to buy the paper. Forget the People, enjoy a Mars bar or a piece of toast, save your 60p.
For those of you who don’t know who Dr Vernon’s is. He is a Dr who the general public can write to in The People on Sunday. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading any of his comments and opinions yet, I would recommend you give his page a look. Now let me warn you, this Doctor has some very strong believes on a certain number of people, professions and subjects. And he’s not scared of writing about any of them. He is a very opinionated type of guy indeed. I got the idea to write this opinion, from an opinion I read on ciao, saying that we may be sued, if we wrote certain comments or really upset a writer by saying there work was crap or something. I’m not going to natter on about that, but that’s what gave me the idea. Then I thought about Dr Vernon and if he can get away with some of the things he writes I don’t think we’ve got much to worry about. I read Dr Vernon’s page every week. He is a really good writer and writes truthful opinions in response to the letters he has been sent in. I’ve read him slag of any one from Social workers to Lawyers and more. In response to a letter about moving house he wrote “Most estate agents are the pits - down there with the social workers and the traffic wardens. (These are two of his many favourites of which he likes to pick on). By and large the majority are insensive and greedy and turn the intrinsically simple task of buying and selling houses into a stressful and painful experience. It would serve them all right if we went on strike and refused to move house for a year. The so-called other professions associated with moving house are, by and large, no better. The list of people and professions who have been slagged off by Dr Vernon is endless. His choices of word include dimwits and idiots and much more name calling to piss highly professional people off. His page also has a section on drugs s
uch as Floxetine, Lorazepam, Valim etc. He gives you a phone number on the page to ring giving you a report on each drug plus 15 tips for patients on the drugs and 7 questions to ask your Doctor before taking the drug. In the left hand corner there is a section on “strange but true”. Some of these are really funny others seem a bit unbelievable. “A Swedish man re-gained his hearing after doctors removed a bus ticket form his ear. It had been their 47 years. (Highly entertaining stuff this). Every week he includes a little box with a Quote in it. Thing they say. “Look to your health; and if you have it, praise god, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that mortals are capable of; a blessing money can’t buy”. - Anglerlzaar Walton. He always writes a “Health memo”, which includes a lot of good information on health, sex, medication and anything else that he decides to throw in. He has just written another book. “The complete guide to life”, he says he had to change the title because the other one was too rude, so all the bookshops and libraries banned it. I keep checking the bookshops but I haven’t been able to get a copy yet but believe me it’s on my I NEED list. Give him a read next Sunday, I’m sure you'll find him somewhat stunning..... He is an excellent writer, who has some great opinions on life and the way people choose to live it today.