August 8, 2022

I clicked on the TV on a Sunday evening round 19:00 and located that the rating at Wembley was England 1 Germany 1 they usually had additional time (“Kelly & Co. reside out their dream when England wins the Euro” , Herald Sport, August 1). So I regarded. After Alessia Russo’s fantastically improvised heel nutmeg within the semi-finals, I assumed the feminine model of this stunning sport was completely excellent, devoid of irritability, dangerous mood and melodrama. Alas, I used to be discouraged.

It is similar to a person’s sport. Diving, rolling in agony, aggression, foul language (the commentator stated you should not learn lips), tugging on the shirt, and usually, after the profitable aim, taking off the shirt. Then, with about 10 minutes left, England moved the ball to Germany’s left nook line and circled, letting the clock run. No extra open play; they closed the sport. When the ultimate whistle blew, Wembley exploded. England was in seventh heaven, and Germany was sick like a parrot.

Pyrrhic victory in case you ask me. What good is it to a girl if she wins the entire world and loses her soul? However why has high-level sports activities develop into so devastatingly critical? So lethal.

The reply is cash. The place there’s filth, there’s copper. Now that main sponsors see {that a} lady’s efficiency can fill Wembley Stadium, the momentum will converge, extra broadcast rights might be granted and tv offers might be struck. Already this Euro Remaining is taken into account a turning level, a turning level and an inspiration for all younger women who need to play soccer. Be happy to comply with your goals. You can also be theatrical shit for the shirt.

Dr. Hamish McLaren, Sterling.

• THANKS to the England girls’s soccer workforce for profitable the European Championship. They had been excellent and total the match was a pleasure to observe.

I received into the ladies’s sport some time in the past and like watching girls’s tennis, it is nice enjoyable at occasions, particularly on the greater ranges. The extent of talent will be breathtaking. The times of ridicule ought to have lengthy since disappeared. It’s now a difficult and really bodily demanding sport for ladies and we in Scotland have to embrace it much more than we’ve carried out thus far.

As an alternative of the standard rudeness, the Scots must be inspired and take a look at their greatest to mimic and never belittle the success of our southern neighbour.

Alexander Mackay, Edinburgh.


A FEW weeks in the past, the Deputy Chief Government of the Scottish Jail Service testified on the gender recognition of transgender folks to the Scottish Parliament’s Equality Committee.

He defined that selections to put a really small variety of transgender prisoners in male or feminine quarters usually are not made on the premise of whether or not the gender of the prisoner has been legally acknowledged, however on the premise of a person danger evaluation, taking into consideration the well-being of each the trans prisoner and different prisoners.

That is the fitting foundation for such selections. The place proposed by Hold Prisons Single Intercourse, which you report immediately (“New purpose-built girls’s jail may very well be used for transgender inmates,” The Herald, August 1st), is that every one transgender inmates must be housed in housing. in line with their gender of the unique delivery certificates. This may forestall the present cautious and measured analysis, disrupt prisoner companies and welfare, and improve the hurt.

Jail coverage must be based mostly on cautious consideration and overview, and never on dogmatic notions of the alleged “permanence” of gender.

Tim Hopkins, director of the Equality Community, Edinburgh.


Have you ever ever questioned why Prince Charles chooses to decorate like a poor Harry Lauder wannabe when he visits Scotland? I can not keep in mind the final time I noticed a person in a kilt in the course of the daytime who wasn’t going to a marriage or a masquerade ball. Do the prince and his advisors assume that dressing like this makes him extra suited to the common Scots, one way or the other one in every of us quite than an entire stranger from the highest of a really distant institution pyramid?

In your article that accompanied the photograph (“Charles returns to Wick Oxygen Heart 15 years after the opening of the royal household”, “Herald”, July 30), I learn that the Duke visited the native meals financial institution, and from one other supply that he made a donation to him; this raises the query of who coated the bills of the prince and his entourage for the journey: had been they the identical taxpayers who had been pressured by unfavorable financial circumstances to make use of this meals financial institution? As for the donation he made, it could have been a £1 million donation he acquired from the bin Laden household (“Charles ‘accepted £1 million from the bin Laden household'”, The Herald, August 1) for a charitable basis or a suitcase full of money he acquired from the previous prime minister of Qatar. We are going to by no means know.

David J. Crawford, Glasgow.


I NOTE the dialogue regarding Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns (“Down with the Rabbi! And lift Walter!”, The Herald, 28 July, and The Letters, 29 July). There have been a number of nice Scottish writers. Burns and Scott had been each widespread writers, and a few of Burns’ poetry stays widespread to today.

Nevertheless, I believe this can be very unlikely that within the final 100 or so years anybody has managed to learn Scott’s novel, apart from these of us who needed to fake to learn his materials when “making” the Scottish nineteenth century. I’ve the entire leather-bound assortment of his poems and novels, and I couldn’t want for something extra magnificent than my glass-fronted bookcase.

Robin Doe, Rothesay.


THELMA Edwards’ recollections of Prescott, Lanarkshire (Letters, 30 July) are touching. The Victorian nonsense poet Edward Lear was a resident and one of many few poets who wrote derisively about himself. Lear wrote:

“He reads however does not converse / Spanish / He cannot stand ginger beer; / Earlier than the times of his pilgrimage are gone, / How good it’s to know Mr. Lear!

It is good to know that Kelso additionally has some good outlets.

David Miller, Milngavie.

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