5 thoughts of the week: Beard nets on the Bake Off, tyres, Twitter and Cliff Richard

5 thoughts of the week: Beard nets on the Bake Off, tyres, Twitter and Cliff Richard

5 thoughts of the week: Beard nets on the Bake Off, tyres, Twitter and Cliff Richard

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Each week I will use this space to share my five thoughts of the week – the good, the bad and the ugly.

But, I’m not selfish, I’m also very happy to donate the space to guest writers to have their say, so write to me:

This Is Local London: NOW THEN, NOW THEN: Jimmy Savile as the presenter of the BBC’s flagship pop music programme Top Of The Pops

1. Jimmy Savile was a sick, perverted individual and it’s a great shame he wasn’t brought to justice while alive. However, I can’t help feeling the way other “celebrities” are now being hauled before the courts has more to do with the way the BBC acted at the time and the guilt certain individuals, who were in power at the Beeb then, feel now. How can Cliff possibly prove what he didn’t do 29 years ago?   

This Is Local London: FINAL LINEUP: The Great British Bake Off finalists and presenters, from left, Ruby, Mary Berry, Kimberley, Frances and Paul Hollywood

2. I know beards are very much the in thing and I’m equally sure beard nets make the wearers look remarkably daft, but there’s hair cascading everywhere in the Great British Bake Off. I say, contain those bushy beards. And, thank goodness that lank ponytail has been voted off.

This Is Local London: Young Reporter

3. Has your school signed up for News Shopper’s Young Reporter scheme yet? We want to hear from London’s most talented teenage journalists. There are two age groups – years 10 and 11 and years 12 and 13. To get involved ring Diana Jarvis now on 020 8722 6378 or email djarvis@london.newsquest.co.uk.

This Is Local London: One of the vandalised tyres.

4. I bought my first car, about eighth hand I think, for £50 – perhaps not surprising in 1979. But, it never needed new tyres. These days my car seems to need new tyres every few months. Are tyres softer now and made to wear out quicker? Surely the roads today can’t be that much worse, can they?

This Is Local London: We’re all of a Twitter

5. Thanks very much to my 150th follower on Twitter. I don’t care what the others say, that photograph of yourself is incredible.

 

Thank you for reading.

Andrew Parkes, editor 

 

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10:54am Wed 27 Aug 14

highway warrior says...

Tyres could be wearing out a lot quicker these days for several reasons in my opinion.
1) there are alot more obstacles on the road, speed tables, speed bumps, kerbs and islands, knocking tracking out and wearing tyre edges.
2) modern cars weigh more and are more sophisticated therefore the tyres are doing more than they used to
3) tyre technology has changed to make tyres more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly to produce but not harder wearing?
4) You have a heavy right foot
5) you cover lots of miles
6) you buy cheap chinese knock off remould tyres like Linglong Ditchfinder specials
or all of the above....
Tyres could be wearing out a lot quicker these days for several reasons in my opinion. 1) there are alot more obstacles on the road, speed tables, speed bumps, kerbs and islands, knocking tracking out and wearing tyre edges. 2) modern cars weigh more and are more sophisticated therefore the tyres are doing more than they used to 3) tyre technology has changed to make tyres more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly to produce but not harder wearing? 4) You have a heavy right foot 5) you cover lots of miles 6) you buy cheap chinese knock off remould tyres like Linglong Ditchfinder specials or all of the above.... highway warrior
  • Score: -1

10:23am Thu 28 Aug 14

bnorther says...

It must be the way you drive. In the late 80s I seemed to need to buy tires every year. My current set are 3+ years old and still perfectly legal.
It must be the way you drive. In the late 80s I seemed to need to buy tires every year. My current set are 3+ years old and still perfectly legal. bnorther
  • Score: 0

11:20am Thu 28 Aug 14

Bestbaz says...

I know beards are very much the in thing and I’m equally sure beard nets make the wearers look remarkably daft, but there’s hair cascading everywhere in the Great British Bake Off. I say, contain those bushy beards. And, thank goodness that lank ponytail has been voted off.

And that's just the women !!
I know beards are very much the in thing and I’m equally sure beard nets make the wearers look remarkably daft, but there’s hair cascading everywhere in the Great British Bake Off. I say, contain those bushy beards. And, thank goodness that lank ponytail has been voted off. And that's just the women !! Bestbaz
  • Score: 3

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