IT IS always great to bump into Gazette readers – and I do, a lot – but I was particularly amused to hear that Bm@il has become a regular part of one couple’s Friday night ritual.
First, they tell me, they buy fish and chips from an award-winning shop in Ruislip Manor, and then they buy a Gazette from a nearby newsagent.
This is followed by a ‘reading’ of my column, a news catch-up, and presumably the consumption of fish and chips.
“Hmm…” Mr F mused. “I wonder if they use the paper to dump their leftovers?”
I met the pair last week at the flag-raising ceremony outside the Civic Centre. This event happens every year at the start of Armed Forces Week, and it was interesting to hear representatives from the army, navy and air force saying how they, and their families, are supported by the borough.
The piece I wrote about fathers two weeks ago, in which I suggested that not all men make feckless dads, seems to have touched a nerve with readers.
One emailed that she was particularly moved by hearing about my lovely dad who died 22 years ago.
Another asked me to take my defence of men further, as she feels they generally get a raw deal.
The reader, who says she has always been a supporter of women’s rights, thinks women are now taking their hard-won equality too far, and also suggests they are trying too hard.
She writes: “It’s the pushy mums, the nasty-to-men female bosses and the aggressive women that get me down.”
She is fed up with men in adverts (and frequently in real life) being mocked as stupid, while women are usually seen as strong characters.
While men are diminished, the modern matriarch is seen holding down a job, cooking magnificent meals and sky-diving at weekends, pausing only to give birth to children in her lunch hour.
She adds: “Am I just jealous of their energy?”
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