From whingeing Poms to cringing Aussies

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After the defeat of England in the third test at Perth, you published a missive from some Aussie ex-pat gleefully jibing “You Brits never learn!”

Well, no, it seems we don’t, because my antipodean friend, you’ve been well stuffed again!

After Sydney, we haven’t just retained the Ashes by drawing, we’ve won them outright by inflicting three innings defeats on you.

We have the urn and you haven’t.

Also you referred to “whingeing Poms.”

Have you taken a close look lately at your skipper Ricky Ponting? He’d start a row in an empty room.

One thing we don’t learn, however, is to market the game properly.

We tucked the highlights away on ITV4 late night. To sell off live cricket to Sky was damning.

Still, my Aussie friend, there will be another time. We may win, you may win, but don’t bring Ricky.

We can live without him and obviously he ain’t much use to you.

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Give young extra training on roads

The massive reduction in fatalities within our two most vulnerable age groups is the key finding of “Younger and Older Road Users,” published by the Instute of Advance Motorists.

Since 2008, fatalities have fallen 33% in the 16-19 year old bracket, 25% for drivers in their 70s, and 22% for drivers aged 80 and over.

The greatest risk to the oldest age group on the road is as a pedestrian. In comparison, younger people are much more at risk as a driver or as a passenger in a car driven by a young driver. Pedestrian risk increases from 2% of those injured aged between 20 and 50, to around 9% aged 80 and over. The greatest risk to pedestrians is car drivers under 30 who are involved in more than a third of pedestrian fatalities.”

During their teens and 20s, the risk of young drivers being killed halves every five years as they gain more driving experience. This lends weight to our call for post-test training to be made compulsory in a form similar to that of the system in countries like Austria, where reductions of up to 30% in young male driver fatalities have been achieved.

If new drivers can be kept alive during this most dangerous stage of their driving career, the risk of them becoming another killed or seriously injured statistic reduces significantly.

Neil Greig, via email

Oh boy, what a great tribute band

What a great tribute act Buddy Holly And The Cricketers are. They brought their show to the Preston Guild Hall recently.

For two hours they covered all of Buddy Holly’s short career in the pop music world with standards like, Oh Boy, Heartbeat, Rave On, True Love Ways and some Christmas rock n’ roll favourites as well.

It’s hard to believe that it is just over 50 years ago since Holly died but his music lives on in many ways and influenced the likes of the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Hollies and many more, as well as inspiring a number of feature films. Good music never dies.

S Briscoe, via email