Some bikers think they’re a breed apart

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I WAS appalled to read about that man caught speeding at well over 100mph with his 11-year-old daughter on the back of his motorbike (Wigan Evening Post, Tuesday, July 2).

Believe it or not, some bikers I have spoken to can’t understand what all the fuss is about.

At least some motorbike owners seem to be a breed apart: speed limits are there to be ignored, the law to be defied as they weave their way precariously and at great speed through traffic. Little wonder statistics show that motorbike owners are 11 times more likely to die in a road smash than other motorists.

The fact that Mr Jones had his child on the back of course makes it a far more serious offence. What chance would she have if he collided with something at that speed? What sort of responsible parenting is that?

If he wants to kill himself in some crazy high-speed argument with a lamppost or lorry, then that’s his look-out. But not his daughter.

R Davies


Get down to your local gym

I AM writing to encourage your readers to try out local gym facilities for free on Tuesday July 10, with Age UK’s exciting new Gym Open Day 2012.

People aged 55 and over will be able to take a step towards boosting their fitness at Bannatynes, David Lloyd Leisure Ltd, LA fitness and Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centres.

As a life-long tennis player, I’m supporting Age UK’s Gym Open Day because I know how important it is to keep active throughout life.

Exercise can be really rewarding and this is a great chance to try something new while reaping the benefits of being fit and healthy.

Visit or call 0800 169 6565 for more information and to find out which gyms are taking part.

Martina Navratilova

Nine times Wimbledon champion

Bankers ‘need’ slap round chops

Once upon a time if you were lucky enough to get a job in a bank you had a job for life same as the civil service.

Once you got in you were made, more so if you worked your way up to be a banking director or a chief officer within the civil service.

You had a fabulous job, cushy flexible working time hours and a bonus scheme. Oh, it was such a wonderful time. There was no corruption and people respected one another.

Fast forward to 2012 and just look at the scandal. Obsessive pure greed has taken over at the top and alleged fiddling has become the norm. The chief executive of Barclays has since quit his job stating the external pressure on the bank risked “damaging the franchise”. No, don’t you mean the actions of the chief executive and maybe others has uprooted bad practice at very high levels within the bank? Chancellor George Osborne said he hoped it was the “first step towards a new culture of responsibility” in banking. What he is attempting to say is: “maybe more lessons ‘may’ be learned!”

Darryl Ashton

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