LETTERS 14.7.18

Cliff clap
WHAT a great job Notre Dame’s builder/renovators Fairweathers are doing in repairing the deteriorating Cliff Street Wedding Wall (Herald, July 7, 2018).
These expert artisans should have been called upon to work on the crumbling Round House cliff.  A huge digger-type machine dislodged wheelbarrow-loads of crumbling limestone, presumably for stabilisation. Instead it  undermined the cliff to the extent the footpath below is still closed off as dangerous.
Suzanne John
High Street, Fremantle

Asylum policy lost at sea
I ATTENDED the Fremantle Labor campaign opening at Victoria Hall eager to hear what the party was doing or intending to do about relieving the terrible stress that detainees are living with on Manus and Nauru islands.
I chatted with my friend about the refugees and filled her in with the latest debacles.
While it was a pleasant evening, well structured and full of ideas and plans, never a word was said about offshore detainees.
As the end came with no place for questions I was flabbergasted! I was fumbling for my hankie when a tap on the shoulder came and I turned to see the woman behind who said ‘it was the elephant in the room’.
The woman in front of me had heard and said she agreed.  There are still some of us who are wondering why Australia is still in this nasty predicament and the Labor party won’t risk arguing an alternative point of view.
I am still wondering why the Opposition Member for Immigration and border protection, Shane Neumann is not more prominent, asking questions – in other words doing his job.
It is one thing believing in the principles of a particular political party and another when realising that they may be just the same as the opposite number.
What a dilemma!
Bev Hollyock
Blinco Street, Fremantle

Curious Cup connection
I READ with interest your article “Our Cup runneth away” (Herald World Cup Feature, July 7, 2018) and provide an Applecross connection, albeit a tenuous one.
In the early 80s I went down from the north of England to lodge for a a year with my Aunty Margaret (Coombes) in Muswell Hill, North London.
Nothing remarkable there, however, Margaret was at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster that fateful day in March ’66 when the Jules Rimet World Cup was stolen.
Furthermore she was a key witness and later called upon to identify the thief, Edward Bletchley, and help place him at the scene of the crime.
In an interesting footnote, I believe the very same trophy was later presented to Brazil in 1970 and they were allowed to keep it as recognition of its thre world cup victories in 58’, ‘62 and ’70 respectively.
The trophy was stolen again but this time it was never recovered.
Mark Haldane
Dee Road, Applecross

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