Fries, damned fries

Like Tom Lappin, I too was confused by the ending of the McDonalds’ ad (The List 151) and was amused by his interpretations. I suggest that the tolerant girlfriend who claims to have seen a film that her gormless boyfriend hasn‘t, is in fact lying. After all, anyone who turns down a leisurely dinner for two in a succession ofexotic restaurants in preference to a five-minute scoff in McDonald’s, can’t lead a particularly interesting life. can they? IfI had a boyfriend like that, I’d very quickly retreat to a fantasy life of lies, damned lies and cheeseburgers. Jane Campbell

; Hotspur Street


Very poor

I was musing just the other day about the bad old days of the Labour party. Remember the Bermondsey by-election? The party dropped their candidate Peter Tatchell because the tabloids complained about his alleged homosexuality. I think the phrase they used was ‘he’s a queer vote-killer’, which ifyou pronounce in a ludicrous accent like mine, sounds a bit like ‘Jose Cuervo Tequila’. Anyway, do I win or what? Gary Nelson

Brighton Street



I noticed with horror in your Art listings (The List 151) that the Museum ofChildhood in Edinburgh has a display of ‘perilous toys and games which failed to meet the safety standards’. And now I’ve come across a copy of the Glasgow Fair programme which gives details of a “brain-destroying speed slide with a hard-hitting message’ again for

. children.

To my mind. these rank with the

vet‘s window half-way up Leith Walk

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which is crammed full of gruesome-looking instruments of animal torture.

What next? A ritual book-burning bonanza at the Central Library? A

Confused by commercials? Bewildered by bicycles? ; Choked by smokers? Write to The List, Old Athenaum Theatre, 179 Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 2J Z, or 14 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TE. The best letter next issue will win a Jose Cuervo Tequila T-shirt.

meeting of the Satanists’ Circle at St

Giles Cathedral? Soup-making in

the Royal Museum’s dinosaur wing? In my day, you got your nightmares

from watching Dr Who and you were

thankful for it.

Eddie Blackthorne

Lorne Street


You 're right, kid. We live in a sick

society. Have a bottle of Jose Cuervo

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It may be a box-office record-breaker in Japan, but as far as I’m concerned TheAdventures of Milos and Otis is a further example ofour unforgivable disregard for the rights of animals. For as long as animals are treated as amusing play-things— be it in the blatant cruelty ofdog fights, the ‘tradition’ ofexploitation in circus or the insidious manipulation ofanimals in

Surely the great problem is that it is all too easy to imagine life without the Third Eye Centre and until people recognise the importance of art and imagination to their lives, it will continue to be possible for

funding bodies or administrators to do as they please with our public art venues. I do, however, share your sympathy in wishing the Third Eye

Centre luck to sort out its current

f problems. Maybe ifit gets through

the current crisis, we'll realise what we nearly lost. J. Collins

9 Southpark Avenue


Cone objector

I was outraged to notice that the Edinburgh Playhouse the biggest theatre in Britain, I believe only accepts one concession application per booking. In other words ifyou’re a party of six with two OAPs, two children and two UB405, you have to pay top wack for all but one. That’s

= not my idea ofsocialism.

advertising we as human beings are

demeaned. I urge all right-thinking cinemagoers to ignore this film.

Andrea Morrison Cumbernauld

Eye spy

Which brain-dead culture-mug wrote that ‘it would be hard to imagine life in Glasgow without the Third Eye' in 1990 and, more to the point, which easily-led journalistic sheep thought it an appraisal worth

. repeating (The List 151)? Oh yes.

' very sad that yet another artistic

establishment is heading up the creek. but it hardly takes a Tolstoy-like imagination to think of the city without it.

Now I can’t imagine Glasgow without Sauchiehall Street, it‘d be a stretch to lose the Virgin Megastores and my life would change considerably without the Indian take-aways, but to lose the Third Eye Centre? Plenty of the folk 1 work with don‘t even know where it

y is, and those that do have (at best)

never gone further than the cafe. I

even had to describe to a taxi driver I how to get there one time.

There again, I don’t suppose there’s anything to stop each member of the party going in to buy his or her ticket individually. A bit of a hassle, but worth it to prevent such callous profiteering. All I need now is for them to put on a suitable production and I’ll organise a mass visit for the local Unemployed Workers’ Centre.

Dave Howden Marlborough Street Portobello

Wheel life

Sue Wilson was spot-on in her round-up of the hazards of urban cycling (The List 151). I’m sure I‘ve experienced every one in a single short journey through town. To be fair. an increasing number of motorists do seem to be aware that

they are not the only legitimate users j ofour roads. but a frightening

proportion are just plain pig-headed or else ignorant. Maybe bikes should be fitted with extra-loud horns to

give honking-happy drivers a taste of

their own medicine. I was interested to read that there are more bikes than cars in Britain.

What cyclists need is the confidence ' to use them instead of being - brow-beaten by the big boys.

K. Henderson

5 Paisley

Spokes crossed

In last issue’s Backlist Bike Special the number for Glasgow Cycle Campaign was missed out; it should

have read 041 248 2078. The Sustrans

details were correct: 53 Cochrane Street, Glasgow G1 1HL,041552 8241. People wishing to get involved in group cycling will be interested to know that there are several Cyclists’ Touring Clubs in addition to the head offices we listed, and details can be found under ‘Leisure’ in the community pages of Thomson Local Directories.

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