Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor

From the postbag of September 4, 2013

Polio film

Sir, – I write to request the support of your readers with an ambitious project to make three documentary films to mark the 75th anniversary of national charity The British Polio Fellowship in 2014.

We want to hear urgently from anyone with life histories of dealing with polio and or post polio syndrome (PPS) plus films, photographs and other mementos. It may be your material refers to a loved one and that is fine too.

Don’t worry about the quality or format of the material, the important thing is that we gather as much information as possible. You do not need to be a member of The British Polio Fellowship – any and all information will be warmly received.

As a film-maker approaching this subject with no set agenda, I have been shocked a condition like PPS can still exist in Britain when polio is on the brink of global eradication. So few people are aware of polio or PPS that these films have moved from being commemorative to vital in my eyes – it is imperative we reach out and tell this story and you can help us do it.

If you have a tale to be told we would love to hear you recount it to us and our cameras. We are ready to give you that platform and together we can help others whilst explaining that Polio and PPS are still very much with us and why they will be for decades to come.

We very much look forward to hearing from you. Contact The British Polio Fellowship on 0800 018 0586 for further information. – Yours etc.,

Tony Klinger

Ambassador, The British

Polio Fellowship

TV licence

Sir, – As the new university term approaches, TV Licensing is reminding students and parents in Falkirk about the need to be correctly licensed if living in rented accommodation or student halls of residence.

It’s important students are correctly licensed and understand the law when it comes to watching or streaming live TV or they risk prosecution and fine of up to £1,000. A licence is required to watch or record programmes as they are being shown on TV, as well as on devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Students need to buy a TV licence at the earliest opportunity when starting university, which they can buy outright at £145.50 for a colour licence or take advantage of the flexible payment options available. They may also be eligible for a refund at the end of the academic year if they are moving back home over the summer to another licensed address and have a full quarter remaining on their licence.

For more information or set up a licence online, students can log on to www.tvlicensing.co.uk/students. – Yours etc.,

Stephen Farmer

TV Licensing