Blast from the past: Most Talked About July 3, 1992

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Each week, we revisit the letters to the editor posted on the Birmingham Mail Opinion page.

This week we’re looking at July 3, 1992.

The sound issues at an Elton John concert at the National Indoor Arena certainly got people talking.

The concert was not music to our ears

Shortly after Elton John’s concert started, I found the sound to be so loud and distorted it hurt my ears (July 1 Mail)

I left my seat and walked out. A man and his wife were also outside, with the lady having the same problem with her ears.

Both had previously attended concerts by Elton John. They agreed with me that the sound was appalling and unprofessional and they were very disappointed. Contacting the offices of the National Indoor Arena, I was told they were stunned by Elton John’s remarks.

I wasn’t at all stunned by what Elton John said, I really felt sorry for him. He was working hard, against all odds.

Mrs LM Powers, South Yardley

I agree with Elton John’s comments about the sound quality at the National Indoor Arena. We were seated on the left side of the arena, facing the stage, halfway up the seats.

Although I enjoyed the concert, the echo from the back of the hall was disconcerting. I have attended concerts at the NEC sitting in roughly the same position, and have never noticed such distortions.

Mr. Wicketts, Bearwood

I disagree with Paul Cole’s review of the Elton John concert. The sound quality was the worst I have endured from concerts I have attended recently.

When Elton sang and played without accompanying instruments, the sound was just right. However, with bass and drums and other instruments, the reproduction was appalling.

The importance of Elton’s voice and keyboard immediately vanished, and for most of the two-hour concert, I was subjected to what amounts to a “racket.”

What was my first visit to the indoor arena will also be my last.

Steve Bradley, Knowle

Don’t Touch, Sir James

I want to add mine to the voice of most Birminghamers and tell Sir James Ackers where to go. And I would also like to tell him not to touch the Selly Oak hospital and the others in this town of ours (Letter of June 30)

My husband’s life has been saved four times in the past two years, thanks to all the dedicated people at Selly Oak Hospital. They are wonderful which is more than I can say about Sir James and his subordinates.

We Birminghamers have had enough of their silly policies.

Ms D Bradley, Longbridge

Patients first

Sir James Ackers must go. Patients must come before the cash.

I received wonderful care and attention at the General Hospital, Orthopedic Hospital and Women’s Hospital.

J Barber, Hall Green

To wake up

I spent the last week at the Woodlands Orthopedic Hospital, where the treatment I received was absolutely magnificent.

I suggest the citizens of Birmingham take notice of what is going on.

Beryl Morris, Moseley

Chest relief

A lot of people may not be aware that we now have at East Birmingham Hospital, a thoracic research institute, which does research on all diseases of the lungs, such as asthma, bronchitis, etc.

He is already internationally recognized for his work. Although he is only a few years old. It receives no money from the NHS and relies solely on donations and voluntary fundraising.

I would be very happy to hear from organizations willing to organize an event for this useful research, or to help in any other way.

All the money raised goes directly to the institute, without any expense, in any form whatsoever.

Stan Millard, Kings Heath

The totality of the points

Kudos to the staff at Warfrain Clinic at East Birmingham Hospital and WRVS for their kindness in absolutely chaotic conditions.

Should something be done to prevent patients with mild disabilities from having to queue four long lines?

Do all hospitals, hospitals have this system?

Ms. J Barrett, Kingshurst

Hot air

Regarding the objection of the Birmingham City Council to our advertising balloon (Mail of June 19)

The purpose of the ball is to make our position clear to customers. It is only flown if time permits and at a reasonable height.

In twelve months of use, it never came off or caused any problems. I find comments such as blocked view of Aston Hall quite ridiculous, as it is on the wrong side of the highway.

We will vigorously pursue our requests and if denied, we will appeal and call again, if necessary.

GP Freeman, Group Sales Director, Startins, Aston

Letters in Brief

It seems that everything is about the noise you can make. I recently revisited a pub that was once considered very upscale. Inside, it was chaos.

Yet from that same pub during the war, I was almost shown the door with a group of friends, including soldiers, just for singing “Roll me over in the clover”, almost a national anthem at the time. .

Mrs. R Hawkesford, Erdington

Wychbury Hill near Hagley is to be saved from destruction by a new road. Sooner or later our use will have to be restricted if we do not want to end up destroying our cities and the green belt. Why should areas of magnificence like this see their greatness polluted and disfigured?

Robert Thomas, Romsley

I would like to thank Mrs Pickering for her visit to the war cemetery in Italy. (You say June 22)

I lost a brother when he was taken prisoner and sent to Camp 65 in Italy. I still have postcards dated 1942 that he sent me.

But we never knew what happened to him. I pray that someone will put him to rest in this cemetery.

Ms. W Trickle, Alum Rock

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