x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

A grand event for India

After a year of scandals and allegations of corruption, India's hosting of the Grand Prix brings a much needed boost to that country's morale, one letter writer comments. Other letter topics today: stimulus in schools, investor caution, shoddy wiring and Yanni at Burj Gardens.

India benefits by hosting Formula One, and drivers like Sebastian Vettel, above, one reader comments.Saurabh Das / AP
India benefits by hosting Formula One, and drivers like Sebastian Vettel, above, one reader comments.Saurabh Das / AP

Thank you for the interesting report Scary Words (October 30) about the London "shop" called Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, which is really a "front" for a reading centre aimed at young people who seek some mentoring in creative writing of all types.

It is wonderful that this place exists - thanks to the author Nick Hornby and others - and even better that the concept, which began in the US, is spreading to various places.

But isn't it sad that schools are no longer providing the same sort of stimulus, advice and encouragement? I believe that nurturing school environments have, sadly, become a rarity.

Bud Cullen, Abu Dhabi

Grand Prix will be good for India

I refer to your article Grand Prix indulges dreams of India's rich (October 30).

This Grand Prix will determine India's position in the informal global league table of Grand Prix venues. This event is a highly prestigious one for India.

In spite of all the recent scandals and allegations of corruption this last year, this event could prove to be a turning point in Indians' morale.

K Ragavan, India

Crime story recalls words of wisdom

Your news item Check licence before investing (October 30) reports that "10 people were swindled out of Dh2.8 million in a scheme that promised returns of up to 200 per cent a month".

Because of this event the police are warning the public to be cautious about investing.

I have to say that anyone who expects 200 per cent a month on any investment really ought to know there's something wrong: at best they're going to be swindled and at worst they're going to be profiting from some kind of criminal project.

My grandfather, a wise (and wealthy) man, frequently reminded me: "If it sounds too good to be true, then it's false".

I can still hear him saying it.

Abdul Azzam, Abu Dhabi

Fake electric cable needs attention

I refer to the report Fake copper wire found in UAE (October 23). This is quite alarming but I wonder if many original equipment manufacturers would really prefer to use such poor quality wire in home appliances that must comply with global standards.

I think that the problem is mainly limited to extension cords or temporary connections used by end users. But another area could be cables used in construction.

I trust that the authorities will investigate and initiate preventive measures.

Manas Kundu, UK

Standardised plugs welcome

I was glad to read the story Clampdown on two-pin plugs from 2012 (October 30).

For my own home I am not worried about safety but we do find it quite annoying that every time we buy an appliance or gadget we must also buy an adapter.

A country that imports goods from all over must expect some confusion of standards but the authorities are doing well to bring in standardisation in this matter. More power (so to speak) to them.

Mary Stilwell, Dubai

Strange way to celebrate nature

I commend the enthusiasm of the motorcyclists who put on a special event to drum up support for getting Bu Tinah Island named as one of the world's "new seven wonders of nature" (Bikers roll for wondrous Bu Tinah, October 30).

But I, for one, found it a little odd that these noisy, exhaust-spewing machines were used to celebrate an unspoilt ecological marvel.

Monique Lalonde, Abu Dhabi

Poor organisation at a great show

The location for Yanni's show at Burj Gardens on Friday night was outstanding and the night was magical (As the weather cools down, acts big and small head to perform in the UAE, October 30).

I have not witnessed such audience participation and unity at an event in Dubai before.

I want to thank Yanni for making such an event happen.

But the event organisation left much to be desired. We stood in a queue for more than 90 minutes to enter, but there was no organised queuing system. Ticket holders were mixed with non-ticket holders. Queue-jumpers were many.

As for concession sales, using a coupon system and selling each item from a different stall was just sad. We had to queue 45 minutes for water and a snack.

Stephen Boyle, Dubai