x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Murdoch sideshow a distraction

The person who "pied" Rupert Murdoch on live TV Tuesday did the media tycoon a favour, a reader writes. Other letter topics include German spies, hot-weather running, women proposing to men, El Bulli restaurant, and telecom competition

A reader argues that coverage of Tuesday's News International hearings detracts from the real issues. AP
A reader argues that coverage of Tuesday's News International hearings detracts from the real issues. AP

I laughed at your story about the German spy agency letting its

building blueprints be stolen (New HQ of German spy agency not so

secret, July 20).

As one parliamentarian said, it is like satire. In the era of security cameras everywhere, Twitter, the internet and WikiLeaks, maybe we should just all forget the idea of having or keeping secrets.

Who was it that said: "You don't have any privacy, get over it"?

Holly Martin, Abu Dhabi

Focus on the real issues, please

The person who tried to jam a plate of shaving foam into the face of Rupert Murdoch during a public hearing in London is a nitwit.

Coverage of this event, including your Page One story (Murdoch: 'The most humble day of my life', July 20) can only distract from what his minions did, and may even awaken some public sympathy for him.

This sideshow has taken attention away from the real issues.

Lee Milne, Dubai

Not a practical solution

I was impressed by your Business section graphic showing all the companies that make up Rupert Murdoch's empire (Murdoch faces his darkest hour yet, July 20).

The list of firms makes it clear that the proposal, being heard in Britain now that people should "boycott Murdoch", is not really very practical.

Gordon Fisher, Abu Dhabi

Talk to doctors before running

I refer to Cool Runnings? Not here, it isn't (July 20), your report about people who go running for exercise in our 44°C heat and humidity.

The story left me astonished. I have trouble walking to the corner grocery. Have these people taken medical advice before they subject their bodies to this torture?

I hope none of your readers will be tempted to copy those runners without talking to a doctor about the risks and benefits, in advance.

John Hannigan, UK

Proposals go both ways

I refer to the article What if no one proposes? (July 16) which highlighted one of the dilemmas facing the modern-day woman.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with a woman proposing to a man. Our beloved Prophet first married Khadija tul Kubra because she had proposed to him.

Whether it is a man proposing to a woman or a woman proposing to a man, both are all right.

Zahra Khan, US

Chef closes his famous restaurant

So El Bulli, probably the world's most-discussed restaurant, is closing before I ever got to visit it (Science of Cooking, July 20).

This is disappointing for me but I think it's interesting that the chef, Ferran Adrià, is closing the business while he's on top. Instead he is moving on to try something new. I admire and respect his spirit of pursuing excellence.

But when he opens up a restaurant again, I solemnly vow to go eat his food.

Ben Houston, UK

Competition will help consumers

It is good news that our two telecoms providers will be competing to win market share.

But the details, as spelt out in Etisalat and du ready for a new era of competition (July 20), suggest that the competition will be more limited than customers might consider ideal.

I know from personal experience that both these companies urgently need the discipline that can come from true competition.

Customer relationship management is a big concern for many companies around the world but this particular skill set still has a long way to go in this country.

Ryan Sterling, Dubai

Respect the laws and traditions

With that much hatred for the holy month, this British woman should not have come to a Muslim country (Briton fined Dh3,000 for insulting Ramadan on Facebook, July 20).

When you live in a foreign country, you have to abide by its laws and its traditions.

Irfan Ahmed, Dubai

Indeed, not the same

'Same same but different': Cambodia offers bittersweet experiences (July 15) was a great article to read.

However, it is not "Tomb Raider" who has a permanent address at the eighth wonder of the world, Angkor Wat - it is Angelina Jolie.

There is a big difference and I believe that journalism should be unbiased.

Lara Mei, Brazil