YOU seem to like stories – how about this? A number of years ago

I was in charge of refurbishing the Theatre Royal at the top of Hope Street. The job was “hurry, hurry” for opening night. The first show, Die Fledermaus, things got out of hand.

My night-shift foreman’s father took a bad stroke, so he had to look after him. I resumed as night-shift supervisor.

I was detailing shopfitting joiners to positions to work in the theatre.

Just imagine this...

I had pairs teamed at different levels.

The top level we called The Gods – the pair I detailed for this work refused to work there, saying a ghost was appearing every night. They refused to go up, even when I threatened them with the sack.

Another pair volunteered, who refused the following night. This was going on continually.

I stayed with this pair. This night it happened again. As I was heading down the stairs, they bolted by me again.

Is this good lady still performing there?

PS. I was in Sir Alexander Gibson’s company for a while and he assured me this was fact.

John McCluskey


I AM a pupil at Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School and I am in primary five.

Sadly, someone has cut down one of our majestic trees – but before I explain what happened, I would like to tell you what I have been learning this year.

We have been learning about climate change and in term one our topic was trees and woodlands.

I think that we could plant more trees and we could ask the people in the flats to see if anyone cut ours down. Then if no-one said anything, we could ask if they could plant a tree. Ours was 65ft tall. It wasn’t very nice that they cut it down.

Sarah Smith


WHILE Scotland Secretary Alister Jack’s comments on his desire for a tunnel between Scotland and Northern Ireland rather than a bridge have naturally made the headlines, his comments on EU immigrants coming to the UK to get access to our benefits and NHS are equally ridiculous.

In its assessment on the value of EU citizens to the British economy, Oxford Economics highlighted the value of EU citizens to the British economy. It noted that when it comes to the public finances, European migrants contribute substantially more than they cost, easing the tax burden on other taxpayers.

Migrants from the EU contribute £2300 more to the Exchequer each year in net terms than the average adult. Over their lifetimes, they pay in £78,000 more than they take out in public services and benefits – while the average UK citizen’s net lifetime contribution is zero.

UK proposals to limit immigration will therefore not only damage the economy through impacting on the workforce but taxes will have to rise as EU nationals pay far more to the public purse than British-born residents.

Unfortunately, as with many things Brexit, the facts have been cast aside in favour of small-minded British nationalism.

Alex Orr

Via email

SOME of the responses to the coronavirus outbreak have sickened me.

Because it has a relatively low rate of mortality, we’ve been seeing young people breathe big sighs of relief – not even bothering to think about how this feels for the elderly or those with compromised immune systems.

This virus is deadly for those groups and so a huge risk. Can

we perhaps remember them?