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Saturday: Letters: Shoot it like Beckham

June 14, 2014

Keith Massey Daniel Jackson David Reed David Melvin Karl Sabbagh Alan Brown

I watched the documentary with interest on David Beckham in the Amazon (Review, 10 June) and understand that he worked with an independent production company with a 10-man crew. How fortunate, because if it was a BBC production, he would have had a one cameraman, who would have the cheapest aeroplane seats and stayed in B&Bs en route. The BBC is responsible for destroying the art of documentary film-making.

Keith Massey

Chair, Guild of Television Cameramen

* In a Suzanne Moore's otherwise sterling article on our education system (12 June), the perpetuating of the attitude that drumming is not "proper" music was disappointing: "The curriculum narrowed under New Labour. This child studied the Nazis three years running, but at least they still did music. Well, drumming." I would suggest trying Steve Reich, Max Roach, Led Zeppelin, the Slits, samba, rhumba or in fact, practically any music with a rhythmic element, then deciding whether drums are worth learning.

Daniel Jackson


* I applaud Boris Johnson's volunteering to show the safety of the second-hand water cannons he has bought, by being blasted by one (Report, 12 June). But if they ask for volunteers to man the test cannon, I predict a riot.

David Reed


* You report that "Islamists seize Iraq's second-biggest city (Report, 12 June). Tony Blair's legacy of invading sovereign Muslim countries never leaves us.

David Melvin


* Other books, in addition to The Grapes of Wrath, suitable for a food/book bank: To Cook a Mockingbird; Barnaby Fudge; Of Rice and Men; The Catcher in the Rye Bread; Lord of the Fries (Letters, 10 June).

Karl Sabbagh

Newbold on Stour, Warwickshire

* Sic and Pschitt (Letters, 13 June) were not the only amusingly named items for sale abroad: other soft drinks - Banga and Super Poker; coffee - Bonka; and breakfast cereal - Crapsi Fruit also raised a titter in those with puerile minds.

Alan Brown


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Source: Guardian (UK)

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