TO W Holloway's excellent letter about witless, self-obsessed sportspeople (July 4), could I add a suggestion that the media takes a close look at its own obsessive behaviour, not only at the volume of coverage but at the growing problem of sports stories dominating news pages and programmes, the Rangers saga being a good example?
23 Lilac Avenue,
LIKE John Bell (Letters, July 3), I watch rugby on BBC Alba, but unlike him, the fact that the commentary is mainly in Gaelic (a language I don't speak) doesn't bother me one bit. Since the great Bill McLaren left us, I've bemoaned the standard of rugby commentary, with those such as Eddie Butler and Jonathan Davies often ruining an otherwise enjoyable broadcast.
The Gaelic commentator may well be just as puerile as the rest. I wouldn't know. The only English spoken during the Alba programmes is spoken when bringing the guest commentator into play, usually an injured or rested player, who has something we actually want to hear.
I agree that airing the Pro 12 games on BBC Scotland might increase viewing figures, but I'm happy imagining that the Gaelic commentator is waxing lyrical. Leave it be.
8B Belmar Court,
EVEN if Archie White (Letters, July 3) is correct in claiming, on the basis of place-name evidence, that Gaelic was once spoken in most parts of Scotland, it is not clear what policies this supports.
"Gaelic was spoken where you live so children today ought to be brought up to speak Gaelic" seems no better an argument than "Scots pines once grew where your house stands, so your house ought to be pulled down and Scots pines planted there."
19 Larchfield Road,
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