OPINION

Letters to the editor: brains, books, friends and surfing

Why it's hard to make friends in later life

FEELING FRIENDLY

Thank you for your very interesting cover profile of former model Ali Daddo ('Whatever happened to '80s mega-model Alison Brahe?', July 28-August 3, pictured, right). Still totally gorgeous and seemingly lovely at 50, I especially liked where she talked about finding it difficult to make friends upon moving back to Australia after several decades away. Female friendship and loneliness are two things that us "oldies" think deeply about, experience and re-evaluate more and more as the years go by and it was heartening to hear someone who seems to have it all speak so honestly about it. Christine (surname withheld by request), Collaroy

BRAIN MATTER

As we settle into more than a month of lockdown, the situation almost feels normal now! We are starting to enjoy the extra family time Covid has provided us. Working from home is now a breeze although complicated by the reclassification of the fridge (and, for now, the Olympics!) as high risk. Thank you for the introduction of the giant quiz to your remarkable newspaper, it is helping this little family kill a few hours and working those lockdown-lazy neurons. We are yet to conquer the tricky 'hard' section as yet but one can live in hope. Bill Leeson, Frenchs Forest

FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS

I recently used the Mona Vale Libarary2U Service. Wow, what an amazing service, delivered to my door, a day after I sent in my request. Best of all, the five books picked for me, could not have been more perfect. Thank you for an incredible service to our community. Clair Cheel, Mona Vale

UNITED NATIONS OF SURFING

The great thing about the first ever Olympic surfing event is the way the medals were shared around. The countries with roots in the sport, the current powerhouse and the host country all won medals. Australia, Brazil, Japan, South Africa and the US, whose competitor came from Hawaii. All those countries deserved a medal and it was a fantastic result for the world of surfing. Phil Breheny, North Narrabeen

CLEAN IT UP

I am happy to have dogs on Mona Vale beach (Letters, July 21-27) but if the owners don't pick up the dog poo it will ruin it for everyone. As it is now, many owners don't pick up the dog poo at the park above the beach. Please do the right thing. I am a dog owner. Johanna Louder, Mona Vale

PETITION ON 5G

As the rollout of 5G technology on the northern beaches advances, many residents are becoming increasingly concerned about radiation from cell facilities. Three northern beaches residents recently sought expert medical advice about whether 4G and 5G cell facilities located near their homes would pose a risk of harm to their health. Two sent their legal and medical advices to Council and the relevant carriers, who responded to say the cell facilities follow the guidelines of ARPANSA, the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency. But ARPANSA say their guidelines should not be used as a substitute for medical advice. A petition at www.change.org/NBCEMRforum asks Council to facilitate an EMR (electromagnetic radiation) Community Health Forum to discuss the health implications of 4G and 5G infrastructure in an open and transparent setting. We rely on Council to make well informed decisions, but in this area of health and safety, they are generally laypeople like us. Sophie Stack, founder of Facebook group SOS Northern Beaches