7: ae, te LETTERS TO THE EDITOR UNIVERSITY FEES Daar Sir, My congratulations fo you and your col- leagues for producing what, there is 70 doubt, is the bast English tanguage newspaper East of Lon- don and West of Singa- pore. it looks as if some of your articles are likely to create a great deal of po- femic tafk which t belrawe will give your publication a further quality - that of developing creative thinking among your readers. Your article in your 8th Edition concern- ing the problem being faced by Cypriot students due to the rising costs of higher education at Brit- ish Universities is a case in point, There jis no doubt that the English School in Nicosia is an educational establishment of opti- mum reputation and that it has set high standards in training its students for University antrance, In- deed, mo ofher such schoo! comes readily to mind in this part of the world which could ap- proach similar standards in following the British systam of education. Two points enter my mind when analysing the problem: Are not Gritish stu- dents, equally bright and hard working, born in the United Kingdom, whase parents are highly taxed by the British Tax Author- ites and Local Couneil Authorities, in their own country, facing a similar problem, despite the Unie versity Grant system? Or i§ the problem raised in your article created by the fact that British Universities are charging increased fees fo foreign students only? This certainty was nat the case when | attended a British University as a for- eign Student. Unfortunately, we live ina world of spiralling costs in all walks of life. This is a reality we must all face, And the econom- ic indicators are not slow- ing down in thar upward climb. The British Universi- ly system is probably ore of the best in the worid. To maintain the stand- ards, the cost of this sys- tem has to be very high to the British people. itis unfortunate that Cyprus has no University of its own. However, the cost of such an enterprise fo the Cypriot people would be astronomical, Yours faithfutly. C. FERNANDEZ, Nicosia Wizir here? Dear Sir, _ After your courtesyin printing my letter last week, it is perhaps impi- Ouis to také up your space again. However, when something approaching a national disaster has. come to light, it is only right that it should be re- ported in your pages. Those of your read- ers who know Kuwait will be familliar with the pu- blic service rendered there by Mr. Keith Walls, ot the Arab Times”, in re- Parting the activities of one Wizir Khansir, the scourge of the Kuwait ring roads. The Wizir was credited by Mr. Wells with maintaing the car repair industry in a highly profi- table condition by his in- dividualistic, not to say ruthless, form of free- atyle drivitig. Private med- ical establishments also made a useful income from patching up his vie- tims. On the other hand, the insurance companies were less enthusiastic about his activities, and some of the more serious- ly injured objects of his attention were also heard to murmur complainingly about such trivialities as the wreck of a new Mer- cedes,or the loss of the odd finger. Be that as it may, the Wizir and his many disciples and emu- lators were a potent influ- ence on driving in Kuwait, and it was with some reliaf that my wife and | es- caped, more or less unm dented, in June. Since then, we have much en- joyed the more relaxed driving in Cyprus. It has to be admitted that driving in Cyprus tends to ba, by comparis- on, rather dull. For one thing, the majority of driv- ers seem not only to have read the rules of the road, but they actually obey them. It is not uncommon tosee cars pull ‘pto allow pedestrians to cross the road at the pedestrian crossings. (nh Kuwait, the term pedestrian crossing gave meaning to the mili- tary term killing ground”. Further, on the Limassol to Nicosia road, truck drivers frequently signal the motorist ta overtake when it is safe to do 30. In some countries, such a signal would only be giv- en when the truck driver was certain that the inevi- table result would be a head-on collision. How- aver, | digress. Imagine our consternation, then, on being neatly brushed from the road by a beauti- fully executed bit of brinkmanship on the road into Limassol, It was no surprise to see the Arabic number plates on the as- sailant’s car, and immedi- ately the dreadful truth came to us— the Wizir was visiting Cyprus. Worse was to come. Care- ful intelligence work re- vealed that he had taken UD residence here, The immediate steps to be taken are obvious. Cars must be armoured, and cyclists are recom- mended to fit scythe blades to their rear hubs. Cats, dogs, chickens and goats to be kept at least 100 yards from any road. Meanwhile, garage own- ers and proprietors of pri- wate clinics are advised to approach their banks immediately with re quests for loans to en large their premises. The relatively few insurance companies which actual- ly pay out cash to clai- mants are naturally obliged to move to other countries, or to face seri- ous financial losses. tis my hope, sir, that you will find spacein your columns to warn the com- munity of the imminent danger to all road users. The Wizir is here! Yours faithfully, Archimedes, (Name and address sup- plied) AIRPORT BUSES Dear Editor, So we now have buses at Larnaca airport? Congratulations to the airport authorlty and fur- ther congratulations for training your staff to load Passengers on these buses (I think the training was done in Athens). Monday afternoon last | arrived at Lamaca following an overnight tight from U.S.A. Two buses came to greet the Plane—the loader de- cided to use one (good thinking). The last thing | saw before finally being en guifed by bodies was a large uniformed, “Gentle- man”, with his hands out- stretched on the backs of an elderly man and wom- an, pushing with all his might, shouting, “Move down the bus”, ~ At this rate the airport authority will very soon gain the much prized “Rude Authority” qualifi- cation, necessary when serving the public. Keep on the good work. Word of advice, “Why don't you wse whips”. Faithfully “Crushed” {Name and address supplied) Shopping Hours Dear Sir, A big Thank You to the Cyprus Weekly. We picked you up when we arrived for a ten-day breather from the Gulf and managed to work out our holiday schedule ac- cording to your very use- ful page on Useful Information. The wife made sure she booked an appoint- ment at the hairdresser on the afternoons they were not closed, | filled our hired car before the Sat- urday afternoon deadline and we stayed in on Thursday afternoon when we couldn't ga shopping anyway. We had been told that Cyprus was in the all-the- year-round tourist market and had it not been for you, we would have gone out, visiting innocents, expecting everything to be open, not exactly round the clock, but at least most of the time. Cyprus has alot toof- fer but if these restricted hours on services (includ- ing marning-only bank service) is not changed the island will be losing a lot of customers who will come once and never re- turn. Peter Watson, Dubai Cyprus TV Dear Sir, | must say my blood pressure rises when | get my @lectricity bill and see to what extent | am per- sonally subsidising Cy- prus Television and | quite sympathise with your reader Mr. der Nish- anian (Letters, last week). However, to be quite fair, | don't think one should complain about the number of TV ads. Commercial stations abroad have a whole string of ads interrupting every single programme including the News (there is nothing quite so shar- tering as seeing a new- sclip about the Kampuchean refugees followed by a mindless urging © eat some crunchy breakfast ce real}. When we arrived on this beautiful island a year ago and acquired a TV set, both my wife and | were impressed by the fact that there were no commercial breaks in the programmes themselves. The relief of watching a film from beginning to end without asinine mas- sages from Qur Spon- sors is difficult to describe unless one has actually been subjected to this type of mental tor- ture. JW. Scott, Nicosia.