Red Coats, Red Stripe and reptiles - some alternative Sheffield news

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Our columnist Colin Drury breezes through some Sheffield news you may have missed...

Prison today? It’s like a holiday camp, so they say.

Somewhat different to 150 years ago. This week in 1864 the cells under the old Town Hall, in Waingate, were called a disgrace in a report by government inspectors. And even the police were loath to argue.

Admitting the facility wasn’t ideal, Sheffield’s Chief Constable Jackson noted that some cells were not fit “for any living things - except for the reptiles that crawl on the walls”.

Some deterrent, though.

LIKE A HOLIDAY CAMP? REALLY?

A side note, have you ever noticed there’s only two kind of people who say prison is like a holiday camp?

Firstly, people who’ve never been to prison. Secondly, people who have been to prison and who have also been to Butlin’s.

A JOKE FIT FOR RED COATS

That’s a joke, by the way.

Until about the age of 12, this writer didn’t realise you could go on holiday anywhere but Butlin’s. Magical places.

Even now, when in some corner of Europe pretending to be cultured, one can’t help thinking things would always be better with a Red Coat nearby.

ORGANISED ANARCHISTS

There was an anarchist’s book fair in Sheffield on Saturday. How did that got organised?

LEAD-ING WAY WITH RED STRIPE

And finally today, after The Star revealed music venue The Leadmill sold 63,000 cans of Red Strip every year, reader John Montgomery shows off some maths skills.

That’s 1,211.538 cans a week, he tweets.

True. Bet it’s a nightmare being behind the bar when someone orders a 0.538 can of Red Stripe, though.