Take Two: A PALIN PITCH

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An email arrives after this page wondered yesterday if a school Teddy bear was the best travelled Sheffielder of all time.

Montmorency, the Handsworth Christian School mascot, has been to more than 30 countries, including Afghanistan, Peru, Thailand, the US and South Africa, with teachers, pupils and ex-students.

“An impressive record,” notes the missive, “but surely everyone knows Michael Palin is the best- travelled Sheffielder?”

NAAN MAN NOT A FAN

And another reader gets in touch following our tale about South Yorkshire steel workers using naan bread during a toilet paper shortage (don’t ask – long story).

“I thought it was a little unsuitable for public consumption,” says our correspondent. “A bit like the naan bread, I suppose.”

ABS NOT SO FAB FOR DENIS

Everyone’s favourite disgraced MP Denis MacShane has spoken about his time in prison, then?

The former Rotherham member reckons life inside has been good for his health: “I’ve lost weight, I’m fitter than I’ve been for 10 years,” he noted, as reported in The Star.

Fair play. But if improving his abs was the a priority, couldn’t he have just joined a gym rather than fiddling £13,000 in expenses?

A SMALL DIFFERENCE, DENIS

He also compared his own prosecution to that of Coronation Street star William Roache.

“It’s been quite a week for the celebrity prosecution people Keir Starmer was very keen on,” he said.

Just one minor difference, Denis. Mr Roache was found innocent. You weren’t