Take Two: BANKING ON CHRISTMAS

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What a lovely Bank Holiday weekend that was ,then. Hope readers made the most of it – we’re straight through until Christmas now.

ROARING GESTURE

Dozens of bikers spent part of their Bank Holiday riding convoy to the home of three-year-old Olivia Pollard, as reported in The Star.

That’s the Rotherham girl who was seriously hurt in a hit-and-run last month. They dropped off a giant Teddy and donations to show support. What a rip-roaring gesture.

FAME A FUNNY GAME

Nice to see Peak District post punk band Drenge are happy to pay their dues when it comes to their home town of Castleton.

This is the duo – brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless – who shot to national prominence after being namechecked by MP Tom Watson in his letter to Labour leader Ed Miliband resigning from the shadow cabinet.

Asked by one music mag if the Westminster furore had made them Castleton’s most famous faces the lads remained modest, to say the least.

“The postman’s very popular,” said Eoin. “He’s about to have a big retirement party.”

QUESTIONS FOR QUESTION TIME

The lads also said in the same interview they were asked to go on Question Time as a result of the whole episode. And people say the BBC is dumbing down.

ANOTHER HAPPY READER...

Now, here’s another happy reader.

“Is there any chance you could write a piece without managing to crowbar in the horrible overused word iconic?” thunders Stephen Wroe. “I usually have to get to the word first before I stop reading, but this week you’ve put it in the headline. It makes me want to eat my iconic fist.”

...AND ANOTHER

And one more? Mike Lawton gets in touch to (sort of) congratulate this columnist on nearly three years at The Star.

“Your writing has been like a breath of hot air,” he says.