Take Two: Gardens, pubs and sit-coms

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Star Columnist Colin Drury casts his eye over some of Sheffield’s stranger stories...

ONLY FOOLS AND BURGLARS

A gang of bungling burglars were so unsophisticated in their planning they were compared to something from Only Fools And Horses at Sheffield Crown Court, then?

What plonkers.

BEHIND BARS NOW

Still, as reported in this paper last week. they’ve all just been jailed. So now they’re starring in their own version of Porridge.

PUB TALK

Now, this is an idea worth drinking to, it seems.

This page revealed yesterday how an inventory of historic Sheffield pubs is being drawn up by the city’s CAMRA group in a bid to protect them. And, already, plenty of Diary readers have offered suggestions of what should be included on the list.

“The Old Crown Inn, in London Road,” comments SeeItSayIt on The Star’s website. “Traditional façade, nice little bar. A number of rooms including a side snug room with a welcoming fire.”

And the Waggon and Horses in Heeley Green gets a mention too. “A good Victorian-era pub,” says Soulboy. “The only things missing are the spittoons.”

Any more?

THINGS ARE LOOKING ROSY

Things are looking rosy after a two-day gardening show was announced for Sheffield.

The inaugural Garden Up will take place (where else?) at the Botanical Gardens on June 7-8, as revealed in this paper. It’s hoped that it will eventually become one of the biggest shows of its kind in the country.

Terrific news for the city. “To nurture a garden,” as Victorian poet Alfred Austin noted, “is to feed not just on the body but the soul.”