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Yesterday’s Diary on Yorkshire Liffs has got readers thinking.

Plenty of you have been in touch to offer up local place names which could be words in an alternative dictionary.

Wisewood, says Stan Brookes, could be “a mythical tree from which ancients sought advice”. And Stannington, he suggests might be a noun – “the teacher at school one always suspected didn’t actually understand his own subject”.

Bryan Eccleshall, meanwhile, tweets that Wicker Arches might mean “a craft-related foot ailment”.

And Boris Plerne ‏takes a somewhat cynical look at the whole idea. “Hope nobody comes up with one for Penistone,” he says, simply.


More proof that, despite living in LA, the Arctic Monkeys remain Sheffield at heart.

A national newspaper reports how, as Paul McCartney rehearsed in the next room, the four lads sat discussing more urgent issues.

“Drummer Matt Helders is deep in conversation with his bandmates about a matter of extreme importance: Henderson’s Relish,” the article ran.

“It’s like Worcester sauce,” he later told the London-based reporter. “But better.” He takes four bottles back to LA every time he visits.

NORTON but nice

Sheffield College’s Norton campus is to shut then? Sad.

That’s where this writer was trained as a journalist. The second day still stands out. The lecturer – since retired – took the entire class to the pub over the road.

“You’ll get your best stories in places like this,” he noted. “Your round, young man.” Old school.