Take Two: TOO YOUNG? I’LL PASS

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TOO YOUNG? I’LL PASS

And talking of bus passes running out, which we were in this column last week, a reader gets in touch.

“Why does it run out anyway?” he asks. “I’m hardly going to get too young for one am I?”

SAWS SOAR LIKE SWEEPS

And another reader emails in after The Diary’s feature on the rise of chimney sweeps.

Katie Ellis, partner in Thomas Flinn and Co sawmakers in Neepsend, reckons soot-brushing isn’t the only business booming thanks to more people installing traditional fires to save on energy bills.

“Sales of our two-man crosscut saws have doubled in five years,” she says. “That’s down to people cutting wood for these fires. Every time the price of energy goes up, it helps us make more sales.”

RATHER UNUSUAL

It’s Not Unusual, sang Tom Jones back in 1965.

But staff at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium, where he performs on June 7, found one of the Welsh crooner’s contract clauses more than a little out the ordinary.

The 73-year-old has a small print stipulation that fans aren’t allowed to throw knickers at him while on stage.

“His management state they reserve the right to check bags to see if fans are bringing the offending items into the stadium,” our source tells us.

KNEE, THAT’S MORE LIKE IT

If that doesn’t sound very rock ’n’ roll, try this.

Lee Carnall, bassist with Sheffield metal band Cause Of Denial was playing at the Academy, in Arundel Gate, on Saturday when he fell over and dislocated his knee.

Not to be deterred, he finished the show lying prostrate on the floor before going to hospital after the gig. Respect.