Take Two with Colin Drury

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WEDNESDAY WOE

And before any Wednesday fans say there’s a red and white bias on this page, there’s an Owls story coming tomorrow...

“OH, B******S!”

It’s a feeling well-known to journalists: every so often you’ll wake up in the middle of the night suddenly aware you made a mistake in an article that will appear in the next day’s paper.

And it doesn’t matter how minor that error is – “I used a colon when it should have been a semi-colon!” – it’s still a singularly horrible sensation to know there’s nothing you can do to put it right.

So one can’t help but wonder, after The Star’s exposed hospital cock ups on Friday, how awful the same sensation must be for a surgeon.

Suddenly realising you’ve missed an apostrophe from an introduction is bad enough. Suddenly realising you never removed a swab from a patient’s body before stitching them back up and sending them on their way must be a real sickener.

“But On The Bright side...”

Although having said that, at least the swab can be removed later. That missing apostrophe can never be put in.

FIVE MINUTES FOR £43 BILLION

Eighty per cent of Star readers say the new £43 billion high speed rail line to London is a waste of money, then? They won’t be saying that when – going via Meadowhall – it cuts, er, five minutes off their journey time between the city centre and the capital.

Trouble AT T’Pit

And finally today, there were trouble at t’pits 120 years ago this weekend just gone.

The army had to be called out and reinforcements drafted in from London’s Metropolitan Police on September 7, 1893, after rioting broke out at Nunnery, Manvers Main and Wath collieries. Rockingham Colliery, meanwhile, was wrecked.

Arguably, mine owners asked for the trouble: they’d just attempted to introduce a 25 per cent county-wide reduction in wages.