Take Two with Colin Drury

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THE TOOTH OF THE MATTER

A reader gets in touch. From America. And she’s a celebrity!

New York City’s famous Saw Lady – aka Natalia Paruz who plays the musical saw across the world – tweets that she enjoyed our article on the unusual instrument last week.

But, she adds, playing this toothy carpenter’s tool wasn’t, as suggested, first done in the USA.

“It probably dates back 300 years to the time when steel saws became affordably available,” she says. “It was discovered by lumberjacks in many different countries around the world without one knowing about the other.”

Saw, now you know.

THE PAIN OF SPRAIN

Hats off to Sheffield STOS Theatre Company’s Kate Parkin.

This is the cast member who, as reported in The Star, sprained her ankle in rehearsals but is battling through the pain to perform in the group’s upcoming production of Our House.

Here’s hoping she breaks a leg. But not literally.

ALL BETS are OFF

Strange that councillors have no legal powers to reject plans for a betting shop in Division Street, city centre.

Members voted reluctantly to accept a proposal to turn a unit on the road – better known for independent stores, vintage outlets and a family butchers – into a William Hill.

That’s angered traders, as reported in this paper. And who can blame them?

Councillors, shop owners and hundreds of city folk who signed a petition all agree this is the wrong place for another bookies. Yet thanks to legal stipulations dreamed up in London, nothing can be done about it.

In this case isn’t the law an ass?