Take Two with Colin Drury

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MORE THAN JUST CHAPLIN...

The Charlie Chaplin Festival, highlighted in today’s main Diary piece, isn’t the only event Stewart Campbell is organising this spring either, incidentally.

The Sheffield Uni concerts manager has a range of classical and jazz concerts lined up. Highlights include the UK’s premier chamber ensemble Endymion performing at Firth Hall on March 4 and the Bruno Heinen Sextet delivering cosmic jazz translations of the zodiac (!) at the same venue on March 18.

“There’s something for all tastes,” says Stewart.

BATMAN and robin

Reader (and former council leader) Paul Scriven gets in touch after this column, on Tuedsay, mentioned there’s a city in Turkey called Batman.

“It should twin with Robin Hood’s Bay,” he tweets.

STEEL YOURSELF FOR THIS...

And another reader gets in touch after we also mentioned Bokaro Steel City in India.

David Neil emails to say that, down the years, many a South Yorkshire lad – including himself – worked out there.

“Local companies employed people from South Yorkshire for their steelmaking and steel process experience,” he says. “The locals in Bokaro were great but working conditions challenging.

“The local hotel was very welcoming but there were lots of shortages. Toilet paper was often at a premium and naan bread was used as a substitute on occasions.”

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“Requests by the lads to the hotel staff for beer and bottled water were often rebuffed with the standard reply ‘Not Available’. This became a catchphrase with all the lads working at the plant. I am sure the hotel has improved over the years.”

PET LOVE

And with Valentine’s Day fast-approaching, the award for the most spurious press release surely goes to Burns Pet Nutrition.

“Love your pet this month with a DIY health check,” the promo says in all apparent seriousness.