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IN his book Cider With Roadies, music journalist Stuart Maconie notes that when Harold Macmillan told the British public they’d never had it so good, what he really meant was that, though their long-held rights to, say, salmon fish in the River Trent had been taken away, they could at least afford to buy an electric toaster.

It’s an observation which comes to mind whenever East Midlands Trains raise its odious plans to install ticket barriers at Sheffield Midland train station.

The company says the blockades are needed to stop fare-dodgers and thus give commuters a better service.

But by blocking the bridge - a key link between Park Hill and the city centre - what they’re really doing is privatising something that is historically, and should fundamentally remain, publicly-accessible property.

So, here’s a revolutionary idea if they really want to stop fare-dodging.

How about stopping cutting costs and getting more conductors selling tickets on board?

ANOTHER day, another Diary success story.

This time, congratulations to David Knott and Sarah Ingolfsdottir.

Readers may remember they previously appeared on this page talking about their plans to transform an abandoned Queens Road factory into an artisan and independent shops hub.

The good news is Sheffield City Council has now given permission for the regeneration of the old Hagglers Corner building.

An opening date of mid-November has been pencilled in.

But now for the bad news.

Officials have also demanded that the building’s current bright yellow brick work is repainted a shade of sandstone.

But surely, it’s the custard colour that makes the place unique?

Changing it is architectural vandalism, I tell thee.