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Pancake tossing Contest at Hawkhills Care Home,Stannington...LtoR.Arthur Hunter(78),staff member Andrea Hope,Barbara Waggstaffe(90)
Pancake tossing Contest at Hawkhills Care Home,Stannington...LtoR.Arthur Hunter(78),staff member Andrea Hope,Barbara Waggstaffe(90)
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AND that sulphuric George Orwell quote in full?

“Sheffield could justly claim to be the ugliest town in the Old World,” he reckoned. “Its inhabitants who want to be pre-eminent in everything, very likely make that claim for it... And the stench! If at rare moments you stop smelling sulphur it is because you have begun smelling gas.”

Ouch.

But, also, how lovely and honest. What a shame you can’t get away with such delightful frankness these days without an outcry of sensitive souls taking offence.

Sort of reminds me of that London police officer who was recorded, in an unguarded moment, comparing Sheffield to a “khazi”, and who has had David Blunkett on his back demanding an apology ever since.

One wonders if the Brightside and Hillsborough MP will now extend his humourless campaign and insist on contrition from the Orwell estate too...

EVER get the feeling something might have been organised by a Blades fan?

This summer’s Family Fun Day at Doncaster Racecourse will feature Peppa Pig as mascot for the day. The sponsors? Sheffield Wednesday.

HOW flipping fabulous was it to see the young-at-heart folk at Stannington’s Hawkshill Care Home tossing some pancakes?

Three residents – with a combined age of 250 – competed to see who could flip their concoctions highest, as reported in Tuesday’s Star.

And the pictures alone made the event look an absolute ball.

Just one thing: The Diary isn’t so sure about 90-year-old Barbara Wagstaffe’s view that it was “good clean fun”.

Try telling that to the staff member who had to clear all those dropped pancakes up afterwards!

Still, I’m sure I’m not the only one now looking forward to see what they have planned for Easter. And, after that, for Mischief Night.