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PERHAPS this is just me but wasn’t there something beautifully British to see, as revealed in The Star on Thursday, among the equipment Captain Scott took on his ill-fated mission to Antarctic was... a silver toast rack?

It might sound superfluous to today’s explorers with their energy bars and high-protein snacks but presumably Scott’s thinking was that, if you’re going to be the first person to cross planet Earth’s deadliest and most desolate continent, you don’t want to be caught short without somewhere to put the toast,

And quite right too.

This, don’t forget, was 1912 when British men conquered uncharted mountains while wearing tweed suits, and navigated unknown lands because they had a few hours to kill before lunch.

One would be tempted to wonder, jokingly, if Scott also took a cruet set for the salt and pepper.

Except, of course, he actually did.

IT may have once been said that England was a nation of shopkeepers but Sheffield, it seems, was once a city of record shop assistants.

That’s the conclusion following last week’s story on Simon Robinson.

He’s the publisher who is currently compiling a book of the old paper bags and card sleeves which city stores use to sell their vinyl in.

And since The Diary revealed the project plenty of you have been in touch telling us you once worked in places like Cann.

The good news is he wants to hear from even more of you with a view to featuring interviews in the book. He’s on 0114 2333024.

GOOD to hear South Yorkshire Police are launching a scheme to reduce metal theft across the county.

Officers are asking dealers to sign an agreement where they only buy scrap from people who produce proper identification, as reported in The Star on Friday.

One question, though: with this insidious crime costing the country millions every year, why isn’t the scheme made compulsory and implemented nationwide? Surely, that would be problem solved?

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