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A QUERY from a reader following Thursday’s Diary about the centenary of stainless steel.

Why, wonders Mike Woods, is it officially said that Sheffielder Harry Brearley ‘discovered’ stainless steel, rather than ‘invented’ it? “It’s not a naturally occurring substance,” he notes.

True enough. But it seems experts had believed stainless (which is to say rustless) steel could be created for decades before it actually was. Brearley, therefore, ‘discovered’ the chemical process which allowed it to become reality.

NICE to see Sheffield’s only Korean restaurant getting a good review in this paper last week.

Ginseng, in West One Plaza, was given four out of five stars for its food by restaurant critic Martin Dawes.

He also mentioned there were grills on the tables if diners wished to cook their own dinner. Authentic, that. Except in many restaurants in South Korea you don’t get the choice. You just get raw meat brought out to you and a stove, specially built into the table, switched on. This column found that out on the first night while visiting the country.

An interesting concept and a symbol of the cultural variety which makes up the world we live, you might think. A friend didn’t. “Are we expected to do the washing up too?” he asked the waitress.

She didn’t understand.

GOOD on, Kathleen Roberts.

This is the 91-year-old Sheffield Woman Of Steel who, last week, was taken round the works where she was employed during World War Two.

The great grandmother visited Special Steels in Attercliffe for the first time since 1945 when she was one of the army of city lasses who kept our industry running.

She told The Star: “They are still using the machinery I worked on during the war. That is pretty wonderful.”

Indeed. But it raises one question: Why on Earth didn’t she roll up her sleeves and do a shift?