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OO-NO!

Sad to hear sales of Sheffield-born politician Oona King’s political diaries are selling like the proverbial underwater hairdryer. Not well. And yet, things can always be worse...

She reportedly sent an email telling colleagues: “My publisher told me it was the slowest-selling political diaries she’d ever had,” before adding, “with the exception of David Blunkett’s.”

THANK, MUM!

Incidentally this writer’s mother bought him that Blunkett book one Christmas. Thanks mum, you shouldn’t have. No, REALLY, you shouldn’t have.

BOYCIE BIGS JANE UP

A great response to Thursday’s Diary feature on Jane Horton, the artist who paints Sheffield in vivid colours. And that includes one bona fide celebrity getting in touch.

John Challis, who played Boycie in Only Fools And Horses, was so impressed by Jane’s work he tweeted his approval. “My Dad was from Sheffield and I think Jane’s painting is great,” he said. “He’d have loved to see his old grey city brightened up.”

Praise doesn’t come more mar-lene!-vellous than that.

MORE ANNOYANCES

And a response too to this writer’s column about those little things which annoy.

Star cartoonist James Whitworth reckons there’s nothing more irritating than customers in trendy cafes asking: “Can I get a coffee?”

“Of course you can,” he says. “It’s a bloody coffee shop.”

EVERY LITTLE HELPS - OR NOT

Part of the old bank in High Street, built 1838, is to be turned into a Tesco Express, then? Just what the city’s been lacking.