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AND while Kim Streets talks efficiency, perhaps she could learn a lesson from Site Gallery in Brown Street.

The venue’s latest exhibition, Ragworts by one-time pop star Bill Drummond, closes on Saturday – but staff won’t be hiring anyone to take the work down.

A release reads: “Bill Drummond invites 100 people to take part in his first ever end-of-show performance. By attending, you agree to help the artist take down his work, pack up his van and wave him off.”

That’s art, folks.

REGULAR readers may remember this column’s response to the Government’s claim that fare dodgers using Sheffield Train Station were costing £2.3 million a year.

We politely suggested the figure had been pulled from their proverbial.

And so it seems.

Just 365 commuters were fined for fare evasion in the whole of South Yorkshire last year, as revealed in The Star yesterday.

Which suggests that unless each one was avoiding a ticket worth £6,000, that £2.3 million estimate was indeed – fancy that – complete codswallop.

Having said that, the way rail fares are going, it might not be long before we’re paying £6,000 for a return to Donny (“If you’d booked 12 weeks ago, though, sir, an advance ticket would have been just £4,995”).

HOW about this for a timely find?

Former Diary star Pete Law – who photographed every pub in Sheffield during the 1990s – has been at Central Library researching the history of Sheffield Wednesday (“I like my stats and my Owls,” he says). And while flicking through old sports pages he stumbled on a delightful report from a 1928 Manchester snooker tournament.

Hard to imagine in this fortnight when we’re seeing players regularly smashing breaks of 120 but the article informs of Chesterfield’s Joe Davis doing something no-one had ever done before.

He’d racked up a break of 100.

His reward – perhaps equally hard to believe in these days of mega-money – was a certificate.