RITE IS RIGHT
Another day, another literal. Reader David Allen emails in following this column’s comment that it was a “right of passage” for students to swipe traffic cones during drunken nights out. “That should be RITE of passage,” he notes. “Students have no rights to take street furniture.” Absolutely, er, right...?
A PUN-ISHING VIEW...
And another missive flies in - this one from Graham Shepherd. “Please will you tell Colin Drury to stop using pathetic puns in his headlines,” he rages. “He must stay awake late into the night thinking up the most excruciating and convoluted words he can find, culminating in Tuesday’s pathetic effort ‘Art Success Sends Doubters Alpaca-ing’. It makes me sick to repeat the words.” Ouch.
And some more criticism? Why not? Howard Greaves wonders what’s happened to the use of paragraphs in this column. That’s the newspaper’s new design, Howard. It’s not called grammatical inaccuracy, apparently. It’s progress.
HAVE A HARRY?
Do you have a Harry Epworth Allens lying - or hanging - about? Lucky you, if so. Two paintings by the late Ecclesfield artist - considered one of the 20th century’s most distinctive landscape-ists - appeared on BBC1’s Antiques Roadshow on Sunday. And the works, dating from 1942 and 1943 and showing Achill Island in County Mayo, were valued at a rather tasty £6,000 - £7,000. Not bad for a lad who only enrolled at Sheffield School of Art because he became disillusioned as a steel clerk.
HE’D DO IT AGAIN
Amused to read young hero Mason Crookes’ rather blasé reaction after saving his mother’s life. The 14-year-old gave mum Mandy vital chest compressions after she suffered a heart attack in Shirecliffe, as reported in The Star. “I would do it again,” shrugged the youngster to our reporter afterwards. One rather hopes that would go without saying, young man.
A colleague wanders over following Thursday’s Diary feature on Sheffield Centre for Robotics. “Do any of the droids look like Daryl Hannah in Blade Runner?” he asks. Unfortunately, they don’t.