Take Two with Colin Drury

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HERE, we go then: another footballing disappointment coming up.

Still, at least, while we’re all experiencing the usual anti-climax which comes with supporting England, it’s nice to know pubs and clubs around the region will be enjoying a mini business boom.

Venues showing the European Championships are expecting to rake it in, as reported in The Star on Friday.

Now, wouldn’t it be nice if the team could do their bit for the economy by going all the way to the final?

HISTORIC day, today.

Exactly 180 years ago the corner stone of the current Cutlers’ Hall was laid by Master Cutler John Blake.

It contained a cavity into which were put items including the city’s four newspapers, various knives and six saw-files.

“Fellow Freemen,” said Mr Blake during a short speech on that day in 1832. “We are this day assembled not in a building made with hands but under the canopy of heaven.”

BACK to date, and it’s nice to know I’m not alone in checking cutlery to see where it comes from.

Several readers have emailed confessing they do the same after I revealed I’ve started inspecting restaurant knives and forks to see if they are Made In Sheffield.

And one of those readers – Martin Dawes, who should know a thing or two about it – has a theory with regards local eateries: the posher the place the more likely to have Steel City cutlery.

Rafters, in Oakbrook Road, Ranmoor, and East Lodge, in Rowsley, Matlock, both tick the box.

Good on them.

“WHAT next for Madness?” asked a headline in The Star last week.

Surely I wasn’t the only one disappointed to find the answer wasn’t retirement?

AND while I’m doing cheap gags, interesting that Nick Clegg says he reads a few pages of a novel before he goes to sleep each night.

The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore, perhaps?