Archive for October, 2009

Who reads the press?

October 16, 2009 Leave a comment

I meant to post this at the time of the Sun’s much-trumpeted “switch” to the Tories during the Conservative Party conference, but it has taken me until now to track it down on YouTube. A classic scene from Yes Minister, and more or less as true today as it was then:

Six great media hoaxes

October 14, 2009 2 comments

The story in Media Guardian here about how a film company successfully hoaxed the tabloids into running fake celebrity “news” – Amy Winehouse’s beehive goes up in flames, Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding is a secret boffin who enjoys curling up with a good book on quantum physics of an evening, etc – has something of a “so what else is new?” tiredness about it.

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B******* to those b*******, says Telegraph

October 14, 2009 Leave a comment

One hopes the Telegraph’s elderly readership were duly grateful that the paper’s Style Guide (© style guru Simon Huffer) deftly avoided unwanted apoplectic attacks, coronaries or indeed twinges of gout by taking no asterisks…

Never mind them, what about that c*** Blair?

Never mind them b*******, what about that c*** Blair?

At least some papers don’t go all coy on us:

Glad we've got that sorted out

Glad we've got that sorted out

Caption fun…

October 14, 2009 Leave a comment

linekarApostro-führer Lynne Truss reacts to The Times’ klassik kaption kok-up.

Categories: kaption kok-ups, The Times

Seven books you should have on your desktop (and three you should read)

October 14, 2009 Leave a comment

Reference books? Pah! Who needs ’em! Everything’s on the net these days, isn’t it?

Well, up to a point, Lord Copper. True, there’s an awful of there there. Trouble is, when it comes to spelling, synonyms, antonyms and other word usage – the basic tools of our trade – a lot of it is contradictory. For everyone online who reckons it’s OK to split an infinitive, you’ll find someone who is vehemently against such barbarism. In London, is it Regent’s Park or Regents Park? Is it installment or instalment? Before you know it you’re suffering from googlexia, a condition of paralysing bafflement that’s the cerebral equivalent of the spinning eggtimer or beachball your computer shows when it’s offered the choice of a spade and a rake and told to take its pick. Read more…