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Issue # 148

  Nobody called me William By John Waddell Back in April in Ranters, I discover, Anthony Peagam made what, for him, was a most unusual porridge of his facts. He credited me with having given the first half of my name to a column he described as ‘John London of the Evening News’. True there […]

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Issue # 148

This Week   Last week’s piece by Mike Gallemore got Mark Howard’s memory turning which – as we keep saying – is what’s supposed to happen. That is, not getting Mark thinking (which is never a bad thing) but one piece jogging somebody else’s memory, in this case about Big Lou Yaffa, Daily Mirror sub and […]

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Issue # 148

  Black and white By Mark Howard Mention of Lou Yaffa in Ranters last week reminded me of the best ever wind-up. Lou, a fanatical Newcastle supporter, was in the chief sub’s chair at the NoW on the last day of the 1992-93 season. His team was certain to go up. No-one across the entire newsroom […]

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Issue # 148

Meet the misses By Mark Day When old journos gather in bars they tend to tell stories of their greatest hits: how they solved a particularly puzzling murder; how they saved the British Empire or brought down a government. Rarely do we hear of their greatest misses. But we’ve all had ’em. Ben Hills, an […]

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Issue # 148

Gives good headline By Ian Bradshaw With the news that Lindsay Lohan is to play Linda Lovelace in a remake of Deep Throat I fondly recall my encounter with the original in London. It was soon after the release of the notorious film that Linda turned up in London and I  was asked by John […]

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Issue # 147

  This Week In an essay written in 1969 called Stop The Press I Want To Get On, Nicholas Tomalin (you’ve read it here several times before) wrote that ‘The only qualities essential for real success in journalism are rat-like cunning, a plausible manner and a little literary ability.’ As a matter of fact, we […]

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Issue # 147

  Short arms, deep pockets By William Greaves There is one familiar expression in the English language which appears in no international phrase book – for the simple reason that foreigners would be able to make neither head nor tail of it. The phrase is: ‘It’s my round.’ It has a number of variations: the […]

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Issue # 147

No such thing… By Michael Gallemore Whoever coined the phrase, ‘there’s no such thing as a free lunch’ couldn’t have worked in national newspapers. I remember when we lowly chapel officials invited Percy Roberts out for a long lunch in Manchester to celebrate his retirement as chairman. We certainly pushed the boat out on his […]

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Issue # 146

    This week All you need to know about getting into newspapers and becoming a successful tabloid hack is available in one racy new autobiography, says Harold Heys. So (even though it’s written by somebody we’ve never actually heard of) we offer it for the enlightenment of all those media lecturers out there who […]

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Issue # 145

Great truths of our time By Donald Walker ‘Don, you don’t understand what I’m trying to do with this newspaper, do you?’ Anne Robinson said to me one afternoon. ‘No, Anne,’ I replied (though these may not have been my exact words), ‘I don’t understand. Does anyone understand? Do you understand what you’re trying to […]