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Issue # 151

  Prodnostication By Geoffrey Mather Name: Prodnose, a pedantic and interfering character in the humorous columns of J B Morton. The final column appeared on  November 29, 1975, and contained the headline ‘Lawnmower Used on Vet’s Whiskers’. I suppose Mr Gabb was the first genuine Prodnose I ever met, though I would never describe him […]

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Issue # 151

  Six o’clock swill By Phil Harrison I have drunk in many journalists’ pubs in many countries over the past 55 years, but nothing has ever been like the six o’clock swill in Sydney during the mid-fifties. I was working in the Sydney office of the Brisbane Telegraph, housed in the then Sydney Morning Herald […]

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Issue # 151

Dressing the part By Paul Callan Sartorially speaking, the Hacks Britannicus have long been a mixed bunch. There were always a few in the newsroom, mostly younger subs, who looked as though they had slept in their clothes (and probably had). They contrasted with the snappy dressers among the reporters who, if they could not […]

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Issue # 150

  This Week   Edition number 150… and they said it wouldn’t last. Nearly three million people have clicked on the site in the past 12 months – or, to be accurate, in the past year an unknown number of readers has clicked on the site nearly three million times, in total. It seems quite […]

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Issue # 150

National story By Frank Corless My old mate Ian Skidmore reckoned (last week) that once upon a time in Liverpool you could ‘make it up’ and get away with it, and – to a point – he’s right, although I don’t remember outrageously invented stories being the norm. Except, that is, when it came to […]

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Issue # 150

Got a grouse? By Alasdair Buchan I can’t now remember the name of the young reporter on the Glasgow Herald but he’s quite entitled to still bear a grouse about the wind-up he suffered on the 12th of August, 1968. How can I be so exact about the date? Because the lad was given the […]

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Issue # 149

Not so grim fairy tales By Ian Skidmore There was the girl for whom we bought fifty tickets on the Liverpool ferry and then photographed plying across the Mersey to New Brighton and back. The story we sold our news editors was that her doctor had ordered her to take a cruise for health reasons: […]

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Issue # 149

  Feathered friends By Geoffrey Seed Imagine the scene – the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC, MP, portly, cigar-smoking bon viveur and our newly be-wigged Lord Chancellor, leaping from a helicopter gunship in a bullet proof vest and bounding through a murderous cocaine baron’s prize crop in search of that rarest of creatures… the Great […]

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Issue # 149

  This Week   What was that saying? Oh yes: you couldn’t make it up. It was a funny old world, was it not, where you could be fired for getting a fact* wrong, but applauded for inventing an entire story… where a story stood up if you could persuade somebody to say something, because […]

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Issue # 149

Heidi Hi By Andrew Jackson In those days, long before the digital era, the thing to have was a particular Sony radio-alarm clock. Instead of a dial and hands this much-prized cutting-edge device used a Rolodex-like system, with the hours and minutes displayed on plastic wafers that flipped over with an audible and distinctive click […]