On page 17 of today’s copy of The Times is a story entitled, Toy toxins harm children. On the next page there is a story headlined, Toxins in toys causing childhood brain illnesses. They even start with the same first paragraph.
Children’s brains are being damaged by industrial chemicals that pervade everyday life, experts have warned.
Did two reporters cut and paste the same story?
I’m a subscriber to The Times and get vouchers to pay for my paper.
Where I live there are two shops that take them and I usually use them, when I’m staying in for the morning. Or I might use the supermarket, when I do an early morning shop.
But when I travel by train, I usually pick my paper up at the station to read on the journey.
Until earlier this week, I just went into the WH Smith picked up the paper and put the voucher in the box.
They’ve now removed the boxes and expect you to use the self service machines. It’s a pain, so now they won’t get my custom.
Usually, when I go to the station, I don’t pass a paper shop that takes vouchers. So today, I’ll have to walk the other way to the shop that does, before I go to St. Pancras.
I can’t help feeling that lots of people will forgo their morning newspaper or buy it elsewhere.
I have an Internet trawl looking for stories about the Overground and particularly its expansion by taking over the Lea Valley lines. It found this story from the Docklands and East London Advertiser this morning. Here’s the first two paragraphs.
Part of the Liverpool Street suburban rail network in east London is being incorporated into the London Overground.
The Chingford and Enfield lines through Bethnal Green and Hackney will appear on the Underground map for the first time from 2015, it has been revealed in Transport for London’s latest business plan.
So it would seem that something at last is moving on London’s newest train line. How long it will be before yesterday’s nightmare trip is easier, I do not know.
My Sunday Times is always full of junk. This picture shows this weeks offering.
How much of this is actually read? And how much ends up in landfill?
In my case, it was even more pointless, as I’ve just installed Sky.
I saw this newspaper on a bus this morning, as I came home from shopping and having lunch at Canary Wharf.
If you can’t read it, by the side of the headline of Keano 3 Latvia 0, someone has written + Martin in green ink.
I had a letter published in The Times on Tuesday about the cricket, under a title of Spin Bowling.
Sir, If the Daylight Saving Bill had been passed into law, the farce of the fifth Test at the Oval would have been avoided (Aug 26). The match would have been coming to a conclusion at effectively 6pm, when the light was certainly good enough, as events showed, for nearly an hour of play.
Those MPs who opposed the Bill should hang their head in shame.
On Monday, I did talk to someone, who’d been at the Test, that I’d met at Welling. He said that the light at six, wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough to play cricket, as they in fact did.
We won’t get much on fracking for a few days, weeks and even months, as the papers have decided to dig up that old chesnut of a story designed to sell newspapers; who actually killed princess Diana. Even that royalist rag, the Independent has the story.
Still as her death didn’t happen in Sussex, the police of that county must be very relieved.
A few weeks ago, The Times had a revamp and put Lindsey Bareham’s Dinner Tonight recipe at the bottom left of page 2. It makes the recipe easy to cut out and keep. Here’s one I cut out earlier!
The great thing about her recipes, is that many are naturally gluten-free or can easily be made so. This new position, means you can check the recipe before buying the paper.
This morning, I got to asking myself if they now print properly, as in their old position in the paper, it meant you had to print about six sheets of paper, most of which went in the bin.
I am a subscriber to The Times, as I like their sudokus and other puzzles, so I logged in and found the recipes. To print now, is a lot easier, as if you only print the first page, you only get the recipe and none of the garbage, that you often get when printing a page from the Internet.
This morning, I printed three recipes, that have appeared in the paper in the last week.
This piece on the BBC web site lists ten of the greatest mistakes of all time. They do have one from the Liverpool Echo.
The Liverpool Echo, in a rare error, once described Violet, the mother of the Kray twins, as “Mrs Violent Kray”.
I disagree with the statement it was a rare error. Fritz Spiegl, wrote a whole book on the subject of errors in Liverpool’s evening paper.
One I actually saw, was when they referred to the 1697 Arab-Israeli War.
Knowing the city well, as I do, I was always a bit suspicious that some of mistakes in the paper were not as accidental, as many would believe!