Dog watches dog 23.09.05


When the Southern Daily Echo joined forces with local campaigners to
prevent the loss of beds in local community hospitals, it decided to
back the bid by producing posters calling for a U-turn by the primary
care trust. The poster carried the slogan: Save Our Community Hospitals
– and included the Daily Echo’s logo.

Many of the 2,000 protesters who took part in a march last week carried the posters.

march was well covered by local media and TV, showing the campaign
posters in full. However, a photograph of the march featured on the
front page on the rival New Milton Advertiser & Lymington Times
showed protesters carrying the banners minus the Daily Echo logo, which
has clearly been Photoshopped out.

“It must have taken some work as there are plenty of posters in shot,” commented Daily Echo editor Ian Murray.

“All very silly really, when the main aim is surely to save the community hospitals.”

Slugs and snails, but not puppy dogs’ tails

This tale (tail?) could have been tailor-made for the Dog Kennel.

Top New York chef Anthony Bourdain of Kitchen Confidential fame was
being questioned by The Sunday Times’ AA Gill at the Abergavenny Food
Festival about his personal food likes and dislikes.

Had he,
asked Gill, ever been presented with a dish so dreadful he could not
eat it? No, said Bourdain, he had not yet been asked to eat a dish of
steaming puppyheads.

Gill apparently had eaten dog while in the
Far East and while he was relating his reaction, there was an
interruption from the back of the stage and, as if on cue, the back end
of a small white dog appeared.

Tail bristling, the mutt was obviously taking umbrage at the idea of eating dogs. It was unceremoniously yanked off.

wasn’t a setup. Apparently “the blonde” in Gill’s life, Nicola Formby,
had been having difficulty controlling their pet, who just wanted to
get in on the act.

What is the most important thing to spell correctly in a weekly
newspaper? The name of the town’s mayor? Or that of the proprietor? Or
the editor? All have doubtless been misspelled down the years and the
miscreants have lived to fight another day.

Last week’s Brentwood Weekly News managed to go one better. By missing an “r” out in its own masthead. Masterful.

Chinese burn for Express in Heath splash

Press Gazette’s story about the Birmingham Evening Mail printing its
MG Rover splash headline in Mandarin reminded Dog fan Arnie Wilson of
one of the classic Fleet Street stories – “probably apocryphal, but
worth retelling nonetheless”.

When Ted Heath became the first British PM to visit the People’s
Republic of China, the Daily Express decided its headline “Heath to
make historic China visit” should be done in Cantonese, and a reporter
was duly dispatched to a local Chinese restaurant to get the wording

It appeared in the first edition.

Just to be on the
safe side, another reporter was then sent to a different Chinese
restaurant to make sure that the headline said what it was supposed to
say for later editions.

The manager of the restaurant studied the headline and delivered his withering verdict: “It says: ‘Eat at Ah Fong’s.'”

Telegraph tantrum

The relaunched Coventry Evening Telegraph may have gone down well
with many readers and newsagents, but at least one punter is apparently
less than enamoured with the new look.

An anonymous blogger, known only as “Hasselhoff”, has put his own less than flattering version on the web.

Change is as good as a rest for Roe

Journalists have fallen victim to plenty of drink-related injuries
over the years, but few as bizarre as the one that afflicted Western
Daily Press reporter Chris Roe last week.

27-year-old, from Weston-super-Mare, was enjoying a well-earned livener
in a Bristol pub, but failed to notice that a 10p piece from his change
had dropped into his pint glass.

Somehow he managed to swallow
the coin, which lodged alarmingly in his throat. Paramedics rushed the
choking hack to Bristol Royal Infirmary, and with the coin dangling
precariously over his windpipe, a top surgeon was called to solve the
problem. “Everyone seemed really worried,” said Chris. “I really
thought that was it, I was finally going to be rolling up my tent.”

trying to snare the coin with a long pliers-like device forced down his
throat, the surgeon finally removed it under general anaesthetic.

As a four-year-old growing up in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, Chris had to undergo a similar operation to remove a 2p piece.

An A&E nurse said: “He really should just get himself a moneybox.”

Quark searches with eyes shut

Quark, makers of the page-design software still used extensively
across the industry, unveiled its new corporate look with great fanfare
last week.

But, as Macworld magazine reports, the internet was quickly buzzing
with designers pointing out the rather uncanny resemblance between the
new Quark logo and that of the Scottish Arts Council.

Quark told
Macworld it had conducted “extensive checks to discover any similar
existing logos. We evidently didn’t find them all”.

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