Something important should go in here

A senior civil servant and I are in regular contact focusing newspaper27on the many and varied methods  of wasting time and getting it wrong — but not totally.
The memo which cannot be answered for it refers to a previous memo that does not exist is neat and should be tested on a wider, international basis.
The authority on this sort of action is the author John Masters.
All his books on India are a delightful read and totally authoritative.
He loves, wallows, enjoys the Indian civil service where you get splendid reply memos such as: Returned for favour of comma after ‘and’ in the third paragraph.

There is another area which needs examination and which, here, in Australia reaches levels of genius only a few can hope to attain.
That is errors in publications. There is a site which specialises in them: http://www.dailyedge.ie/best-newspaper-magazine-errors-939340-Jun2013/ It contains a series of more than worthy additions.We have just had one of these gems. Take, please, the give-away (who would pay for it?) Southern Courier in Botany Bay in the issue of December 1, 2015.
This comes in our letterbox full of news of good cheer, happiness anewspaper29nd spurious bargains at local stores.
Turn to page 8 of the December 1 issue. The lead story has the heading, understandable if not inspiring, Temperatures rising. And it is true, they are.
Underneath is the sub-head. In about 20 point Gill Sans type in red and all caps it reads:

KICKER HEADING IN HERE ANDS IN HERE AND IN HERE PLEASEE.
Following this is the story by James Taylor.
I think:
KICKER HEADING IN HERE ANDS IN HERE AND IN HERE PLEASEE.
ranks as one of the great sub-heads of all time.
The site has several worthy contenders but I put our entry from Botany Bay ahead of all the rest for getting the most errors into one line. (For those who wonder why I do not have that headline illustrated here in its full glory the answer is my scanner has just broken down. Will fix in a day or so.)

About Gareth Powell

Welsh to the point of affectation. Retired publisher, journalist, author, truck driver, circus hand, sergeant. Lives in Australia and England. Prefers writing to almost any other human activity.

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