A colleague of Angel’s, who compiles the weekly First World War page in the Lincolnshire Free Press, received high praise indeed from a reader the other day. Apparently the lady on the telephone, who had recognised a distant relative, told her: “I normally go straight to the births and deaths page, but now I go to the war page first.”
• Angel has often observed that men seem to be reluctant to carry an umbrella and so are frequently the ones taking a soaking when they get caught out in a downpour. But the other day Angel was delighted to see a man cycling along Westlode Street in Spalding holding an open umbrella above his head to protect him from the rain.
• Angel’s colleagues on a neighbouring local newspaper told her of an angry reader who did not understand the newspaper’s April Fool spoof story on Friday.
The ‘report’ told of plans for fracking near the home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and quoted a representative of the local sailing club fearing that water levels would be reduced as a result of the work.
There is no sailing club in the vicinity and, as a ‘give-away’ to readers, the story was written by a Joe Kerr!
Worse still – when the reader rang in on April 1 to speak to Joe Kerr the reporter who took the call thought Joe was a work experience student!
• One of Angel’s reporter pals was surprised to get an email from someone whose job is, shall we say, linked to road safety. The message pointed out that a photo was taken from the pavement so could not be the driver’s view of a road junction. Angel’s pal replied she was not going to stand in the middle of the road (with her back to the traffic) to take a photograph ...