I love the local papers. I read ours avidly but prefer the ones at home in Ireland cos they use wonderfully gradiose language. Our local at home is the Liffey Valley News and its fantastic. Cant think of any examples offhand but I when I read it I do a spot the 'Irishisms'.
Absolutely! Ours puts some very serious stuff on the front page. 'Bike tyre let down..any info please contact blah blah'. 'Back door left open. Teabags stolen!' Well I made that one up, but they're around that mark, iykwim.
Snort ks and especially Pamina .
I'm going to stick up for our local News Shopper. Frankly, editorially, it is a lot more sound on issues like racism than the Evening Standard (what a rag). They can't really be held responsible for the letters from single-issue local loons
I'd be quite pleased to find an insect in my corned beef. Probably upped the nutritional value considerably. I can see that your local papers are all considerably more barking than my cutting edge suburban one...ours is leading a worthy and worrying campaign this week to find out why a shifty looking GP has been sacked by the local PCT. No-one is telling his patients anything...
when dh was running a Euro election campaign a few years ago in Kent, he used to send letters to the local rags signed by his dog and some friends' dogs (Mr George Boyce, etc....) supporting his candidate, showing concern about particular issues, and they were always published
Our local paper is cr*p too, but I can't be bothered to read it....
lol @ this thread
pamina our local paper is also the informer and i do love reading it,i kept and add that appeared in the job sections because the printing mistake made me pmsl it was asking for staff to work,wait for it,on a SHIT ROASTER!!! i still got it if you don't believe me,they obviously meant shift rotta,i'm sure someone did it on purpose
Our local rag is marvellous, too. One week they had an article on how someone had stolen some bread rolls from a shop. And although the event it referred to wasn't at all funny, I gurgled out loud at the headline news that a local man had narrowly escaped death in an Eygptian terrorist atrocity because he'd holidayed in that location two weeks previously. Forgodssake there must be something more interesting happening, surely?? The paper also got into trouble for headlining an Easter Passion event with "Just Hanging About In X" Never let it be said our local reporters are professionals.
Our 2 local papers are really good and I get twitchy if i don't get my hands on them on the day they come out. I don't buy national newspapers at all, I'm much more interested in local issues. Mind you, we've just had a double murder, various ASBOs, Jamie Oliver lecturing locally etc.
ha ha at this thread. The local paper in Devon was hilarious too. One page 3 story was all about how a chef hadn't turned up for work at the local Chinese restaurant but police weren't treating it as suspicious because he'd emptied his flat and been seen buying aonewaytickettoLondon! The police were quoted as saying 'we think he's gone to London.' I kept that cutting in my kitchen drawer for ages, it made me snigger so much. Bill Bryson talks about how priceless local news headlines are doesn't he and says his favourite is 'Man, 81, dies.'