It does my dyslexic heart good to know that the mighty Grauniad can make so many mistakes that it has to have a âCorrections and Clarifications Column Editorâ â we could do with one around here.
Today they excelled themselves, for the Corrections and Clarifications Editor was forced toâ¦â¦..make corrections and clarifications. He obviously doesnât want to be out of a job, for he has left a deliberate (?) error to make way for tomorrowâs âcorrections and clarifications of corrections and clarifications of corrections and clarificationsââ¦â¦..
See if you can spot it.
This column has itself been guilty of errors in recent days, and months. Here is a roundup of them:
â¢?Charles Kennedy, part 2: a correction â 7 June, page 30 â said that a G2 feature about the Liberal Democrats went awry when it included Charles Kennedy â once a Social Democrat MP, later a Lib Dem leader â among liberals who originally belonged to the Labour party. However, Parliamentary Profiles 1997-2002 (by Andrew Roth and Byron Griddle, volume E-K) records Charles Kennedy as saying, âin Fort William I joined the Labour Party at the age of 15â³ in 1974 (Who agrees with Nick now?, 2 June, page 6).
â¢?Part of a correction â 5 June, page 40 â said that an article had wrongly credited Renzo Piano as the architect of Milanâs San Siro stadium. In the piece, San Siro was among three stadiums listed in the sentence in question, with Pianoâs name bracketed after the last, Bariâs San Nicola stadium. The writer clarifies that only that last stadium was being attributed, rightly, to Piano (Perfect pitch, 31 May, page 18, G2).
â¢?The location of Fintry was âcorrectedâ on 3 April, page 32, to Lanarkshire. Notwithstanding its postcode, Fintry is in Stirlingshire.
â¢?A piece about a day trip from Cape Town â 27 February, page 2, Travel â said that Kalk Bayâs hillside cottages looked on to the Atlantic. That was right (Kalk Bay falling to the west of Cape Agulhas), and should not have been âcorrectedâ to the Indian Ocean in the column of 31 March, page 32.
For the truly tormented you can have the answer tomorrow morningâ¦
Edited to add â my question relates to what is here, however if you go to the Guardianâs page on which this appears, you can spot another howler not an inch or two away for a bonus prize.