It does my dyslexic heart good to know that the mighty Grauniad can make so many mistakes that it has to have a ‘Corrections and Clarifications Column Editor’ – we could do with one around here.
Today they excelled themselves, for the Corrections and Clarifications Editor was forced to……..make corrections and clarifications. He obviously doesn’t want to be out of a job, for he has left a deliberate (?) error to make way for tomorrow’s ‘corrections and clarifications of corrections and clarifications of corrections and clarifications’……..
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:
•?Charles Kennedy, part 2: a correction – 7 June, page 30 – said that a G2 feature about the Liberal Democrats went awry when it included Charles Kennedy – once a Social Democrat MP, later a Lib Dem leader – 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, “in Fort William I joined the Labour Party at the age of 15″ in 1974 (Who agrees with Nick now?, 2 June, page 6).
•?Part of a correction – 5 June, page 40 – said that an article had wrongly credited Renzo Piano as the architect of Milan’s San Siro stadium. In the piece, San Siro was among three stadiums listed in the sentence in question, with Piano’s name bracketed after the last, Bari’s San Nicola stadium. The writer clarifies that only that last stadium was being attributed, rightly, to Piano (Perfect pitch, 31 May, page 18, G2).
•?The location of Fintry was “corrected” on 3 April, page 32, to Lanarkshire. Notwithstanding its postcode, Fintry is in Stirlingshire.
•?A piece about a day trip from Cape Town – 27 February, page 2, Travel – said that Kalk Bay’s hillside cottages looked on to the Atlantic. That was right (Kalk Bay falling to the west of Cape Agulhas), and should not have been “corrected” to the Indian Ocean in the column of 31 March, page 32.
For the truly tormented you can have the answer tomorrow morning…
Edited to add – my question relates to what is here, however if you go to the Guardian’s page on which this appears, you can spot another howler not an inch or two away for a bonus prize.