Always enjoy a good headline. There’s a famous example – maybe skewered by Myles of the Irish Times – lazy headlines beginning ‘Bid’. Give thanks for that patriotic Irishwoman – ‘Bid to resolve decommissioning impasse – Bid to end world hunger, etc.’ Then there was the famous [and distasteful] ‘Gotcha!’ from the Sun as the Belgrano went down and took 1000 Argentinian conscripts with it. And the cheery ‘What a burqua’ from the Mirror as the BBC’s John Simpson got a bit overheated about his personal role in the liberation of Kabul.
The Portadown Times joined that illustrious band this week – marking the sad closure of the former Metal Box factory – the place where Flora Margerine containers were made – and the consequent loss of jobs.
‘Blow as 95 jobs are lost’
Headlines that play on words can be very good – sadly i can’t remember most of them. However one of the best came from the football pages after Celtic had been beaten by Caledonian Thistle. It was “Supercallygoballisticcelticareattrocious” – not bad from the “game of two halves school” of journalism I thought.
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