Monday, March 2, 2009


Two days ago I welcomed on board the good ship Newsdesk an eigth follower.

David Coleman.

I'm afraid to say that I failed to do one of the most important things in journalism. I failed to check up my facts. It's schoolboy stuff, readers. Journalists should never take things at face value.

My David Coleman is not the same David Coleman made infamous for saying ridiculous things while commentating. My David Coleman is a retired school master.

The good news is, he's a reasonable chap and appears to have let yours truly off the hook.

He dropped by and left a really uplifting comment, commending me upon my improved use of the Queen's English - if you can't be bothered to click on the link, here's what he said:

A pleasing blog. As a retired teacher - and NOT a former TV sports presenter - I am happy to comment that your spelling and punctuation are both making great progress. My appearance in your latest article prompted me to recall the following soundbites :-

“Looking at the proliferation of personal web pages on the net, it looks like very soon everyone on earth will have 15 Megabytes of fame.”
M. G. Siriam

“Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks”

Keep on blogging!

I certainly will keep on blogging Dave (may I call you Dave or as a retired teacher would you prefer Mr Coleman?)

Asta la vista Davey!


  1. “I believe the term “blog” means more than an online journal. I believe a blog is a conversation. People go to blogs to read AND write, not just consume.” (Michael Arrington)

    Re:- Asta la vista Davey!

    “I think the pleasure of completed work is what makes blogging so popular. You have to believe most bloggers have few if any actual readers. The writers are in it for other reasons. Blogging is like work, but without co-workers thwarting you at every turn. All you get is the pleasure of a completed task.” (Scott Adams) - Discuss!

  2. Blimey Mr Coleman, you can tell you were a teacher. You've set me an exam question!!

    You can't help yourself, clearly.

    Barry Newsdesk never shies away from a challenge. I will answer your exam question in the fullness of time, perhaps in a form of a feature, which I will send to the Metro. Or maybe Computer Weekly...!