EVERY now and then I get the chance to write a headline or label and have some fun. In this case, Yoda’s chance of appearing in a Doritos commercial sent me to a page of Yoda quotes as I wanted to get something Star Wars in the paper. I thought it would be pretty easy but it wasn’t; nothing I could see on the page gave me a tip until I thought, “Hey, Doritos starts with ‘d’. Let me give it a go…”
I’ve always been a bit iffy about puns, especially after my “pizza the action” disaster. Sometimes I come up […]
AND so it ends. Thursday night was my final time in the Glendale office on Brand Boulevard before our move to the LA Times building in downtown LA. Above is my desk, freshly cleared of crap with my PC ready to be moved to our new office, wherever that is. The Mac is either going back to Apple or being donated to someone else in the company and I’ll have a shiny new 27″ model waiting for me when I start downtown on Tuesday.
It’s kind of depressing when your entire eight years at a job fit into one box. After going […]
DUDLEY STEPHENS, one of my colleagues from my days at Celtic Newspapers, died today. He was 76. I’m not ashamed to say I had a tear in my eye when I heard the news.
© Media Wales.
Dud, as he was universally known, was a journalist of the old school. He’d worked on Fleet Street, which raised him to near-god status in my eyes, and I think he was even Parliamentary correspondent for one of the big London papers. When I met him in 1996 he was editor of the Pontypridd Observer, a job I believe he took as he was bored […]
YOU win some, you lose some. I’ve never been that good at pun headlines but this column was crying out for a touch of LOLcat. It was nixed on the grounds that the average newspaper reader wouldn’t get it because the average newspaper reader is about 98, or something. One bright note: it’s going to be used when the column goes online as the website’s demographic is younger.
The background: the Pasadena Sun ran a story claiming the cheeseburger was invented in the city because apparently Americans care about that sort of thing. Thanks to the magic of the interwebs, the story […]
Pic by @jamiecraven. In case you’re wondering, the designer’s put “herey herey” as it contains an ascender (the h) and a descender (the y) and so shows the leading, the gaps between the lines of type. Back in my QuarkXpress days I used “dedy dedy”. Oh, memories…
OOPS. Looks like there’s one Guardian sub or designer who’ll be called in for a meeting. As a production journalist I’ve got every sympathy with him/her; errors like this are easy to make, especially when you’re rushed. I’ve been responsible for sending a page with “Stick a caption in here please” under a sports […]