Another bumper edition of Daily Fail boo-boos

Who needs a joke book when you can read the UK’s Daily Fail and laugh at their hilarious mistakes? Here is the latest crop.

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“…as her horse comes in first place at the Gold Cup at Cheltenham races alongside husband Kieran Hayler” (NB: When this photo was taken Kieran was about one length behind the horse, hence out of shot, but was catching up.)

Watch you don’t spit your coffee out while reading the following…

At Victoria, trains were also heavily affected and a man was also taken to hospital after reportedly being hit by a newly-built entrance to the Underground station.
Get that newly-built entrance properly restrained before it hits someone else. [Read more…]

Do you get the syntax attacks? Here’s the cure…

Do you ever get your nouns and verbs and knickers in a knot? It’s surprising how many people do, as you’ll see from this selection of absolute howlers taken from picture captions in one of the UK’s most popular daily newspapers.

But while we have a good laugh at some of these dipsh*t goofs, at the same time we can also learn a few things from them to help us with our own writing.

Syntax writing mistakes on How To Write Better .net

Syntax: what is it and why does it matter in your writing?

Basically (purists: I will apologise only once, OK?) syntax just means the way sentences are formed … and getting your syntax right means your sentences are understandable, and mean exactly what you intend.

This sounds simple enough.

However syntax is very, very easy to get wrong, as this classic caption demonstrates… [Read more…]

Yet more howlers from the Daily Fail

Another bumper lot of howlers from the UK newspaper we all love to hate … enjoy…

Yet more howlers from the Daily Fail

But after tying the knot, Sir Paul’s daughters looked decidedly glum. A lot depends on who they all married, of course. [Read more…]

Want millions of readers? Write like the Daily Mail

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The Mail isn’t exactly renowned for its quality of writing.

It seems there’s method in the apparent madness of what we read in the UK’s Daily MailJackson Rawlings lifts the lid off this controversial Pandora’s box…Sz.

So I’m guessing your initial thought was “why the bloody hell would I ever want to do that?” and I can’t blame you — the Mail isn’t exactly renowned for its quality of writing. [Read more…]

Jackson shares the Daily Mail news as he helps write it

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Jackson Rawlings in his current job: “we have to create content so invasive and permeating that it is consumed everywhere from the train to the loo.”

A big welcome back to our very own Jackson Rawlings (as in HTWB Students writing fame) who has now ascended to dizzy heights in cyberspace, as a Blogger Outreach Specialist at the Daily Mailno less. Our sincere – and very well deserved – congrats to him … and here’s his fascinating account of the brave new world of news gathering, 21st century style…

Marble. So much marble.

That was my first thought as I entered the palatial surroundings of my new workplace… [Read more…]

Daily Wail: FFS get horse jargon right (and dump the ancient clichés)

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Suze with a mighty, trusted steed sporting white stripes all over the place,
white ankles to match, cool black leather boots and subtle hair extensions
to enhance its glossy mane.
ZZZzzzzz. (Suze is on the left.)

Being a horsey type I often cringe at the “popular” media’s ideas on how to describe, er, an actress who rides a horse over a few fences. In this particular case, though, the UK’s Daily Mail really does take first prize for the most asinine and ridiculous use of what its writers think is the way to talk about horses.

Needless to say this is not the first time I have ranted on here about the most stupid ways in which journalists mislead and belittle those of us in the horsey world who get increasingly fed up with the old-fashioned clichés used to describe a sports culture which is huge in many countries.

And we’re not talking horse racing or snotty fox hunters here. We’re talking genuine competitive sports – much more intricate and demanding sports – that work for people from right across the socio-economic spectrum.

The vast majority of horse owners in western countries are not rich or privileged. They are working people who often need to sustain two or more jobs just to pay for their beloved horses’ keep, so they can enjoy the camaraderie and opportunities to compete and test their achievements that are out there, now, for everyone to enjoy.

So when we get patronizing, ignorant drivel being published by a so-called “popular” newspaper such as the UK’s Daily Mail that attempts to belittle what the the 3 million or so private horse owners in the UK are doing (plus their equivalents in the US and many other countries) … well, it makes me angry.

To illustrate my points…

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