The Sub-Editor’s Art

Forget the actual article, just savour the brilliant headline that has been provided by an anonymous sub-editor to this review in today’s Observer.

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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3 Responses to The Sub-Editor’s Art

  1. robert says:

    Not sure that I believe the name of the journalist – or maybe thta’s what sparked the sub-editor’s imagination?

  2. Geoff says:

    While it could possibly be a nom-de-plume, our Kitty is a genuine reviewer on the staff of the Observer. But there’s clearly a sub-editor on the paper who loves excruciating puns – here’s another example from the same issue.
     
    The Guardian has a long history of punning sub-editors. I still remember, with pleasure, the effort of a sub-editor called John Hall who titled a scathing review of the 1963 film Cleopatra with "The Biggest Asp Disaster in the World". It may not resonate with young people nowadays, but to me, brought up on a diet of Gracie Fields in her later years, it certainly did (clue: look at the list of her song titles).

  3. robert says:

    Yes the one I remember is ‘many pythons fly in suitcase’ probably back in the early 70’s

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