Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Are Stoke City really Aston Villa in disguise?

Saturday 19 September 2015, page 66

The Leicester Mercury's cut & paste department excelled in this issue by managing to list Aston Villa's recent results under Stoke City and Stoke City's under Leicester City.

The Stoke / Villa results were not even their last six as Villa had lost 3-2 at Leicester the previous week.

Brilliant work!

Thanks to our regular sports section contributor Bobby George for sending in this latest gaff.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Meet the new paper - same as the old paper.

Monday, 12 January 2015 page 58

It is pleasing to note that the new look, more expensive Leicester Mercury still retains some of it's old features. In Rob Tanner's CITY VERDICT on Monday we were treated to a large photograph of Paul Konchesky firing home City's winner against Aston Villa. This was accompanied with the description "It's the winner Paul Konchesky scores his first goal since 2009 to give City a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa"

Given Mr Tanner's role, it is surprising that he is unaware of Paul's scoring record. Remember Blackpool last season anyone? Indeed, he tends to score at least one goal per season.

Could it be that the Mercury are simply parroting the comment made by Danny Murphy on Match of the Day?

Does anyone research or proof read articles anymore?

City players in both goals !

No wonder City won at Tottenham on Saturday as according to the experts at the Mercury they intended to field both goalkeepers!

Luckily for City, Pochettino noticed and replaced Ben Hamer with his own 'keeper, the hapless Vorm.

Friday, 2 May 2014

How did the photographer find the pub?

Thursday, 1 May 2014

An article on the opening of a refurbished pub managed to move it to the other side of the M1.

A quick search of Whatpub.com will find The Old Inn sitting in The Square, Littlethorpe,  NOT in Countesthorpe. It's a wonder the Mercury's photographer found the place.

Shock as City seats change colour!

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The caption accompanying the following photograph reads " Team-mates celebrate with Danny Drinkwater after his goal against Barnsley at the King Power Stadium".

Now, the observant reader may have noticed that the seats in the background are red not blue.
Keen City fans will know that Drinkwater scored at Barnsley and not in the home fixture.

Once again a sloppy piece of Mercury cut and past work!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Wind Turbines - The gift that keeps on giving

Monday, 2 December 2013, page 23

The completion of the Wind Turbine on Severn Trent's Wanlip site prompted the following article from the Mercury:

Not only has the journalist, Adrian Troughton, repeated the error from the 23 June 2011 edition with            " Structure is tallest in county" but has a closing paragraph that would have baffled Albert Einstein!

Let us consider this tallest structure, which the Mercury say will to rise to 426 feet. Clearly, the Mercury's "cut and paste" department do not research beyond the city boundaries as if they did they would find that the television mast at Waltham-on-the-Wolds, completed in 1968, is 1033 feet tall.

This is a proper puzzle! Especially as St.George's Tower is stated to be 269 feet tall ( 82m) and the London Eye is 443 feet (135m).

Could do better - but it wouldn't be as funny!

Incidentally,  the tallest building in the city at 276 feet (84m) is the Cardinal Telephone Exchange tower on Humberstone Gate.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Show Stoppers or Shop Stoppers ?

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 - Mercury Mailbox, page 15

Once again an example of what happens when there is no attention to detail. Spell checkers are no replacement for proof readers.