Friday, July 07, 2006

St. George is a patron saint of England and Portugal

Regret the Error has been collecting awesome corrections from the British tabloids about the World Cup. France's defeat of Portugal (which had beaten England earlier in the tournament) forced the tabloids to reconsider their neighbor here at the Sun and here at the Star.

And here two really weird ones from the Guardian on July 4:

In a column headed Let teary pain turn to bongo-playing joy, page 20, Sport, July 1, the writer, in a reference to the World Cup match between Holland and Portugal, said: "Valentin Ivanov, the referee, made the pitch his Hungerford, and with an insecure, itchy trigger finger dispatched like a whimsical Michael Ryan." This was a totally inappropriate and offensive metaphor, the use of which the Guardian regrets. Sixteen people died after being shot by Ryan in the Berkshire town of Hungerford in 1987; Ryan shot and killed himself.

In a column, High notes may be out of reach etc, page 6, Sport, July 1, we suggested that if Portugal went through in the World Cup, St George (ie England) would be sick as a parrot. Possibly not. St George is patron saint not only of England but also of Portugal (and Aragon, Catalonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Palestine, Germany and Greece ... ) (BBC website).

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Blogger Meg Lyman on Sat Jul 08, 09:00:00 PM:
Alice, I'm so glad I followed the links to the apologies. They were hilarious. I'm also happy about how often you're blogging. I can tell you're not in class!