Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Well-Versed in Confusion. FEEDBACK

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Well-Versed in Confusion. FEEDBACK

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Byline: MICK SMITH

RAISED in some of Tyneside's meaner neighbourhoods, I was taught from an early age how to duck and dive to survive.

Yeah, life was tough back then - you learned how to fight or you learned how to run. Our classroom was the gin house, our playground the street, our teachers the gangs which ran them.

OK, it wasn't quite so bad, but the point is when you come after me - be prepared!

And so, over to Dixie - yup, he's not even signed his real name - of Blakelaw, who wrote: "Usually when someone writes to Feedback they're complaining about butchering sub-editors or illiterate reporters but this complaint is about your column."

Whoah there, Dixie, after reading what I've just said, are you sure you want to go on with this? Apparently he does.

"You received a letter about the Toon Army singing the words of the Blaydon Races wrongly and quoted the first verse, which you said was incorrect."

Yes, that's right Dixie.

"So what have we been singing wrongly all these years? Put me out of my misery."

Careful, Dixie, where I'm from that invitation has only one ending - and it's terminal.

Sure enough, in this very column last week, we did address the weighty issue of the Blaydon Races and referred to the version sung at St James's Park and the correct one.

We published the first verse of the incorrect version, which ends: "We took the bus from Balmbra's / And she was heavy-laden / Gan-nin' alang the Scotswood Road / To see the Blaydon Races...."

Of course, the verse should end: "We took the bus from Balmbra's / And she was heavy-laden / Away we went along Collingwood Street / That's on the road to Blaydon..."

That's one nil to the Feedback One, I think.

BUT you lot hit back, and it's one all, now.

"Please inform your reporter Alastair Craig that the plural of brother-in-law is brothers-in-law and not brother-in-laws," writes one anonymous correspondent. …

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