Clearly it’s not just Heather Tomlinson feeling the pressure and turning into a raving paranoid loon who’s lost all their bearings.
Mike Norton, Bristol United Press’s Group Editor responsible for all their local publications including The Cancer, The Depress and Venue, also appears to be under a little bit of strain at present. Why else would he be writing letters of complaint to one of his own publications?
Today’s Venue finds this letter (link not available because they’re still not on the bloody internet) from Norton, who actually runs the damn magazine, taking pride of place:
While not wishing to sound like one of the Evening Post letter writers you ridiculed in last week’s edition [’50 Things To Do’, issue 788], I would like to put your writer straight on some facts about our letters page and defend the 1,700 people who send us a letter, email or internet comment every week.
Your writer may be surprised to learn that: 1) All the letters are from “actual real people”. 2) None of the letters we receive are written in green crayon. 3) Far from conforming to a “reactionary” stereotype, letters from Bristolians can often be very erudite and thought-provoking.
Mike Norton, Editor, Evening Post
On the matter of point number 2 at least, Norton is entirely correct. It’s not his readers who write in green crayon is it? That’s the reporters.