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On 16 November we reported on a British Medical Association paper about smoking in cars, which said toxin levels could be 23 times higher than in a smoky bar. The BMA has subsequently corrected its figure to 11 times higher.

Errors & Omissions: Write about literacy and wait for the inevitable clanger

Arbitrary rules govern what you can leave out of headlines.

Dr Fawaz Akhras

Our article, 'The Acton Spring? How unrest in Syria spilled over into the respectable streets of West London' (4 November 2011) referred to a 'classified 2008 cable from the then-US charge d'affaires to Damascus released by Wikileaks this year'. The cable named Dr Fawaz Akhras as a suspected avenue used by the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "to stash funds abroad'. Dr Akhras is a respected consultant cardiologist who has lived in London for over 35 years. He categorically denies that he has ever held or transferred any funds for or on behalf of President al-Assad. We accept that Dr Akhras should have been given the opportunity to make his position clear before our article was published.

Errors & Omissions: Who would have thought it? Michael Barrymore is one of the people

News, as we all know, is about people.

Errors & Omissions: When it comes to overused phrases and verbiage...

Two sentences published this week illustrate the use and abuse of the overused phrase "when it comes to ...".

Jim Magilton

Our article,"Inside the 'basket case':the film that will shock football"(29 October 2011) was a feature on a fly-on -the wall documentary film,The Four Year Plan,which has just been released about the recent turbulent history of Queens Park Rangers FC. In it we mentioned an allegation made in the film by the former  QPR  Chairman, Gianni Paladini, to the effect that Jim Magilton, the former Manager, had head-butted a player. Mr Magilton has always categorically denied this allegation and we are happy to record his denial.

Errors & Omissions: We seem to have considerably more heroes around nowadays

The debasement of the word "hero" is sad, not to say unpleasant. Any citizen who upholds the law is a "have-a-go hero".

Errors & Omissions: You don't have to know much about football – but it helps

This is from a news story published on Monday: "Downton Abbey [is] facing criticism for substituting dramatic credibility for soap-style pacing and plot twists." My thanks to Andrew Horsman, who drew attention to that.

Errors & Omissions: As everyone knows, it's so easy to make a royal gaffe

In last Saturday's restaurant review, John Walsh was inspired to an ecstatic gastro-lyricism by the high-class English fare at Rules in Covent Garden.

Traveller sites

We are happy to make clear that the reference to 3,600 illegal Traveller sites in our leading article “Time to calm the rhetoric and forge a compromise” (1 September) in fact reflected the number of individual illegal caravans.

Errors & Omissions: Some words should never leave the backwoods of America

The foundations of formality are shifting.

Dr Bryan English

Our article “Chelsea hit by Essien blow on first day back" (9 July 2011) suggested that the Chelsea’s then Medical Director, Dr Bryan English, had been sacked by the club because his medical staff failed correctly to diagnose injuries to key players. We now accept that these allegations were untrue and apologise to Dr English for the distress and embarrassment caused to him. In fact, Dr English says, which we accept, that the new Chelsea manager, Andre Villas-Boas, simply wanted a new team of support staff around him; it had nothing to with Dr English’s competence.

Errors & Omissions: Going forward, here's my counsel to honeytrap divorcees

It is an odd quirk of the human brain to be unclear or inconsistent about the direction in which time is moving.

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Errors & Omissions: Three is the magic number – but not always for women

The introductory blurb to a fashion feature published on Monday began like this: "A triumvirate of designers shone in Paris last week – and these ladies all had very different ideas." I know this is pure pedantry, and Latin pedantry at that, but you really can't have a triumvirate of women (or even "ladies").

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