Errors & Omissions: Readers want to both gawp at pictures and learn a few facts

Many years ago, The Times had a reputation for publishing, in a spirit of superb hauteur, captions which did not condescend to tell you anything much about the picture. Maybe it was assumed that people who wanted to gawp at pictures rather than read text were not clever enough to want facts.

Julian Assange

Frank Warren

A reference was made in a sports article on 14 March that may have given the impression that Frank Warren played a part in instigating the recent press room fight between Mr Haye and Mr Chisora.

Errors & Omissions: Caught short by a literal translation that wasn't quite le mot juste

On Thursday, a news report datelined from Toulouse reported: "Authorities insisted no attempts had yet been made to seize Mohamed Merah, 23, believed to be the 'scooter assassin' who murdered seven people in eight days."

Errors & Omissions: The trouble with the adverb formerly known as formally

This is from a news page last Saturday: "Partly this is the nature of coalition government, which means that everything has to be formerly signed off by both parties." That should be "formally".

Corrections & clarifications: Jeremy Bowen

In an article earlier this week on the Counter-Terrorism and Specialist Security Awards due to be held next month, said by critics to be an "arms dealers' dinner", we wrongly stated that BBC journalist Jeremy Bowen had in the past agreed to be the MC at this event.

Errors & Omissions: If you go around begging, expect questions to be raised

Tuesday's Trending page reported that Scarlett Johansson is to act the part of Janet Leigh, star of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho – "which beggars the question: is there a more intimidating role to take on than that of another celebrated actor?".

Correction

In an article on Tuesday we inadvertently implied that Denis Norden was no longer with us.  We are happy to say that our report was much exaggerated and that Mr Norden is very much still alive.

Correction

An article in our foreign pages recently alleged that President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela had indulged in a "homophobic rant" against a political rival. We now accept that President Chavez did no such thing. We are happy to set the record straight.

Errors & Omissions: When your boiler breaks down, let a pagoda come to your rescue

The struggle to find illustrations for business page articles is as old as journalism. No pictures are available of the things we write about on business pages, such as the gross domestic product or quantitative easing. So it was on a personal finance page last Saturday. The headline said: "Nobody accepts responsibility for my mother's faulty boiler." Next door was a picture captioned: "Kew Gardens pagoda: Many households are vulnerable to cold winters."

MATCH Hospitality AG ("MATCH"), Jaime and Enrique Byrom

The article "Blatter embroiled in new controversy – this time over tickets" on 20 November 2011 stated that, despite MATCH's performance in the 2010 Fifa World Cup, it did not have to tender for the hospitality rights it was granted by Fifa for the 2014 Fifa World Cup. In fact, MATCH was awarded hospitality rights for the 2014 Fifa World Cup after a formal bid process in 2007.

Richard Thomas

Our report of the Leveson Inquiry on 6 December 2011 said that former Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, had told MPs in 2007 that lawyers had advised him that journalists should not be prosecuted in connection with the Operation Motorman investigation, and contrasted that to the legal advice he had received in 2003 to the effect that there was “little doubt” that journalists had committed offences. We were wrong to suggest that in any way Mr Thomas had misled MPs. In fact Mr Thomas was telling MPs about subsequent legal advice obtained in 2005 after Steve Whittamore and others had been sentenced to conditional discharges, when he was advised that further prosecutions should not go ahead. We accept that our report was misleading and we apologise to Mr Thomas.

Errors & Omissions: Take a peek at this pike from the peak – but leave the peke behind

Bryan Clarke writes from Dartford in Kent to draw attention to this, from a picture caption in last Saturday's magazine: "Take a peak at his rarely glimpsed later works." That should, of course, be "peek".

Wayne Rooney

On January 7 we published a story, headlined on the print edition's front page, suggesting Wayne Rooney could be sold in the January transfer window because of a damaged working relationship between him and Sir Alex Ferguson ("Ferguson willing to sell Rooney during transfer window", by James Lawton).  We said there was a strong feeling around Manchester United that Sir Alex believed he had "lost control of Rooney".  We now accept that the working relationship between player and manager is strong and are happy to reiterate the statement, issued jointly by Rooney and Manchester United on the night of publication (and included in our story in later editions), that player and manager look forward to working together for seasons to come. We also accept that no moves were made to sell Wayne Rooney during the January transfer window.

Errors & Omissions: We should appreciate the dignified calm of 11 monosyllables

It isn't Christmas, so this column has no business being nice to anyone, but just relish this sentence, from a film review by Anthony Quinn, published yesterday.

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