Flat Earth: And finally ...
Sunday 26 December 1999
Since the prose of the correspondent in the field is considered sacrosanct, mistakes big and small sail straight into the next day's paper. There are several stories of reporters testing their own untouchability by deliberately inserting jokes or errors.
Legend at the Rome newspaper, Il Messaggero, recounts how one of the paper's senior crime reporters found he had run out of material but still had a few lines of his allotted space to fill, so he copied out his wife's recipe for melanzane al forno, baked aubergines, which duly made it into print.
And since I seem to have a little space left here, can I mention my much- acclaimed method of cooking veal al limone? Oh dear, I'm not sure there's enough room now.
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