When the cat’s away

 

 

untitledHey, Nigel is away this week and it’s my turn to share a few secrets from the past. Yes, believe it or not, once upon a time Nigel was an innocent young reporter who turned up at a local newspaper. Of course, we were all much older and wiser than young Nigel, but he made up for it by being a little on the cheeky side.
It’s hard to imagine but back then, the journalists wrote their stories by hand and then gave them to the sub-editor (myself) to proof read and type out on an old-fashioned typewriter.
From there the story went to the girls in production who had to type them out all over again.
How things have changed, and Nigel isn’t even all that old!
With my desk on one side of the room and Nigel’s on the other, he thought it was a great idea to make paper darts from his stories and throw them across the room. They never did actually land in my in-tray, but it sure kept us amused.
One of the first assignments we sent the young lad on was to photograph some ducks for the duck shooting feature. Nigel set off with the best camera and the editor’s car to find a convenient pond five minutes from the office where ducks were known to rest.
Time went by and we began to wonder what had happened to young Nigel. After about an hour the editor became quite worried. Perhaps Nigel had fallen into the pond and besides, someone else needed the camera. So a second reporter was dispatched to try to locate Nigel.
It didn’t take long to drive the short distance to Ernie’s lake where there was Nigel, lying on the ground under a large bush, his camera at the ready for when a duck actually came into view.
I could go on, but well done Nigel. The community loves you and you got there in the end.

Helen

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