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Heisenberg might have stayed here
Earlier this week, Channel 4 News reported that "the poisioning of an ex-KGB agent in a sushi restaurant was a story straight out of the Cold War".

Now call me old-fashioned, but can you ever see George Smiley setting foot in a sushi restaurant? The Lady Anne, perhaps, but only because it would be risqué.

Today's Independent contains a large poster on the Moon. There's a section explaining the current best theory on the formation of the Moon - collision of another Mars-sized object with the Earth shortly after planetary formation 4.5 billion years ago. But in the pictures, the continents and oceans look just the way they do today. Has the National Trust been around that long?
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poliphilo From: poliphilo Date: November 25th, 2006 11:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Did we even have sushi restaurants in Smiley's day? I don't think so.
brixtonbrood From: brixtonbrood Date: November 25th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Howler of the day for me is in the Guardian's Corrections column where they correct an error made in an article about "The London 2010 Olympics".

Howler of the year was the recent Guardian article about Women Who Have Inspired Us, where someone praised the inspirational figure of Barbara Cartland, still fighting for pension rights well into her nineties. They'd even commissioned a drawing of her along with the other inspiring women without anyone in the chain of publication ever suggesting that perhaps that should be Barbara Castle...
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