Bending time like the Beckhams
We're all aware that time is a funny thing. Find something you enjoy and the minutes speed by. Start the task that fills you with dread and watch those hands on the clock switch into slow motion.
So according to one of our articles in Monday's Western Daily Press, David and Victoria Beckham must be having a whale of a time as they hunt for their new home in the Cotswolds. We wrote that one-time golden boy of English football David – back in the news later in the week with the publication of Sir Alex Ferguson's new book detailing that dressing room spat – is keen to find a home in the countryside to go with his new walking hobby.
We reported that a source close to the Beckhams told the Sunday People: "David and Victoria are looking to buy two houses. They love Britain and want to base themselves here for the foreseeable future. But as much as they love London and they need to be there for work and the kids' schools, they want somewhere quiet. They want a weekend, countryside estate where they can chill out and do normal things that normal families do."
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An inaccuracy in our article detailing the excitement of preparing to welcome yet another high-profile celebrity to the Daily Press circulation area left one reader distinctly unimpressed.
They emailed: "I always understood a silver wedding was celebrated after 25 years of marriage. If David and Victoria Beckham were married in 1999, it would appear that your reporter cannot count.
"This is just another example of mistakes and typing errors that occur when proof readers are not employed. The price increase does not seem to have raised standards."
For the record, the pair are due to celebrate their crystal anniversary – that's 15 years – on July 4, next year. Who knows, they may well be celebrating among their new neighbours in the West Country.
A simple solution to taxing brain teasers
The addition of an eight-page puzzle supplement to Friday's Western Daily Press appears to have gone down a storm.
The variety and range of complexity has won praise from the many avid puzzlers among our readership since its introduction in September.
The diversity of the brain teasers – ranging from the front-page picture posers to the unique selection of crosswords, both cryptic and "simple" – is compiled with the help of Tom Williams of www.wordgames.co.uk.
But alongside the letters from puzzlers revelling in the eight pages of mental stimulation, Moira Corbett emailed Feedback with a suggestion to heighten the enjoyment of her weekly challenge.
She said: "I have a request which I feel may be helpful. Please could the answers to the Who, What, Where and When etc, questions be put in a separate box at the bottom of the page. At the moment, to make any sense of attempting the puzzles, readers need to cover the answer to make the puzzles worth the effort."
As with all good ideas the simplicity is as stunning as it is obvious. And indeed anything that makes the puzzles more of a "tease" over that morning cup of coffee or afternoon tea has got to be a winner.
Editor Tim Dixon – who usually is the first in the office to try his hand at the brain teasers – agrees. So from next week there will be no need to cover the answers before attempting our Wordwise, Year t'is, Four Ws, Impossipuzzles and Who am I? challenges.
Printing problem leaves us puzzled
Hot on the heels of problems obtaining a copy of the Western Daily Press – see last week's Feedback – comes another hurdle on the path to enjoyment of this newspaper.
Sometimes comments or complaints about the Daily Press catch us unawares and this week's "out of the blue" cry of woe concerned problems with the printing of our Saturday magazine West Country Life.
Christine Ashford emailed to report: "I bought the Daily Press and was looking forward to reading the supplement. However, pages 11 and 12 (and 1 and 2 of the property section) were so badly printed that the right-hand edge of the odd pages and the left-hand edge of the even numbered pages had the text cut off, making it impossible to read and make sense of the articles."
Normally, any problems with the reproduction or printing of the paper become apparent when the first copies are opened in the office. This is quickly followed by the early-morning buyers of the Daily Press calling to point out the problem or error. But Christine's poorly printed copy appears to be a one-off, I hope – I'm touching wood and crossing my fingers as I write this.
I would be keen to learn if any other readers have problems with the printing of the Daily Press or its West Country Life supplement. Email me at the address above and let me know where the offending copy of the newspaper was bought.
Making a point about that Hinkley decision
Publication of Sir Alex Ferguson's book was not the only major story of the week. There was a royal christening, alleged phone tapping of the German Chancellor's mobile and, closer to home, news of the £14 billion deal to invest in a nuclear power station in Somerset.
Reader Maurice Jackson, of Brent Knoll, Somerset, said: "I'm writing to congratulate you and your editorial staff for the excellent coverage of the events at Hinkley yesterday. The pictures were pretty good too.
"I agree with [MP Ian] Liddell-Grainger when he says: 'Of course some people are never satisfied with good news, however momentous. We shall listen politely to what they have to say, because they have a democratic right to voice an opinion.'"
Mr Jackson adds: "From my point of view, I wouldn't mind if they knew what they were talking about."