Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Newspaper nostalgia

I started my journalistic career on a local newspaper just as Linotype machines were being phased out in favour of web offset. Now I'm near the end of it and not needing any sort of print medium to publish my words and pictures.
Not surprisingly, then, the sight of the impressive but forlorn looking old 'Linotype Works 1897' that we passed on the Bridgewater near Sale filled me with nostalgia. They weren't the good old days - just different. Bashing out stories, fag in mouth on a manual typewriter in a smokey newsroom, then handing the clipped together sheets to a sub-editor to write his marks on – gawd how different that is to today!

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