Dear Daily Telegraph subs

Six Australians ride 2,500-mile horseback trek across outback to replicate trip by descendants in 1872

Having your descendants alive 140 odd years ago is pretty good going.

A 63-year-old Australian who rode a horse 2,500 miles across the outback to trace a 140-year-old journey by his ancestors said it was “pretty easy, really”.

Yes, that sounds more likely really.

11 thoughts on “Dear Daily Telegraph subs”

  1. It was ‘pretty easy’ now they had the assistance of the modern world to aid them, cars and roads to supply them, and no doubt modern navigation and communication devices. Not much chance of them running out of food or water, or taking a wrong turn and getting lost in the outback and dying of thirst.

  2. The main reason it’s easier is that they know what’s where. The point of exploring is that you don’t.

  3. bloke (not) in spain

    One does get the feeling Telegraph subbing’s been outsourced to the same Indian call-centre, fields bank account inquiries. The language may be shared but few of the assumptions.
    Maybe it gets done when the phones are quiet.

  4. Ironically, I believe from a friend who works there that DT subbing has been (certainly was) outsourced to Australia (time difference is ideal apparently).

  5. One of our commentators around here (The Great Redacto) is an ex-DT sub. Who worked for years with an old friend of mine. And yes, the subbing was, for a time, in Oz, then the company opened in the UK and it’s starving students doing it now. One of whom is, at least has been, the son of a distant cousin of mine.

    Small world……

  6. Christ, they’ve hired the products of modern British schools to sub-edit? Very courageous, Minister.

  7. Thanks for the name-check, Tim, and remembrance of Tom Payton. I now read the DT with my hands over my eyes, though I see on The Sunday Times phone app this morning that some poor devil has rendered “appal” as “apppal”. Must have needed a pee.

  8. Ran across one today that actually needed a proper sub-ed to catch:

    “one that has taken them from the pit of despond to the sunlit uplands of winning ways.”

    A good sub-ed would recognise the origin of the mangled first cliche – Slough of Despond being a proper noun – and have corrected that. More than a mere human spell-checker.

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