Alex Massie

Shumble and Corker in Spain

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Mind you, it's not just the Irish police who are confused by foreign languages. A reader emails this piece of Fleet Street entertainment:

That reminds me of XXX's story chasing a British felon somewhere on the Spanish Costas. He got an interview with a doctor who slagged off the guy on the run but the chap refused to give his name. The Sun newsdesk insisted they have a name, so our intrepid hack went back to the guy's office and took down the name on the door...

Imagine the surprise and embarrassment the next day when Spanish speakers phoned The Sun to ask why they were quoting a doctor called Back Later... Scoop, you see, is not a work of fiction.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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