A good headline

Discussion in 'UK and World News' started by Pale Rider, Nov 15, 2017.

  1. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Well-Known Member Staff Member

    A thread for witty headlines past and present.

    The handful that stick in my memory I think are all from The Sun, which is bound to be a good source of material but there are plenty of others.

    Three examples to start us off.

    About 10 days ago a group of female catering assistants won the Euromillions.

    Sun headline: Winner Ladies

    There was a tale a year or two back about complaints over new body scanners at Heathrow airport being too revealing of lady passengers.

    Sun headline: Scanner Glamour Ding-Dong

    The Sun can also do serious.

    You may recall serial killer Peter Sutcliffe tried to get himself transferred to a prison psychiatric hospital wing on mental health grounds.

    A panel of doctors ruled against him, and it was ordered he continue to serve out his 13 life sentences in an ordinary jail.

    Sun headline: Bad Not Mad

    In three short words using just nine letters, they've summed up the contents of several hundred pages of doctors'and Prison Service reports and hearings.

    Over to you.
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  2. Sonic Budgie

    Sonic Budgie Active Member

    I think this absolute gem deserves a place in the hall of fame;

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  3. Sonic Budgie

    Sonic Budgie Active Member

    Although it's not witty, purely for being memorable I'd give a nod to this;


    All The Sun so far though
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    Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Well-Known Member Staff Member

    There are a few that have passed into colloquial language.

    'Phew! what a scorcher' being a good example of how to turn a nothing story - it was a hot day - into something memorable.
  5. Sonic Budgie

    Sonic Budgie Active Member

    Memorable indeed, isn't it the case however that there wasn't a "Phew! What a Scorcher" headline, certainly not in The Sun, and nowhere else either until the urban myth that there had been started?
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    Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Mmm, no images of it as a Sun headline appear from a quick google, so you may be right.

    Although it was pre-internet, and before the widespread use of digital images.

    Even so, I would expect there to be an image of it somewhere.

    One they certainly used was Gotcha! over the sinking of the Belgrano.

    A book written by someone who was in the newsroom at the time says they pulled it in later editions when they realised how many Argentinian seamen had been killed.

    From memory, it became Sunk!, which makes sense because that would fit in the same space as a change done on the hurry up.
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    Aitch Member

  8. Sonic Budgie

    Sonic Budgie Active Member

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    Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Friday's effort from The Sun is not a classic, but still a decent pun.

    The front page story relates to BBC News Channel staff kipping in the newsroom while on duty.

    Headline: Here is the snooze
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  10. Jezza

    Jezza Regular Member

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    Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Well-Known Member Staff Member

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  12. kirkdale

    kirkdale Regular Member

    Please always remember that the scum was used as a weapon against thatchers enemies.
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    Some of us will never forgive or forget.
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  13. kirkdale

    kirkdale Regular Member

    In the spirit of our new community, I hope people accept that certain things deserve debate or challenge. Everybody has the right to their views. My view is that the sun is a disgusting poisonous rag that I would not wipe my arse on. If other people find it amusing, that is OK by me, but I have the right to put an alternative viewpoint.
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    Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Well-Known Member Staff Member

    The front of The Sun today is a story claiming Damian Green may avoid prosecution because porn allegedly found on his computer was legal at the time it was found, although it has since been made illegal.

    'Green's Mucky Escape' is a good effort for a relatively complicated hard news story involving a change in law.
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    Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Paul Hollywood splitting from his Mrs makes the front of The Sun today.

    'Great British Break Up'.
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