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Banality 1822-style

I was standing in a pub the other day, reading the writing on the wall, when I discovered that newspapers 200 years ago were just as banal as newspapers now. The pub in question (The Royal Mile Tavern) has a copy of the Edinburgh Advertiser from March 26th 1822 pasted up conveniently near some bar-stools. It seems editors then recycled trivia from other local papers in the same way editors now recycle it from wire stories.

For your amusement and delight, banality 1822-style:

Bees swarm

Bees Swarm

Bees Swarm

Prisoners want to escape

Prisoners want to escape

Prisoners want to escape

Prisoners don’t escape

Prisoners don't escape

Prisoners don't escape

Student nicks paper

Student nicks paper

Student nicks paper

Thief nearly gets away

Thief nearly gets away

Thief nearly gets away

Thief does get away

Thief does get away

Thief does get away

Men get drunk

Men get drunk

Men get drunk

Man gets wet

Man gets wet

Man gets wet

Lads attack policeman

Lads attack policeman

Lads attack policeman

And the cute one right at the end:

Cows on ships

Cows on ships

Cows on ships

So it seems that lazy, unimaginative and gossipy news reporting is not new. But when it’s almost 200 years old it does become fun.