Torturous times

A couple of weeks ago, Southland Times sports columnist Jamie Mackay — unhappy with the way his column had been cut the previous week — suggested sub editors were a strange bunch of people who, as children, most likely pulled the wings off butterflies.

Yes, I’m a sub editor. However, I’ve never tortured a butterfly.

I did, on occasions, remove the legs from spiders. These days I’d much rather pull the arms off hackers.

And maybe the occasional columnist.

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