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.