Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Fallowell: 'Neither Nancy nor tosser'

Dear Madame Arcati,

Since Susan Hill is continuing the Nancy photo business on her blog, and using the "It was all just a joke" defence for her error, I think it's time for a general statement of internet ethics. If you publicly call someone a tosser, then discover that your facts were wrong, an apology should be forthcoming - unprompted and unqualified. I recall one of our Latin masters who was caught out making a mistake on the blackboard by one of his pupils. He couldn't admit it and moved the goalposts by pretending he was just testing us. Susan is trying to move the goalposts by saying I've got no sense of humour.

With best wishes, Duncan Fallowell

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

once a schoolmistress always a schoolmistress

duralex said...

Ha ha, I wasn't so wrong, with my Thanksgiving turkey ! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Now, now, Susan Hill was a bloody good schoolmistress

Anonymous said...

Yeah, get over it Susan

Anonymous said...

Get over it, Duncan

drf said...

Who are all these bloody creeps suddenly in my life?

Susan Hill said...

I`ve never been a schoolmistress.

Lavinia said...

Of course you weren't, darling. I'm sure the little beasts were only using the word figuratively. Loved your latest.

Craig Ranapia said...

Dear Master Fallowell:

If that's the worse thing you're ever called, you're a lucky bastard.

And sometimes the proper response to impertinent and vulgar abuse (not that I think Susan Hill did any such thing) is to take the high ground and not dignify the ravings of petty and unimportant people with your attention. To the contrary, there are some people out there whose contempt I regard as a bouquet that never withers.

Anonymous said...

Bully for you, dear.

Lavinia said...

I fancy a Grasshopper.

Anonymous said...

Anyone for Cricket?