Sunday, October 29, 2006

The News from Earth-X

I've never been quoted in the Sun before, as far as I know.

I still haven't been. Not really.

When The Independent wrote about the M25 London Orbital Motorway last week, they quoted from Good Omens, accurately, as follows...

I prefer the answer given by the satirists Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. "Many phenomena - wars, plagues, sudden audits - have been advanced as evidence for the hidden hand of Satan in the affairs of Man, but whenever students of demonology get together the M25 London orbital motorway is generally agreed to be among the top contenders for exhibit A."

The Sun has now done their own article on the M25, in which we learn that their reporter reads the Independent and that...

Satirists Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman offer this view of the road: “Many phenomena — wars, plagues and sudden audits — have been advanced as evidence of Satan, but the M25 is generally among the top contenders for Exhibit A.”

Which somehow manages to take a sentence that made sense and was (I like to think) funny, and rewrite it into something that is barely either. Although it is a bit shorter, and I'm sure that counts for something in The Sun's world.