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It ‘‘fidn’t dit’’. That’s a spooner­ism, named af­ter a cer­tain Rev­erend Spooner who was known for trans­pos­ing the let­ters in pairs of words. It’s also known as a ‘mar­rowsky’ af­ter a sim­i­larly af­flicted Pol­ish count.

‘‘Fidn’t dit’’ is a line used in a 1960s com­edy skit by Archie Camp­bell called Rin­der­cella. Rin­der­cella is "a geau­ti­ful birl’’ who lived with her ‘‘mugly other and two sad blis­ters’’.

This is by way of apol­ogy to those who use our over­whelm­ingly pop­u­lar free What’s On col­umn. This week, due to space con­straints and our press con­fig­u­ra­tion, we have sim­ply run out of room. A great many of our no­tices sim­ply ‘fon’t dit’ this week, and many reg­u­lar no­tices have had to be trimmed from the di­ary.

It’s not a sit­u­a­tion we are happy with, but hope­fully reg­u­lar ser­vice can be re­stored for the long Easter week­end.

Richard Mays

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