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Some­times as a jour­nal­ist, if you’re lucky, you write some­thing that re­ally grabs your read­ers’ at­ten­tion, shakes them up and forces them to re­spond. They want to tell you how your writ­ing made them feel, what think­ing it pro­voked.

In my ex­pe­ri­ence, it’s an all-too-rare oc­cur­rence, and one to cher­ish. The most feed­back I ever had was when I wrote about my fa­ther’s de­cline from de­men­tia and his sud­den death, nearly 15 years ago. Emails and let­ters poured in. I kept them all; that’s how spe­cial that kind of re­ac­tion is.

(Twit­ter doesn’t count for me, be­cause it’s just so dan­ged easy to fire off 140 char­ac­ters.)

So I was as­tounded by the strength of feel­ing elicited by my last ed­i­tor’s let­ter, a mild lit­tle piece on the pro­posed changes to Su­per­an­nu­a­tion, which con­tained a silly gram­mat­i­cal er­ror.

To an­swer your ques­tions: yes, I am a real jour­nal­ist; no, it’s not easy to get an ed­i­tor’s job; no we don’t have proof­read­ers (fab­u­lous crea­tures, they died out long ago); and yes, I do un­der­stand the prin­ci­ples of gram­mar.

All of which makes a mis­take of this na­ture even more galling. We are a small and ded­i­cated team at Your Week­end, and we take pride in our work. There were dozens of mis­takes that did not make it into print last week be­cause we caught them.

If it’s any con­so­la­tion, it hurts us more than you when a blooper is printed. We take it per­son­ally, we nurse it like a baby, it ru­ins our day.

Sorry, ev­ery­one. Anya Hind­march bag, from David Jones, $2150 If we had a $2000 wind­fall, this is what we would buy. Anya Hind­march bags are great fun,fun but also prac­ti­cal and luxe.

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