By Keith Skipper
The sequel to Skipper's best-selling Confessions of a rustic Boy, it is a highly interesting account of his early profession in journalism from 1961 to 1979.Journalism within the '60s and '70s was once nonetheless a global of epic lunch hours, carbon paper, scorching steel and kooky bosses—and one in all camaraderie, commitment and never-ending hours spent in pursuit of fine quarry and replica. Keith Skipper recollects these pre-computer days with sly humor and a pointy ear for wealthy discussion.
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To those reporting pitfalls. There was no telephone on Dereham Recreation Ground, so I had to tear back to the press office to send over my 50-odd words of wisdom for the Pink ‘Un football paper at half-time. Invariably, action had resumed by the time I returned. One or two puckish spectators considered it a real hoot to suggest a blank picture had transformed dramatically into a 5-4 thriller in my absence. They would reel off a list of dashing goal scorers before club stalwarts of respectability, such as secretary Johnny Cole or chairman Alfred Mack, restored order with a true account of what had happened since the interval.
Our plight took a slight turn for the better when Roderic unpeeled and was recognised by one of our inquisitors as a Young Gentleman of the Press he had seen in court a few days earlier. A ticking-off for scaring lady tourists on the Royal patch and a courtesy call to Norfolk News Company headquarters left us short on Hollywood aspirations. We were read the Riot Act (sub-section 21b, Mucking About In An Area Of Outstanding Sensitivity) by our editorial lords and masters at Redwell Street in Norwich, and urged to concentrate a bit more on finding news rather than trying to make it.
They threatened to go for pitchforks when yet another perfectly straightforward decision went against the Robins. (Dereham were the Magpies in this battle of the birds, strange nom-de-plumage in view of their green and white outfits). Such a sense of foreboding surrounded the pitch before the final whistle that I joined several others seeking refuge beneath a hedge near the exit. I referred to the most effusive of these spectators as behaving like ‘Mau Mau terrorists’ in my carefully considered notes in the Pink ‘Un the following week.