Daily Express, February 3, 2017
It’s hard to know where to start with this, but let’s go for the statement in the middle leg that Venice is visited by 20million people a week. This is about a third of the population of the UK. A nano-second’s thought would have made it clear that this is ridiculous. To be a sub or a writer, there has to be a modicum of connection between the brain and the fingers on the keyboard. Whoever put this through is an idiot, plain and simple. As a matter of interest, 20million is the estimated number of tourists a year to Venice.
How about ‘famous’ appearing in the first and third paragraphs? If something is famous, you don’t need to say so, and if it isn’t famous, then the description is wrong. I thought everyone on newspapers knew this.
What about the heading? ‘Misery for gondolas’? As if a boat were capable of emotion. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
A possible heading might be:
Gondolas grounded as
Venice’s canals run dry