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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

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An explosion in place.

A Radio 4 listener's head exploded this morning during the news programme, Today.

At about 6.45am former journalist, Mr Gethyn Parabola, was drinking a cup of tea in his kitchen with the radio on.

His wife, Mifanwy, said: "It has been coming for some time. Gethyn boils over every time he hears the expression 'in place' - expecially when used by journalists, who, he says, should know better.

"Every single day, you hear interviewees referring to 'legislation has been put in place,' 'new security measures are being put in place,' 'the plans are in place...'

"He always moans about it being lazy English and that it's always in the passive voice.

'This morning, it was during a reading of the headlines when the reader said something about the EU loan to Ireland being 'put in place.'

"Well, that was it... he dropped his tea cup, sat there, rigid, and his head, well, it just exploded.

"The doctors say he will probably be all right, but he has to stay away from TV and radio news and documentaries for a while. They also recommend keeping clear of newspapers, who seem to be just as guilty."

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