Whole orchards at Sir Paul’s funeral…really?

Whoever did the line that there were “orchards” on Sir Paul Holmes’ coffin had better brush up their CV…

Herald bomb Holmes

Just as well they have “decent journalists, trained and skilled“…they must have been on holiday otherwise they’d know they really meant “orchids“. 

Which if you look at the etymology of word is really very appropriate for the state of the Herald under Shayne Currie:

The name comes from the Greek ὄρχις (órkhis), literally meaning “testicle”, because of the shape of the root. Linnaeus categorized the family as OrchidaceaeOrchid was introduced in 1845 by John Lindley in School Botany, due to an incorrect attempt to extract the Latin stem (orchis) from Orchidaceae.

The Greek myth of Orchis explains the origin of the plants. Orchis, the son of a nymph and a satyr, came upon a festival of Dionysus (Bacchus) in the forest. He drank too much, and attempted to rape a priestess of Dionysus. For his insult, he was torn apart by the Bacchanalians. His father prayed for him to be restored, but the gods instead changed him into a flower.

These flowers were previously called OrchisSatyrion (Satyrion feminina), or “ballockwort”.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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