January’s homepage reviewed

Posted by Ian

A quick look at what you thought of the site last month.

Bad weather and the death of Heath Ledger attracted the greatest number of visitors to the homepage.

Other features that did well included our rundown of 12 everyday foods putting your health at risk, a selection of must-see films for 2008, and 20 predictions for the future that have let us down.

The most popular message boards were all to do with sport: the return of Kevin Keegan as manager of Newcastle, Fabio Capello’s decision to drop David Beckham from the England football team, and – intriguingly – a story entitled ‘Liverpool refuse to help Luton’, concerning a FA Cup 3rd round dispute over gate receipts.

Thanks for all your contributions, opinions and feedback.

As ever (sadly!) there were a few glitches and gaffes that you were quick to pick up on, and for which we apologise: principally, confusing the date of what would have been Elvis Presley’s birthday (we printed 5th instead of 8th January), inaccurately reporting the age of Shirley Bassey (she turned 71 this year, not 70), and neglecting to acknowledge that the world’s richest man was not an American but a Mexican, namely Carlos Slim.

One person complained that this particular homepage image had been cropped in a way as to suggest Johnny Depp was surrounded by naked women:

Any such implication was, rest assured, completely unintentional!

Finally, when news broke that non-league side Havant & Waterlooville were facing Liverpool in the 4th round of the FA Cup, we ran the headline ‘Havant we done well’ – which prompted one reader to complain we’d mispelled ‘Haven’t’.

You can’t win them all. As Havant found out shortly afterwards…

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