Pippa can’t get her ham from Australia. Who at Fairfax made a small but glaring change to a London Telegraph review of Pippa Middleton’s book? The Sydney Morning Herald review appeared online yesterday with this paragraph (bold for emphasis):

“It would be easy to mock Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Family and Friends. It would be like … well, if not shooting fish in a barrel, then cooking toad in a hole (Pippa has a recipe for this as well, which involves buying the sausages from ‘a local butcher’ and then wrapping them in parma ham — fine if you live in the genteel environs of Bucklebury, Buckinghamshire, but not so good if all you have is a IGA on your doorstep).”

IGA is a chain of small supermarkets in Australia supplied by the listed company Metcash; many stores do not carry “parma ham” or prosciutto. Look at The Telegraph‘s version:

“And it would be easy to mock Celebrate (or, to give the book its full title, Celebrate – A Year of British Festivities for Family and Friends). It would be like… well, if not shooting fish in a barrel, then cooking toad in a hole (Pippa has a recipe for this as well, which involves buying the sausages from “a local butcher” and then wrapping them in parma ham – fine if you live in the genteel environs of Bucklebury, Bucks, but not so good if all you have is a Budgens on your doorstep).”

Budgens is an independent chain of UK supermarkets. That’s why someone at Fairfax changed the reference to IGA. But why? The review was written in Britain; the reviewer would not have known of IGA. Anyway, the reference to Bugdens not carrying parma ham is wrong — a check of its website in the UK shows it does stock parma ham and at least one recipe including its use! — Glenn Dyer

Kroger switches sides. Memo to our friends at The Age iPad desk: Craig Thomson is no longer a “Labor MP”, and Michael Kroger was certainly never an “ALP powerbroker”.

Front page of the day. As The Independent reports, conservative MP Sir Roger Gale may regret his quote to the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport as part of the extraordinary probe into the abuse of children by the late BBC presenter Jimmy Savile and what management and government knew at the time …

Video of the Day. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon busts out some Gangnam Style moves (minus the horse riding legs).

Rinehart pushes Fairfax board spill with vote

“Gina Rinehart has used her voting power to force a first strike against Fairfax Media’s remuneration report, maintaining her criticism of the company’s board at its annual meeting yesterday.” — The Sydney Morning Herald

Obama to get TV boost before election

“Harvey Weinstein, a long-time Obama supporter, has added more news and documentary footage to SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden, which airs on the National Geographic Channel two days before the presidential election. It’s expected that speeches from President Obama will be all over TV in the days before the election, but he’ll also be playing a larger role in a television movie airing on Nov. 4, just two days before the presidential election.” — The Hollywood Reporter

Cruise wants $50m for magazine smear

“Mr. Cruise on Wednesday filed suit against the Bauer Publishing Company and related entities, demanding $50 million in damages for cover stories in the company’s In Touch and Life and Style magazines saying he had ‘abandoned’ his daughter, Suri.” — The New York Times

Facebook sponsored messages go too far

“I am not one of those people who hate the idea of Facebook making money. But in its latest attempts to make money from brands, it has lost its way. Sponsored brand messages are interrupting, confusing and pissing off my friends.” — mUmBRELLA

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