If you’ve read this blog before, you’ll possibly know that my mentor Tony Ciprian died recently.
Losing Cippo – and remembering all that he taught me – has brought on a very reflective period.
But in a professional sense, it’s been constructive. It’s made me look even harder at what I write and why I write it. I feel I’ve been subbing my scripts with more vigour, and with even less tolerance for ‘flimflam’ and sloppy writing.
Even this blog is a second draft.
It’s also prompted me to trawl through Cippo’s now-dormant twitter timeline… just to see if there were any more little nuggets there. Any more Cippoisms.
And the great man didn’t disappoint:
- 9 July 2013: “The Andy Murray headlines have ignored the fact that a Briton – Virginia Wade – won a Wimbledon singles title in 1977”
- 3 April 2013: “I wish my lawn had stunted growth”
- 20 February 2013: “When will some journos learn? Cars don’t lose control – drivers do”
- 8 December 2012: “Journos… stop writing crap about something or someone bringing closure to a situation. There is never closure… ask the victim”
- 20 October 2012: “Please sports presenters and newsreaders – it’s triathlon… not triathalon”
- 29 May 2012: “We are not alone. Lots of Aussies also say ‘somethink’ instead of ‘something'”
I can’t really argue with him on any of those points. They’re perfect examples of the kind of cliches, mistakes, and misguided phrases we should all be working to remove from our journalism.
Oh and there was one more, seemingly-random tweet of his which I found:
- 9 April 2012: “Hey mate, you’re (sic) ego is now bigger than all outdoors”
You’ll note it doesn’t mention anyone in particular.
But a quick sift through my own timeline around the same time reveals a pointless and self-indulgent hashtag called #KamahlFacts.
With that in mind, I’m pretty sure I know who he was talking about!
Thanks Cippo. Love your work.