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Donkin's World: The Foggitt Files

Richard Donkin introduces us to Bill Foggitt, a shy but slightly mischievous character who was more of a co-conspirator rather than a straightforward source for snippets on weather lore.

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One of the best things about working in provincial newspapers was the way that certain characters would stamp their imprint on a locality. On a light news day at the Huddersfield Examiner we could rely on eccentrics such as Jake Mangelwurzel mentioned here. http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/obituaries?articleid=3086316

At the Yorkshire Post we could call on Bill Foggitt http://www.richarddonkin.com/archive_bill_foggitt.shtml for a prediction about the weather. When I began writing about Foggitt in the Financial Times twenty years ago a lot of my colleagues believed he was a fictional character.

Far from it. Bill, who lived alone in Thirsk, was a a shy but slightly mischievous character who was more of a co-conspirator rather than a straightforward source for snippets on weather lore. http://www.richarddonkin.com/archive_bill_foggitt1988.shtml He appealed to my former colleague, the late Malcolm Rutherford, who edited the FT diary for a while. Malcolm had his own eccentricities so that might explain his liking for this oddball take on the weather.

Oddball or not, I still take note of where the frogs are laying their spawn in the pond.

I have collected most of the diary items here in my archive under the heading: "The Foggitt Files" http://www.richarddonkin.com/archive.htm which includes a feature on Foggitt the man.

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