Be careful what you write

Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume
Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume

I’m ashamed to say it took me until last week to finally get my flu jag.

For the past few weeks I’ve made the excuse that I’m too busy to make an appointment. However, the recent TV ads highlighting the need for those with weakened immune systems to get inoculated – plus the fact I was seated between two people with streaming colds on Saturday – eventually got me along.

The nurse greeted me with a question that always makes me wary, ‘‘Do you work for Falkirk Herald?’’, but she didn’t have an axe to grind or a favour to ask, she’s just a regular follower of this column.

(My arm didn’t hurt too much, thanks, if you happen to be reading this week).

I’ve been aware for many years of the effect words in print can have on people so I’m always very careful – as are most journalists – when I begin hammering away on my keyboard.

However, in common with footballers, pop stars and actors, several us have been tripped up by social media.

Never put anything on Facebook you wouldn’t

be happy to see replicated in print is a sound piece of advice.