VIRGIN Trains have apologised to a Liverpool passenger over a scallies jibe in their in-train magazine.
The passenger, who asked not to be named, said he was on a Virgin service and found a picture quiz in its Hotlinemagazine comparing Liverpool and Manchester, which referred to Liverpudlians as scallies.
In the chapter on Liverpool the popular guide reports: 'Derided and dismissed for decades as a city full of smart-arse scallies who would as soon nick your car as tell you a joke, Liverpool has done a wonderful job of dispelling this largely ridiculous reputation and is eager to arrive as the belle of the ball in 2008, when the city will be the European Capital of Culture.
Lead author David Else said: 'The comment about scallies and car thieves was a bit tongue in cheek.
Riuven, real name Robert Morris, developed his chav-alter ego observing the bravado, attitude and antics of scallies
from around Lodge Lane where he was raised.
p LITTLE scallies
who nick lights and decorations off public Christmas trees and displays.
If any scallies
could write in to explain, I'd be most grateful.
Sir Paul talks about scallies
stealing lead off the roof of the old building, but it wasn't scallies
who removed valuable books, paintings, busts, etc, just before it closed for the last time.
Everyone was just the same - the ones who were little scallies
are still scallies
JUST as we're reaching the critical stages in the race to be City of Culture,finally shaking off the tired old stereotype of scallies
and ne'er do wells, what happens?