Category Archives: Language

Second time right, Mariella: two point one nine lies a day, NOT two point nineteen!

I am writing this as I listen to a BBC Radio 4 programme on children lying, presented by Mariella Frostrup. I was infuriated to hear her say that ‘people tell on average two point nineteen lies a day’ and relieved … Continue reading

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What Jeremy Corbyn must say to the Labour Party establishment

‘You claim you wanted strong leadership. I give it to you. ‘I have an overwhelming mandate from members to lead this party, and I am using it now. Purging Blairites ‘I am purging all Blairites from the party. Resign or … Continue reading

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Applying for a university course? New service offered: help with your personal statement.

I recently realised that I had helped several people with their UCAS personal statements (i.e. statements of motivation for entrance into UK universities) in the last couple of years. All seemed pleased with what I did. It occurred to me … Continue reading

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Brushing up my French with Michel Thomas

I have just started brushing up my French by listening to Advanced Course: French by Michel Thomas.  Undoubtedly the man is a genius, although I agree with other reviewers that the level isn’t that advanced.  (I am qualified to teach … Continue reading

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Acquaintances of various/varying degrees of closeness

The other day I sent an email using the heading “Overdue update for relatives, friends and acquaintances of varying degrees of closeness”. I received a witty response from a friend subtly pointing out that I should have said “various degrees … Continue reading

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Fame at last! The voice of “rogue, scoundrel, rascal”!

I was delighted to receive an email today telling me that I am now the official voice of the Scots word for “rogue, scoundrel, rascal”. Let me explain: a few days ago I was recorded by Katrina MacLeod of the … Continue reading

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The French connection, pesto, post, and post-pronoia post positivity

Pronoia and positivity work!  Since this post great things have happened, especially today! 1) I received a cheque in the post (for some transcription work). 2) I received a positive email from a potential commissioner, pleased with the sample work … Continue reading

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