#Brexit: A Sad Farewell to the EU.

Sad news, but we, the UK, have now left the European Union. Probably the worst decision made in our long existence as a sort of democracy. Certainly not a time for celebration. We’ll likely pay more for food, lose many manufacturing and service jobs, and reduce our influence on the world stage. As a member …

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Finding the #Write #Words? No. 16: Hart’s Rules for Compositors and Readers

Continuing the description of books on words listed in the introductory post, which you’ll find here. Book 16 Hart’s Rules for Compositors and Readers: Hardback, 182 pages, plus 7 blanks for notes. It was published by Oxford University Press in 1967; my version is the thirty-ninth edition, reprinted 1984, and I bought it new for …

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I'll Have…

I’ll Have… Artichoke asparagus and aubergine addled by aspicBeetroot boiled beef bones and beans bathed in bloodCabbage cauliflower chips and creamed cress chopped and coddledDoughnuts dates duck and devilled ham drenched in dillEgg enchiladas Edam cheese and eggplant eased under EmmentalFish faggots felafel full-flavoured and fragrant filled with figsGruyere Goat ghee groundnuts guacamole grilled for …

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Finding the #Write #Words? No. 15: Fowler’s Modern English Usage

Continuing the description of books on words listed in the introductory post, which you’ll find here. Book 15. Fowler’s Modern English Usage, subtitled, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage: Hardback, 725 pages, plus 20 blanks for notes. It was published by Oxford University Press in 1926; my version is the second edition, reprinted with corrections …

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5 Questions About the #Climate.

We live in a beautiful world. Yes, I know. You’ve heard it all before. Or, you haven’t and don’t care. Or, the whole idea terrifies you and you’d rather not know. But this isn’t a piece to frighten, bamboozle or preach. Looking at the news; hearing, watching, and reading items about what has now popularly …

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Falling Into Crime, by Penny Grubb: #BookReview.

798 pages Thrillers/Private Investigator Mysteries/Murder Fiction This collection of crime novels puts together the first three books in the Annie Raymond series: Like False Money, The Doll Makers, and The Jawbone Gang. For those unfamiliar with the writing of Penny Grubb, I will simply say, ‘You’re missing out on some very good crime writing.’ Having …

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Finding the #Write #Words? No. 14: English Prepositional Idioms

Continuing the description of books on words in post 1 list, which you’ll find here. Book 14 English Prepositional Idioms: Paperback, 562 pages. It was published by MacMillan Press Ltd in 1967 (yes, really!); my version is the reprint edition from 1978 and I bought it from a second-hand bookseller for £2.50, probably around 1984. …

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What If?, by Randall Munroe: #BookReview.

304 pages Comic Strips/Physical Chemistry/Web Graphics and Animation Subtitled ‘Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions’, this book is as entertaining as it is informative. The author is at pains to inform readers that, although he has a degree in physics, he works as the owner/creator of a webcomic, XKCD, he also warns that he …

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Finding the #Write #Words? No. 13 Eats, Shoots and Leaves

Continuing the description of books on words in post 1 list, which you’ll find here. Book 13: Eats, Shoots and Leaves: Hardback, 209 pages, including a bibliography. It was published by Profile Books in 2003; my version is that edition and I bought it then for £9.99. You can obtain a used copy for around …

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Finding the #Write #Words? No. 12 Divided by a Common Language

Continuing the description of books on words in the list from post 1, which you’ll find here. Book 12: Divided by a Common Language Paperback, 248 pages, including an index. It was published by Mayflower Press in 1997; my version is the edition published by Houghton Mifflin Books in 2007, and I bought it for …

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