Monthly Archives: June 2013

Don’t forget your brolly, Miss Bennet

Was there something particularly dangerous to the female human form about the rain that fell from the skies in the early eighteenth century? In modern times we used to have acid rain, although you don’t seem to hear about it … Continue reading

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Leave out the boring bits!

I try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip Elmore Leonard I must admit to a bias here, for two reasons. 1. I’ve just had to read through a manuscript that was 80,000 words when it could … Continue reading

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Should have been a novelist!

I came across this great bit of descriptive writing from an entry in the diary of William Holland, November 1799: Briffet is here to kill the sow. A horrible looking fellow, his very countenance is sufficient to kill anything, a … Continue reading

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Origins of Words and Phrases

Today’s offering is a little different from the usual ‘origins’ format – because it’s more of a tribute to someone, with a few origins thrown in. It’s inspired by a documentary I saw on William Tyndale recently. His is one … Continue reading

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Punctuation is Fun: No 95

I spotted a book called Grammar For Grown-Ups a while back, and, figuring that I’m well on the way towards meeting the required criterion, I decided to give it a whirl. And it’s already paid off! Hyphens are one of … Continue reading

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Send for Back-Up!

I saw a programme recently which featured a student who lost several months’ worth of very important work when his laptop was stolen. I think it was mentioned that he had been ‘just about to back it up’. No, no, … Continue reading

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Favourite Quotes No56

“From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day, I intend reading it.”  

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Imagination is Greater Than Knowledge

I know this, because it says so on the label inside my shorts. They’re very old shorts, but I’d never noticed this revelation before because it’s on the back of the label. The label was turned upwards and I spotted … Continue reading

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Publishing Sensation!

Murder in Montague Place released as a Kindle book at the almost give-away price of £4.28! Just to remind you, it’s an atmospheric Victorian crime novel featuring Inspector Bucket from Bleak House. You know what the cover looks like because … Continue reading

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Origins of Words and Phrases

I’ve been deluged on a daily basis with requests to return yet again to the romantic days of sail for the next phrase, and I’m happy to oblige, if only to stop her from pestering me. We’ve looked at the … Continue reading

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