Monthly Archives: March 2014

Hyphens

If ever there was a good example of how useful the humble hyphen can be, it was this headline I came across in this week’s Sunday Times: GIANT KILLER FIGHTS STRONGMAN IN THE HOLY HEART OF INDIA Advertisements

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Kilvert’s Diary

I’ve been dipping in and out of this diary, written by the Reverend Francis Kilvert who at the time was a curate in Clyro on the Welsh borders, for a long time now. It was almost certainly a personal journal … Continue reading

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It’s Not Fantastic – it’s Normal

I was on the phone to a utility company sorting out some very trivial matter recently and it reminded me of the modern trend of people going into raptures upon receiving basic pieces of information. You give them your name: … Continue reading

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History is history

Just what have they been teaching children in recent years? This is a conversation I had with perfectly intelligent young man yesterday: “What are you writing at the moment?” “A book about the Battle of Waterloo” “Ah – that’s the … Continue reading

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Dickens

I’m a bit of an oddity in that I’m a big fan of many authors of classic literature but not necessarily their works! I’veĀ  been on pilgrimages to Haworth (the Brontes), Chawton (Jane Austen), Dove Cottage (Wordsworth) and “Bleak House”, … Continue reading

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