Monthly Archives: November 2014

Beware…

An alert to my British followers when they are next out food shopping, in the form of my complaint to Tesco sent off today: Yesterday I bought a “Tesco Chunky Bubble & Squeak” from your store in Beeston, Nottingham and … Continue reading

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Words & Stuff

Quite contrary to popular demand, I’m returning to the subject of phrases we use without really giving much thought to their meaning or indeed whether they mean anything at all – such as “Cheap at half the price”, the example … Continue reading

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Changing Times

My latest literary discovery is For Who the Bell Tolls, “the essential and entertaining guide to grammar” by David Marsh. “Entertaining? Yeah, right!” I hear you cry. But actually it does manage to be both informative and witty and I … Continue reading

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And another thing…

I was musing about Jane Austen and her spider’s web cure while I was walking the dog this morning. Walking the dog is the best time for musing, by far. The question “How did anyone ever think to use cobwebs … Continue reading

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First Aid My Way by Jane Austen

One of her lesser known titles, but well worth a read. Actually, it’s The Real Jane Austen by Paula Byrne. Still well worth a read, and it really does contain a first aid tip by Jane herself. It caught my … Continue reading

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Howzat?!

An American friend was recently puzzled by a headline which referred to someone “breaking their duck”. We Brits are so used to the term that we don’t realise how odd – and possibly alarming – it must seem to outsiders … Continue reading

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Bird Brain Super Eagle

What better title for a children’s novel??!! I’m very pleased to introduced to my worldwide audience of millions a new book by Karen Prentice, who I came into contact with through my freelance work for The Literary Consultancy. I was … Continue reading

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