Monthly Archives: February 2015

I Concurr

Came across this quote in my paper yesterday: “My spelling is Wobbly. It’s good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in all the wrong places.” AA Milne          

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Anglo-Saxon Months

Continuing my thrilling series on the old names of the months, we come to February – Solmonath. As with January there is some debate as to the meaning. The obvious conclusion is that sol relates to the sun, and February … Continue reading

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Taking Stock

I recently finished going through the proofs of Waterloo Voices, my forthcoming collection of first-hand accounts of the Battle of Waterloo. Publication is timed to coincide with this, the 200th anniversary of the battle. I’m told by the publishers – … Continue reading

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Catching Up

I’ve always been fascinated by the Anglo-Saxons – their language, culture etc, and I had a plan to run a regular item this year looking at their names for the months. As it happened I’ve been too busy, but I’ve … Continue reading

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Fouled by a Zebra

An unexpected source of amusement on TV can be the subtitles provided for the deaf or hard of hearing. On live programmes, the poor old subtitlers have to try to keep up with an announcer or a rapid exchange of … Continue reading

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Aquila

I’ve just received my copy of February’s Aquila children’s magazine, having contributed an article. They have a theme for each issue, and this month it’s the horse. Now, I love horses and one of my ambitions has always been to … Continue reading

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