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Blame the French

A line in the sports pages of the Observer newspaper inspired today’s posting, when it referred to an heroic English defensive effort during football’s European Championships. Notice anything amiss, boys and girls? When the French invaded us in 1066 – something … Continue reading

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To boldly go…

I’ve always used that phrase from Star Trek as a sort of ‘split infinitive’ reminder. But I’m not sure why because I quickly learned that there is actually very little basis for the ‘ban’ on split infinitives. I often refer … Continue reading

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Diary of a Writer’s Retreat: Monday

An early start. I’ve always been an early riser, and after reading years ago that one of my literary heroes Bill Bryson gets up at 5am, at least in the summer, I decided I could match that and it’s been … Continue reading

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Run-on Sentences

Most of us don’t give much thought to the humble comma. It’s just something we scatter about when the moment feels right, isn’t it? But as a result it has become what Bill Bryson (whose Troublesome Words is one of … Continue reading

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Dangling Modifiers

I am re-reading my well-thumbed copy of Bill Bryson’s Troublesome Words, and I couldn’t help chuckling at this example of what he calls a dangling modifier: “Although sixty-one years old when he wore the original suit, his waist was only … Continue reading

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