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English Is Not Difficult

Ok, I’m still fast drafting. As you might have guessed, there are more drafts than drafting, and the Oxford English Dictionary wrote to me recently to inform me that “fast” is just embarrassed to be associated with my name. I can understand how it...

What’s In A Name? I’m a Pig!

  I’ve had a few comments about the new calendar I introduced recently. It seems it didn’t go down well with everyone, in particular, the French. Now I know you’re thinking they might have been ticked at the whole Rose and Napoleon article last week, but no. No, the...

The Name of the Rose

Choosing a name is an important business. For example, I was at a horticultural society meeting in London last week when a punch-up started. You’d have thought we were at a hockey game, but no, it was all Shakespeare’s fault. Really, it was – do you think I make this...

What’s In A Name – Evil Dictators

I think names are important. They give character to people, ideas and inanimate objects alike. JK Rowling is a master at using names. The kind, ordinary, simple sounding Harry paired with the spit-worthy Potter, the “P” giving his enemies instant ammunition in...

I Can’t Tell A Lie

No, I can’t, I usually use weasel-ly excuses. In this case I’m going to have to beg off posting anything for the next few days because I have to help rebuild a children’s playground, paint the neighbors house, and read poetry at the local library....

The New Week

In honor of the fact that I screwed up my Monday post and it’s now Tuesday, I’m going to re-designate Tuesday as the New Monday. This will, I’m sure, cause confusion in certain parts of the world, so I’d appreciate your support during this tricky transition phase....

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