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“Too much syntax.” Huh?
Syntax is the set of rules, or the study of rules, for the formation of phrases that follow established rules ...
The Empty House of Mansions
It is a week since Mrs. May launched a broadside on Russia in her Mansion House speech. An empty speech, sadly. Too ...
Tone of voice? Or Content.
“No, YOU'VE got a problem with tone of voice.” It’s the wrong bloomin' name for what you’re referring to, for a ...
I, Spy 76.
Oscar Wilde. Trotsky. Balfour, the Bolsheviks and MI5. One man glad-handed every protagonist of this unlikely cabal. He wrote about ...
The language of politics must change
It's ironic. The word parliament comes from the verb 'parler', meaning to speak, but our politicians seem unable to communicate ...
A #secondspeech for Mr. Blair
Tony Blair is a decent orator, but there's a problem with his recent speeches. In this, my version of Blair's Rise ...
Punctuating the war on grammar
I love the power of a piece of perfectly punctuated prose. It seems that good men - and bad - ...
First time a rabbit came out of a hat? 1814. Louis Comte, French court entertainer. Mad as a hatter (although ...
The problem with poetry
Boris’s penchant for Kipling had its 14 minutes of fame recently, highlighting our nation's division of opinions on narrative verse. Some ...
Never begone, Woebegon
Listen to the radio. Learn something from a documentary, entertain yourself with a good play. Find a commercial station and ...
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