Category Archives: Language

The physics of new media

My life is in a state of turmoil. I am a ball of confusion. In recent years, I’ve been very happy to embrace many facets of what we term ‘new technology’, in particular, those aspects which affect our communications. However, … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Forty Things I Really Like And… (Day 31)–Can you help me?

The right context. The woman picked up the telephone and dialed the numbers slowly, trying to reach her bank. “If you want to continue in English, press 1,” she heard. “If you want to speak to someone about online access, … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Forty Things I Really Like And… (Day 7)–I’ve an idea

Putting ideas into words. I do not usually remember dreams when I wake each morning, but I never wake up empty-headed. I don’t have writer’s block. Is that a problem? It can be. Too many ideas can also be a problem. If … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Forty Things I Really Like And… (Day 6)–Where’s the devil?

The devil’s in the details. If you live in or near a city such as Washington DC, you should think what it would mean for you not to pay attention to the details of what you’re doing or where you’re … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Forty Things I Really Like And… (Day 2)

My mental cutting room floor has a few discarded ‘likes’ lying there this morning–rock music (Cream; Yes; Hendrix; Captain Beefheart; Jeff Beck: Clapton…); afro hairstyles (sings the theme for ‘Hair’ :-))…. But, to the surface, floated the following. Don’t seek rhyme … Continue reading

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Chimpanzees and squashed flies

If I invited you round for tea would you be shocked to share the pot with a bunch of monkeys and see me dipping squashed flies into my cup? Brooke Bond ran a series of televisions ads for its PG … Continue reading

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Hoodie done it

Looking in my wardrobe, I wonder what to wear. Should my choice be geared by style or by fear? A warm day, true, but would I feel good, If I put on the sweater with the big hood? What I … Continue reading

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