The long wait

Travelling back from London last week, I landed at Glasgow on time so knew I had 30 minutes to kill until I was getting picked up. Plenty of time for a coffee and to continue reading the book that had held me engrossed for the short flight. Seating was at a premium, but I spotted…Continue reading The long wait

Words and books

I’m blaming Stephen Fry. I tried, I really did try and read his autobiography but it just didn’t flow for me. As wonderful a wordsmith as he is, it just didn’t read well, the flow and cadence was wrong and I found myself slowing down to read things in his voice. Whilst I like Stephen…Continue reading Words and books

Chapter 4

‘Why not’, he thinks as he circles the advert in bold red ink, ‘I’ve tried everything else’. Wanted: People who can find lost things. He’d always been pretty good at figuring things out, liked reading detective novels when he was younger, and he never failed to find his Christmas presents no matter how ingeniously his…Continue reading Chapter 4


Ghostwritten by David Mitchell. A quick search confirms some basic facts about this book, including the oft repeated fact that it is an astonishing debut. Written in the style of a series of short stories that share a common thread the writing style never seems forced and flows from tense set pieces to languid descriptive…Continue reading GhostWritten

We didn’t start the fireA while back I said that I was going to use Billy Joel’s track to give my modern history a bit of an updating. Seems I now have another little learning aid based on the same song. I wonder if Mr.Joel thought his song would live on in this kind of…Continue reading

Liquid Oxen

Chinese New Year > Horoscopes > Water Ox Hey only a day late… Happy New Year China. (I really must try and remember these things, or at least remember to set an alarm or something… sheesh)

Pride Earned?

Should’ve posted this yesterday (also posted on speechtherapy : ) From an outsider’s point of view (i.e. the rest of the world, although I am only speaking for me… obviously) the American ‘pride’ in being American is a strange thing. Tell me, what did you fight for to gain that pride? Who were your rulers?…Continue reading Pride Earned?


The Chinese president is visiting the United Kingdom (well England anyway). The government is hailing it as an excellent opportunity to bolster trade links with China, and with figures of £2.2 billion being bandied about, it certainly seems to be important. Money is the big issue. Hidden behind ‘trade links’, ‘increased profitability through working ventures’…Continue reading China