Category Archives: Language

With age comes wisdom…………sort of!

AS I AGE, I REALISE THAT: 1. I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice. 2. Sometimes I roll my eyes out loud. 3. I don’t need anger management. I need people to stop pissing me off. 4. My … Continue reading

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Motivational bullshit……………………….

Very occasionally you come across something that stops you in your tracks and makes you howl with laughter, because it sums up beautifully your own thoughts on the topic. I have read so much bullshit over the years about motivation, … Continue reading

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It’s English, but not as you know it…………….. “ay up me duck”

In my many visits to Lithuania I have had discussions with both friends and professional colleagues about visiting the UK and the first thing they usually say is “I am going to London.” I then have to explain that London … Continue reading

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The CV lottery…………………..

Young people may spend hours preparing their CV for employers to pore over, but research shows that just 8.8 seconds is spent studying any one person’s curriculum vitae in a process that has become “Tinderised”. According to the UK’s youth … Continue reading

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The scandal of providing translation services in the UK …………..

A little while ago I wrote that I had been sent a letter by the NHS and that on the reverse the message had been translated into 15 languages. Given the financial state of the NHS at the moment I … Continue reading

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Cartoon that sums up the situation in Paris beautifully………………….

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The National Health Service, a national treasure but also one of staggering wastage!

Since its launch in 1948, the NHS has grown to become the world’s largest publicly funded health service. It is also one of the most efficient, egalitarian and comprehensive. The NHS was born out of a long-held ideal that good … Continue reading

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Motivation…………..I think not!

                  Doesn’t the above “motivational poster” want to make you wretch…………..or is it just me that has an antagonism towards crass and self serving statements?

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Ah, the wonderful world of psychology…………………

Politicians use gestures to strengthen the delivery of speeches, while many people shrug or move their hands wildly to make a point. Now, scientists have shown that gesticulating while talking is part of language and affects how the meaning of … Continue reading

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Bletchley Park and the unsung “Codebreakers” of World War 2

  On a recent short holiday break in Oxfordshire I decided to take in a visit to Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, which was the central site of the United Kingdom’s Government Code and Cypher School (GCCS) during the Second … Continue reading

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