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Graduation: Getting Your Name Right

I glanced at an article on the BBC News website concerning the tricky territory faced by many a student and academic - pronouncing someones name right at a graduation ceremony. From being both a graduand with a difficult surname and a person who makes gainful employment at a towering institution of higher education (perhaps not towering), I… Continue reading Graduation: Getting Your Name Right

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Eva, 21

To my little sister Eva - wherever you are, whoever you're with: Happy 21st birthday darling. You were such a beautiful baby and I am proud of the beautiful young woman I believe you are. I'm as proud and as in love with you as I was the moment we met. I know our mother… Continue reading Eva, 21

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Bad Writing Advice – Probably

I missed the #NationalWritingDay to impart some kid of wisdom – which I wish I had in the first place. However, two bits of advice come to the fore. This is mainly because my older daughter is currently writing and illustrating a book of her own and knows Mummy can knock a few sentences together.… Continue reading Bad Writing Advice – Probably

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Random Thought Friday (trust me, it’s a thing)

I know that each country in the world has somehow generated a stereotype image of its people. A two dimensional, card board cut-out of what we are all meant to look like, sound like and behave. One thing that bugs me, is queuing. Why is it a quintessentially British thing to wait your turn? Does… Continue reading Random Thought Friday (trust me, it’s a thing)

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An Integral Part of the British Identity: Royalty, Tradition and… Congratulations Harry & Meghan

When I was visiting family for a few weeks in the US, way back in 2002, I remember some hick (sorry – but he was) shouting at me because the UK has a monarchy (see – told you he was a hick). At the time, I was still a teenager and genuinely didn’t give a… Continue reading An Integral Part of the British Identity: Royalty, Tradition and… Congratulations Harry & Meghan

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The Endship of Friendship

I always try my best to see the good in people. In some cases, there simply is no good, no matter how hard I try and after a long time searching, I give up. There are plenty of people with a lot to love about them that I would rather care about and have in… Continue reading The Endship of Friendship