How Old Norse Became English: A Viking Epic

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Now I can't take credit for this one, I found it here on Babbel, but it was just so so so amazing that I needed to share it with all of you bookworms. I've written about Vikings before and I also love that Vikings drama series on History, soon be coming into its third season,…

50 Beautiful Words To Sprinkle Into Communications

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Our digital world is swarming with recently made-up words like YOLO and SWAG, plus misappropriated words like 'awesome' to mean pretty much everything. This demands that literary types everywhere come out of the woodwork in protest! Here are some luscious and fulsome words to sprinkle liberally into your communications. Alternately you could wield these words as Gandalf would…

Fumblerules: Funny Approaches to Grammar

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Have a fumble around this funny list of dodgy sentence structure and grammar. Created in 1979 by New York Times columnist William Safire, he published them in his column 'On Language'. Remember to never split an infinitive. A preposition is something never to end a sentence with. The passive voice should never be used. Avoid…

Morrissey: Spoken Word

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Morrissey is always beguiling and shape-shifting with his art. The below video is some interesting spoken word by Moz featuring Pamela Anderson. 'Earth Is The Loneliest Planet' is the third single from Morrissey's upcoming album 'World Peace Is None Of Your Business'. There is also a companion film that features Moz doing lyric narration while he…

Book Review: Madame Verona Comes Down The Hill

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By Dimitri Verhulst Translated from Dutch by David Colmer Portobello Books 2010. Enduring love in a remote Flanders village is given a quirky twist, in this novella by Dimitri Verhulst. Translated from Dutch by David Colmer, it doesn't lose any of its magic or immediacy in English. The story opens with the beautiful and forlorn…

Book Review: The Red House by Mark Haddon

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The Red House by Mark Haddon is a domestic drama that gets right under the skin of family life. The idea of 'family' takes on an intimate, shockingly beautiful and grotesque patina in this book. The story centres around a brother and sister and their respective families, who take a seemingly innocuous trip to stay…

Book Review: A Visit From The Goon Squad

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Constable & Robinson (2011).  This fictional novel by Jennifer Egan is an insight into American life from the 1960's onwards. A kaleidoscope of relationships, strong personalities and memories all jolt back and forth in time. Themes covered in the book include family dysfunction, communication breakdown, desire and love, death and ageing. All of these grim…