Artists and Writers In Their Own Words: Greig Johnson

Greig Johnson creates epic, surreal and downright bizarre musical comedy on YouTube. He is a one-man meme generating machine who writes, films and designs all of his sets, costumes, VFX and songs to satisfy nobody else except for himself. His pitch black memes are dredged up from the depths of the internet and underneath ofContinue reading “Artists and Writers In Their Own Words: Greig Johnson”

Seven larger than life short story collections that open up big worlds

These bite-sized tales punch well above their weight and will have you questioning why you would waste time on full-length novels. Selected Short Stories by Anton Chekhov To read Checkhov’s short stories is to be plunged into a completely different realm. Although written over a century ago, the characters and their emotions and struggles resonateContinue reading “Seven larger than life short story collections that open up big worlds”

10 uplifting things I found on the internet this week #4

I actually missed like 17 days since the last installment of this. Sorry about that, I have just been really busy. I have a lot of cool stuff to share if that’s any consolation. Welcome to the Khruangbin funk train Funkadelic purveyors of sunshine grooves Khruangbin have released another genius video clip. This time twoContinue reading “10 uplifting things I found on the internet this week #4”

10 uplifting things I found on the internet this week #1

The world has become rather scary lately. So with this in mind I have found some odd but tasty memes and strange oddities to get you through the next week… 1. The map of procrastination 2. A serenade to Director General of Health in NZ Dr Ashley Bloomfield Dr Ashley has become a much-loved partContinue reading “10 uplifting things I found on the internet this week #1”

Mark Forsyth’s Elements of Eloquence Part 2: The Cheat Sheet

Here are the classical rules of rhetoric, illustrated and made simple. Based on Mark Forsyth’s Elements of Eloquence. I hope that you enjoy them and that this handy cheat sheet helps you to improve your writing.

Book Review: The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth – Part 1

Mark Forsyth is the witty and effervescent writer of several books on the history of language, etymology and linguistics. The Elements of Eloquence explains the timeless art of crafting memorable one liners. In other words, the rules of classical rhetoric.   This is a great guide for writers who want to master the subtle artContinue reading “Book Review: The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth – Part 1”

Book Review: Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come by Jessica Pan

There have been a swathe of books lately on how to overcome shyness. This one is my favourite. This memoir recounts the adventures of Quiet American, Jessica Pan as she undertakes a year of living as an extrovert in London. It’s a love letter (or rather hate mail) to the confusing technological road-blocks people faceContinue reading “Book Review: Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come by Jessica Pan”

List of the week: Adult words I used as a teenager to make myself sound more intelligent

As a teenager I was incredibly precocious at times, spouting big words to make myself feel older and more worldly in high school. Later on, as my vocabulary developed at University, I dropped these intellectual bombs into conversations to make myself feel better in the company of people more middle class and posh than I was.

Top Ten Greatest Old Man Insults

Put the kettle on and start eating some water crackers with lard on them. Just to get in the mood for this one… Nincompoop: Is said to come from the Latin legal and medical term Non Compos Mentis meaning ‘not of sound mind’. This evolved into nincompoop meaning a stupid or dumb person. Flibbertigibbet: A flightyContinue reading “Top Ten Greatest Old Man Insults”