Monthly Archives: January 2013

Language skills: novelty or necessity?

The British are notoriously insular in their thinking. From the hands-off (or, perhaps more accurately, “Eww, get off me!”) approach of the  government’s current attitude towards the EU to our fear of foreign food, something in our national identity often … Continue reading

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The trouble with language

I am a language fiend. I have nightmares about incorrect apostrophes. I enjoy wrestling with (and using the term) semantics, and will interrupt people mid-sentence to praise them on the use of a good word. In short, I find language … Continue reading

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Was ist ein Berliner?

In June 1963, John F. Kennedy famously stood on the steps of the Rathaus Schöneberg in West Berlin and declared “Ich bin ein Berliner”. It was a defiant response to the construction of the Berlin Wall two years earlier and … Continue reading

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Beginnings

I have always wanted to be a writer. Ask anyone in my family what I wanted to be when I grew up, and that is what they will tell you. A writer or, in my tamer moments, perhaps a fireman. … Continue reading

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