Monthly Archives: December 2006

Merry Christmas

I don’t suppose that surfing onto here will be your first thought on Christmas Day, but just in case, may I wish you a very Happy and Holy Christmas.

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Merry Christmas

I don’t suppose that surfing onto here will be your first thought on Christmas Day, but just in case, may I wish you a very Happy and Holy Christmas.

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Yeah but, no but

Research has confirmed that you’re all a bunch of inarticulate slobs. It must be true, it says it in all the papers and everyfink. See here or here or here or, ohhhww, wha’evahh. I picked up on this story from … Continue reading

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The Ipswich Murders and Jeremy Clarkson

No, I’m not suggesting he’s a suspect. Just pointing out that issues concerning language have cropped up in the news today in relation to these. The Guardian‘s  readers’ editor has an interesting discussion, here,  of  the choice of language in … Continue reading

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12 Ways to improve writing at GCSE: 9-12 – Paragraphs

The grade expectations here are: D – uses clear paragraphs C – paragraphs make meaning clear B – uses paragraphs to aid meanings You can focus on paragraph use in the light of: paragraph starts to provide discourse markers in … Continue reading

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12 ways to improve reading at GCSE: 2) Reading for comparison and contrast

The focus here is on patterns and inconsistencies within a text and between texts, in terms of language, purpose, feeling, genre, value or relevance. Notice that ‘patterns and inconsistencies’ is not far from ‘similarities and differences’, but reflects the more … Continue reading

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On boredom

A challenge to you: “The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself” — Henry Miller, 1891-1980 “If something is boring after two minutes, try it … Continue reading

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