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Of childbirth and curses – a trip to Norwich museum

A short while back I met up with my Granny to go to ‘Roman Empire: Power and People’, a much-publicised exhibition that is stopping off at Norwich Castle Museum as part of its UK tour. The exhibition was as showy … Continue reading

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‘Made in translation’ (or gloomily lamenting lost languages)

Went last night to the excellent ‘Sappho in the City’; came home to a pile of catch-up editing for Wikipedia.* In an odd coincidence, translation was at the heart of both these activities. (Even if Josephine Balmer’s translation of Sappho … Continue reading

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What use is art?

At the moment it seems as though the arts* and humanities are being put on trial and found wanting. Unlike science, technology, engineering and mathematics, these are not disciplines that can cure cancer, explore distant galaxies or even invent faster … Continue reading

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In your own words, please…

Today I shall do as I am paid and write words for other people to claim that they said. Even though we allegedly take great care, marking words off carefully with speech marks to denote what, exactly, someone actually said, … Continue reading

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A heartbreaking dot of staggering genius

I was trying to concentrate on an MA assignment I’ve to write on Greek tragedy and a quatrain started woodpeckering round my brain in that way, procrastination, deadline, or no, you just have to go google it. The lines were: … Continue reading

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Euphemistically speaking

There’s an interesting little book called Gobbledigook* which bemoans the corporate jargon that has invaded public language like a platoon of tanks and is encroaching on language at large. It argues that jargon itself is meaningless, and worse, grinds into … Continue reading

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In the beginning were the rules

I took down this blog for a while, in part due to the theft of my lap-top, in part due to wondering if saying what I think makes me mouthy as well as ignorant, so I ought to stick to … Continue reading

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A soothingly middlebrow silence

This post starts with two paragraphs of back story which if you are a thoroughly post-modern Millie, feel free to skip; it’s included for readers who wonder which planet I hail from. How we look at literature (or any other … Continue reading

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Round like a reader and a writer, like a writer that should read

That past fortnight I’ve been busy writing my novel and very remiss with this blog. In the time that work doesn’t gobble up, I am trying to squeeze in more reading as I think that it does improve my writing. I … Continue reading

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The how and the what of it

What is it about?  That’s the first question that pops into mind when I see a book cover, or a magazine article, or the blurb for a film.  What is it about?  And that ‘about’ pretty much determines how interested … Continue reading

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Of sense and imagery

Not much time for blogging as have been putting wordcount into my novel. Words by the sackload of them. Or something approaching that. In between times I was re-reading Wild Fang (Jack London)* who I think is underrated as a … Continue reading

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Words are all we have

I’ve loved words ever since I could speak them, love the way that they sound, how they roll around in your mouth and carry ideas, thoughts, emotions that can connect people even in their absence. If you ask me why … Continue reading

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Rhetorically speaking

I’ve been painting my flat which has rather taken me away from writing. I picked out muted kind of pistacchio green, a little paler than a good gelato, for the walls and think it looks fab. There’s a persian rug … Continue reading

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Of words and commas

Stumbled across a piece by Gertrude Stein on commas. It’s a blocky bit of text on screen but bear with it and hear its measure in your head as it is worth listening to in even the complex and unpunctuated … Continue reading

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Corp speak

Read a great piece today in the Telegraph on how people talk at work.  It’s so so so true.  I’d use more ‘so’s and an exclamation mark but enough already, you get my enthusiasm.    Now, I work as a … Continue reading

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A little less information, a little more action please

On Saturday I went out getting some attention to fight a pub that wants to be open all hours opposite my flat.  Easy enough to do, went round and knocked on a few doors and persuaded some neighbours to write … Continue reading

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Mandate it ain’t.

A word that always bugs me is ‘mandatory’.  Not in its proper sense, but in the way that it’s used by every little oik behind a customer service keyboard and generally in a sentence including the phrase “company policy”.  This was … Continue reading

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