Member Since: 20th Jul 2009
5th Dec 2018
I'm trying to recall how Jennifer Saunders described it on last week's News Quiz: something aong the lines of "... our weekly lecture on the dangers of colonialism, racism and misogyny..." (only much, much funnier, because she is, after all, Jennifer Saunders).
It's a real shame - I love Dr Who (always have, since I used to watch with my Dad on Saturday evenings when I was little) but the constant lecturing and moralising are heavy-handed, largely poorly done (and unnecessary).
I like the new ensemble of companions (and the doctor) and they have potential, if only the scripts (and I suspect the budget the beeb is prepared to allocate to a 'female doctor') weren't so dire - it's just that it is supposed to be a sci-fi show - I want alien galaxies and exploding stars, not jaunting around earth's trouble spots to bang home (what should be) infant school concepts...
7th Sep 2017
Couldn't agree more! I was knocked over on the crossing (green light for me) outside our old offices some years ago - the cyclist in question apparently didn't care about my walking stick or neck brace and called me a string of *interesting* things, before disappearing off at high speed. Like you, I wasn't badly hurt - but if I'd been a little old lady with arthritis? Wouldn't have stood a chance.
The majority of cyclists are just decent people, trying not to get killed on the road themselves, but the bad apples - like that little [***] who should currently be doing time for manslaughter (instead of the ludicrous Victorian charge they actually got him on) - need curtailing. Hard.
Hope you feel better soon Philip xxx
21st Jun 2017
and beating up dogs (or any other animal, come to that) is BAD...
29th Jul 2015
yes, but sometimes, just sometimes, don't you wish there could be a public defenestration of the offending person. Like this sad and imbecilic excuse for a human.
14th Jul 2015
Hi Shirley, yes we have: after we lost my darling old boy (Stanley-bear) last March, I signed up with a couple of flattie rescues, but second hand flatcoats are few and far between (which is a good thing) and none were available - poor little Sid was really depressed without his big brother, and eventually we decided to get another pup. Sammy is just a little delight (yes, even though we're down one stair carpet and 2 holes in the lounge carpet)... I love all dogs (pretty much anything with paws, whiskers, fur and tails actually) but flatties are extra special goofballs :-)
13th Jul 2015
He is gorgeous...
... I hope he's settling in well in his forever home - what a sweetheart. We've got 2 terminally spoilt flatcoated retrievers - Sidney, 7 and Samwise, 8 months. They are the light of my life.
10th Jul 2015
well, I'm happy to pitch in...
All the Chancellor said was that non-working people should face the same choices about whether to have children as working people, so the state will only pay for 2 of them. Well, bloody well done.
(a) the planet is seriously overpopulated and those who breed indiscriminately (including the utter nutter 'quiverful' types) are driving us further and further down the rabbit hole to destruction
(b) as a 'worker' I seriously resent paying for people to sit on their behinds all day and have as many kids as they want - one of the reasons I didn't have children when I might have been able to in my 20s is that I knew I wasn't earning enough to support a child. Pretty much the same reason I didn't get my beloved hounds (WAY better than kids) 'til much later on.
OK, hit me with your best shots - I SO don't care :-)
19th Jun 2015
... is important: I work for a large Firm and we are - happily - diverse and proud of it. I have never 'looked down' on anyone who doesn't speak with the same accent as me (which does tend to be a bit 'BBC' when I'm at work, even though I'm a grammar school girl - and of course, out of work, I swear like a docker, so no danger of being labelled an upper class twit there!!!)
What is vitally important though is that candidates can speak - and write - the language well. The excuse that "language adapts" (which I have seen given as an apology for various "innits" and the use of "like" in every sentence whether context requires it or not) is just laziness on the part of its proponents.
I don't care what accent you speak with - it is irrelevant - but professionals do need to maintain a standard of spoken and written communication, so poor grammar, "text speak" and the like are - and should remain - totally unacceptable in a work context.
21st May 2015
Philip, I commented the other day (as requested) but it appears to have disappeared... is that why you asked me to test it? I don't think I said anything worthy of moderation - no racism, sexism, foul language or broad spectrum misanthropy, so presumably it hasn't been deleted?
(It wasn't that edifying: just that I use head candy 'phones which also appear to work well, since I asked the person sitting next to me on the train whether he could hear anything and the answer was 'no').
21st May 2015
I could not agree more
... albeit I am now very nervous about making glaring errors in this post, and thereby being held up as an object of ridicule - the grammar policeperson who doesn't know any gammar... (I'm not going to use the term in vogue on the web - it will just be subject to moderation - and might inadvertently upset someone).
The English language is complex and when used properly, infinitely entertaining.
I also have sought to explain to various trainees over the years that the basic ability to write a decent business letter - or report - or Instructions to Counsel - is a pre-requisite to performing well in their chosen careers, and that poorly phrased, ungrammatical or misspelled output just make the Firm look ridiculous. After all, our clients pay fees because we assure them of a quality of service and care: most clients don't understand the technical intricacies of what we do for them and the only yardstick by which they can measure us is the covering letter - if it is barely intelligible, what price then the return or accounts that go with it? I know that when I receive poorly written letters, rife with spelling and grammatical errors from businesses that I deal with in my personal life I just 'switch off': it doesn't matter how good their product might appear or how clever their idea - they will have lost me pretty much as soon as they (inevitably) get my name wrong.
I also deplore the current media (and Government) attempts to hold up those who are intelligent - or who enjoy intellectual pursuits - as somehow ridiculous, or elitist. It isn't elitist, it is something to aspire to, to be proud of your achievements - it only descends into inequality and elitism if you seek to put down others who may not have had the same educational or family advantages as you have.
Anyway, mini-rant now concluded, I'd better go and do some actual work...