Directions to an Anglican retreat hous. (via Beaker Folk of Husborne Crawley: Signs of the Kingdom (Part 2))
far from being cod-Jamaican, Murticultural London English is now thought to be a hybrid dialect that emerged from the intermingling of West Indians, South Asians and speakers of Cockney and Estuary English. Though much of the slang is West Indian—from “bare” for “very” to “sick” meaning “good”—the pronunciation is often not. Its chief characteristic, an elongated “ah” sound in place of an “i” so that “like” is pronounced “lahke”, does not imitate a West Indian patois.
Twitter. What could possibly make it worth $18bn? The answer is bloody obvious: you do, or at least, those of you who ‘tweet.’ It is entirely your content that generates that wealth. Nobody goes to Twitter to find something to buy; the ad revenues upon which the service rely as its sole income stream are 100% dependent on the traffic generated by users, who offer their tweets for free.
I pretty much said the same thing to various family and friends over the last few weeks.
Contemplation of the lives of philosophers is enough to drive one to the study of sociology. [Joseph Epstein]
The purpose of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is to remove the regulatory differences between the US and European nations. I mentioned it a couple of weeks ago(2). But I left out the most important issue: the remarkable ability it would grant big business to sue the living daylights out of governments which try to defend their citizens. It would allow a secretive panel of corporate lawyers to overrule the will of parliament and destroy our legal protections.
Samhain is a time to let go of the things that no longer serve us. It’s a moment when we look back on the year, perhaps even the over-arching patterns of our lives, and we reevaluate. We ask ourselves what needs to be burned in the fire in order for us to move forward with a clean conscience and a clear mind. Then, often quite literally, we write that thing down on a slip of paper and we set it ablaze. This year at Samhain I’m coming to terms with the realization that Paganism, itself, does not serve me in the way that I thought it did. Stranger even, I’m feeling pulled back to the Episcopal Church, to the God of Christianity, and to Jesus.
And if you don’t develop good skills of mindfulness—paying attention to your attention—it can really wind up colonizing much of your day. This is precisely why I suspect Twitter going public will be bad for its users. The whole reason these services need to peck at us like ducks is that their business models are built on advertising, and advertising wants as many minutes of your day as possible. As the pressure builds for Twitter to make more money, its pressure to redesign itself to interrupt us even more.
The right place to put the adverb directly was immediately before the verb that it was supposed to modify: the verb tax. What they wanted to say was it is better to directly tax investors, workers and consumers. But the mental illness of prescriptive panic has such a firm grip on the minds of the style editors at The Economist that nothing can convince them: no collection of split infinitives from unimpeachably excellent literature down the centuries is sufficient to argue them out of their phobia. They think (delusionally) that their readers would think less of them if they ever put an adverb after infinitival to.
Seems to me that this redeems Kinkade. My problem is that it may be a justification for redemptive violence ;)