May 8, 2019

I watched a final episode of Line of Duty yesterday and was struck by the start of the chilly interview between Detective Chief Superintendent Patricia Carmichael and Superintendent Ted Hastings where he asks that he be addressed by his full professional title - even t...

May 6, 2019

Yes, badges ... not badgers, although they may be there too.  The Fovant Badge Society preserves, maintains and honours the regimental emblems cut into the chalk on the hills above the village of Fovant in Wiltshire.  The badges were the work of World War One Tommies a...

August 25, 2018

It is a truth universally acknowledged that letter-writing is going (has gone) out of fashion.  My generation (c.1950s) are probably the last for whom letters were still the main form of communication despite the arrival of telephone and fax machines. My grandfathers’...

February 16, 2018

No, not that….just a 'refresher' on the use of the colon in punctuation.

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This is the easy one.  Most people get it right.  We’ll take the Winter Olympics as our inspiration.

I flew to Korea, taking with me: salopettes, three sets of skis, my best sn...

February 9, 2018

Endings are quite difficult to get right.  I suppose I have read quite a few contemporary novels/thrillers over the years.  The plotline is often thrilling and original and you are gripped…..at the start.  By the time you reach the end – 568 pages later –there is often...

February 4, 2018

Andrew, my husband, and I have been working on a project which has resulted in Focus on Tisbury, a book by Martin Shallcross.  It is a collection of Martin’s contributions to theTisbury parish magazine.  As he has been producing a monthly article for the magazine for o...

December 24, 2017

Recently we have had them in the roof - rats, that is. A tell-tale hole by the front door points to the fact that, once they are under a new-build house, they can climb up through the cavity walls and occupy the attics.  I have been woken in the night by scratching, sc...

July 26, 2017

I took my husband back to my old university last weekend for an alumni reunion.  We stayed in a nice hotel in Clifton - the Victoria Square Hotel - and spent the Sunday doing a boat trip round Bristol harbour; it was fun and fascinating.

In the run-up to last weekend...

July 14, 2017

I have just been proofreading a little book about Public Paths for Pitkin.  Not a book to guide you along specific walks but a general handbook about the origins of ancient rights of way in England and Wales (paths, cattle droves, Roman roads etc) and the different typ...

June 5, 2017

It’s funny how our brains work when we are immersed in something; we sometimes resort to a kind of ‘shorthand’ which we optimistically hope will communicate an idea or information succinctly to our readers.  I come across this often in my proofreading work.  The author...

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