Tired of watching TV reports on the war in Syria? Fed up of hearing about famine in Africa? Bored by the bitter brouhaha over Brexit? Yearning to hear some good news for a change? Well, ..
He sounded very enthusiastic about whatever he was doing and much friendlier than usual. He was in London and was on his way to visit me and wanted to check my 'at home' status. I told him I had n ..
One piece of good news is that many things are defined by what they aren't. I suppose the most important number in mathematics is zero. Thank you ancient Mesopotamia. When we write, the spaces bet ..
A sweet morning… The small birds are singing, lambs bleating, cuckow calling, the thrush sings by fits, Thomas Ashburner’s axe is going quietly (without passion) in the orchard, hens are cackli ..
“A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is the goal in langua ..
‘I wrote Meditations, rather than Disputations, as philosophers normally do, or Theorems and Problems, in the manner of geometers, so that by this fact alone I might make clear that I have no business ..
We bring a lot with us: our pre-conceptions, our misconceptions, our reflexes, our instincts, our expectations, our objectives, our existing knowledge and our lack of knowledge, to name some. When ..
It is no surprise to learn that language defines us – what we are told we are, or say we are, has a positive or negative effect on us. Hence our obsession with job titles.
Years ago when I ta ..
The Bank of English has about 650 million words and The Collins Corpus has over 4.5 billion words. Such imposing figures give pause for thought when approaching a learner's request for more vocabu ..
First thing every morning, OISE Oxford holds a news review. It’s a way of kick-starting the day for our students, and improving their listening or reading skills with some ‘real’ English ..
One of the great beauties and freedoms of the Internet Age (and there are precious few) is that we are free to publish things and make sweeping assertions without bothering to cite our sources. Ou ..
Looking back at my early teenage years, jazz sounds spoke to me instinctively and very personally. I remember the sad and happy sounds and really, anything in between would always catch my ear. Li ..