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Favourite words

Posted on February 17, 2012
Category: Literacy, Musings

Do you have a favourite word?  There’s certainly plenty to choose from, at least 250,000 distinct words listed by The Oxford English Dictionary. We have assimilated words from many other languages throughout history so that modern English contains a very large vocabulary. Some people refer to English as a “borrowing” language. Historically, English originated from the fusion of languages and dialects, collectively termed Old English, which were brought to the eastern coast of Great Britain by Germanic (Anglo-Saxon) settlers by the 5th century. Then came Latin.  Many English words are constructed based on roots from Latin, because Latin in some

Glasgow Rangers

Posted on February 15, 2012
Category: Musings

I‘m not usually a football follower but I was both shocked and affected by the news that Glasgow Rangers has been forced  into liquidation. The reason  that I feel connected to this iconic football team is that my grandfather Robert Carmichael was the Physiotherapist and chief Scout for Rangers before and during the Second World War.  He played football for Clyde and then Sunderland  and when he ‘retired’ as a footballer, joined Rangers in this capacity. In those days footballers did not earn the megabucks that they command today nor did they have the same “celebrity” status. Although my father and his two brothers were talented footballers my grandfather did not want any of them

Volunteering in a Literacy class at the Friends Centre

Posted on February 13, 2012
Category: Literacy

Did you know that one person in six in the UK struggles to read and write? Poor skills compromise health, confidence, happiness and employability. These literacy difficulties will limit a person’s opportunities throughout their adult life. But this is not the whole story. So much pleasure too, can be derived from a rattling good tale whether it is a thriller, romance, historical novel, or sci-fi. As a writer I am dedicated to words, books, reading and writing and loving reading as I do, I feel it is so important for people to be able to enjoy books.  There is such

Stargazing, Exoplanets, Aliens et al

Posted on February 6, 2012
Category: Musings

Thanks to the BBC’s recent programmes on Stargazing hosted by professor Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain there has been an explosion of interest in Outer Space.  This used to be in the realms of Science Fiction but now it is, moving closer to reality.  Scientists used to pooh pooh the idea that there may be other life on planets in the universe but now with the discovery of Exoplanets they have done an about-face and admit that yes there is possibly other life out there. Any life out there in Space could well be more advanced than us.  We have

Hello world!

Posted on February 1, 2012
Category: Uncategorized