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Punctuation’s future

Much that is written on social media etc is casual and informal, effectively speech transmitted by a recording system – messaging. During a telephone call you can ask for immediate clarification if you do not understand something. When you are messaging it’s nearly as easy to ask for clarification. However, when we read contracts, reports, …

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Exam Chaos

I was interviewed last Sunday on BBC Radio Essex about the troubles faced by young people as their results are published. I pointed out a number of things. They should remember that it is the older generation of so-called grown ups who have brought this about. The number of young people and the number of …

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Gargling – is that the answer?

Do we know how the coronavirus would cope with alcohol? Should we be offered a shot of something strong as we disinfect our hands outside the supermarket, on strictly precautionary grounds? If the scientific community would only commence the necessary research, there would, I am sure, be thousands of volunteers.

Teenagers, history and the Nazi legacy – important lessons from young Germans, 75 years on

Draft British teenagers are taught only about the Nazi era of German history and still see that country as an enemy.  On October 9th 2003, under a melodramatic headline, Now it’s war in the classroom, The Times reported, Leading German educationalists yesterday lamented our government’s failure to teach our children anything else about Germany or …

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