Stamping out essay writing cheats for students: some hope at last

Some of you may have noticed that I have been ranting for some time about essay (plus thesis, dissertation etc.) writing offered online so students can pay someone else to write their work – cheating.

Hellping university students to cheat

Essay mills to help students cheat: approx 250 million on Google alone

Finally here in the UK someone has taken notice of this easy rip-off for cheating students and is hoping to do something about it. To quote the BBC news website’s headline:

PayPal urged to block essay firm cheats

Will shaking a stick at PayPal deliver any real results? Not in isolation, no. But with luck, it’s a start. [Continue reading]

How to write speeches for a same-sex wedding

Having written quite a lot about speeches for almost everyone in “conventional” weddings, I have been asked many times for some tips on writing speeches for same-sex weddings.

wedding speeches at same-sex weddings

If you are making a speech at a same-sex wedding the most important homework you can do is to research your audience very carefully

At first glance that may seem a reasonable question. But having attended a number of same-sex weddings as well as bi-sex weddings, I find that one fact springs up at me time and time again, like the handle of a rake I just stepped on.

That is, what the hell difference is there? Weddings are about two people who love each other who want to formalise their relationship and share that with their families and friends. End of. Did I miss something here?

Anyway still, in some social circles, we’re expected to regard same-sex weddings as, er, different … until such time as everyone gets on with the fact that they’re not. It’s true to say that such things are changed for the better via evolution, not revolution. [Continue reading]

Some harsh-but-true words about “bestselling books”

putting foot down - new book

Please welcome back my wonderful, straight-talking friend and colleague from Toronto, Tsufit - who has some startling and true words to say about "bestselling authors," as I have on more than one occasion. Because it's so easy to manipulate the … [Continue reading]

Three million reads about writing: check out the most popular here

3 million page vieww for HTWB

Just checking out my stats and found that HTWB has now had more than three million page views. I'm "gob-smacked," as we say in the UK: surprised, thrilled, delighted and humbled all at the same time. What a wonderful testimony to those of us … [Continue reading]

Horsey jokes you’ll love, because you need a sense of humour…

Jokes about horses

Do you love, hate, or tolerate horses? Know someone else who loves them? Whatever your feelings you may as well laugh ... and here are some useful opportunities. The following is a sneak preview of one of my favourite jokes in my forthcoming book, … [Continue reading]

My favourite women authors – a double day celebration #IWD

INternational Women's Day World Book Day

With two important days to celebrate, I thought it would be appropriate to combine them - so we cheer for World Book Day March 7th, 2019 and International Women's Day March 8th 2019. As the theme for #InternationalWomen'sDay in 2019 is … [Continue reading]

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