Is it wrong to say “write to me?” The terrible telephone

You’re right in the middle of doing something that needs your full attention. You’re concentrating hard, just about getting to grips with it. You can see the A-HA moment ahead of you. The light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to wink at you. You reach out and almost touch it. Nearly there…

Then the phone rings. You answer.

why phone calls are disruptive

Miraculously the whizz-bang device of the 19th century, called the “telephone,” is still here with little other than the back-office technology having changed much.

“Hi Suze, it’s XXXXX. I was just having a read through of your YYYYY book and I’m not sure what you meant by your sentence about blog abstracts on page 178. Can you tell me more about it?”

Meltdown.

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A poem about political willie-waving, plus a few…

Feeling irritated by the political lunacy going on in UK and US politics? Me too. Here’s my reaction. Please share yours!

Political poem on How To Write Better

THE BREX-WALL SPECIAL 2019

Here in year twenty nineteen
Give this poem a good eyeball
Politics just make us scream
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Valentine’s Day jokes and poems to make your day go with a, er, bang

Updated humour about Valentines Day on HTWB

A few years ago I curated some amusing Valentine's Day (rude in places) content, and wrote quite a lot of new content in its honour. If you should find yourself not quite in the gooey-eyed, romantic mood you should be in, say "to hell with it" and … [Continue reading]

Apostrophes: a potty-mouthed poem about their misuse

how to suse apostrophes

This is pretty horrible, but should wake up apostrophe abusers a lot more than the weedy articles we see politely explaining how to use the poor little things. Apostrophe fascists around the (English speaking) world take note: share the … [Continue reading]

To blog or not to blog: that’s the silly question

Blogging is still alive

If I had a dollar, pound or euro for every time someone says either "blogging's dead" or "blogging's back" I could buy myself that drooly-gorgeous Louis Vuitton handbag I've been lusting after for years. Plus a new car. This whole blogging … [Continue reading]

What to write to bereaved parents – Part Two

What to write to bereaved parents

It's one thing to write about what to write in general terms. But when it happens to you, and the deceased child is a relative, wow - does that really bring it home. On Tuesday this week I sat in my car after attending an excellent business … [Continue reading]

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