Why English is a lunatic language – listen, learn and laugh

Have you ever tried to explain to a non-native English speaker how pronunciations in English are, er, a little difficult to understand?

English language humour

I’m just going to stop here and let you laugh as hard as I did when I first listened to this…

Here follows the most delightful and funny exposé of English language lunacy that I’ve heard in a long time.

English language lunacy only needs a short introduction

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Remembrance Day 2018

November 11th 2018

For all who fell, and for all who served

Remembering my grandfather, Major Crawford Mack Hercus, who served with the Canadian Forces in northern Europe in World War One

Remembering my father, Captain Crawford MacGregor Hercus, who served with the Canadian Forces in northern Europe in World War Two

Remembering my mother, Jacqueline Forgan-Potts Hercus, who served with the Resistance Movement in northern Europe in World War Two

They survived, but so many of their colleagues didn’t.

Now my relatives are gone, too.

May they and all who served with them

rest in peace, and may we always be grateful

for their bravery, devotion to duty and

determination to protect us from evil.

Sz xx

 

How to write in body language

Have you ever expressed regret about written communications because they don’t allow you to “read” – and use – body language? I have, and many others appear to have done so as well.

Writing in body language

There are ways to compensate for lack of body language when you’re communicating in text.

One of the most obvious places where the lack of body language can cause misinterpretations leading to discussions, arguments and worse, is in social media comments. Just one sentence that’s a bit thoughtless or flippant in the wrong circumstances can make a fire break out and within minutes there are dozens or even hundreds of trolls fanning the flames into the second Great Fire of London.

But that’s not the only problem area. [Read more…]

So you want to write a book – listen and learn

Have people told you that you should write a book?
Do you feel you would like to write a book, but don’t know how to go about it?

I have written a nonfiction book. How do I get it out there?

Suzan St Maur and Jules White discuss how to write a book and get it published

Have you explored the idea of writing a book but been scared off by publishing scammers?

The “So You Want To Write A Book” podcast with sales expert and author Jules White

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Halloween special: a whole horror story from this amazing new book

Wednesday is Halloween and if you are anywhere near west Northamptonshire (England) and want to share some spine-creeping stories in one of the spookiest locations you’ve ever seen the night before, on Oct 30th, read on. And if you’re thousands of miles away but love the horror genre, take a long hard look at this book. Details here.

The Second Corona Book of Horror StoriesTo give you a flavour of the event – and the anthology – here follows my own story contribution in its gory entirety. As if only to make things even more horrifying I will actually be at this event and will be reading the story to the audience…

Whatever you’re doing, have an utterly gruesome Halloween. Enjoy.

Upside Down

by Suzan St Maur

Silence.

Then a few creaking sounds.

Then some mooing. Eldred opened his eyes, but saw no cows. [Read more…]

Awful business video – and how it must tell a story

Do you know the feeling when you watch a presentation and think, these people don’t know what the f*** they’re talking about?

Article on business video

There is a BIG difference between knowing how to work a video camera and knowing how to make a video that isn’t awful. 

That happened to me recently when I watched a presentation about video in the 21st century. And it wasn’t about selfie-Facebook live videos, which have an excuse for being awful. It was about commissioned video that’s supposed to promote your business. [Read more…]

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