Canadiana in writing: a few fun facts about our Thanksgiving

At this time of year we Canucks celebrate a successful harvest and show our gratitude by gorging ourselves on a significant proportion of the produce we slaved all year to grow and store.

Our tasty pumpkin pie, complete with maple leaf decorations to establish its Canadian-ness. Those cranberries are a good idea, too. Yum.

Unlike the Americans we don’t wait until ten minutes before Christmas / Hanukkah / other winter celebrations to get this done when anywhere North American folks other than in southern states are beginning to need to put on their woolly knickers and cosy pyjamas (a.k.a. ‘pajamas‘ in North America).

We snotty Canucks prefer to do it at a time when the seasons are changing inspiringly, leaves on our trees are turning vivid gold, orange, bronze and other flaming colours, and the air has changed from the sultry, humid warmth of summer to the crisp invigoration of ‘the fall’ before it starts to freeze our private parts and make us scrape snow and ice off our cars in the mornings, as shown below. [Read more…]

Writing names for new weed products in Stonetario, Canada…

With recent news in Ontario, Canada that manufacturers of drinks and other products are keen to get in on Canada’s incoming legalisation of fun-filled weed, here are some suggestions for bespoke brand names that will take the new market by storm…

Let's all get high in Ontario

Not to be smoked with a pinch of salt…

Names for new cannabis drink and food products: some ideas

Doctor Potter

A & W Cream Stoner [Read more…]

Happy Canada Day!

HTWB Canada DayHave a great time on Canada Day!
From Suze & Co on How To Write Better

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada

Happy Thanksgiving, CanadaA very happy Thanksgiving (October 12th) to all my Canadian friends and family.

Yes, unlike our neighbours to the south we do not celebrate Thanksgiving ten minutes before Christmas.

That’s mainly because we can’t be bothered to cook two elaborate turkey dinners so close together that the dishes are hardly dry from the first before we start serving the next one. [Read more…]

How to write from Canada with a 5-hour jetlag – ZZZzzzzzzz

Letter from Canada, on the way back to UK

To round off my contributions after working and holidaying in Canada recently I tried to think up some witty, informative prose to share on the way back to UK.

How to write from Canada with a 5-hour jetlag

My lapse of creative grunt was attributable purely to altitude, impending jetlag and painful symptoms inexplicably similar to those of a hangover.

This was while watching my plastic water bottle morph into the shape of a Barbie doll at 37,000 feet (ever noticed that? Cabin pressure is equal to about 8,000 feet above sea level which explains everything, so I’m told) and waiting for the child in the seat behind to kick me in the 2nd lumbar vertebra for the twentieth time.

Bye-bye homeland, hello goo-goo brain

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How the SO WHAT? test transforms your elevator pitch

For some time now I have been preaching the benefits of my SO WHAT? test which, in its nose-thumbing rudeness, has helped me and many others to really raise the game of our promotional writing.How the SO WHAT? test transforms your elevator pitch

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