Here are the Blogs in the Mary Jackson
Theodore Dalrymple resolves to make fewer resolutions. Will he succeed? Well, in the words of footballer Paul "Gazza" Gascoigne, I never make predictions, and I never will.
Incidentally, there is an obvious mondegreen in the title of this post. ...Read More...
Posted on 01/03/2010 8:28 AM by Mary Jackson
Am I alone in finding the "Serenity Prayer" intensely irritating? You know the one:
God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
The courage to change the things that I can;
And the wisdom to know the difference.
I think it's the last line that ...Read More...
Posted on 01/03/2010 8:09 AM by Mary Jackson
"Unfriend" was the word of 2009, as Hugh noted in his post "Unsex(t) me here, unfriend me now".
It turns out that Shakespeare did use "unfriend" - in King Lear. From the Times Literary Supplement:
Unfriend, says [Oxford University Press] in that annoying look-how-unstuffy-we-are ...Read More...
Posted on 01/02/2010 8:27 AM by Mary Jackson
Yet again the Germans have one word for something unpleasant, while the English need two and an explanation. "Henkersmahlzeit" is the last meal of the condemned man:
In many countries the prisoner may select what the last meal will be (within reason), and the authorities do their best to ...Read More...
Posted on 01/02/2010 7:44 AM by Mary Jackson
Nay, lass, it's all in perfect working order. A brief (geddit?) Hogmanay interlude:
Posted on 01/01/2010 9:07 AM by Mary Jackson
2010 will bring a new Prime Minister, who can't possibly be worse than Gordon Brown. How I wish it were Margaret Thatcher, the greatest PM since Churchill. I am confident that she would have tackled Islam head on. Damian Thompson sings her praises:
Wasn’t she brilliant? As the release of documents ...Read More...
Posted on 12/31/2009 10:08 AM by Mary Jackson