People are reading George Orwell again. Not that they ever stopped reading him, but now his works are hitting the bestseller lists, thanks largely to the kind of language we are hearing from members of the new Trump administration. And language, particularly English language as used by politicians, was Orwell’s preoccupation. Orwell’s real name was Eric Arthur Blair. The son of a British civil servant, he was born in India but, at age 8 was sent off to a British boarding school. He published Read more […]Read More
Ah, the beginning of November is upon us … the season of spectacular foliage, chilling temperatures, and … particularly divisive elections. This article, French Presidential Election Vocabulary, first appeared on French Language Blog.
There are three options for conservatives that I can understand and one that is totally unforgivable. Many conservatives and quite a few Republicans (including many who are planning to vote for Trump) have serious reservations about Trump. Trump is the most flawed candidate the GOP have nominated in my life time. Concerns about Trump are in the following areas: Trump recent foreign policy pronouncements including recent comments on Ukraine. Trump failed to grasp that Read more […]
By Alexandra Quilici He’s been working in film for years and flying relatively under the radar, but there is no denying now that Domhnall Gleeson is both a successful and remarkable actor. For those wondering if they have been seeing the same face in all their favorite films this past year, the answer is yes. He is only scheduled to be in more and more movies, so here is the essential breakdown of all things Domhnall Gleeson: He was born in Dublin, Ireland and has three brothers. Wonder how Read more […]
Protesters stand outside the Chinese Embassy in London ©Philip Robins/Newzulu/PA Images The Chinese government has hinted that if Britain does not give the go-ahead to the Hinkley Point nuclear power station in Somerset, then it will revise its future plans for investment in the UK. China is a part investor in the Hinkley project, along with the French government-owned company EDF and both are keen for the project to go ahead. But, as Prospect has reported the project is beset by problems Read more […]
Was already circumspect of the idea that a level playing field in athletics was possible if we could just eliminate PEDs when I read David Epstein’s great 2014 book, The Sports Gene, which made plain how nature favors some over others, and not only in limb length and other obvious things but also in vision and blood and lungs. These inborn advantages laugh at the idea that 10,000 hours of practice can transform a modest talent into a champion, at least in sports (though I doubt 416 days at Read more […]