Monday, September 12, 2022

My mum was not the Queen


As a very small child I remember wondering if my mum and the Queen might not be the same person. Looking back, I suppose they're not all that alike – everyone had the same hair and lipstick then. 

On the other hand, Mum...

  • liked horses
  • often wore a headscarf 
  • was educated by a governess and never went to school
  • had a three bar electric fire
  • kept her cornflakes in Tupperware.

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

How we got our names

A lot of English names come from where one of our ancestors lived or what they did for a living (Baker, Smith etc).

This is happening afresh in our smartphone contacts apps when we don't know people's surnames, or think we won't remember why we put them there. How about we start again each generation? It could avoid the problem of whose name to pick when people marry/live together - just make up a new one.

We might want to apply some minor editing in some cases. Mike might also known as Mike Nextdoor to some people.

Friday, September 02, 2022



Have you noticed there are a lot of Turkish barber shops these days. And this Twikish one.

Gotta love this jargon


When the bus stop is near the tram stop...

Actually, multimodality also describes how words combine with pictures.

So this is a multi-modal multi-modal public transport interchange text image combination

Can't you read?


It's an internet meme, I know, but I can't resist.