Category Archives: editing

Autumn means all change

The seasons turn. I’ve dressed and re-seeded the lawn. I need to finish my autumn veg plantings. The pelargoniums continue to fire off fireworks, likely defying all weathers with their boisterous explosions until the first frost. The Greek basil flowered … Continue reading

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The exploration of damaged prose

I’ve written before in passing about how hack writing pales into insignificance alongside great talent. Consider this paragraph from what purports to be a crime thriller: Carol frowned. This wasn’t the Tony Hill she’d known all these years. Yes, he’d … Continue reading

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What kind of hospitality, and what kind of happiness

Christmas has been spent in the bosom of my family-in-law. This year’s events made me want to spend the time with my parents: but as I had run out of holiday; as they had come over already in November; and … Continue reading

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The surest way to make a monkey of a man

I just finished Musings of a Monkey, by Steven Baxter. It’s partly a compilation of his blogposts (from Enemies of Reason and other sources), partly a handful of extended essays on the state of journalism and the ramifications of the … Continue reading

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Off: the Register

I used to love The Register. It stood up for digital rights, stuck the knife into governmental IT projects, shone the light on ID cards and gave due attention to the largely pointless and wasteful intrusions of technology in the … Continue reading

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Sie haben Stroh im Kopf

hatmandu takes a stand against sub-editors and becomes famous. Well, amoral careerist shithead Jack Straw vocally remembers his effort, but that’s a greater sort of fame than I’ve managed thus far. Well done, hatmandu, for not just sticking to your … Continue reading

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It's Larry Lessig on the Cluesaphone, paging the music industry

Having an opinion diametrically opposed to a noted professor has hardly impeded politicians in the past, but you’d like to think it was worth our glorious leaders noting that almost everyone except the big music companies and their free-bun infrastructures … Continue reading

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The gaffe that keeps on gifting

While The Register is enjoyably irreverent in its dogged pursuit of stories (and delivers a generally high standard of journalism in that sense), its contributors seem on occasion to be incapable of writing English. They pepper their prose with completely … Continue reading

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Are these the right foras… for this sort of thing?

An illiterate buffoon with pretensions on the blogosphere writes: Forgive this trivial rant, but I really hate the use of the word “forums” as the plural of forum. I mean, come on folks, “fora” is a great word! Yet you … Continue reading

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Infra dig and sub Charlie B

CRB alerted me to a comment that might have been made by Charlie Brooker on his own column this morning. I should stick it here in case, as CRB phrases it, “the Guardian’s comment police get to it,” although that … Continue reading

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