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Wordsworth wrote an endless poem in blank verse on” the growth of a poet’s mind.”  I shall attempt a more modest feat for a more distracted age: a blog, “Things which a Lifetime of Trying to Be a Poet has Taught Me.” 344 more words

Donald Williams

5th May 1795. Hair Powdering.

1795 saw the Duty on Hair Powder Act, initiated by William Pitt, the Younger, an independent member of the Whig Party, to help pay for the French War.(1) 383 more words


Flaunting or flouting the law (2). If you've got it, flaunt it. Or flout it?

(Six-minute read.)

What’s the story (morning glory)?

In the earlier blog about these changeling verbs, we looked at what flaunt and flout are supposed to mean, and at how often they get swapped. 1,624 more words

Confusable Words

More on chuffy hot cross buns

I came across a newspaper article from the 1830’s or 40’s in which a man was brought before the magistrate for what was essentially being drunk and disorderly. 456 more words



   “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”

              ~~ Samuel Johnson ~~

I just saw an article about American “Patriotic Schools” where children & teenagers are indoctrinated into “American values” 248 more words

"Set fire to your house well before 8pm,” advises Lichfield fire chief

Lichfield residents have been advised to set fire to their own homes well before 8pm if they are hoping for a response from Lichfield’s firefighters. Lichfield Fire Station manager Damian “Stretch” Armstrong said: 381 more words