How to Make a Perfect Cup of Tea

It is a debate that has raged for years, if not centuries. How do you make a perfect cup of tea? It seems writer George Orwell took on this debate in 1946 with his essay “ 1,374 more words

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Le 6 regole della buona scrittura

Tutti noi scriviamo, ma non è detto che lo sappiamo davvero fare.

Cosa intendo dire?

Scrivere non è solo l’atto di mettere insieme delle parole di senso compiuto… 412 more words


Review: 1984

1984 by George Orwell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A scary book which makes you realize the perils of mass surveillance. The book starts with three very powerful lines, WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. 90 more words

Book Review

Professional Writers Wield Power on Society

Professional writers have the ability to destroy the world—hard stop.

The Status Quo

Every day, people make decisions based on available information usually sourced from the Internet or social media. 416 more words

Creative Essays

How The Guardian Fulfills George Orwell’s Prediction of ‘Newspeak’

On Sunday April 15th, Britain’s Guardian bannered “OPCW inspectors set to investigate site of Douma chemical attack” and pretended that there was no question that a chemical attack in Douma Syria on April 7th had actually occurred, and the article then went further along that same propaganda-line, to accuse Syria’s Government of having perpetrated it. 796 more words


Essay Review: Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

Title: Politics and the English Language
Author: George Orwell
Published: 1945
Genre: NF
Format: Paperback
Pages: 24
Source: Own
Date Read: April 20, 2018
Grade: … 1,146 more words



Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog are very familiar with my high regard for Patrick McGoohan’s 1967 science-fiction/ existential drama The Prisoner. Over the many times I’ve referred to this 17-episode program I’ve heard back from a few readers here and there saying they have heard of the show but never saw any episodes and don’t understand its appeal. 1,039 more words

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