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Luke Di Somma Interview Review

On one of my previous posts I said that I was going to be attending a talk with Christchurch based Music Director, composer and conductor Luke Di Somma .I got the chance to ask him some questions that I had constructed and hear his opinion on his career, New Zealand music and advice for other people. 936 more words

James Murray

The surgeon of Crowthorne (Simon Winchester)

This is such a fascinating book.  Prior to reading it, I had no knowledge of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, of the mammoth task of compiling an authoritative list of all words used in the English language, citing printed examples of the use of each word… And in a time long before the advent of computers!   246 more words


Watching language change in WW1: on being a dud


“He wondered when the Allemands would get busy;

And then, of course, they started with five-nines

Traversing, sure as fate, and never a dud”.

Siegfried Sassoon’s poem ‘Counter-Attack’ (first drafted in the summer of 1916) reveals a ready familiarity with the… 1,217 more words