Tuesday, 1 October 2013

For crimes against punctuation

Canny Linguist does not condone violence, but it is perhaps understandable why political commentator Iain Dale decided to attack an anti nuclear demonstrator at the Labour Party conference in Brighton.

It wasn’t, as widely reported, that Mr Dale was unhappy with the protestor’s attempt to disrupt a TV interview with Damien McLie. Rather, it was the misuse of the apostrophe on the dog’s placard which incurred his wrath. 

Monday, 9 September 2013

The existence of God proven?

The Barnet Eye has published a blog entitled Blasphemy Special – the right to free speech. It links to a Tweet published by renowned atheist Richard Dawkins.

This, in turn, links to an article on the Bangladeshi Daily Star website which reports that four bloggers are facing long jail sentences in Dhaka for making allegedly blasphemous remarks. The article includes the following sentence, referring to one of the defendants:

“Asif was arrested on April 3 at an Uttara hospital where he had been undergoing treatment for fatal stab injuries he had sustained in an attack on January 14.”

The fact that this man appears to have recovered from fatal injuries surely proves that the believers are right and Dawkins is wrong?

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Sunday Lunch

Seen outside a hotel in Bournemouth recently. Click photo to enlarge.

When else would you expect to have Sunday lunch served, if not on Sundays?