"Oh, what a beautiful morning": Unbelievable! It's only just turned 10.00am as I write and I have just enjoyed half an hour of sunbathing on my patio which provides me with a panoramic view over my rolling acres, er, well, my 0.026 of a rolling acre if truth be told, but still, what a joy. I'm not a fanatical sun worshipper but I do hate being what I call 'coffin white', perhaps because the bloody coffin is that much closer these days!
The blood begins to pump: The 'Smug Brothers' (aka: Dave 'n' George), having unleashed the dogs of fear on a terrified British public in order to 'frit' them (now where have I heard that word before?) into surrender, have now suffered a vicious counter-attack by Ms. Priti Patel who is not only a Tory but also a cabinet minister and, best of all, she's hot!
She says, in effect, that smug, rich boys like 'you know who' only "see the benefits of migration such as cheap domestic help and willing tradesmen" and that "those leading the pro-EU campaign fail to care for those who do not have their advantages. Their narrow self-interest fails to pay due regard to the interests of the wider public.” Ouch! Well said, that lady!
Meanwhile 'over there': More and more of the 'intelligentsia' (who sniggered?) are spinning on the spot as it begins to dawn on them that 'The Donald' could do the impossible and actually win the Presidency - SHLOCK-HORROR! I began on the basis that were I American, I would hold my nose and vote for 'HillBilly' despite the obvious truth that she is a lazy, stupid, self-centred, lying liar of the first water! But gradually, as time goes by, my dislike of her is beginning to outweigh my trembling fear of 'The Donald'. My American friends, I feel for you as the hour of decision looms closer.
Adverbs must definitely go! Hands up anyone who knows what an 'adverb' is? Yeeeeeees, quite - see "definitely" above! But thus sayeth, Mr. Christian Lorentzen, a professional wordsmith and an 'Eng. Lang.' swot of the highest order:
adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, other adverbs, noun phrases, clauses, and whole sentences. Adverbs indicate place, time, manner, frequency, degree, certainty. Anything an adverb does can almost always be done more elegantly by the adverbial deployment of the other parts of speech. Almost always more elegantly: in most cases with more elegance.
Well, if you say so, Mr. Lorentzen but, alas, for sloppy amateurs like me, I just write as it comes whilst attempting to inject some life into what otherwise would be the dead carcass of language. Mind you, he does remind me of the late Miss Wood, Eng. Lang. & Lit., circa 1950-55, whose death stare could drop a pupil at 20 paces!
Oh no, not more economists! Yesterday I read that some 600 economists had issued a warning to 'The Great British Public' that Brexit would bring about the end of the world as we know it. Obviously, 300 of them were the same 'brainiacs' who warned us that failing to join the euro currency would set off Armageddon. The other three hundred were almost certainly the ones who failed to provide even a hint of the financial collapse in 2008! 'Nuff said, really!
More rumbles later . . .