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Separated by a Common LanguageSeparated by a Common Language

Observations on British and American English by an American linguist living...

 
The Martyn FilesThe Martyn Files

A humorous look at everyday things that happen to everday people

 
Old VarietiesOld Varieties

This site has been set up to celebrate and feature the heritage of Britain&...

 
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The fine arts, decorative arts and architecture of Europe, North America an...

 


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I had good reasons for seeing the 2017 film On Chesil Beach. Firstly Ian McEwan is one of the most intriguing modern novelists I have read, espec­ial­ly his 2007 novella of the same name! Secondly the brilliant film Atone­ment was based on Ia...

Filed under: Etc. We really hope the garbage was inside the car temporarily.Continue reading Police pull over erratic driver to find car packed with junk Police pull over erratic driver to find car packed with junk originally...

TWO FORMS of government have dominated in the west over the last hundred years. In one big power is vested in the state, the government and in the other policy is dominated by the influence of big industry, big corporations, or big money. But neither...

The first part comes from the Blavatsky Archives; many thanks. Helena Petrovna von Hahn was born at Ekaterinoslav in Southern Russia, in 1831. She was the daughter of Colonel Peter von Hahn, and writer Helena de Fadeyev. Her mat­er­nal grandmo...

The names Australians gave new born babies was a widely cited post, covering the most popular first names given to boys and girls in Victoria since 1900. But I have never tackled surnames, given that everyone of my generation seemed to come from Pola...

In 1628, Dr William Harvey was an English physician who published a book in which he described the circulation of blood in humans. Researchers commenced experim­ents involving the intraven­ous injection of various substances into an­imal...

Giacomo Lorandi wrote of the pro-inoculation career of Theodore Tronchin in France and the anti-Tronchin response, to be followed by the anti-vaccination movement in Britain and the USA. Swiss physician Théodore Tronchin's (1709–1781) clinic att­...