Monthly Archives: July 2019

#moonliving

It was Glark who first said ‘70s sci fi is all about hexagons. Duncan Jones’ film Moon is all about octagons. Almost every space, structure, aperture has chamfered corners for no apparent reason except it looks futuristic and matches the … Continue reading

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in space, no one can hear your turn-taking cues

It’s the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, a good time to take a tour of lunar linguistics: Corpus of space and lunar conversation: Over four years, twelve human subjects made a total of 9 trips to the moon lasting … Continue reading

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careers advice

In a previous lecturing post, I taught Professional Writing Practice, a full-year module including a work placement as well as research and reflection papers. That meant I was a de facto careers counselor. Eventually I wrote up the advice I … Continue reading

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the international job

The Italian Job, now being re-released for its 50th anniversary, seems at first to be an ensemble drama like Ocean’s 11, with a diverse sample of loveable rogues rotating through scenes showcasing their specialisms and speech patterns. In fact, it … Continue reading

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Toutes choses sont dites déjà; mais comme personne n’écoute, il faut toujours recommencer.Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again. — André Gide, Le Traité du Narcisse (The Treatise … Continue reading

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The vital difference between sport and theatre … is that sport is unwritten; it happens for real. No authorial brain devises it before it takes places. In the world of sport, if Konstantin shoots himself in the last minute of … Continue reading

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