Archives for September 2011

English is alive!

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Neil Edgeller Neil Edgeller | 09:30 UK time, Thursday, 29 September 2011

Well Graciela, first of all I'd like to congratulate you on your deciphering of the word 'Howzat?!' I like the mental image of you at a cricket match with a face 'like Mona Lisa'. To me cricket is an art form, so actually this is quite appropriate.

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When bad means 'good'

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Graciela Graciela | 08:14 UK time, Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Hi Neil. Howru? It's not Portuguese and neither is it English - it is just something that popped up in my head after I looked up in the dictionary 'Howzat' - it is an exclamation related to cricket, a 'shortened form of how's that?' So Alfonso and TK Nallappan got it right.

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ON HOLIDAY!

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Carrie Carrie | 09:29 UK time, Thursday, 15 September 2011

Hi everyone,

The Student Blog is taking a break for the month of September. There will be a new student blogger in October - you'll be able to read her first blog soon!

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy Graciela and Neil's Staff Blogs.

Take care

Carrie

Howzat?!

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Neil Edgeller Neil Edgeller | 12:57 UK time, Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Hi Graciela. I don't know whether to take it as a compliment or an insult when you call me and my fellow countrymen and women 'quirky'.

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Variety is the spice of life

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Graciela Graciela | 16:23 UK time, Friday, 9 September 2011

Do you know when an old song keeps echoing inside your head? "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" is as old as it is witty and it has frequently popped up in mine. You should check it out on YouTube. Noel Coward goes on singing: "Mad Dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun. The Japanese don't care to, the Chinese wouldn't dare to, Hindus and Argentines sleep firmly from twelve to one." And he goes on about British eccentricity.

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Goodbye Alfonso

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Neil Edgeller Neil Edgeller | 11:40 UK time, Friday, 2 September 2011

Hi Alfonso. It's time to say thank you and goodbye!

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