According to my calendar, today in China was Huā zhāo jié (花朝节) – literally meaning “flower morning festival“. Today is the 15th day of the 2nd lunar month – in other words, the middle of the second month, … Read the rest
Computers no longer exist
This is somewhat of a bizarre one, so please bear with me.
The other day, someone posted a really weird message in a Mandarin learning Facebook group. It started,
“Mandarin passé since 1911, period.” Don’t bother with Mandarin.
It was … Read the rest
Santa and Coke
Before I begin this post proper, I feel I need to point out that “Coke” is the most common abbreviation in the UK used for Coca-Cola. As far as I understand most other countries (including English speaking ones) tend to … Read the rest
You & Me
If you are reading this thinking, “The title is wrong” that it should be, “You and I“, then this is precisely for you!
Note that the picture I have used (under Fair Use) is from a … Read the rest
In case you are new to England and don’t know what the Fireworks are about that usually start around the end of October until early November, here is a video explaining the history of the reason for this tradition. (By … Read the rest
Accessing Windows 7 Shares (after January 2019 update?)
Recently I discovered that I could no longer access my Windows 7 computer from the other computers on my home network. At first I thought it was something to do with the username or password, but the behaviour when these … Read the rest
How to say “ough”
The hardest word in the English language for non-native speakers?
Feel free to comment below.
This is edited from a TV Show called “Modern Life is Goodish“, by Dave Gorman.
The full, unedited, episode is available on … Read the rest
Today is the Spring Equinox.
equinox /ˈɛkwɪˌnɒks/ (noun)
An equinox is when “the sun crosses the plane of the earth’s equator, making night and day of approximately equal length (12 hours) all over the earth”. Due to the
Welcome to my new blog! I wanted my first blog post to be something wholly positive, so I decided to share this Powershell script, in case there is anyone else out there who has struggled with automating the copying or … Read the rest
Word of the day, 5th April 2015
I couldn’t really choose any other word for this Easter day.
The English word dates from about the 12th century, and was specifically linked to this event: “the name of … Read the rest