Enforcing strict rules on grammar is counterproductive (Stephen Fry vs Lynne Truss) guardian.co.uk

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Emily Hill: Enforcing strict rules on grammar is counterproductive | (Stephen Fry vs Lynne Truss)| guardian.co.uk

Iceland to join EU?

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That leaves Norway and Liechtenstein as the only non-EU countries in the EEA.

The Original Mad Man, David Ogilvy.

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And like most snobs, Ogilvy loved to name-drop. According to him, one of his friends in Chicago was a former king of Yugoslavia. “If there’s anything David likes, it’s royalty,” said a friend, “and a king is best.” Yet in business he was democratic. When he entered New York advertising circles, he was shocked to find how separate the Jewish community was from the non-Jewish. “I told our small staff that I wasn’t going to play that game. A lot of our clients were Jewish — eg (Helena) Rubinstein (in cosmetics) and later Seagram. And our senior executives were also a mixture.” It didn’t occur to Ogilvy that race or religion should be an issue.

As reflected in the Menken-Draper relationship in Mad Men.

His greatest legacy may have been an approach that assumed the intelligence of the consumer. “The consumer is not a moron, she is your wife.” “You would not tell lies to your wife. Don’t tell them to mine.”

The Original Mad Man, David Ogilvy.

Two weeks until the second series of Mad Men on BBC4.

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DDB [Doyle Dane Bernbach] features so often because, in 1962, Bill Bernbach, the founder of that agency, and his British rival, David Ogilvy at Ogilvy & Mather, were moving advertising from a gentlemen’s club into a billion-dollar global industry. Between them, they were effectively creating modern advertising, moving it on from the cheesecake Coca-Cola commercials of the 1950s and into a recognisable version of modern consumer culture. Ogilvy — a former British spy — used his intelligence skills to shape the very idea of brands. After Bernbach’s death in 1982, Harper’s told its readers that he “probably had a greater impact on American culture than any of the distinguished writers and artists who have appeared in the pages of Harper’s during the past 133 years”.

A grower just like The Wire and just like the last time it’s aired first on BBC4 and I wonder if Weiner can keep it up for five series. The Wire could not and I think the second series of Dexter is showing cracks as well.

It’s an unusual thing for a television show to specify the ages of its characters, but you can’t chart someone’s life through an era without that.

In the US maybe, but over here we had Heimat.

Two weeks until the second series of Mad Men on BBC4.

Gabriel Garcia Márquez and Camilo José Cela classics go on sale for €5 in Spanish digital first | Books | guardian.co.uk

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As book prices go, €5 is a bargain almost anywhere. In Spain, where publishers like to keep prices on paperback novels above the €20 level, it is unheard of.Now a ground-breaking deal involving Nobel prize winners such as Gabriel Garcia Márquez and Camilo José Cela has seen an offer of two novels for ¤10 on classics by the authors of One Hundred Years of Solitude and The Hive.There is only one catch: the books do not come on paper, but as digital downloads.An agreement between leer-e, a Spanish book downloading site, and the Spanish-speaking world’s most famous literary agent, Carmen Balcells, allows her select group of authors to sidestep their normal print publishers.

Gabriel Garcia Márquez and Camilo José Cela classics go on sale for €5 in Spanish digital first | Books | guardian.co.uk

Words used in English that I have to look up: Satrap

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First in a series where I simply post words I have to look up. I was going to write “English words”; but looking at this first word I think the headline covers it better - “Words used in English”. So first up is

Satrap

a Persian title that literally means “protector of power”; satraps were essentially administrative governors, ruling a satrapy; some of Alexander the Great’s generals became satraps after Alexander’s death and the dissolution of Alexander’s empire.

as seen in a Sunday Times piece on politician Frank Field

Field’s bête noire is Gordon Brown. He blames the then chancellor and now prime minister for kneecapping his welfare reforms. Blair, having asked Field “to think the unthinkable”, failed to back him against opposition from Blair’s jealous satrap. Blair at that stage, Field says, should have sacked Brown, not just for Field’s sake but to give Blair the opportunity and space to be an uninhibited PM.

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Patrick Barkham: The strange tale of the MP and the grime star | Music | The Guardian

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Patrick Barkham: The strange tale of the MP and the grime star | Music | The Guardian

Richard Johnson on entering TV quiz shows.

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I started with Runway, a daytime show on ITV. It wasn’t exactly Mastermind, and I figured they wouldn’t pick me if I was a smart alec. So I got a few questions wrong on the application form, and I said I read the Daily Mail. I went on to win a travel iron and a hairdryer.

This is quoted from an article titled “Brains of Britain” in Esquire (Feb 2009).

Environment Agency criticises fine after Thames Water poisoned river Wandle | Environment | guardian.co.uk

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Eventually the chlorine spread 3 miles downstream, and the Environment Agency and local volunteers took three days to clear two tonnes of dead fish from the river. The results of two decades of “painstaking” restoration to turn the chalk stream into a popular fishery were “wiped out” in one day, said the agency.

Thames Water was also ordered to pay £21,335 towards the clean-up and investigation, after pleading guilty to the incident. The company had already offered to donate £500,000 over five years to local angling and restoration groups.

This is peanuts to pay for a grave mistake Thames Water itself called “juvenile”.

Environment Agency criticises fine after Thames Water poisoned river Wandle| Environment | guardian.co.uk

Turritopsis nutricula: the world’s only ‘immortal’ creature – Times Online

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Turritopsis nutricula may be the world’s only “immortal” creature.

Jellyfish usually die after propagating but Turritopsis reverts to a sexually immature stage after reaching adulthood and is capable of rejuvenating itself.

The 4-5mm diameter creature, technically known as a hydrozoan, is the only known animal that is capable of reverting to its juvenile polyp state.

Theoretically, this cycle can repeat indefinitely, rendering it potentially immortal.

Turritopsis nutricula: the world’s only ‘immortal’ creature - Times Online

French left pioneers a radical new tactic: the picnic protest | World news | The Observer

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French left pioneers a radical new tactic: the picnic protest
Activists take food off the shelves and invite shoppers to dine with them to highlight the plight of ‘Generation Y’.

French left pioneers a radical new tactic: the picnic protest | World news | The Observer

Zsa Zsa Gabor on housekeeping.

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I’m an excellent housekeeper. Every time I get a divorce, I keep the house.

Zsa Zsa Gabor on housekeeping.