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ATE – IX

For my ninth installment of All Things English…

It is all about the Royal College of Art Show.  On display is silversmith designer Kathryn Hinton‘s great bowl & fork set.   The prongs of the forks correspond with the words imprinted in the bowl as though stamped during a feeding frenzy.  Brill!

And Freddie Yauner‘s exit sign that comes to life when you aren’t looking.  Reminds me of the secret little creatures in Kage no Sekai that I love so much.

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ATE – VIII

For my eighth installment of All Thing English…

It seems that punting is a quintessential past time for English University students and… tourists alike.  So how do you tell them apart aside from the cameras slung around their necks and slightly-louder-than-necessary voices?  Their punting skills, of course!

Cambridge University, worried its undergraduates have lost the knack, has come to the rescue with a how to guide to what has become a dying art of punting.  The Bluffer’s Guide to Punting, written by the Punt Society of St John’s College, explains how to start, lift the pole, and steer – and how to avoid an embarrassing plunge into the water.  The guide tells learners how to look like a professional in a series of illustrated cartoons.  It also warns novices against the biggest mistakes of all – looking like a tourist, or worst still an Oxford student.  Of course, it wouldn’t come from Cambridge without a few Oxford jabs…

Now I expect you to punt like a pro the next time you are England!

 

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ATE – VI

My sixth installment of All Things English…

Tim Soong wedding plans were wrecked after British Airways managed to lose his luggage which included his and his best man’s suits, and the bride-to-be’s wedding dress.  As if that wasn’t  bad enough, BA continued to add insult to injury by not offering an apology or compensation for their error

He got revenge by posting a covert music video on YouTube that pokes fun at the travails of British Airways £4.3 billion new home at Heathrow with its delayed flights, long queues and faulty lifts.  The video has since become a runaway success and the song, which is likely to be released as a single, is getting repeated plays on London radio stations.

Any traveler can appreciate these lyrics:

The news ain’t good. I’m stuck in a queue. After 15 hours, it still hasn’t moved. They lost all my bags. They lost my wife too.

I asked an official what’s going on but she didn’t seem to know exactly what’s wrong – something about robots and a luggage machine.

And did I know this building was opened by the Queen?  Well that’s really interesting but I should be on holiday in Italy – Vespas, ciao and fettuccine.

I’m surrounded by airport insanity.”

The debacle which followed the opening of Terminal 5 last month has also spawned an Internet game called Terminal Panic in which Willie Walsh, the airline’s chief executive, tries to load bags onto the carousel without being hit by a luggage trolley.

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