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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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The Power of the Hamun Mnid

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

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