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Month: January 2018

The Adventure Of English by Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg subtitles The Adventure Of English with the intriguing phrase “The Biography of a Language”. He thus implies that the language, specifically English, has a life of its own, setting himself the task of creating both an adventure and a narrative that will convince the reader that the language has both an identity and, to some extent, a personality that identifies an individuality. He succeeds on all counts. The story starts of course with a birth and then unfolds chronologically throughout the first half of the book, before diverging to examine the different and often parallel geographical manifestations of English in the modern world. These have happened since the dawn of Empire and, as a consequence of their disparate elements and different paths of development, perhaps suggest that English is more of a family than an individual. Amazingly, Melvyn Bragg goes through eleven chapters before considering Shakespeare. The book is thus quite careful in its examination of the origins of the language and its early development. Later on there are three chapters on the language in the United States, one each on Australia, India and the West Indies. We come across a little, perhaps not enough, Singlish from Singapore, and Africa is largely ignored, except for the influence of African languages on English in the Americas. Melvyn Bragg also devotes considerable time to the discussion of accent, pronunciation,...

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Thai Glass Noodles

Glass noodles, also known as boon-sen, cellophane noodles, mung bean noodles or green bean thread noodles, are made of the flour from green mung beans. These noodles are translucent (giving them the name glass noodles) and are very thin and wiry, a bit like fishing line. They are consequently rather difficult to handle. In Thailand glass noodles are usually found in Thai noodle soup, which is a thin soup often served with fish balls, red pork (Moo Deng) or chicken. The glass noodle soup is a popular late night snack and is also often given to sick people since it is considered healthy and easy to digest. When pre-soaked glass noodles become slippery, softer and easier to cut and work with. It is important to select good quality noodles (made of 100% mung beans) because they retain their shape and texture better than the cheaper, low quality versions. Glass noodles are very good at absorbing the flavours of the other ingredients in any dish. This means they are great for salads as well as dishes like baked crab or prawns. They can also be transformed into a crispy garnish by deep frying in very hot oil. Being made from green mung beans, they are also a good source of iron and selenium and are therefore useful nutrition for vegetarians. They’re also ideal for people on a gluten-free diet. To...

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The Adventure Of English by Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg subtitles The Adventure Of English with the intriguing phrase “The Biography of a Language”. He thus implies that the language, specifically English, has a life of its own, setting himself the task of creating both an adventure and a narrative that will convince the reader that the language has both an identity and, to some extent, a personality that identifies an individuality. He succeeds on all counts. The story starts of course with a birth and then unfolds chronologically throughout the first half of the book, before diverging to examine the different and often parallel geographical manifestations of English in the modern world. These have happened since the dawn of Empire and, as a consequence of their disparate elements and different paths of development, perhaps suggest that English is more of a family than an individual. Amazingly, Melvyn Bragg goes through eleven chapters before considering Shakespeare. The book is thus quite careful in its examination of the origins of the language and its early development. Later on there are three chapters on the language in the United States, one each on Australia, India and the West Indies. We come across a little, perhaps not enough, Singlish from Singapore, and Africa is largely ignored, except for the influence of African languages on English in the Americas. Melvyn Bragg also devotes considerable time to the discussion of accent, pronunciation,...

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Older, Slow, But Way to Go!

When I was a child it seemed as if I could run all day long. I loved to pretend I was a horse running free on the prairie, or a fairy princess floating through a forest of mystery. My body seemed to move without effort or discomfort. I was one of the fastest at chasing games. Then I grew up. What a dirty trick! It is a trade off, this getting older. you can’t run as quickly or effortlessly as when you were a child. You have more aches and pains after a few miles of running. You take longer to warm up the stiffer joints. However it is not all bad! You can go long and slow, enjoying the scenery, the sounds, the feel of working up a sweat. You can enjoy the other runners in a race, taking the time to get to know them, sharing the marvel of being outside doing something fun. You learn to listen to your body when it says to slow down or get a drink. And the times of the other racers in your age bracket are going to be slower, too. It is an amazing thing when you grow older and begin to run. You must start slowly and gently, respecting your body and it’s limitations. Bring the wisdom of your lifetime with you and don’t be afraid to experience...

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How to Increase a Man’s Interest in You & Make Him Want You Even More! Follow This Advice Right Now

If you have a guy who already likes you, then that’s great-and congratulations. But if you’re one of the millions who are taking their shot at love and longing to be wanted, then read on: Compliment him in the sincerest way Say something nice about how he looks. Notice his shirt and how it looks good on him. Praise him for whatever good deed that he has done to you or to other people. It would definitely boost his confidence. Always look better each day Physical appearance is always the first basis of attraction. When you look good, he will become attracted to you more and more each day. Always be conscious of your over all hygiene. Don’t just put on clothes that make you stunning; also be concerned about other details like your teeth or nails. Some guys are very particular about this. Don’t force him to anything Don’t push him to do things he’s not accustomed to or let him do the things that he does not want to do. In short, never manipulate him-this is not a good thing to do. It is a man’s tendency to run away when he’s pinned at a corner. Keep your independence Don’t depend too much on your man. Do as much as you can independently. Continue to do things that you were doing before you were together. Go out...

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