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Blog discontinued…

December 5, 2012


Dear all, I’ve seriously neglected this blog since starting out in Brazil and focusing on news, travel and life there. Please see Ben’s Brazil – I’m going to start posting more regularly there now. Cheers, Ben   Advertisements

The Schizophrenia of Brazilian Portuguese

September 20, 2011


I remember a teacher correcting me at school: It’s not “none of us were”, it’s “none of us was”. The same went for “less people”, “the amount of times”, “me and my friends”… Wrong, wrong, wrong. Black and white. And for a lot of my formative years I believed this. Following the “rules” religiously, blindly, with my […]

Mladić Arrested at the Slavonic Crossroads

May 26, 2011


Ratko Mladić’s name was splashed across the straplines of 24-hour news channels today after the former Bosnian Serb army chief was detained in an area of northern Serbia. The arrest was made in the town of Lazarevo – in the autonomous Vojvodina province, a veritable linguistic spaghetti junction. Few places in Europe act as such a crossroads […]

Numbers, Planets and One-armed Deities

May 3, 2011


You use them every day of your life, but did you know that every time you write in your diary, look at a calendar, arrange a date or look at a timeable, you’re opening up a world of numbers, mythology, celestial bodies and deities? This week I was on the Tube when I saw a […]

WikiWhat? The story behind those four little letters.

February 14, 2011


It’s a pretty safe bet that somewhere in your personal top ten most visited websites is the delightful Wikipedia. The first-port-of-call encyclopedia is probably not the only website you use that’s wiki-prefixed. But have you ever wondered where the “wiki” bit comes from? The news has been riddled recently with stories about whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. That handsome rascal Julian […]