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Prams and Trams and Oldham

On my way back to Sheffield, I stopped off in Oldham to visit an old Cambridge friend who I don’t get to see nearly as often as I’d like. It seems like a lifetime ago when we were strolling among the dreaming spires with our plans for the future. Yesterday, …

Students in Sheffield

Students in Sheffield are back

It’s that time of year when you can tell the academic life at Sheffield University and Sheffield Hallam are back in full swing as the city is now swarming with students. All of a sudden, the population of Sheffield seems to have grown by 50%, and young people are everywhere. …

The Question Mark

I know, I know. I’ve very bad at keeping this blog up-to-date. But I’m back, and with a grammar post, looking at some of the oddities of the question mark abroad, inspired by the Easter holiday. The Greek question mark The Greek question mark is used to indicate that a …

Trade Finance

I’ve been very bad at keeping this blog up to date, so I’ve decided to get back into it, and try and write something at least once a month. This should hopefully keep my writing skills up. This months topic? Trade Finance, something I’ve come across in my quest to …

Botox in Sheffield?

A story that I heard recently pricked my interest in the bizarre. One night in July in Sheffield, someone set up a ‘get your botox now’ service in the toilets of a pub, selling cheap anti-wrinkle injections to the drunken punters. The amazing thing is that apparently people were queuing …

A foundation degree?

I’ve been thinking of doing some more higher education recently, a possible pre-cursor for a career change. I’ve been looking around, and a foundation degree sounds like a good bet. I’ve been thinking of looking at an Environmental course so maybe I can get a job outdoors. I’ve been fed …

A Yorkshire Christmas Holiday

I’m really looking forward to the Christmas holidays this year. It’s been a long, busy year it’s the one time of year I can just take some time off without  having to go abroad or a wedding or fix up the house. Also, I’ve got an extra bonus, I’m having …

Cosmetic Surgery – why?

I thought I’d take to my blog again to get something off my chest. The reason? Well, a friend’s wife has just had cosmetic surgery in London, breast enlargement no less, and it’s really annoying. Why? Why did she bother? Why do people voluntarily mutilate themselves by having unnecessary ‘cosmetic’ surgery? Fair …

Use the Semicolon?

I’ve been really bad keeping my blog up-to-date, so I thought I’d get back onto it. I’ve been trying to get better at using the semicolon recently; I’m converted! See that, nice use of the semicolon there! I’ve been trying to improve my writing, but it’s tricky when I spend …

A private detective company in Sheffield?

I came across a Sheffield based private detective company the other day. Now I’m a big fan of Steve Moffat, and think Doctor Who is much better now he’s in charge. I enjoyed the RTD days, but I much prefer the new doctor and direction. Anyway, the Sherlock Holmes series …