The power of words

I was reflecting just now on the way that the addition of a single word can sometimes transform a phrase from a hopeless, dispiriting signifier of joyless morbidity into a pean of delight and liberation. The particular word that triggered this thought was the "former" in the phrase "former Education Secretary Michael Gove".  

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Taste?

It is an infallible law of the universe that people who have the greatest desire to share their musical listening with the wider world also have the crappiest taste in music.

I don’t care what your magic book says, we are related.

(This post is based on one I wrote for my main photography blog.) Humans — Homo sapiens — are closely related to chimpanzees, gorillas and orang-utans: the other great apes. This is simple fact. We share a last common ancestor (LCA) with chimpanzees; this ancestor lived about 6–8 million years ago (Mya). The LCA of … Continue reading I don’t care what your magic book says, we are related.