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A place where I can lament the changing times; for eccentric comments on current affairs and for unfashionable views, expressed I hope, in cogent style; also occasional cris de coeur largely concerned, I regret to say, with myself.
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Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Typically, the older I get the more annoying life becomes. Once upon a time one might meet lefty females who would ask "Why are you so angry, Paul?" There is a simple answer to this: "Because there is so much that gets on my tits."
Last night, the BBC on Newsnight interviewed famous lefty George Monbiot who is a sort of activist for "environmental" and ecological issues. This crackpot wants wolves to be re-introduced into this country; cretin. This has already happened in south-eastern France where the shepherds have to stand idly by whilst their flocks are decimated by these vermin. The sheep-farmers are not permitted to shoot the wolves.
And I'm bloody annoyed (as always) about the slackness that is causing a steady decline in the English language.
Why do the railway companies insist on addressing us as "customers?" We are NOT customers, we are passengers. I suppose that before long patients will be referred to as "customers" of the health service. Rubbish.
And pronunciation! Why cannot anyone pronounce the words "for" and "to"? Why have they become "fer" and "ter?" Slackness. The BBC is very guilty: their people cannot pronounce "formidable," controversy," or "centenary" correctly - these just being examples. Here are the BBC pronunciations, followed by the correct versions:
forMIDable - FORmidable
conTROVersy - CONtroversy
cenTENary - centeenary
The last has suffered from what I call Kenya trouble - ever since the pronunciation of that state's name was modified in honour of former terrorist Jomo Kenyatta. Today I see that Mount Everest has to be referred to by some jaw-breaking name. Nonsense, same as Myanmar for Burma, Mumbai for Bombay, Innuits for Esquimaux, etc., etc. ad nauseam. The worst example arguably, is referring to Red Indians as "Native Americans." John Wayne or Ronald Reagan or Martin Luther King were every bit as "native American" as Geronimo. More cosy PC rubbish. I would not of course object to "aboriginal Americans" or even at a pinch "indiginous Americans."
I watched a terrible film the other day: Sword of Sherwood daing from 1960 and featuring Richard Greene as Robin Hood. A Hammer production, it was truly pathetic except in one respect: every actor spoke beautifully. It was balm for my long-suffering ears.
I hate change.
Until the next time.