Thursday, June 8, 2017

Apologies/ Stories from the Web

Hey lovely people!

A lot of bloggers do not believe in apologising for an unannounced hiatus. But I feel that if you frequent this blog, you at least deserve to hear why I have been absent for some time. 

Firstly, apologies. (I am one of the few who do believe in apologising!) 

Secondly, my "break" has been largely down to laziness, however, it was triggered by a short bout of illness. Then I celebrated my 30th birthday and I wanted to party, rather than write blog posts - but I am now repentant and have returned for good!

With that out of the way, I thought I'd kick things off by gathering some of the most interesting stories from around the web this week. They all pertain to writing and communications, obviously!

Enjoy, and tell me what you think!

click on the highlighted text for the full story.

10 Rules for Writing E-mails that Always Gets a Reply
This one is useful, especially for business people or freelancers trying to pitch an idea. There is nothing worse than pouring your heart and soul into an email, only to for it to be ignored. Let's face it. No one likes being ignored! So make sure you make your emails interesting and legible the first time around. (Read my article on the importance of professional emails here)

Look at What this Dustbin Man Built, Using Discarded Books

One man's trash is another man's treasure - or library in this case. This is a heartwarming story of how one man used creativity, compassion and commitment to serve his community. Have a quick read, you won't regret it.

The Ugliest Word in History, and Why It Won't Just Die!
This is always going to be a controversial topic. Mainly because hearing this word jars so many people (including myself!) But why is the use of it still prevalent? Find out!

What Happened to This Nigerian Writer, after Writing about Homophobic Sentiments in Nigeria?

Another controversial topic, especially on the continent of Africa - mainly because it is at odds with mainstream religious practice. However, is controversy right when it impinges on people's right to free speech?

Lobbying for Jamaican Patois

This is a topic that I enjoy speaking about so much because it takes me back to the days of studying for my French & Linguistics degree. I took a class called Pidgins & Creoles. I remember reading about the case for West African Pidgin English, and the fact that it should be classed as a full language with its own grammatical rules and structures, rather than just broken English. 

I hope you have enjoyed reading. Which one is your favourite? Comment Below.


  1. Interesting articles. I read deep into the comments of the last story. Some very passionate arguments ongoing. On first read, I sided with the author. I see my friends from other countries who speak both their native language and English flawlessly and I am borderline impressed and jealous.

    Learning about English and other subjects in their native tongue certainly makes learning more authentic. But I can understand the perception of the people who oppose her. It would seem that she had the opportunities she has today by being able to speak English fluently and now... It is definitely an interesting read and something to think about.

    1. Hi. Thank you for passing through and commenting. I also agree with her. I have never been for the language snobbery that goes on towards our native languages, and variants of English such as Pidgin English, or Creole, which for some is language number one. But, I also find myself agreeing with you and the commentators. Although L1 is important, and it would be great to see it being used formally. We cannot downplay the importance of English. Good English! It's important if you want to be a world player. And like most of the commentators said, instructing children in a language that they comfortable in, to teach them a language that the will need, for international business and communication is ideal.

  2. I don’t know what has happened to the custom of delivering consistent good articles. I hope that the custom comes alive after this..thumbs up for your work

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