Category Archives: Information & Opinion

WordPress site self-hosting – changing is not so easy?

We are told it is easy to migrate to WordPress site self-hosting from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. That may be the case if you have some technical expertise. If you haven’t then there are some things you should be aware of when you decide it’s time to self-host your WordPress website or blog before moving it to your selected host.

If you have published a lot of posts over a few years on a WordPress.com site you may be unhappy to find out there are some bugs after you decide to migrate to WordPress site self-hosting. Continue reading WordPress site self-hosting – changing is not so easy?

Is poor teaching of languages causing communication breakdown?

On 14 July 2011 BBC News posted an article entitled –

Spelling mistakes ‘cost millions’ in lost online sales

Written by education correspondent Sean Coughlan the article raises concerns, which I have had for a long time, about how eroding language skills are leading to serious communication breakdown.

I wrote about my concerns in a post entitled –

Will loss of language skills lead to a breakdown in society?

My concerns go much deeper than a loss of revenue but Sean Coughlan’s observations, which contain the following, are important as they point to the root of the problems – education. Continue reading Is poor teaching of languages causing communication breakdown?

Our Earth – a rubbish dump?

Those who live inland don’t to see what those of us who live on the coast do, every day, during the Sout West Monsoon. Less beach and more rubbish including tons of plastic. Caring volunteers with little help from government clean beaches everywhere.

We may be fighting a losing battle but there is no excuse not to fight.

By 2050, our oceans will have more plastic trash than fish. Continue reading Our Earth – a rubbish dump?

Why I don’t understand what President Donald Trump says? – PART 3

On 26 January 2017 Donald Trump gave his first interview, after becoming president, to ABC News.

When I listened to the interview I was confused. So, in a quiet moment, I decided to analyse the transcript to see if I could understand exactly what his responses to the questions posed by David Muir, the interviewer, meant. I have to admit that it proved to be a rather difficult task and I am left just as confused now as I was then.

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PART 3

Continue reading Why I don’t understand what President Donald Trump says? – PART 3

Why I don’t understand what President Donald Trump says? – PART 2

On 26 January 2017 Donald Trump gave his first interview, after becoming president, to ABC News.

When I listened to the interview I was confused. So, in a quiet moment, I decided to analyse the transcript to see if I could understand exactly what his responses to the questions posed by David Muir, the interviewer, meant. I have to admit that it proved to be a rather difficult task and I am left just as confused now as I was then.

Click here to Read PART 1 

PART 2

DAVID MUIR: Mr. President, I want to start — we’re five days in. And your campaign promises. I know today you plan on signing the order to build the wall. Continue reading Why I don’t understand what President Donald Trump says? – PART 2

Why I don’t understand what President Donald Trump says? – PART 1

The language that Trump uses is English, my first language, but the similarity ends there. He arranges the words to make sentences in a way I have never seen before, often using one word or two only in a sentence. At first I wondered if it was an initiative test to see if the listener was able to fill in the missing words. I’m not so sure about that now.

On 26 January 2017 Donald Trump gave his first interview ,after becoming president, to ABC News.

When I listened to the interview I was confused. So, in a quiet moment, I decided to analyse the transcript to see if I could understand exactly what his responses to the questions posed by David Muir, the interviewer, meant. I have to admit that it proved to be a rather difficult task and I am left just as confused now as I was then. Continue reading Why I don’t understand what President Donald Trump says? – PART 1

Why did WordPress remove JUSTIFY and UNDERLINE?

English: The logo of the blogging software Wor...
English: The logo of the blogging software WordPress. Deutsch: WordPress Logo 中文: WordPress Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve written over 300 Posts on my WordPress blogs and I’ve never had a problem with editing until a few weeks ago when I discovered the JUSTIFY and UNDERLINE icons were removed from the editor bar. I wrote to WordPress Support and asked where they had put them. It took a couple of emails to find out that there is a link right above the title when writing a post which says:

 “There’s an easier way to create on WordPress.com. Switch to the improved editor.”

Continue reading Why did WordPress remove JUSTIFY and UNDERLINE?

Save our words

I recently received a complimentary email from a friend who is an accomplished author. She was responding to a post of mine entitled ‘I’m over the moon‘ and it led to a discussion about the English language.

Congrats James!

Have you joined Goodreads yet?

Hey is jewelry mis-spelled or the British version? “He is now Chairman of a jewellery wholesaler”

My reply was; Continue reading Save our words

It’s a dog’s life

Shelter Manager’s office at Soi Dog, Phuket

I recently visited Soi Dog in the north of Phuket, Thailand. I wanted to find out more about the non-profit organisation that alleviates the suffering of animals by sterilising and vaccinating dogs and cats. Soi Dog treats sick, injured and abused animals. It also fights the cruel and illegal dog meat trade and shelters and re-homes street dogs and cats. Continue reading It’s a dog’s life