Monthly Archives: February 2008


In this month’s Waitrose Food Illustrated (we have TWO of them in Edinburgh now, oh yes) the founder of the Plain English Campaign, Chrissie Maher attacks “menu-speak”.  She claims that words such as “carpaccio”, “velouté” or “blanquette” are used as … Continue reading

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Mosquito Repellant

Am I missing something? If recent press reports are to be believed the GSM Mosquito ultrasonic deterrent emits a noise that has been variously described as “shrill”, high-pitched” and “piercing”.  How, exactly, is such a noise meant to DETER teenagers? Have the … Continue reading

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