Posts by James Francis

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  • Hard News: Where nature may win, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Thank you, Craig. Beautifully but sadly put.

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 117 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Wellington Declaration,

    Read. Signed. Sent.

    Thank you.

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 117 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The back of a bloody envelope,

    I'll be there.

    I told my daughter that I was going to protest, and what it was about.

    Her only question was 'Will you get arrested?" to which I replied, "I hope not."

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 117 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: It is your right and duty to vote,

    On the other hand there are alternate options for national anthems

    Mungo MacCallum wrote a nice little essay about the furore Australia went through in 1975 when it adopted Advance Australia Fair

    One of the problems from aspiring writers back in 1975 was that there are so few rhymes to 'Australia'; the only obvious one is 'failure', which is clearly inappropriate. But this is a cop-out as the following modest effort shows:

    'Prevail Australia!
    We'll not derail ya
    As long as there's azalea to espalier.
    So inter alia
    Unveil yer dahlia
    All hail yer gay regalia our Australia

    (p226, The Best Australian Essays 2001)

    Catchy, patriotic, politically correct and environmentally sound. What more could you want?

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 117 posts Report Reply

  • Public Address Word of the Year 2009,

    What happened to textes?

    Got lostes

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  • Public Address Word of the Year 2009,

    Wouldn'tappearontheprogramme

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  • Public Address Word of the Year 2009,

    I think the word of the year is 'Sorry" - with a silent 'not' in front of it.

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  • Southerly: Still a Scientist at Heart,

    I'd take a lawnmower to that apostrophe, I reckon.

    ...a few years later?

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  • Hard News: Standing up and calling bullshit,

    [From the Herald:] A TVNZ spokeswoman, Andi Brotherston... said the creative unit at TVNZ chose Mr English partly because of the pun on his name in the series’ title “Plain English”.

    Ah, the pun. The first refuge of the junior advertising copywriter.

    If you're going to use a pun it's much better if it's a current pun.

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 117 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Does My Mortgage Look Like a…,

    I was cautiously inching my way towards the thesis that perhaps in New Zealand it's a product of the drinking culture but, yes, I think that's something destined for the rubbish bin.

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 117 posts Report Reply

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