All the children my age spoke pretty good English
My German cousins have taught me what it means to be truly bilingual. They grew up in Germany in a household where they spoke English at home, as my aunt is English. My older cousin in particular is indistinguishable from a native English speaker in my opinion; she can do everything in English that you and I can do. My aunt speaks excellent functional and fluent German, having lived there for 40 years or so, but my cousin says that you can tell immediately that German is not her first language as she makes heaps of small grammatical mistakes etc.
I thought Parker was excellent this morning,
I thought he was also excellent on the TV news last night in responding to the bottle of wine story. Calm and authoritative.
Quite. It sounds horrid.
Is that one of those HRV type systems, Lucy? When we were considering heating options for our house around 12 years ago we did entertain a visit from a HRV salesperson but I found him really, offputtingly aggressive and pushy; and I was very unconvinced about the underlying science as well, in that I couldn’t see how it would keep the house warm in winter without any heating unit in a Wellington climate.
We went for heat pumps, of which one is brilliant and makes for a very comfortable living space, but the other is a bit underwhelming, partly because of the shape of the room. When I worked at home, I found that I got too cold at my desk which was around the corner from the heat pump and with large windows on two sides; and I had to use an additional ceramic column heater to keep warm.
Interesting to see rental property WOF taking shape, Lucy. It looks to me like it should apply to all properties and could be a useful tool for buying/selling.
I think it’s a pity that in NZ we are stuck with this old housing stock which is not designed for NZ’s climate or our current ways of life. We have a 1907 wooden villa perched on a ridgetop in Brooklyn, Wellington, and have just spent a small fortune on a few renovations. It’s incredible how fast the exterior seems to deteriorate – windows that were replaced and repainted only five years ago already have paint peeling off.
Is “girl power” a positive when it’s used about grown women?
When you say something like “girl power”, what is it you’re actually describing?
Well, it was probably a bad example to choose, but since you ask, I was thinking of it being a term that encourages girls to be assertive, independent, ambitious, self-reliant and so on.
But just to clarify, it's a horrible term that I wouldn't dream of using.
All men. All women. All boys. All girls. We must “other” that gender, or chaos will ensue!
Gulp. I am guilty of that myself at times, in using terms like 'boy look'. I can see it coming back in unhelpful ways at times, when my son latches on to this idea of teenage boys being a bit helpless as an excuse for perpetually losing things and being messy.
Question: are gendered terms more helpful when they are positive, like girl power?
Thanks! I thought I’d seen the whole range of smoked products (cheese, tomatoes, garlic, yoghurt, mushrooms in addition all the seafoods and meats) but that one had passed me by.
Please tell me more.
Like many others here, I don't get to eat alone all that often and it's quite a treat to be able to suit oneself completely. For a complete meal I'd probably go for baked potato, steak, mushrooms and onions, greens. For a snack - a mushroom sandwich-for-one. Similar to a steak sammie, but with a Portobello mushroom, with generous topping of garlic/parsley butter, baked in oven until juicy, in bap or similar. Simple but wonderful.