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Author: Mark Waugh

Resist the urge for a polling station selfie

Today’s election is notable for many reasons – not least of which because no-one has any idea of the government we’re going to end up with when the voting is done. What’s also striking is that it seems to have become the first General Election for which there has had to be guidance on taking selfies!

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Could Dolce and Gabbana have got it more wrong?

It’s a good job that PR and media consultants exist! Why? Because there seem to be soooo many people in the world who fail to understand basic principles of having a public conversation. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana did a fine job on themselves this week. They expressed an opinion on adoption by gay couples.

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Caroline Lucas radio interview goes horribly awry

It’s the nightmare scenario for everyone who might find themselves in front of a live mic. The fear that you’ll get caught out, go blank, just generally do that rabbit in the headlights thing. It happens and when it does it’s excruciating for everyone – but we love to listen… Here is one of the

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So, can we just speak English?

Trends in how people speak seem to come around like flu viruses. I recall very well the ranting of my first chief reporter at a sudden proliferation of the use of ‘sooooo…’ at the end of a sentence. Suddenly, everyone seemed to be doing it (this was about 20 years ago). It was, as she quite

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New vacuum rules don’t suck… marketing execs do

An awful lot of people, egged on by certain quarters in the media, are thoroughly up-in-arms about vacuum cleaners. You can’t fail to have heard about the recent EU ban on machines that have a motor larger than 1600w. It’s perfect grist for the “look what those idiots in Brussels have gone and done again” brigade.

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Ten places you can stick your ‘listicle’…

The English language is a truly amazing thing; dynamic, diverse, evolving, complex, sometimes unfathomable and irrational. Very, very few people are true masters of it and those who really understand it would never think to claim that they’ve fully tamed it. The fact that it does evolve is one of the most marvellous things about

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