By Kenneth O'Connor | 18 August 2014

This week we were treated to a splendid amount of religious music, sending up praise and wonder not only to gods but also of nature herself. On Thursday we heard Brahms’ 2nd piano...

By Emily Curran | 14 August 2014

Before you read this blog I’d like you to take a couple of minutes to answer the following questions: Why am I reading this? What do I want to get out of this by the end of the...

By Kenneth O'Connor | 29 July 2014

This year recognises the centenary of the outbreak of World War One and Modernity’s baptism by fire and the current schedule of the Proms rises to the occasion of commemorating this...

By Michael Williams | 25 July 2014

Guiding the listener through what you are saying is a skill which is often lost in a second language. Sometimes it seems that when I listen to students in class, they are so focussed on their...

By David Abbott | 21 July 2014

Apologies for a pause since my last posting – I’m currently juggling – trying to practice what I am preaching and write up a dissertation. This week here are some thoughts...

By Kenneth O'Connor | 16 July 2014

As an American I am quite interested in The Proms because we do not really have anything like it. The Proms (or officially known as The BBC Proms, or The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented...

By David Abbott | 03 July 2014

Today, just a few random thoughts... Firstly, do you ever want a nice simple guide to style ? Do you need to work out whether, for example, if you are writing about British politics, is it...

By David Abbott | 30 June 2014

Here are just a few, rather random thoughts about the irritating business of referencing. I am trying to write a fairly long academic document at the moment (20,000 words). I find that having to...

By Clare Henderson | 23 June 2014

Cast your mind back to 2010 and the World Cup in South Africa, where the “beautiful game” was drowned out by the not-so-beautiful noise of the vuvuzela . This brightly-coloured...

By David Abbott | 19 June 2014

I’m not quite following on exactly from what I wrote last time ( Michael Billig: Learn to write badly ), because I was reading a new book – new to me – on essay writing. I found...

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