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A Small Orange Creates a Passionate User

This is the story of how a tweet about three rogue punctuation marks bagged me a free T-shirt, a Moleskine notebook and a handwritten note from the CEO from one of the world’s best and brightest web-hosting companies. It began with an email I received from A Small Orange, the hosting company I’ve been using […]

Common Errors in Writing: The Dangling Participle

Dangling participles have, in my opinion, at least two major claims to infamy. First, the phrase is by far the funniest in the writing and editing rulebook. Whenever I hear or read it, I want to say, “Don’t look now, but your participles are dangling.” Second, dangling participles are perhaps the most common grammatical error I […]

Diefenbaker: When You Cast Your Longest Shadow…

To the young people I say this: If I had taken the other course, I could be wealthy. But there is nothing to equal the feeling that you can have when you cast your longest shadow towards the east, knowing that, in your day and generation, you made a contribution. — John “Dief the Chief” […]

Diabolique Magazine: Horror for the Connoisseur

31/07/12 Click here for an important update regarding Diabolique magazine I was seven when horror came in search of me. I’d seen it from afar: garish comic-strip representations of Dracula on Valentine picture postcards, glimpses of men standing around in misty graveyards in late-night films I wasn’t allowed to watch. But when I was seven, my father gave me […]

Lent 2012: A Charity a Day

Giving up chocolate. What’s the point? My relationship with chocolate is only ever on-again-off-again anyway. I’ve never given up anything for Lent, as the point of it has never really hit me. I suppose you could correlate, in some vague way, the feeling of oh-my-God-I-can’t-wait-till-Lent-is-over-so-I-can-eat-a-Mars-bar-again with the feeling of O-Lord-when-will-you-save-your-people? But it’s never meant much […]