Saturday, 25 May 2013

The lucky blessed

So many people seem blessed these days - aren't they the lucky ones?
Is it the rise of religion in this secular society that encourages so much blessing?
What's wrong with being lucky or fortunate?  Leave the blessings where they belong - in the churches!

Monday, 20 May 2013

Homeless nomads and museums: "home to"

 Even well-known writers seem to use the "home to" cliché when they could just as easily put "there are" or even "has" or something. I recently read about a certain cathedral being "home to 13th century choir stalls". Do you, like me, sometimes fail to restrain your sarcasm? "Well, yes, it would be sad to see homeless choir stalls sleeping rough, with a dog, or selling the Big Issue."

 But really, cities being "home to museums", libraries "home to three million books" and even - my favourite this because it does make you think - "the desert is home to many nomads."