The Apostrophiser

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Nevermind Batman.

Nevermind Superman.

Here comes The Apostrophiser.

In the news recently was a man from Bristol who is crusading against grammar mistakes, in particular rogue apostrophes, by taking matters into his own hands and making the necessary corrections.

He calls himself a “grammar vigilante” and has gone so far as to create a device called The Apostrophiser (rather like a large Tippex mouse – though not shaped like one, though that would be cool) to remove unnecessary apostrophes.

He remains anonymous and makes these changes without the permission of the shop owners.  Throughout the course of the interview, some shop owners were interviewed; one didn’t notice anything different about his sign and the other did and was appreciative, surprisingly.

Although grammatical mistakes irk me, this guy is going to extremes. The amount of time and money he must have poured into his mission must be astounding. Not to mention the fact that he is not a loner but a family man. I wonder what his family think about his mission or are they in the dark too?  Also, what is it about Bristol that provokes anonymous community service? See also Banksy and his public art.  In fact, the narrator actually refers to him as “the Banksy of punctuation.” Continue reading

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Dali in Wonderland

Salvador Dali

Image via bbc.co.uk

 

It’s true that you can learn something new every day.  I don’t pretend to be an art buff – I’ve only really heard of big names like Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, to name a few – but I have always been drawn to Salvador Dali’s work.  It’s unusual.  I think that’s why.  It’s unorthodox, bold and yet you can still see what is going on.  It’s unpretentious.

I recently signed up for a newsletter called Brain Pickings and one of the articles was about Dali’s illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  I didn’t know that he had provided illustrations.  Mind blown.  One of my favourite artists has illustrated (in 1969) one of my favourite books.

Here’s a link to the article —> *click*

Guess what I’m off to buy…….

 

Di 🙂

The Act of Self-Promotion

This is totally true. I often wonder what is the best way to promote myself/my writing. Because I don’t currently have any books for sale, it is only thinking I do – or so I thought. I guess by blogging, I am promoting myself. When I have a product, I will probably blog more but in the meantime, I am happy to dip in and out every now and again. I do think that some people over-promote their product though and that is something I would always be wary of doing myself. I have un-followed people because of this.