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  • August 20th, 2020
    Life Back to Normal (Kind Of) Wow. It’s sure been a strange few months, hasn’t it? First we were all locked into our homes to avoid this annoying virus spreading. Then little by very little we were able to open up again, go out and get our lives back. In Madrid things opened up fairly […]

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  • Filipa Santos Sousa
    Travel, Poetry and Introspection They say that bonds forged in the fires of adversity are among the strongest in the world. That’s definitely true of my friendship with Filipa. We met while living together in a shared apartment in Lisbon, Portugal that was a hot mess of a place, you know, the kind nightmares are made of – only without the actual gore. From messy housemates to crazy housemates to a nutcase landlord to a single fridge for 7 that never worked right, we had a lot to put up with, and… well, you can imagine… It was a mess. […]
  • August 20th, 2020
    Life Back to Normal (Kind Of) Wow. It’s sure been a strange few months, hasn’t it? First we were all locked into our homes to avoid this annoying virus spreading. Then little by very little we were able to open up again, go out and get our lives back. In Madrid things opened up fairly slowly, even compared with the rest of Spain. But now it’s supposed to be back to what they call the “new normal”. However, clearly something’s up because Barcelona first, now Madrid have had to reimplement some extra measures in order to avoid having to resort […]
  • Recipe for an Easy Writing Career
    My tried and tested recipe for a writing career. Absolutely delicious!
  • Geoffrey & Me
    A schoolboy makes an unexpected acquaintance in a field who later goes on to radically change his life.
  • May 19th, 2020
    Over the past couple of months I’ve been mostly on lockdown at home, hardly going out at all. But that hasn’t stopped me from going into a relapse of my earlier depression. On the plus side though, I got inspired to write about learning languages!
  • Benefits of Learning Languages
    It’s all well and good to learn languages in a better way, but what does one gain from it? A hell of a lot more than you think, actually.
  • Curing Linguistic Traumas – Working on the Language
    Curing or preventing language trauma isn’t just about setting a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere, it’s also about helping the student work on the language in the most effective way possible.
  • Curing Linguistic Trauma – Setting the Stage
    When faced with traumatized students, how can we proceed to help them overcome this fear? First and foremost, by removing the pressure
  • Language Teaching Problems – Possible Causes
    Some possible reasons behind the counterproductive structuring of some countries’ language teaching systems
  • Language Teaching Problems – Symptoms & Side-effects
    The actual characteristics and considerable consequences of counterproductive language teaching systems
  • The Practicalities of Learning Languages
    Learning a language is an eminently practical exercise. Find out a simpler, much more manageable approach to languages, as well as convenient tips on how best to practice them.
  • Introduction & Credentials
    In this introduction, I lay out how I came to be in a position to legitimately express myself on learning and teaching languages.
  • Marine Perspective
    This is a story designed and intended to challenge our assumptions and try to help us see things from different perspectives, something it seems we have a very hard time doing in general, not just with regards to wildlife but also – and more critically, I believe – with regards to how we humans interact with one another. The following was recorded yesterday in the 1-2 kHz band by a top secret whale observatory off the coast of Baja California. It is thought to have emanated from somewhere between Isla Cedros and Bahía Tortugas. Doppler shift analysis of the transmission […]
  • How I Got Into Writing
    How does anyone get into writing, really? By picking up a pen or keyboard and working some kind of magic with it. But for me, it wasn’t just that.
  • Dlvan Zirak
    A poet with a Heart of Gold I met Dlvan three years ago in a Facebook writers’ group, before either of us had published anything. Before I detail how we met, I do need to establish a little bit of context. I’d already written a few chapters of a novel project that I have, but I’d also started planning another, rather different kind of “novel”, one that I felt would benefit from having a variety of points of view and contributors (I won’t detail why here, as it would spoil a fair bit of the concept of that book.) Anyway, […]
  • March 12, 2020
    New Website, bout of depression and plans for the future New Website So I used to have three different blogs on Tumblr. That was a mess to deal with, I had two separate accounts for them and they didn’t work that well together. So I decided to gather the content from all of them, and more, into a single Website on its own domain, which I present to you now. The Antiidiotic: This one is heir to Critic of Society, and will keep aiming to give much-needed perspective on current events, society, culture, etc. The Humerus Bone: This category by […]
  • Going Nowhere in Time
    He opened it up to the page where he’d seen the note. It read, “Be careful of the settings, or you’ll go nowhere fast!” And below that was a brief explanation. The experimental time machine he had built was apparently working, but something had apparently led time to freeze in place.
  • The Widow
    An unsuspecting man ends up the unwitting pawn of a scheming woman’s near-perfect plot. *Trigger warning: sexual themes*
  • Xenophobia and Double Standards
    An outside yet still distinctly familiar perspective on our tendency to establish convenient double standards.
  • BoJo’s REAL Brexit plans leaked
    A humorous exaggeration of the plan for Brexit, complete with reactions from world leaders.
  • Coup d’Enfer
    Mickey Mouse is President-Elect of Hell and has to deal with a coup.
  • The Truth About Unicorns
    Unicorns never made the Ark, but they still survived and are now in hiding. Here’s how I found them.
  • Sabotage Behind Enemy Lines
    A commando goes deep into enemy territory to sabotage their infrastructure
  • Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
    An exploration of social perceptions of beauty and its impact on reputation, from the point of view of a fictional character well placed to speak of it.
  • Reflection on Turing tests
    A look at the history of CAPTCHA tests
  • Tongue-twister Heroine in New Bid for Success with Improved Business Model
    Sally’s successful second seashell-selling scheme.
  • Rabbit? Duck? Dabbit?
    Hybrid species aren’t all they used to be any more… A tastier story than you’d expect.
  • To Brexit or not to Brexit
    Exploration of the ins, outs and “whaaaat?”s of the Brexit referendum.
  • Gorilla vs. Mother: Critical Commentary
    A piece about political correctness, hasty judgments and the lack of all kinds of perspective – and the gorilla that got caught in the middle.
  • Enough Blind Paranoia!
    A reaction to excessive paranoia.
  • Were the Smurfs actually real?
    When a fictional species of tiny blue fellas turns out to (possibly) be real.
  • Support the Sleep Impaired!
    A call to action in defense of the sleep-impaired around the world.
  • Pharaoh Rocher
    The scrumptious story of Egypt’s tastiest mummy.
  • How the Mauritius Dodos went into hiding
    The true story of this unfortunate species of bird.

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