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May 12, 2006

The Daily Mail teaches us Spanish

The Daily Mail are giving away CDs to help you learn Spanish. Which is very nice of them. Let's see what phrases we can learn from them…*

Vaya de nuevo a donde usted viene
Go back to where you come from

Usted no está cantando más, usted no está cantando más...
You're not singing any more, you're not singing any more

¿Es usted un gay?
Are you a gay?

Esto es una tienda local para la gente local
This is a local shop for local people

Su cerveza es mierda
Your beer is shit

¿Qué usted le significa no vende pescados y virutas?
What do you mean you don't sell fish and chips?

Sabía que debemos haber ido a Bognor.
I knew we should have gone to Bognor.

Extranjeros sangrientos
Bloody foreigners!

  • These phrases may, or may not, have been made up by me.

Library Books and How to Treat Them

What is acceptable when it comes to writing in library books?

To the best of my knowledge, the library doesn't have guidelines about what you can and can't do to a library book in terms of writing in it. I'm guessing you can't.

But we all know that people do deface/annotate library books. My question is what's acceptable, from a student's point of view?

I ask because some of the books I was reading today were at times verging on the illegible due to drawing, often where the text had been translated into Cantonese (or something very similar) in all of the white spaces.

Here's my (very personal guide) to what's acceptable. I'd be interested to know what others consider acceptable too.

  • Pencil is okay, pen less so. Having said that, if you have to use a pen, use black or blue.
  • Don't write any long notes in a library book. There shouldn't be more than maybe ten words on a page.
  • Underlining is OK, so long as it is straight and doesn't end up crossing through the words. Preferably use a ruler.
  • However, vertical lines are better (i.e. in the margin to reflect important lines/paragraphs rather than important words)
  • Generally, anything written in a library book should be of use to the majority, not just to you. This, perhaps controversially, rules out translation except in a book which isn't in English. Even then, translate words, not sentences.
  • If there's something which might be of use to a few people (such as translations or particular essay ideas which you want to share), write them on a separate piece of paper and leave it in the book. Tough luck if someone decides to throw it out.
  • No graffiti, doodling, useless nonsense, stream–of–thought type stuff

What do you think? And should the library instigate some official policy about what is acceptable, taking into consideration that people will write notes regardless of whether there's a blanket ban?

If Childrens TV was postmodernist…

Postmodernist Pat
Postmodernist Pat
Postmodernist Pat and his shades–of–grey cat
Early or late in the morning
Just as time is dawning
He picks up Lyotard and Derrida in his van

Nobody knows of there's a bright or dim red or blue van
All his "friends" will smile as he waves, apparently to greet him
Maybe… You can never be sure
There'll be knock, ring, objects through your door

Postmodernist Pat
Postmodernist Pat
Postmodernist Pat and his shades–of–grey cat
Early or late in the morning
Just as time is dawning
He picks up Lyotard and Derrida in his van

Based on an idea by Dave Sheffield
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