Irritating American spell checkers

Was Noah Webster right to try to rationalise the spelling of English? By Phil Hall How terribly irritating it is to be forced into a decades long struggle (35 years and counting) with US English spell checkers. Some programmes enable you to select a preference for British English, but others do not. I have wasted […]

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Looking back at US participation in the Iraq War*

I was very curious to hear the opinions of former US army people working in the Middle East on the war in Iraq. By Phil Hall Colleagues of mine working in the Middle East had retrained as English teachers. One of them had been a prison guard in Guantanamo and one of them was a […]

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Red and Blue October in the USA

We are alive in amazing times, and 2020 is a significant year, as significant as 1968 was in US history. Mineappolis protests – By Fibonacci Blue https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=90686854 By Isaac Flanders Tasked with writing on the current situation in the US, it is tempting to merely itemize that country’s myriad underpinning flaws and state that any […]

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Dear Phil, Sorry for not writing…Trump got in the way

Will Biden get in? By Stephanie Urdang Dear Phil, I haven’t forgotten about your request to write something for Ars Notoria.  Your faith in me and my ability to produce something worthwhile is gratifying.  But at the moment Trump and his lies and his sheer evil are messing with my head.  If it was just […]

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Return the gold to Venezuela

by Francisco Dominguez On July 2nd 2020 British Judge Nigel Teare, with regard to a Central Bank of Venezuela litigation for 31 tons of gold entrusted to the Bank of England to be returned to the Venezuelan state, issued a verdict in favour of ‘interim president” Juan Guaidó. The real Venezuelan government has proposed that […]

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Allow Me to Spit!

In the USA racism is the collateral damage caused by social inequality and injustice, and a history of slavery, segregation and discrimination. By Phil Hall ‘Killer Mike’ in his emotional response compared the killing of George Floyd by a policeman in Minnesota to the killing of a zebra by a lion. What level of hate […]

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