This week’s really obscure English word is guddle. It is from Scotland refers to a technique for fishing for trout with the hands, in which the fisher carefully reaches down to a fish in a shallow pond or stream without disturbing or alerting it (‘guddling’ it) and then flips it to the bank. Your challenge? … More The obscure word of the week is guddle
My book The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front is being published this week by Oratia Media.Here’s the cover, which I think is fantastic. I’m excited. And I hope you are too. It’s being released on 6 April and will be available in all good New Zealand bookshops – and online for … More Cover reveal – The New Zealand Experience at Gallipoli and the Western Front
I don’t ‘do’ politics – I have totally no interest in it, not even if somebody wanted to revive the McGillicuddy Serious Party and promise free beer and French taunter insults every Friday night. Still, every so often something pops up that draws interest, as the other week when I discovered that the deputy leader … More About not getting bogged down in politics
This week’s really obscure English word is metonym. It describes what happens when one word is used in substitution for another, with which it is closely associated but where the true meaning is often quite different. Commonly a place-name is substituted for an institution or idea: for instance, ‘Moscow’ is often used in western news … More The obscure word of the week is metonym
The talented folks at Jalapeno Publishing – who are behind Scaffolding – have issued a cool preview video. Check this out! You can buy the collectable hard copy online from Blurb – and don’t forget to read my article in the first issue – it’s all about typewriters and writing. More soon. Copyright © Matthew … More A cool video about ‘Scaffolding’ magazine
One of the ways that George Orwell exposed the reality of authoritarian dictatorship in his novel 1984 was through the way his Big Brother authorities twisted the truth. They didn’t just lie in blatantly transparent ways – they demanded that their ‘alternative facts’ be taken as gospel, irrespective of any evidence to the contrary. If … More Orwell’s ‘1984’ and the alternative truth
I lament the way that humans have trampled through the Earth’s fragile environment. We’ve already destroyed a lot of habitats, and with it a dismaying number of species. You can be sure we’ll destroy a lot more before we fall into extinction ourselves, which is where we’re obviously heading if we carry on as we … More Can we undo the eco-damage we’ve been doing, as a species?