It’s not about her health

I am a reasonably thin woman and every ‘news’ story of a celebrity losing weight feels like a tiny betrayal. That sounds mean-spirited, doesn’t it? It sounds like an ugly way to live. Especially since I couldn’t give a toss what the people I know and love weigh. It just doesn’t occur to me to… Continue reading It’s not about her health

In this body

There’s nothing like a heatwave to make you painfully aware of your body, is there? After months of jeans and jumpers, a few days of delicious golden heat forces you to pull the shorts and t-shirts from where they’ve been stashed since last August, and suddenly you’re confronted with inches of pale thigh and arm. You… Continue reading In this body

What linguistics students talk about…

…books, obviously. (As well as regional accents, our favourite and least favourite words, and grammar and spelling Nazism…) I was watching a TV programme the other night called “My Life in Books” – presented by Anne Robinson (possibly the most wooden presenter in history, not helped by the fact that she can barely move her… Continue reading What linguistics students talk about…