I have booked a week away at a summer school, there is an accomodation list. I dial one of the numbers, a young person answers with supreme confidence.
Hello I'm calling about accommodation in the summer
we don't do that
is this Nicholas Greshington's house?
he lives here
it's for the Summer School
oh yes we do that
do you know if you have a room available?
yes you're the first to call
how much do you charge?
less than average
I'll take it - thank you sir !
On Tuesday, our family converged on my parent's house for a reunion. I slept on the sofa in the living room and my two-year-old niece came to inspect me in the morning.
Usually an attempt to wake me up involves little fingers peeling back my eyelids but she saw the pile of my clothes and picked through it with great interest. Discovery of my underwear halted her - she held up an astonishing thing and and looked at me open-mouthed.
Are these your knickers?
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