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Anyway, any way, anyways

I was watching “The Big Bang Theory” yesterday and I heard Penny say “anyways”. Sounded weird. I’m not saying my English is perfect. But… well 🙂  I remember when I was 9 the teacher would pull our ears when we made this mistake

You will hear “anyways” in hindi movies and serials. Indians also say “anyways” instead of “anyway” (pronouncing “w” as “v” LOL) during conversations/chats, in writing too.

I did some online research this morning and

(http://www.dailywritingtips.com/anyway-any-way-or-anyways/)

“Anyway” is an adverb, and it means regardless or in any event.

“Any way” is a paired adjective and noun meaning any particular course, direction, or manner.

Then we have “anyways,” a colloquial corruption of “anyway.” It’s universally considered nonstandard and should be avoided altogether. It might help to remember that “anyway” is an adverb, and adverbs can’t be plural.

As indicated in one of the comments to the article at the above link:

“Anyways” might be a US dialect word but it is impolite for public usage.

It’s good to be right! Hehehehe

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February 10, 2012 Posted by | Home | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Passion Killers, Fifteen Murders in Hot blood

Reading murder stories is just another of my hobbies. I read my first murder story at the age of 15, though I cannot remember the title of the book. It was about a crime passionnel. Since that age, I have been intrigued by murder stories, may it be a real life story or fiction. I try to figure out who did it before I finish reading the book. It is not easy at the beginning. However, with time you will realise you get better with it. Same goes for movies. You can’t help but smile at the end of the movie, telling yourself “I knew it!”

 

The existence of a motive for murder does not explain murder.

 

With this in mind, I finished reading a wonderful book by Georgina Lloyd for the 20th time (!):

The Passion Killers, Fifteen Murders in Hot blood

Here is what the back cover says:

In this bizarre collection, established crime-writer Georgina Lloyd has compiled fifteen terrifying true tales of men and women who were driven to kill by their uncontrollable passion.

Here, amon others, we have the mild-mannered Dr Crippen and his mistress, apprehended via that famous telegraphic message to Scotland Yard from a ship in mid-Atlantic; Charlotte Bryant, the illiterate Irishwoman who poisoned her husband for love of a gypsy; and Alma Rattendbury, whose husband was murdered by her lover – their teenage chauffeur.

Georgina Lloyed reveals in each macabre account the forces that drove ordinary sane citizens to commit crimes passionnels.

The title says it all – the book includes fifteen murder stories, all of them crimes passionnels:

  1. Paris Green – William Waite (1969)
  2. A Constable Named Sherlock – The Red Mini Murder (1967)
  3. Passion vs Promotion – James Ronald Robertson (1950)
  4. Take a Letter, Miss Smith – Madeleine Smith (1857)
  5. The Triangle of Death – Edith Thompson and Frederick Bywaters (1922)
  6. The Cyclops Eye – Dr Buck Ruxton (1935)
  7. Passion at the Villa Madeira – Alma Rattenbuy and George Stoner (1935)
  8. Tinker, Taylor, Soldier… – Marcus Marymont (1958)
  9. The Suicide that Wasn’t – Frederick Emmet-Dunne (1953)
  10. A Deadly Bedside Manner – Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen (1910)
  11. For Love of a Gypsy – Charlotte Bryant (1935)
  12. The Fatal Blow – Bertie Manton (1942)
  13. The Chalkpit Murder – Thomas Ley and Lawrenc Smith (1946)
  14. Dear John… – Leslie George Stone (1936)
  15. The Wigwam Girl – August Sangret (1942)

Although I know Georgina Lloyd has some completed other very interesting works (based on the titles), I have not had a chance to read any of them. I would love to some time. But please, if you are passionate about this type of literature, do not hesitate to purchase this great book. And HAPPY READING.

February 6, 2012 Posted by | murder stories | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Winter in Mauritius

Mauritius has a tropical climate. There are only two seasons here – summer and winter. Summer is from November to April and winter is from May to October.

Walking through crunchy leaves which are turning into glorious shades of red and gold – isnt’t it spirit-lifting? I believe it’s due partly to the fabulous shades of the leaves. All the colours of winter (autumn, or fall) are warm, cheerful tones, and they help lift depression and cheer one up.

These colours bring to mind lots of images – the flames in a real log fire, thoughts of warmer weather and peaches and cream. Many subtle blends of these colourings work well together and they can be amongst the prettiest of flower arrangements.

The range of flowers, fresh and otherwise, available in these peachy tones is maybe not quite as large as that of other shades, such as pink or yellow, however there exists loads from which to choose. A vase contaning nothing but leaves, in various shades of red, gold and green, would look wonderful, the only disadvantage being the speed with which they sometimes drop. Glycerined leaves are very pretty as well, especially beech leaves, which turn a marvellous coppery colour. Berries, leaves and other seasonal offerings can make a splendid collection in a casual setting.

So, next winter, don’t forget to collect the pretty leaves and make a beautiful arrangement.

February 6, 2012 Posted by | Plants, flowers, nature and gardening | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment