Think On by Angela Caldin

The last of the Bee Gees There’s only one Bee Gee left now from the original four brothers. Barry Gibb gave the eulogy at his brother Robin’s recent funeral and spoke these heartfelt words: ‘Even right up to the end we found conflict with each other, which now means nothing. It just means nothing. If there’s conflict in your lives – get rid of it.’

Angela’s ABCs Passed and Past

Words often confused Passed and past are commonly confused, but I hope to explain the difference so that you’ll never confuse them again. Passed can only ever be part of the verb ‘to pass’. It is the past tense and the past participle of that verb. It is never anything else but part of that verb: The procession passed under the bridge. (past tense of ‘to pass’) The procession has passed under the bridge. (past participle of ‘to pass’) Past on the other hand, has several different meanings. Though they are similar, they… Read More

Angela’s ABCs I, me and myself

I, me and myself People often get confused between these three pronouns and I hope to give you a foolproof method of knowing which is right. It helps to know that a noun is the part of speech that is used to name a person, place, thing, quality, feeling or action, and that a pronoun is a word that takes the place of a noun. The pronoun ‘I’ ‘I’ is only used when you are referring to yourself in the subject of the sentence. In other words, you are the one taking… Read More

Angela’s ABCs Hyphens and Dashes

Hyphens and Dashes A hyphen joins two or more words together (mother-in-law, able-bodied) while a dash is used for parenthetical statements (He was – as far as I could see – completely drunk). On a modern keyboard, the hyphen key is at the top between 0 and = In Microsoft Word, a dash is formed in your text by keying a space, then a hyphen, then another space. When you finish the next word, the hyphen will convert into a dash. If you want a dash without spaces, you can find it… Read More

Inheritance versus Election by Angela Caldin

I’ve been watching the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with enormous interest these last days and trying to decide whether I’m a monarchist or not. It’s beyond a doubt that our stalwart Queen has worked extremely hard for 60 years and been utterly committed to her duty. It’s also beyond question that, here in the UK, we know how to celebrate a royal occasion with a majestic flourish and how to put on a spectacular regal show, whatever the weather. Those 60 years embody a powerful argument for the monarchy, an… Read More