Estate agent speak translated

Estate agent speak is always entertaining! In fact, estate agent speak is a unique language. Lots of trades and professions have jargon. And if you’re trying to sell things, it’s natural to try to make them sound worth buying. But estate agents (or ‘real estate agents’ in other countries) are consummate experts at making a … Continue reading Estate agent speak translated

How to decline an invitation gracefully

Saying ‘no’ or ‘maybe’ when trying tactfully to decline an invitation is a social minefield, where the best of intentions can end up giving the wrong impression. The Imposition You’re busy. Really busy. And then you get an invitation from a friend or relative that would mean giving up time you can’t spare. And possibly … Continue reading How to decline an invitation gracefully

Proof that algorithms can’t beat human creativity

Today’s post is proof that automation and algorithms are no substitute for real people and creativity! First of all, I’m not knocking Lumen5. Which is ‘a video creation platform powered by A.I. that enables anyone without training or experience to easily create engaging video content within minutes’. I’ve tried it a couple of times (eg … Continue reading Proof that algorithms can’t beat human creativity

Anyone singing Let It Snow should be locked up!

A short, (not serious) rant on Let It Snow, and I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas. This time of year, we are bombarded with ‘festive’ songs, and the high streets are bedecked with lights and the shops with tinsel. And that’s great. Though I did find myself in the weird situation, one day last week, … Continue reading Anyone singing Let It Snow should be locked up!

Is the truth always important, or should sleeping dogs be allowed to lie?

I was recently given a scrapbook of newspaper cuttings collected by a late great-aunt. Stories relating to family members, but in the main relating to people she knew in the village where she grew up. One is an account of a famous sportsman being involved in a car accident in the village. A search online … Continue reading Is the truth always important, or should sleeping dogs be allowed to lie?