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A classical structure for composition

March 6, 2015

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If you're writing a formal essay or making a formal public speech, the three-part nonsense called 'Introduction,' 'Body' and 'Conclusion' just won't cut the ice. Take a leaf from the classicists and get a 21-gun salute.

The Rube Goldberg machine of language

October 26, 2010

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Someone rather famous once said that we have to be pointed out the simple stuff that is easily seen, recognised or understood just to get by, let alone more complex things like The Truth: “… we have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.” […]