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 The Little Fish Guide to Networking launched June 2011 and was nominated for a Small Business Book award 2012, ending up 11th in the Marketing rankings with 460 votes. The Little Fish Guide to DIY Marketing launched June 2010. I’m thrilled that both books reached top ten in the Sales Read more…

Dearest creature in creation

Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word,
Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
(Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as plaque and ague.
But be careful how you speak:
Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
Cloven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.

Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
Exiles, similes, and reviles;
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far;
One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
Scene, Melpomene, mankind.

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Oddvertising

AdWeek has just published its 10 Funniest Commercials of All Time. I hadn’t seen most of them before. Most involve people doing stupid things. And none of them made me laugh. All of which is probably proof that I am not an American! Lol.