The Masterchef Australia 2014 top 24 [Network Ten via Corner Café]. Tracy is in red, because she’s the enemy.
Ding dong the witch is dead. Last Monday, the whole of Australia [or at least, the Masterchef-viewing population] breathed a collective sigh of relief; Tracy had finally been eliminated. This is not to say that Tracy was a horrible person, or that she deserved to lose – I don’t know…
Last night I drank a cocktail from a salsa glass. Hobart tries to be hipster, but can’t quite get it right.
Have you ever been to Hobart airport on a Sunday night? A half-empty terminal, with only two flights left to depart, the bar is closed and the only available foods are overpriced chocolate bars or gift boxes of macadamia nuts from “Tasmania & Beyond”.
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Narrow, cramped spaces in front of the main stage. Too much concrete, not enough shelter. Uninspired line-ups that don’t seem geared for any particular audience. Awful sound quality. Too many drunk people…
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Live from New York my lounge room it’s SATURDAY Monday NIGHT!
*I opened up WordPress to write this post on Saturday, during which both SNL references would have vaguely made sense. I was tired, however, and after writing such a witty title and opening sentence, I chose to watch Episodes and go to sleep.
I’ve been sick. Leslie Knope in “Flu Season” sick. [NBC/Pinterest]
Here are three elements we often see in town names:
If a town ends in “-by”, it was originally a farmstead or a small village where some of the Viking invaders settled. The first part of the name sometimes referred to the person who owned the farm - Grimsby was “Grim’s village”. Derby was “a village where deer were found”. The word “by” still means “town” in Danish.
If a town ends in “-ing”, it tells us about the people who lived there. Reading means “The people of Reada”, in other words “Reada’s family or tribe”. We don’t know who Reada was, but his name means “red one”, so he probably had red hair.
If a town ends in “-caster” or “-chester”, it was originally a Roman fort or town. The word comes from a Latin words “castra”, meaning a camp or fortification. The first part of the name is usually the name of the locality where the fort was built. So Lancaster, for example, is “the Roman fort on the River Lune”.
A Little Book of Language by David Crystal, page 173. (via linguaphilioist)
Tomorrow night is our second ever Friends trivia special, and it’s looking like it’ll be The One With All The Awesome Good Times. I’ve spent the past hour working on some excellent video questions, which I can’t…