My 5 favourite contranyms

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September 19, 2011

Most of us have heard of antonyms; these are words that mean the opposite of another. For example, ‘hot’ is an antonym for ‘cold’. Contranyms, on the other hand, are not so well-known. These are words that can mean two opposite things, depending on the context in which they are used. Eh? OK, it’s time…

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5 top tips for interviewing people

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September 11, 2011

If you thought that I spent all of my working days and nights sitting behind a keyboard writing content for the web you would be wrong. OK, so 90% of the time that would be a pretty good description of what I do, but on occasion I do get out and about talking to people…

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Roll up, Roll up! The Circus is in Toon

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August 14, 2011

At least that’s what weary Newcastle fans must have been feeling as their opening day Premiership encounter with Arsenal at St.James’s Park was once more overshadowed by the antics of their midfield ringmaster, Joey Barton. For those of you who missed their ringside seats, it all started with an innocuous foul committed by Barton on…

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Why omitting commas could be literally fatal!

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August 7, 2011

Does anybody remember the case of Derek Bentley? He was a British teenager hanged for his part in the murder of a police officer. When Bentley told his accomplice to ‘let him have it’, it was interpreted that this was an incitement to kill the policeman. In his defense, it was argued that Bentley may…

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Attention online marketers: top affiliate network cracks down on bad practice

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August 4, 2011

The number one affiliate network in America, Clickbank, reacting to pressure from credit card processors and regulatory agencies, has made an announcement that will affect the sales materials and marketing strategies of internet marketers worldwide. Although the changes to its Terms & Conditions are specific to Clickbank, it has clearly come about due to the…

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It never rains…

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June 13, 2011

If you’ve wondered why I haven’t posted for a while, it’s because I’ve been extremely busy, mainly writing content for blogs, websites and other online media. I have been hired to write 3 or 4 articles a week for Hsoub, a data and information processing start-up, and you can see some of my work here….

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The Torbay Mayoral Election: Who Would a Writer Have Picked?

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May 9, 2011

My heart is sinking. And not only because Torbay now has a mayor with a background in property development and real estate; my gripe is far more basic than that. Call me old-fashioned, anally retentive or whatever, but I was led to believe that if you wanted to get on in life you needed a…

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Ever Wanted to be on the X Factor?

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April 3, 2011

If you’re itching to discover what really happens during those preliminary auditions then follow me on Twitter (the button’s on your left) and prepare to find out. On Saturday April 9th, I will be at Cardiff City Stadium with my singer/guitarist brother, Darren, as his X Factor campaign gets under way. Assuming my phone is…

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Castles in the Sand: Why I Wonder at Brian Cox’s Universe

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March 7, 2011

The Universe is truly a wondrous thing: the observable part is widely believed to be about 13.75 billion years old with a diameter of 93 billion light years. It is expanding, believed to be propelled by an energy (dark energy) which can not yet be detected by our astronomical instruments. However, it is not expanding…

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Time Management: Repairing Your Relationship With the Clock

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February 27, 2011

Time management is one of those corporate clichés, something you find yourself jotting down on your empty piece of paper when brainstorming for a job application form or company appraisal. When you’re self-employed it becomes everything, because every minute of your time is either earning you money or costing you (even if it’s only those…

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SVGs – Your Flexible Friends

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February 20, 2011

Although I tend to stick to writing wherever possible, sometimes I do need to employ some design/DTP skills. It was during one such assignment that I came across a graphics file type that I found extremely useful. So, being the benevolent person I am, I thought I would spread the word. SVG stands for Scalable…

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Why RSS is my friend

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February 13, 2011

You may already know oodles about RSS, in which case you’ll probably find nothing new here. However, if you’ve seen those little red and white icons but have never really considered what they mean or what they are for then this little entry should be enough to bring you up to speed. RSS stands for…

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