Archive for February, 2010

Grammar Guru: Watching an old film on TV

Posted by Anne on February 28th, 2010

You watch an old film on TV for the first time. Afterwards, what do you say? “This is the first time I see this film.” You use the present tense because it’s true now. “This is the first time I saw this film.” You use the past tense because the film is over. “This is […]

Shearwater: Golden Archipelago

Posted by Anne on February 25th, 2010

Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater started out as a natural scientist and has reworked his travels into a very interesting concept album (and media package) on remote islands. He says he first thought he should become a scientist. “But I kept noticing that the questions that most interested me are things you can’t really investigate with […]

Spoon: Who makes your money

Posted by Anne on February 24th, 2010

Spoon “Who makes your money” from their new album “Transference” has a chorus that sounds like “Who makes you mine?” Interesting little twist. At this concert in January, lead singer Britt Daniel introduced the song to the audience, saying: “Got a new record coming out tomorrow. To-mor-row! Was a lot of work. Anybody head it […]

Pigeon: Impossible

Posted by Anne on February 22nd, 2010

Pigeon Impossible, the silent animated film by Lucas Martell released on 9 November that took 4 years to make, passed the 1 million views mark on YouTube after less than 2 weeks online. The film is set in the neighborhood of the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., where two of my nieces and I […]

Welcome, friend

Posted by Anne on February 21st, 2010

Blog conversations with blackbirds: 2009, 2008

Grammar Guru: will/going to

Posted by Anne on February 21st, 2010

Further in my collection of posts you won’t find in a coursebook, and nastiness we could do without (if it weren’t funny): I’ve just finished writing a quiz on using future tenses, and have saved the most sexually incorrect joke I could find for you. “You’re ugly.” “And you’re drunk.” “Yes, but in the morning […]

Crying in my coffee

Posted by Anne on February 20th, 2010

Writing can be a lonely and frustrating business. Writing for online learners of English as I do is particularly tricky: I don’t get much feedback from my readers. As my employers are very busy, asking them to review and edit my work is not always possible. But that means that any errors I make and […]