I am being taken to task over my grammar…
Unfortunately, it was not in a piece of copy that I wrote, but in a headline that was stuck on one of my Huffington Post pieces.
It’s an interesting one - and though various pedant mates have gloated that the grammar is wrong, I’m not sure. Because although I may not all the rules of grammar, I have a pretty good feel for what sounds right… and if it sounds right, then it generally IS right.
It’s why I have no problem at all with split infinitives. You get some nutters who have this knee-jerk reaction to a split infinitive. But a hell of a lot of the time, a split infinitive is not only clearer but it sounds better too.
Anyway… on this particular point…
The headline for the piece was “None of us know ‘The Real Kate’…
And my pedant chums are telling me that it should be “None of us knows ‘The Real Kate’…
Their reasoning is that “None” is a singular, short for “No one”…
But I reckon that, actually, the first sounds better…
What do we reckon?
And so… Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, has been snapped by a paparazzo on the beaches of Mustique and the first pictures of the royal baby-bump have appeared on the cover of Chi magazine.
Then, not a day later, this same front cover happens to be “accidentally” flashed up on “This Morning”…
Perhaps I’ve recently developed clairvoyant powers, but… I saw this one coming…
My irreverent thoughts in the Huffington Post…
My latest little whirl in the Huffington Post. On Camilla. And the Queen.
For a long while now, the Palace has been putting out this idea that when Charles becomes King, then Camilla will merely be his “Princess Consort”…
It’s not going to happen, my friends. When Charles becomes Charles III, Camilla will become… The Queen!
Some new evidence sheds new light on the Lord Lucan scandal. Could he really be innocent?
Here’s my latest whirl in the Huffington Post.
Just been musing about the Duchess of Cambridge and her pregnancy.
Amongst other things… Well she could be having twins. Could easily be having twins. Quite common when you have severe morning sickness.
What will they be called?
More importantly - if she has the babies by C-section, will the Royal Doctor get to choose our next Monarch??
A friend points out one of the eternal truths of life, and of love, and also of marriage:
Men love women.
Women love kids.
Kids love hamsters.
Which rather means… that when the kids come along, then (or so the theory goes) Daddio ends up in something of a backwater.
Maybe it’s true.
Maybe it’s not.
But nonetheless… This is what Dexter said yesterday: “Mummy - can we have a hamster?”
* Seen my little video yet? It’s only the funniest advert on Youtube going…
I’ve been weighing up my strengths as a writer.
Taken a long time.
But I reckon I’ve got one. A small one - but nevertheless, an absolute beauty.
I mentioned this a week back, when I was weighing up my limitations. Got a lot of limitations - particularly on the internet side of things. The internet is not my thing. I can understand how to do these things on the net, but I also realise that there are loads of young Turks out there who are much, much better than me.
But anyway - my strong suit. Know what it is? My kids. I’ve got two quite cute kids. I mean of course every dad on earth thinks they’ve got cute kids - but the difference is…
I’m going to be exploiting my kids to the full in order to publicise my books.
One of them has even got quite a cute wink. That’s good too.
Pretty damn easy, eh?
So, in time for the first day of the Advent Calendar, the splendid Ross Hammond has helped me do up a video. With me. And the kids. And the books.
Quite funny, I think. And if you like it, then do please share it! Actually… even if you think it’s dross, I’d still like to share it. Thanks!
Just given my new love story to the boys.
I’m not quite sure that it was right for them.
Check out the little video… it is rather different.