Empire of the Mind

Empire of the Mind

Every six months, I meet up for a coffee and a chat with a gorgeous friend of mine. I’ll natter about university, work, my latest exciting recipe or purchase, and in return she’ll modestly regale me with tales of saving rainforests in Brazil, internships in Geneva, orphans in Madagascar and hot summers in New York. If she wasn’t so fantastic and genuinely interested in my tales, I’d feeling a bit self-conscious saying things like ‘Oh yes, well when the soup started to turn blue….’ or ‘You should have seen me…

Oral Indicators

Oral Indicators

I was talking to a Canadian recently about the raised-in-#canada Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds. I remarked that Reynolds was doing quite well (he was voted People magazine’s 2010 Sexiest Man Alive) and then I commented that ‘He would have had to dump his Canadian accent when he crossed the border.’ The Canadian I was talking to replied ‘What Canadian accent? There isn’t one.’ Clichés about ‘out and about in a boat’ aside, yes of course there is a ‘Canadian accent’ just as there is an Irish, Scottish, Australian, German and…