As I readied myself for a day of work this morning the BBC newsreader closed her bulletin with the statement that ‘thanks to all who noticed the deliberate mistake’, I was surprised to see that the BBC had let their grip of the language fail that much. If I am to believe this newsreader then must I doubt everything that she says? Are all of her newscasts littered with deliberate mistakes? How do you make a deliberate mistake? A deliberate error, a falsehood I can understand but surely a mistake can’t, by its very nature, be deliberate? I don’t wish to be pedantic* but I do believe that she made a mistake, simple as that, embellishing the fact by calling it deliberate not only makes no sense but infers that the quality of her broadcasting is doubtful. I for one don’t need to be confused like this at 5 am on a Tuesday.
Now to the written word, it has been rewritten and the new form is electronic ink, I love the kindle. As surprising as it is this device is great, I love reading one handed and being able to put a ‘paperback’ down while I do something and still read it. No more lost places when I try and precariously balance an open book on my lap only to watch it fall closed to the floor. The Engineer in me loves the fact that the amount of reading left is now a precise percentage rather than a thickness of pages but I need to work out what the percentage really means. I was at 82% yesterday and already envisaging the next twist in the plot when suddenly I hit the end, where was my last 18%? What had I missed? Ah the joy of electronics, it had counted the preview of the next book (an irritating feature of some publishers), contents page and publishers details so now I need to work out how I get it to measure readable remainder rather than remaining volume.
I had a great chat with Bob last night on the joys of music in bars and the particular combination of drinking and music that is not only a fantastic pairing but sadly often a destructive marriage. Having wandered through history we concluded two things that were relevant to both the licensed trade and the music business, the first is that if its in your blood you need to do it and the second is that when you don’t really need to do something, when you have for example an alternative income it is that much sweeter.
*Well Ok just a little