English language Category

27/06/2019

Caxton’s printing press

Kent-born William Caxton (c.1422-91) was the first to bring the printing press to Britain and to publish…

04/06/2019

No future tense

Although there are several ways to construct a future meaning in English, there is no stand-alone future…

22/05/2019

The Huguenots

The Protestant religion emerged in the sixteenth century and its followers grew to be a sizeable minority…

11/05/2019

C.S. Lewis

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963), or ‘Jack’ to friends and family, was born in Belfast. As a boy…

16/04/2019

Cockney rhyming slang

A Cockney used to be defined as someone born ‘within the sound of Bow Bells’ in the…

10/04/2019

King James Bible

The King James Bible is also known as the ‘King James Version‘, as it is one of…

29/03/2019

Mr. Men and Little Miss

Father and son, Roger and Adam Hargreaves, created the Mr. Men and Little Miss series of children’s…

20/03/2019

Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was born in Surrey, attended Eton and Oxford and was a gifted, articulate student.…

14/03/2019

William Shakespeare

“He was not of an age, but for all time”… so wrote Shakespeare’s friend, Ben Jonson, in…

26/02/2019

George Orwell

George Orwell was the pen-name of Eric Blair (1903-50), who died of tuberculosis shortly after the publication…

24/02/2019

“We shall fight on the beaches”

In 1940 the war with Germany was not going well. Belgium, The Netherlands and France had all…

12/02/2019

Cat idioms

An idiom is a phrase which should not be taken literally but whose meaning is alluded to…