Month: May 2007

I REALLY should not have watched Whistleblower on supermarkets

Ten days ago I watched the BBC’s undercover investigation on lack of basic hygiene in supermarkets. For the last ten days I have been living on hard-boiled eggs, canned tuna, rolled oats, and assorted fruit and vegetables. Anything with the

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brawny

Strong and muscular. See synonyms at muscular. Hardened; calloused.

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teem

To be full of things; abound or swarm. To pour out or empty.

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churn

The cycle of acquiring new customers and losing others. Firing one group of employees and hiring another.

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fray

A scuffle; a brawl. A heated dispute or contest.

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stat

(Short for Latin statim) with no delay; at once.

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irrefragable

Impossible to refute or controvert; indisputable: irrefragable evidence.

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profligate

Given over to dissipation; dissolute. Recklessly wasteful; wildly extravagant.

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I should not have watched Whistleblower on supermarkets

I have always enjoyed the convenience of supermarket food. However, I have lately started reading labels a bit more thoroughly than just the calories content, and I did not like what I saw. The other night I got stuck in

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payola

Bribery of an influential person in exchange for the promotion of a product or service, such that of disc jockeys for the promotion of records.

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390 metres to win!

Last Thursday night I was about to start dinner when a sudden urge to go running came upon me. Alright, it’s just that after gaining a considerable advantage over Dr B. by running every other day last week in Italy,

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tachypsychia

Neurological condition that distorts the perception of time, usually induced by physical exertion, drug use, or a traumatic event.

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def

(slang) Excellent; first-rate.

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straightedge

A rigid flat rectangular bar, as of wood or metal, with a straight edge for testing or drawing straight lines.

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pro bono

Done without compensation for the public good.

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persnickety

(also pernickety) Overparticular about trivial details; fastidious. Snobbish; pretentious.

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Chris Garneau – Music For Tourists

After what has been known as ‘The Mika Incident’ (I wowed the album for all of three days, then grew so tired of its repetitive songs and Scissor Sisters rip-off that even a fleeting glimpse of Mr Penniman’s bouncy curls

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dearth

A scarce supply; a lack. Shortage of food; famine.

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British Sandwich Week 2007

We are in the middle of British Sandwich Week 2007. Unfortunately, we are also in the middle of our ‘ZOMFG we only have three weeks to squeeze back into last year’s swimsuits’ week. There’s no way I’m buying a larger

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initialism

An abbreviation consisting of the first letter or letters of words in a phrase (for example, IRS for Internal Revenue Service), syllables or components of a word (TNT for trinitrotoluene), or a combination of words and syllables (ESP for extrasensory

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bumf

[Short for bum fodder] Printed matter, such as pamphlets, forms, or memorandums, especially of an official nature and deemed of little interest or importance. Toilet paper.

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Olivia’s kitchen sink

My 2p on the Eurovision Song Contest, for decades cherished as a solitary guilty pleasure, for a bit enjoyed with like-minded lovers of all things camp, and this year forcing myself to listen to all forty-two dreary songs and watch

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dewlap

A fold of loose skin hanging from the neck of certain animals. A fold of loose skin hanging from the neck of a person.

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borstal

Rehabilitation method formerly used in Great Britain for delinquent boys aged 16 to 21.

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swag

An ornamental drapery or curtain draped in a curve between two points. Promotional items, especially when given for free, considered as a group.

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ballyhoo

Sensational or clamorous advertising or publicity. Noisy shouting or uproar.

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Sequins and key changes and a whiff of the souk

From the ages of 7 to 17 I proudly was the one and only Italian following the Eurovision Song Contest. When I say ‘proudly’ I mean instead ‘scared gutless worrying that there must be something wrong with me. Italy stopped

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Running away from tomorrow’s ‘Family Day’

Tomorrow Italian catholic groups are staging a national rally against civil partnerships and in support of traditional families. That is, if you have not got a mummy and a daddy (or have more than one), or if you happen to

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sasquatch

Generic name for the “bigfoot” of North America (meaning “hairy man” in the Halkomelem language of British Columbia in Canada)

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Italian doctors are thorough but slow

I’ve been in Italy for the last few days to see my mother who is in hospital. It is very hard to say whether it is serious or not; she had been losing a considerable amount of blood through her

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