The Invention Of Mother’s Day

The Invention Of Mother’s Day

This Sunday is Mother’s Day in the UK (not in the US, but we’ll get to that). And for punctuation pedants, this holiday comes with a built-in struggle to deploy a possessive apostrophe correctly. Mother’s Day? (Hmm, sounds right.) Mothers’ Day? (Also sounds right.)...
Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls

Remember, remember, the Fifth of November / Gunpowder, treason and plot… Yes, it’s time for that most peculiar of British rituals: Guy Fawkes’ Night. Should you find yourself having to explain this celebration to someone from outside the UK – while they look at you as...
Essential Reading for the Corporate Warrior

Essential Reading for the Corporate Warrior

In corporate language, everyone loves a war metaphor. There’s nothing like a heroic narrative, comparing physically unthreatening office work with historical military campaigns, whether those of generals like Hannibal of Carthage, Alexander the Great or George ‘Blood...