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  • TV | Writing, life and other animals
    me the programme itself wasn t as engaging and informative as the elephant one the week before Next week it s back to the Royal Veterinary College where the subject going under the knife is a crocodile Should be revealing Posted by Calvin at 17 06 Tagged with channel 4 Fin Whale inside natures giants Reviews Wildlife Courtmacsherry fin whale autopsy coming to Channel 4 TV Wildlife 7 Responses Jun 29 2009 Image via Wikipedia I just got this via e mail from Simon Berrow of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Apparently the autopsy of the fin whale Balaenoptera physalus that stranded in Courtmacsherry bay in West Cork back in January is going to be shown in a new Channel 4 series called Inside Nature s Giants Here s the e mail text All The post mortem of the fin whale stranded in Courtmacsherry Bay in January 2009 will be shown on Channel 4 in a new series starting this week The programme is entitled Inside Nature s Giants and the four part series covers an Elephant 29 June Fin whale 6 July Crocodile 13 July and Giraffe 20 July All programmes are at 9pm on Channel 4 The IWDG were contacted by Channel 4 the day the whale stranded having picked up the story from our website As we did not know what was going to happen to the whale or subsequently its carcass it was hard to know how we could facilitate and whether indeed a post mortem could be carried out We had never tackled such a large animal before so were literally going into the unknown After lengthy discussion Windfall Films decided to fly over a large whale researcher from the US Even then access to the whale was not certain as Cork County Council policy was removal or burial Fortunately everything worked out and Channel 4 got their autopsy we learnt more about whales in Ireland Cork County Council got the whale removed and Kilbrittain community got their skeleton Joy Reidenberg from the US was absolutely incredible and took us all through the process of post mortem examination of a large whale See the amazing footage on Channel 4 at 9pm on Monday 6th July Sounds a tad on the gruesome side but I for one will be watching with interest The series kicks off tonight with the dissection of an elephant Posted by Calvin at 11 26 Tagged with autopsy television channel 4 IWDG whale Springwatch natural family telly Animals Children Education Environment Evening Echo Column family Gardening TV Wildlife No Responses Jun 04 2009 We live in an old schoolhouse and bisecting the garden is a six foot stone wall effectively separating what were once the boys and girls yards It s a charming throwback to a bygone era a lovely original feature of the property and this spring it s also home to a family of blue tits They ve chosen to nest in a small hole between the stones about

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  • Dangerous desk job bad for your health | Writing, life and other animals
    it is at least as important a factor as long distance air travel Professor Richard Beasley from Wellington Hospital New Zealand told the Daily Telegraph This study provides preliminary evidence that prolonged seated immobility at work may represent a risk factor for venous thromboembolism DVT requiring hospital admission According to Prof Beasley both the Both total time seated at work in any given day and the maximum time spent seated without getting up contributed to the increased risk of DVT which the authors say could be caused by increased pressure on the veins of the legs when sitting still They warn that the risks can be exacerbated by sitting in overly cramped conditions and by periods of intense concentration that tend to result in reduced muscle activity If your job involves sitting for long periods of time the authors recommend that you minimise your exposure to risk by taking similar precautions to those advised for long distance flights periodically exercise and stretch your feet ankles and calves and make sure you take regular breaks to get up and walk around the office As if the threat of blood clots wasn t enough of a health risk in another study earlier this month researchers in the UK revealed that your computer keyboard is a microbial paradise According to the research carried out in a busy London office the key s you re tapping away on every day could harbour more harmful bacteria than the average toilet seat In fact microbiologists conducting the research found the level of bacteria in one keyboard to be so high that they reportedly had it removed from the premises A separate study revealed that 10 of workers never clean their keyboards while 20 never clean their mouse So if you think you re safe in your

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  • Top ten interview mistakes, career moves | Writing, life and other animals
    of the ten most outrageous job interview blunders if you want to sabotage your chances of landing a job why not try one of these The candidate answered their mobile during the interview and asked the interviewer to leave her own office because the call was a private The candidate told the interviewer that if offered the job he may not be in a position to stay for very long because he was expecting an inheritance when his uncle died and his uncle wasn t looking too good The candidate asked the interviewer for a lift home after the interview The candidate sniffed his armpits on the way into the interview room The candidate refused to provide a sample of her writing because all of her writing had been for the CIA and was therefore classified The candidate told the interviewer he was fired from his last job for beating up the boss When offered food before his interview the candidate declined stating that he didn t want to line his stomach with grease before going out drinking A candidate for an accounting position said she was a people person not a numbers person One candidate flushed the toilet in the middle of a telephone interview The Candidate took out a hair brush and started to brush her hair mid interview Of course these are extremes most interview mistakes aren t nearly as bad The most common ones cited in this survey were dressing inappropriately 51 badmouthing a former employer 49 appearing disinterested 48 arrogance 44 insufficient answers 30 percent and not asking good questions 29 So if you have an interview lined up and feel compelled to attend but have already decided that really don t want the job you know what to do Simply take a leaf out

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  • Who are you really working for? | Writing, life and other animals
    erode the very things we re working to secure How many of us spend less time than we d like to with our families How many parents with young children find themselves leaving the house before the kids wake up working late and not arriving home until well after the children are in bed Even when we do spend some precious time with our loved ones we re often so frayed around the edges from the stress pre occupation and work related worry that we re not really paying attention We re cramming more and more into our lives with multi tasking gadgets and gizmos and yet for the most part we re getting less out What brought this home for me funnily enough was an ad on TV for one of the main mobile phone networks They were advertising the always connected work on your own terms features of their products and services which is all very well Images of happy families dad s cavorting with the kids in the back garden twiddling the keys of their blackberry with one hand The ad was predictable the tag line wasn t It was powerful and poignant it said simply remember who you really work for or something similar The busier we become the more we need to remind ourselves what our priorities really are What do we want out of life what s important to us what really matters and what doesn t Given the choice would you let down your boss or let down your children Of course it should be no contest but even if we make the right decision how many of us have to hesitate before answering Work might be the place we spend most of our time but it s not the most important thing

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  • How to write better, writing tips from best selling author C. J. Cherryh | Writing, life and other animals
    it reflects your hero and occasions a description of his manly dimple it s a mirror As a general rule your viewpoint characters should have less rather than more description than anyone else a reader of different skin or hair color ought to be able to sink into this persona without being continually jolted by contrary information Stick to what your observer can observe One s own blushes can be felt but not seen unless one is facing a mirror See above as he turned then stepped aside from the descending blow First of all it takes longer to read than to happen pacing fault Second the then places action 2 sequentially after 1 which makes the whole evasion sequence a 1 2 which won t work This guy is dead or the opponent was telegraphing his moves in a panel by panel comic book style which won t do for regular prose Clunky Slow Fatally slow Again or worse once again Established writers don t tend to overuse this one it seems like a neo fault possibly a mental writerly stammer lacking a next thing to do our hero does it again or once again or even yet Toss still and yet onto the pile and use them sparingly 6 Dead verbs Colorless verbs walked turned crossed run ran go went gone leave left have had get got You can add your own often used colorless verbs these are verbs that convey an action but don t add any other information A verb you ve had to modify change with an adverb is likely inadequate to the job you assigned it to do Colorless verb with inadequate adverb He walked slowly across the room More informative verb with no adverb He trudged across the room He paced across the room He stalked across the room each one a different meaning different situation But please see problem 3 above and don t go overboard 7 Themely English With apologies to hard working English teachers school English is not fiction English Understand that the meticulous English style you labored over in school including the use of complete sentences and the structure of classic theme sentence paragraphs was directed toward the production of non fiction reports resumes and other non fiction applications The first thing you have to do to write fiction Suspect all the English style you learned in school and violate rules at need Many of those rules will turn out to apply many won t Be ready to defend your choices If you are lucky you will be copyedited Occasionally the copyeditor will be technically right but fictionally wrong and you will have to tell your editor why you want that particular expression left alone 8 Scaffolding and spaghetti Words the sole function of which is to hold up other words For application only if you are floundering in too many which clauses Do not carry this or any other advice to extremes What it was upon close examination

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  • Business writing rules are there to be broken | Writing, life and other animals
    that we could pick and choose the parts that were most relevant tailoring the methodology to our needs so that it added tangible value management looked at me as if I d grown an extra head Imagine picking and choosing the rules that suit a particular scenario whoever heard of the like I ve always maintained the same thing about writing The established rules are there as pointers to guide us along a specific path but sometimes often the situation demands a detour At the end of the day the important thing is that a piece of writing connects with the reader and that it evokes the desired response period And if that means treading on the toes of a few grammatical pedants then so be it So go on break a few rules if you feel it makes your writing more effective You might even enjoy it Technorati Tags copywriting business writing marketing communications Lynn Gaertner Johnston breaking rules Be Sociable Share Tweet Share this Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Related Posted by Calvin at 18 52 3 Responses to Business writing rules are there to be broken Lynn Gaertner Johnston says 26 July 2007 at 19 05 Calvin thank you for this excellent example I am pleased to see your broader application of the rules question I wrote about More than that I am glad to be introduced to your site and the chicks and will definitely return Lynn Calvin says 27 July 2007 at 8 37 Thanks Lynn you re very welcome I m glad you like the site Look forward to reading more nuggets of writing wisdom on your Business Writing Blog soon Cheers Calvin How

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  • Copywriting | Writing, life and other animals
    writing which is what most non fiction writers secretly long to write anyway there are heaps of useful suggestions that will help to make any writing more dynamic and engaging The most important thing to remember as always is that when you re writing rules are never absolute They offer guidance but if breaking rules helps you convey your message more effectively do it Or as C J Cherryh so eloquently puts it CHERRYH S LAW NO RULE SHOULD BE FOLLOWED OFF A CLIFF Enjoy Writerisms and other Sins A Writer s shortcut to stronger writing by C J Cherryh c 1995 by C J Cherryh Copy and pass Writerisms and other Sins around to your heart s content but always post my copyright notice at the top correctly thank you as both a courtesy and a legal necessity to protect any writer Writerisms overused and misused language In more direct words find em root em out and look at your prose without the underbrush You may be surprised by how much better it looks Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 18 33 Tagged with Copywriting fiction language words writing advice Subscribe to feed Get posts in your favourite feed

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  • Language | Writing, life and other animals
    behind skirting boards chittering squeeking and scraping as they forage for stray crumbs The pitter patter of their tiny feet is surprisingly audible in the dead of night and the conclusive snap of a mouse trap is enough to wake anyone from their slumber I ve taken to using a different version one that s far more accurate than the rodent equivalent I tell the girls they should try to be as quiet as a pineapple When was the last time you heard fruit make a sound Continue reading Posted by Calvin at 22 54 Tagged with Animals colum English evening echo language Writing Shortcuts to more effective writing from a master storyteller Copywriting Education Writing No Responses Mar 12 2008 Stumbled across this wonderful writing advice on the web It s an article by best selling Science Fiction novelist C J Cherryh and as the author encourages sharing I thought I d post it here in its entirety It really is great advice and although its naturally biased towards fiction writing which is what most non fiction writers secretly long to write anyway there are heaps of useful suggestions that will help to make any writing more dynamic and engaging The most important thing to remember as always is that when you re writing rules are never absolute They offer guidance but if breaking rules helps you convey your message more effectively do it Or as C J Cherryh so eloquently puts it CHERRYH S LAW NO RULE SHOULD BE FOLLOWED OFF A CLIFF Enjoy Writerisms and other Sins A Writer s shortcut to stronger writing by C J Cherryh c 1995 by C J Cherryh Copy and pass Writerisms and other Sins around to your heart s content but always post my copyright notice at the top correctly

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