8. Be more polite than you really want to be. Lewis Carroll loved letter-writing so much that in 1888 he patented something called The Wonderland, a special case with a pocket to house every denomination of postage stamp. You bought the case and you got a free booklet entitled Eight or Nine Wise Words About Letter-Writing, some of it concerned with not missing the last post. But there was also something we can use today - advice on showing restraint. Notwithstanding rule five - tell it like it is - Carroll warned his readers to think very carefully before getting involved in a Trollopian war. "If you have written anything that may offend, put the letter aside for a day and then read it as if you were the recipient," he wrote. "This will often lead to your writing it all over again, taking out a lot of the vinegar and pepper, and putting in honey instead." Carroll's other rules: … [Read more...] about 10 old letter-writing tips that work for emails
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At the same time, the government has responded with a heavy hand against any form of opposition. In June 2013, during another protest related to the social security system, police stood idly by as a group of pro-government supporters violently broke up a demonstration in support of pension rights for the elderly. … [Read more...] about Five people die as anti-government protests spread across Nicaragua
One more? Oh, go on then. Here's Ian Roberts. "After Howard Kendall left Manchester City to return to Goodison, Peter Reid took over as City manager. So in January 1991, Reid took his City side to play his former team, who were managed by a man facing his former team. Reid named ex-Evertonians Neil Pointon, Adrian Heath, Gary Megson (plus Reid himself) in his starting lineup, with Alan Harper coming on as substitute. Everton, who won 2-0, named the ex-City full-back Andy Hinchcliffe in their team. So that makes seven people involved against their old side. In addition to those seven, Mark Ward was playing for City prior to his move to Everton, while Peter Beagrie played and scored for Everton before later joining City." … [Read more...] about Which clubs have had problems with moles in the dressing room?
But Tory interest in Thaler has not stopped there. When he arrived in London last week to do some teaching, five senior Conservatives met him for more than an hour to discuss his ideas and how they might work together. Steve Hilton, the party's head of strategy and Cameron's chief ideas man, was there, as were director of research James O'Shaughnessy and Oliver Letwin, MP and head of the party's policy review. … [Read more...] about From Obama to Cameron, why do so many politicians want a piece of Richard Thaler?
A British national is among four people to have died on a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship embroiled in a bitter dispute over plans to dock in the US, according to a spokesman for the vessel's owner. … [Read more...] about Brit and three others die on coronavirus cruise ship stuck at sea as 189 fall ill