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Old 2018-09-04, 14:05   #3312
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The History of English podcast might interest you then.
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Old 2018-09-04, 15:04   #3313
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The History of English podcast might interest you then.
I'll add that to my list.

Some of my other favorites are Lore, Myths and Legends, Cabinet of Curiosities, and Unexplained.

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Old 2018-09-05, 00:07   #3314
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Dearest creature in creation,
Study English pronunciation.
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.
Pray, console your loving poet,
Make my coat look new, dear, sew it!
and so on.

There are a few variants on The Chaos out there. My favourite rhymes chicory with Terpsichore and trickery. Another has a line which begins "Reading Reading" where the capitalization is essential to understand its meaning.

I, an educated native English speaker with a more than adequate vocabulary, have never been able to read The Chaos out loud without making at least three errors or hesitations.

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Old 2018-09-05, 01:46   #3315
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I'll add that to my list.
This is one that you should start from episode 1 and not listen to the current episodes until you catch up.

My ear bandwidth is fairly full at the moment (I have about 100 series on my player, ~75 are dead, completed, or nearly so.) I just recently finished Wolf 359 (I heard about in not too long ago on "Radio Drama Revival" and listened to the whole series fairly quickly). After I retired that, I found out about "The Bright Sessions", another series that you must start at the beginning of.
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Old 2018-09-05, 03:01   #3316
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Thanks! Added to the list. Downloading/Torrenting. For those unable to google , here is the link (hopefully, I am getting the right thing).
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Old 2018-09-09, 22:48   #3317
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US Open 2018: Naomi Osaka wins after Serena Williams outburst - BBC Sport

A great player, but sheesh, what an enormous sense of entitlement and the-rules-don't-apply-to-me-ness. For some reason I found this part especially galling:
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Security staff ran on to the perimeter of the court as [umpire Carlos] Ramos walked off and the Portuguese did not return, as he would usually have done, for the trophy presentation.

More boos followed at the start of the ceremony, leading to Osaka pulling her visor down over her eyes to hide her tears.

Williams appealed for calm in her runner-up speech, asking her supporters to "give credit" to Osaka's achievement.
"Give credit" - gosh, how magnanimous of her royal highness. Especially given that HRH was the one whose tantrum and umpire-threatening ended up overshadowing a great match from Osaka and ruining the joy the winner should have felt at her accomplishment. Serena stole something from Osaka which can never be restored. What a disgrace.

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Old 2018-09-10, 05:46   #3318
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So, the umpire was another innocent victim?
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Old 2018-09-10, 06:20   #3319
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So, the umpire was another innocent victim?
You cannot be serious!
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Old 2018-09-10, 12:45   #3320
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Umpire threatening? Baloney.

Verbally abusive, yes. She deserved the penalties (IMO, smashing her raquet was especially egregious). It's a shame Naomi Osaka was denied the privilege of a clean win, by dint of Williams being assessed a game penalty after her rant.

I think, however, that her appeal for calm was a good thing. The crowd had gotten ugly. In baseball, the corresponding sentiment is, "We wuz robbed!" They felt the umpire had treated Ms. Williams "unfairly," and were booing the winner. This is why she appealed for them to "give credit." And the appeal did have the desired effect. They began applauding the winner.

Never mind John McEnroe. Imagine "always the best athlete" Il Duce out on the tennis court, on the wrong end of a close line call...
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Old 2018-09-10, 16:11   #3321
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You cannot be serious!
I wasn't. I should have put [SNARK] and [IRONY] tags on the remark.
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Old 2018-09-10, 20:07   #3322
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I wasn't. I should have put [SNARK] and [IRONY] tags on the remark.
Whereas I flatly refused to put [ quote] [/ quote] around mine.

Sigh ...
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