Sad Passing

I’ve had the BBC Newsticker installed on my laptop for a few weeks now and for the first time I was shocked by the news —  John Peel is dead, collapsed with a heart attack while on holiday in Peru.

I suppose it’s because you start to question your own mortality when icons from your younger days start shuffle off, particularly when it’s from natural causes.

One thing I will remember about him is that he was a stickler for the language. I have on tape somewhere him berating some poor presenter about the pronunciation of the word “strength” — you had to be there.

Speaking of good use of language, if you read one thing today let it be A false flash of dawn at the grammarians’ funeral by Christopher Howse in today’s Daily Telegraph. You’ll have to register, but it’s free.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

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