Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Anna Andress Doing What She Does

Best, that is, what she does best when she is not translating of course.

The correct and polite term is parsing, but for those of us tend to stray on occasions from such correctness, opting as we do, but only I must impress, on the rarest of said occasions, do we then opt to employ the vernacular.

The use of vernacular or dialect, particularly that which is employed in the civilised area of this country, this being loosely, the areas North of Manchester to the South of Carlisle.

Vernacular you see lends itself more easily to many of the technical terms that enjoy frequent patronage and are much uttered in this green and pleasant land.

"Taking the piss" for instance, a much used and must be said a much favoured technical term.

No longer do we have to "put wood in t'hole" with the frequency we once did, far easier to keep the coal in the bath, thus eliminating the need for the many Siberian expeditions to the coal house.

"Eeeeeeee by eck!!!" somewhat slipping into disuse these days, perhaps a result of our increasing sophistication, it's true I tell you, why only the other day...

Why only the other day on a wee sojourn around the town I was privy to a conversation 'twixt father and son, and a reet little ragamuffin he were, .......

"Fatha, fatha, sithi tits on yon lass."

The use of the vernacular in this particular instance earning the little toe-rag, in the fashion of good Northern parental guidance, a great clout round lug'ole, accompanied by the words, "What have I told you about saying sithi?"

Anna Andress: Cutting through the bullshit.

From Esther Addley of the Guardian, an article that takes an unusually objective look at the media campaign that transformed a little three-year-old girl into an icon. I say 'unusually objective,' compared to the usual sycophantic rubbish churned out by the UK media, wherein Kate and Gerry McCann attain the status of sainthood and become the self-pitying martyrs of the decade.

It's the unsettling mix of the incredibly intimate and the coolly tactical that has made the mystery of Madeleine McCann the biggest and most extraordinary child abduction story in history.

In an interview for Vanity Fair magazine, Gerry McCann referred to Madeleine's distinctive eye feature:

Late in 2007, Gerry McCann gave an interview to an American magazine and talked about the decision to publicise the eye defect. "Certainly we thought it was possible that [the publicity] could possibly hurt her or her abductor might do something to her eye . . . But in terms of marketing, it was a good ploy." more, From my big desk.