The Pentahedral chocolate bar trap

Count Smorltalk raids the minibar – again! British waistlines are testament to the fact that we are a nation of foodies. If any further proof were required of quite how food obsessed we have become, the runaway success of the BBC...

It’s just not cricket!

Count Smorltalk on another sticky wicket Just the other day on the radio they were talking about cricket, which, as you will know if you have ever lived in England, constitutes a very high proportion of total broadcast output of the BBC and is...

Translate this! TALL POPPY SYNDROME

Is there a term in your language to describe a phenomenon in which successful people are resented and criticised because their talent and achievements elevate them above others? PS Count Smorltalk tells me tall poppy syndrome is a bit like the...

BAK (Back At the Keyboard)

Count Smorltalk gets acronymic Not so long ago, OMT popped up in the middle of a French speech. OMG I thought. What’s OMT? Hang on, hang on. This is French, so OMT is Organisation Mondiale du Tourisme. Great, here we go then. No wait a mo...

”Ni ma water”, or how I raised a...

My fascination with English stemmed out of a year in a US high school, made me read the entire fiction section of the US embassy and British Council libraries in Krakow, ranked me high enough at a Polish English-language competition to get...

What does your email address say about you?

The image projected by many domain names may be costing you work. Having your own can be a game-changer. What does your email address say about you? More than perhaps you think. And probably not what you want! Are you a dinosaur, amateur or...

The world’s sexiest accent?

Spotted on the London Underground. The Las Vegas PR people may be on to something. Time Out Global Dating Survey 2015 confirmed what Colin, a character in “Love Actually”, had figured out long ago: Brits have the world’s...