Season of catkins. These are the male catkins of the silver birch. A pretty word, catkin. I once met a girl called Catkin Hazel. All I remember about her is her name.
Uni, short for university, is a word relatively new to the English language. It was unknown in my youth but is now in general use. In fact the use of "university" sounds formal and stiff beside it. It is I realise an example of apocope, the omission of a letter or letters at the end of a word to create a new word as for example when "curiosity" becomes "curio". It is I think something which happens much more in French than in English. Bac for example takes the place of Baccalauréat. And as an indication of its adaptability in French McDo even takes over from McDonald's. It is a feature which I rather like about the French language.
When politicians and other public figures shake hands they are invariably invited to look at the camera, which they usually do with sickly grins on their faces. When I edited a magazine I actively restricted if not banned such photographss. It struck me then and it strikes me still that when you shake hands you should engage directly with the eyes of the person you are greeting.