Monday, February 12, 2007

meerkat, bike in a bag, slicing beef

The alert expression of a meerkat on the look out for danger in the current BBC2 television series is so endearing because it is strangely close to the way human beings look in similar circumstances.

A motor bike wrapped in plastic sheeting outside the entrance to the Grove looks like an ungainly animal.

Nowhere better than supermakets to spot the way marketing men play around with the English language in order to redefine standard produce. "Beefsteak tomatoes" have been with us for long enough for the term no longer to be surprising. Now I note, with amusement rather than irritation, a tomato described as "Slicing beef".

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