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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Online Etymology Dictionary



A very useful resource - Online Etymology Dictionary

"This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago. The dates beside a word indicate the earliest year for which there is a surviving written record of that word (in English, unless otherwise indicated). This should be taken as approximate, especially before about 1700, since a word may have been used in conversation for hundreds of years before it turns up in a manuscript that has had the good fortune to survive the centuries".

Brexit: BBC 4 "Guide for the Perplexed "- Gibraltar and the Overseas Territories



A rather satirical, tongue-in-cheek BBC 4 Radio programme about a serious topic (15 minutes)


"Far away from the main Brexit negotiations in London and Brussels are the British Overseas Territories. Dots on the global map whose people may be strongly affected - and who are struggling to make their voicesheard. Chris Morris travels to Gibraltar to see what's at stake, and discovers too a hidden but vital Brexit story in the Caribbean".

Dorchester, Dorset: Recreation sites and play areas to make way for new homes?


From Wessex FM: Dorchester Town Council and Magna Housing consultation event. 

"The council are concerned that young workers are finding it impossible to find good quality accommodation in Dorchester, to both rent and buy. The idea is to look at land they own, to see if it could be suitable for housing".

Five sites have been identified:

Elizabeth Gardens
Poundbury Crescent
Fortress Green
Mellstock Avenue
Sandringham Annex

Bournemouth the UK’s best beach? Travellers' Choice


From The Guardian - TripAdvisor crowns Bournemouth the UK’s best beach - The south coast town’s golden sands have been ranked as the best in the country in TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice awards – and the fifth-best in Europe


Weymouth No. 5 this year


Bournemouth 5th Best Beach in Europe


Bournemouth 14th Best Beach in the world