Posts in Culture

The borders debate, without the boredom

What would a debate about immigration and borders sound like if you were able to bar all politicians and Daily Mail journalists from participating? Well, maybe in a perfect world it would run along the lines of today’s inaugural episode of The Global Philosopher, BBC Radio 4’s fascinating new panel-based discussion show with a twist.

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The (Swiss) kiss of death

My Swiss relatives were over in Britain for a family occasion last week. It was great to see them, but it once again raised the dread question… how many kisses is the right number? Thanks to my Mum’s fascination with all things Gallic, I was brought up in a house that always seemed to contain

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Non-binary pronouns

How would you feel if someone asked you to refer to them not as “he” or “she”, but instead as “ze” or “ey”? Or if they asked you not to speak about them using any third-person pronouns at all, but just their name? As this recent article contends, it’s probably something we’ll all be asked

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Tous solidaires pour Paris

Many words have already been written about Friday’s attacks in Paris, but we here at Robertson Languages – some of whom have previously lived in the city and have good friends there – would like to add our voices to all those from Britain wishing our Gallic cousins well during these hard days. We believe

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Continental comestible confusion

When you’re offered a “continental breakfast”, what do you think of? One online definition gives “a hotel breakfast that may include sliced bread with butter/jam/honey, cheese, meat, croissants, pastries, rolls, fruit juice and various hot beverages.” From personal experience, I’d say you’d be lucky to get as much as that – a cynic on a

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