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Southbank Centre celebrates the Festival of Britain

The English language is a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up wonder and the great leveller we all have in common.

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A blazing star

Despite the anti-popery, there’s something Bellocose about Lewes Bonfire’s combination of dark fuming and expressive zest, this farrago of black powders. Effigies of ‘Enemies of Bonfire’ – usually local officials – are paraded on pikes, but there’s also a sense of togetherness and vitality.

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Plain wrong

Hasn’t business life come to something when so many organisations feel the need to outsource the judgement of communications quality and integrity?

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Sweetly mixed

The need to ensure that museum visitors ‘get’ everything first time is corrosive and limiting. There’s nothing wrong with captions and catalogues that stretch our understanding, that is what the process of learning involves, after all

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Tone deaf

Tone of voice – Southwark Council murder Shakespeare.

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The game of the name

A good name rolls the most relevant points about the organisation or thing or activity into one word or phrase. It’s a linguistic roulade. When something is tough to name it’s often because the proposition isn’t clear and compelling. You can’t create a meaningful, memorable name unless there’s something meaningful and memorable to convey.

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Brighton rock

I’ve just seen a rather startling example of what happens when the big idea behind a campaign isn’t followed through in the detail. It’s a recruitment initiative from Brighton & Hove City Council, which is hoping to attract four new ‘strategic directors’ …

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