OPINION: I mean to deliver, as promised, a list of words or phrases that get my goat. The first ought to be "get my goat".
OPINION: People who are forever telling me that the English language is in decline. It isn't.
OPINION: Bereft of ideas of her own, the leech was seeking to pick the brains of others on the subject of our much abused friend the English language.
OPINION: The job seems to have won. I, Barack Obama, have become my office.
OPINION: Cars were edging round the scene of the prang. They went slowly, partly for safety, but mainly so as to gawp.
OPINION: When on a plane coming in to land, I hold my book a little higher so I can be seen by those who've had to switch off their electric books.
OPINION: If the Middle East doesn't watch out we'll give up on them. We really will.
OPINION: Children make top customers with their lack of critical judgment, trust in adults and slavery to appetites.
OPINION: Ah men. Ah women. Ah love. It does such damage. Here's the story of a friend.
OPINION: I paid Money a visit this week. I went to Auckland.
OPINION: When I taught English, no-one wanted to know what I thought about it. Now that I don't, they sometimes do.
Football's World Cup really is a cup for the world - everywhere you go, everyone's watching.
OPINION: We'd taken a wrong turn - and a wrong turn's always the right thing to do.
OPINION: Travelling is difficult - exponentially more so when you're foreign. And London's Victoria Station is full of foreigners.
OPINION: Welcome to the Fifa 2014 World Cup, with football being but a mere sideshow to big money.
OPINION: Poor Yaya Toure. I bet he was bullied at school for being called Yaya. And now he's being bullied by a football club.
OPINION: There is now more computing power in your cellphone than there was in Apollo 11.
OPINION: Ten years ago Kim Hill interviewed a dying historian who'd written a book. He was spending the last cancer-racked months of his life promoting it.
OPINION: As if blessed by the goddess of fertility, this house is alive once more with the patter of tiny feet. I've got rats.
OPINION: The game's rules are simple: Describe the prelude to a global cataclysm. If the future proves you right, you win.