Friday, December 23, 2016

Talking to Yourself

One of the many things I like about learning a new language is the unexpected social and cultural insights. Japanese for example has different levels of politeness: verbs and even nouns change their form depending on whether you're speaking to, say, your friend, a stranger or your boss.

A conversation from my intermediate Japanese class:
Japanese teacher:
If you're talking to yourself, it's better to use the polite form.
Fellow student:
What! Why??
Japanese teacher:
Because a senior person may overhear.

Monday, November 21, 2016

D7 Bus Stops

The names of bus stops on the D7 route in London are straight out of an Enid Blyton book.




Monday, November 14, 2016

Slightly-Larger-than-Average Moon

The term 'supermoon' may be mostly hype, but it's as good an excuse as any to go out and look up.


Of late my posting has been even more irregular than usual. I have however been writing about bees on the LSE Bees blog, and book reviews for the LSE Review of Books. On the off chance that either of those interest you, go take a look!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Law and Morality

I was in Lyon last weekend, and wandering around the Croix-Rousse district, we noticed this piece of graffiti:


Anasua: I think they mean "what".
Me: Ah. "Was" must be a misprint.
Philipp: ...because they don't know what is right.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Me Time

Like most UK universities, LSE has a system of 'office hours' – weekly slots when students can book one-to-one meetings with academics. This term I'm teaching undergraduate classes, but I'm also a PhD student. This puts me in the interesting position of being able to book an appointment with myself.