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Welcome to Emma Clarke’s global soapbox – the antidote to modern living, encapsulated in a series of freewheeling rants.

It’s gone Christmas Crackers!

Well, Reader, it’s the end of a crazy year.  Today is my last day in the office / studio I share with Rich Sweetman, the man of a thousand voices. (Don’t panic! I’m back in January!) This afternoon we’ve celebrated the Yuletide with some spring rolls, a packet of cheesy rings…

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Ban slang? Good luck with that.

What’s with the sudden push to ban things?  First fat gags, now slang.  Are people banning things for advent? Article In this excellent article slang and its place in the English language is explored.  There’s no point me re-writing the article here – have a read, it really is brilliant – I’m wondering…

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Ban fat gags? You’re having a laugh.

Last night the BBC rang to ask me if I’d take part in a debate onRadio 5 Live ‘s Stephen Nolan Show about people who make fat jokes.  (They asked me because I’m on their list of pundits, not because they think I’m fat.  Or at least, that’s why I hope they…

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On Work

In his excellent book, ‘The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work,‘ Alain de Botton asks: “When does a job feel meaningful?  Whenever it allows us to generate delight or reduce suffering in others.”  This got me thinking.  Is my job meaningful? Last week I was recording a clutch of Christmas commercials for ashopping centre; it…

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