There’s an archive of George Orwell’s essays in English and Russian language at http://www.orwell.ru/library/essays. I found the archive last week when searching for a full-text version of Politics and the English Language (1946) to re-read, which contains Orwell’s famous six rules for clear writing. These rules are touchstones for writers or editors and feature in the introduction to The Economist’s style guide.
I’ve been lax in maintaining this blog during the last two years; an update is long overdue. So, what have I been up to? Work In May 2015, the University of Warwick (my employer) launched its new brand designed by Frank, Bright & Abel. I’ve spent most of my time working with web editors, web developers, academics and marketing staff to update departmental websites to reflect the new brand.
I attended a training session recently on how to organise your work and life based on David Allen’s GTD (Getting Things Done) methodology. The trainer covered how to define your own ‘contexts’ or tags – common identifiers for tasks based on type, geographical location, relationships with other people, timeliness and energy level. He then described how to implement this system in Outlook and OneNote. Thinking about how and where I work, and who with, I made the following tags:
You know those crisp, beautiful autumn mornings with azure skies and a low-angled sun jabbing fingers of light through the trees into a carpet of mist? It was one of those. I took photos in my local park while walking the dog. Each scene, viewed by eye, was a perfect English autumn composition. The resulting photos? Rubbish! Each image was underexposed, the rays of sunlight looked weak and the sky was a flat pastel.