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Marzo 2018
The Speak Up blog answers any questions you may have either about the English language or our articles. Write to us at: http://blog.speakuponline.it. The most interesting questions will be published on this page. A word of warning, though: our blog is not a translation or homework service!

Being a teacher of English Literature, I must confess I found it surprising that you should call George Noel Gordon, 6th Baron Byron, 'Robert Byron.' I knew about the famous night in Geneva when it was decided that each one of the guests should write a horror story, including Lord Byron himself, but 'Robert' sounds new to me! By the way, Ken Russel directed a film, 'Gothic', a blood curdling story of that spooky night.

You are quite right. My humble apologies! I had been reading about the brilliant British travel writer Robert Byron, author of The Road to Oxiana, his account of his travels in Persia and Afghanistan, published in 1937. The book had a magnetic influence on later travel writers, and it obviously had a magnetic influence on me, making me write Robert Byron, instead of George Gordon, Lord Byron. Conor

funny british food

Cara Rachel,
ho trovato l'articolo Funny British Food davvero divertente, ma da italiano (dopo anni che vivi in Italia lo saprai bene: il cibo è sacro!) per me è sempre scioccante pensare agli spaghetti in scatola! Ma tu riesci a mangiare quella roba lì? E sia chiaro non voglio deridere il cibo inglese: ho assaggiato puddings e arrosti deliziosi nel Regno Unito!

It's true that you can find delicious food in the UK - there's an article about the Sunday roast in this month's issue! However, although Brits love TV programmes about food, they don't always eat well. I have colleagues who, every time they go to the UK, fill their suitcases with tins of baked beans and really sweet chocolate. When I was young my mother spent a brief period in hospital and my dad alternated spaghetti hoops on toast and maccheroni cheese on toast every day for three weeks. That kind of food does have a satisfying, 'naughty snack' quality that might evoke childhood memories for me, but you're right. I've had good Italian food for far too long and I could never go back to it on a regular basis!

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