Stephen Fry explores the highways and byways of the English language in these four programmes, as heard on BBC Radio 4.
The Trial of Qwerty'
The ‘Qwerty’ keyboard faces charges of conspiracy to obstruct the English language. But who was Mr. Qwerty?
He Said, She Said
Do men and women really say what they mean? Also Stephen investigates sex, domination, gender, power, and sex changes (as only he can).
Accentuate the Negative
We discover than ‘no’ can mean ‘yes’. And why you should never mess with Mr In Between...
Stephen looks to the future with some predictions. Will robots be able to read novels? How much will our computers be able to understand us? Will English rule - or change? And then there’s a question about a duck...
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"English for native speakers- or anyone else"
A wonderful description, mostly about the current state of the language, but also discussing it's past and some speculations about the future of English.
"More Crumbs from the Table of the Master..."
Third albums can be very difficult. Just look at any band (e.g. Oasis, Radiohead) & their third major release tends to be a flop or not live up to expectations.
In this case, I think there is an exception.
For one, some time has been left between the first two and this one, which seems to have been just enough to re-invigorate interest & provide the BBC time to think up new ideas.
For two, Stephen Fry has an eerie gift for being interesting & moving with the winds of change, rather than being capsized by them.
So, it is with this & as soon as you start the first download, you will find a topic that is compelling, insightful & adds to our wealth of knowledge as a species.
Overall I'd rate this download as being better than Series 2 & up there with the Series 1. As with previous reviews of this series, I recommend 'Fry and Laurie Read Daudet and Jerome' & his reading of 'Oscar Wilde's Short Stories'.
I'd also like to recommend, though, 'The Ode Less Travelled' which I'm about halfway through & is turning into a compelling education into how to be a poet (Fry's favourite pastime). 9 parts is a little long but as it is of similar quality to this, it has proven worthwhile...
P.S. If you want to read reviews for the individual sections, please do a search for 'Fry's English Delight - Series 3' & it will bring up this & the four sections on this audio.
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