I spy…The fibres of slavery

In Selvedge, Issue 74, Bias What do these photos have in common? The founder of Selvedge, Polly Leonard, does not see sentient beings, but rather “performance fibres”: Alpaca, Vicuna, Cashmere, and Goose Down. She goes on to classify: “[Alpaca, Vicuna, Cashmere, and Goose Down] are associated with luxury and indulgence. I would, however, argue that they… Continue reading I spy…The fibres of slavery

Lorelai Gilmore: ‘Well, not so nice for the lamb’. Identity of food: Part 1

Gilmore Girls is coming back this weekend and I cannot wait! In my never ceasing effort to demonstrate how linguistics is a part of everyday life, our reality shaping and being shaped by discourse, I found a paper just for you – the die-hard GG fan! But, like everything in life, even GG is not perfect.… Continue reading Lorelai Gilmore: ‘Well, not so nice for the lamb’. Identity of food: Part 1

I spy… A spotlight on Bluetongue virus?

In Microbiology Today 43:4 November 2016   This diarrhoea-causing virus occurs between ruminant animal hosts like sheep and cows via biting midges:   Without these midges, BTV can’t spread from animal to animal. Apparently, there is a new strand that may be transmitted via direct contact. (And clearly, in factory farming, there’s lots of that). Clinical… Continue reading I spy… A spotlight on Bluetongue virus?

Ecolinguistics and Esther T.W. Pig?

I adore pigs! look at Esther – she’s so cute! Look at her little front teethies! She’s pigtastic! (as her dads would say.) *Squeee* If this is the first time you’re hearing about Esther T.W. Pig, I suggest you drop everything you’re doing, including reading this blog, and head on over to her facebook. What… Continue reading Ecolinguistics and Esther T.W. Pig?